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Specialized Therminal Tights and Defroster Boots

Specialized Therminal Tights and Defroster Boots work together to keep you warmSpecialized Therminal Tights have stirrups on the back of the bottom hems. What am I supposed to do with those?

Do they go in my shoes, over my shoes, under my socks? Why do the tights look like bell bottoms? My old Specialized tights weren't so odd. What's up?

It turns out that the shape of the Therminal Tights is designed to match the Specialized Defroster Boots. You can use one without the other, but look what happens when you put them together.

Step 1: Put on Your Therminal Tights

If you have the Therminal Tights without the chamois (women's / men's), choose your favorite shorts and socks first. Then put the tights on over them and leave the ankles unzipped.

If you have Therminal Cycling Tights (women's / men's), put on your socks and tights.

Step 2: Put on Your Defroster Boots

Zip Therminal Tights over your cycling bootsPut on your Defroster Boots (road unisex / trail unisex). Toss in chemical toe warmers if you are going to be in the very cold for a long ride. (We live in Iowa. It may not be northern Canada, but we do get our cold days!)

If you are using a different brand boot, or using shoes and neoprene shoe covers, that's okay.

Step 3: Zip and Stirrup

Specialized Therminal Tights catch any warm air that escape your bootsZip the tights and notice how the gaiter (the part that looks like a bell bottom) fits around the top of the boot.

Now, pull the stirrups down and loop them under your boots.

You are ready to go ride. Any warm air that finds its way out of the top of your boots will stick around and warm your shins rather than being lost immediately to the atmosphere.

Stop by the retail store to see this in action, or give us a call or post a comment if you have any questions.


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Katherine is our Content Champion. She has done triathlons in the past, and now focuses on mountain biking and long-distance gravel riding. She still has a soft spot in her heart for weird multi-sport events like indoor triathlon and aquabike. She also teaches indoor cycling.

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