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Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Cycling Shorts

When I started cycling I bought several horrible pairs of cycling shorts merely because they were only ones available at the stores in my area. Eventually I started buying my cycling clothes at a Performance Bicycle store and was content with the Performance brand of cycling shorts. Last year Performance stopped selling the shorts I was used to and I couldn’t find a suitable replacement in their store. Fortunately, after several futile efforts, I was able to find a fantastic replacement, the Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Cycling Shorts.

Pearl iZUMi Men's Elite Cycling Shorts

Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Cycling Shorts

The Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Cycling Shorts are the most comfortable pair of shorts I ever owned. These shorts have a four-way stretch fabric that moves moisture to the outer surface for fast evaporation. Even when the heat index is over 110 degrees these shorts remain dry and comfortable. The 3D Elite chamois on these shorts is made with a variable density microfiber that wicks moisture away and has active carbon yarns to help reduce odors. These shorts are a bit longer than the other brands I’ve used in the past and have silicone dots on the hems to help hold the shorts in place. The shorts are mode of 69% nylon, 16% polyester, and 15% spandex.

I now own four pair of these shorts and have ridden over 4,500 miles in them over the past year. While the 3D Elite chamois is very comfortable, I would always suggest that you use a chamois cream regardless of what brand of cycling shorts you wear (I prefer the Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Chamois Creme). I routinely use these shorts on 50 to 70 mile rides without any discomfort whatsoever. My quads are rather large (my best friend says they look like tree trunks) and I’ve never had the hem creep up my leg, even though the hem is not as tight as I would like. The waist on these shorts has a drawstring, but I’ve never found a reason to use it.

One added benefit of these shorts is that it uses the same 3D Elite chamois as the Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Thermal Cycling Tights and the Pearl Izumi Men’s AmFIB Tights. Once you get used to the 3D Elite chamois you can ride in it all year round (I ride in the AmFIB tights in temperatures all the way down to zero).

The Pearl Izumi Men’s Cycling Shorts are not cheap, but it is hard to put a price on a comfortable ride. These shorts have a retail price of $100, but you can find them on Amazon.com for around $75.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Bicycle Clothing, Product Reviews

 

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Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey

The Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey is a nice looking and very functional jersey for cyclists. If you are used to riding in Performance Bicycle or Bike Nashbar branded jerseys, then the Pearl Izumi Attack Jersey will definitely be a step up.

Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey

Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey

The main body of the Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey is made of 100% polyester, while the sleeves are made of 92% polyester and 8% spandex. It has three roomy pockets on the back and a full-length zipper on the front. I’ve worn this jersey on long rides when the heat-index was over 105 degrees and have found it to wick away perspiration very well. The bottom hem of this jersey has a silicone grip strip that helps keep the jersey in place and prevents it from creeping up during your ride.

This jersey has a “club fit.” If you are used to riding in Performance Bicycle brand jerseys, then this jersey will seem a bit small. If you are used to riding in jerseys like the professionals use, then this jersey will seem a bit large. I think the sizing is just about perfect, except for the sleeves which seem a bit short to me.

Several advertisements for this jersey claim it has “a hidden sweat-proof pocket.” Pearl Izumi apparently intended to add this feature to this jersey, but it never made it into production. Nearly all the ads also mention that this jersey has “reflective elements to increase visibility in low-light conditions.” While this is technically correct, they fail to mention that the “reflective elements” are incredibly small (just the Pearl Izumi name and logo) and are really not of any real value.

The Pearl Izumi Attack Jersey is available in five sizes (Small to XX-Large) and in several color combinations, including Black/black, Green/black, Red/black, Blue/black, Yellow/black, and White/black. This jersey retails for $65, but is available at several online retailers for around $55.

 

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Pearl Izumi Select Gel Bike Glove

For the past couple of months I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect cycling glove. The Pearl Izumi Select Gel Bike Glove might not be perfect, but it is far better than most of the other gloves you will find. After riding with these gloves for about 400 miles I think most cyclists will be very happy with the quality of this glove.

Pearl Izumi Select Gel Bike Glove

Pearl Izumi Select Gel Bike Glove

The Pearl Izumi Select Glove offers a decent amount of gel-foam padding, but, depending on your hand position when riding, it might not be exactly where you want it. I found these gloves to offer the greatest amount of padding when your hands are on the drops, and adequate padding when your hands are on the hoods. If you ride with your hands on the flats you might find the padding a bit lacking. I’m not saying the padding is bad, it’s just not as good for riding in this position. However, I’ve ridden several fifty-mile rides with these gloves without any problem. If your hands are going numb on long rides then you probably need to adjust the position of your saddle. If your saddle is titled down in front it will cause you to put more of your weight on the handlebars and this will leave your hands numb or tingling.

The palms of these gloves are made of synthetic leather and they are lightweight and very breathable. Even on a long ride on a very hot and humid day these gloves did not hold moisture. They have a small tab on the ring-finger to help you get the gloves off easier, but I haven’t found that to be very useful. It seems to me that these gloves run a bit on the small side—if you’re on the borderline of a certain size I would order the next larger size. As with most cycling gloves there is a small wiping surface on thumb. This glove is available in five sizes, from small through XX-large. It is also available in five colors (white, black, true red, midnight blue and screaming yellow). These gloves retail for $30, but you can find them online for around $20.

 

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