Pearl Izumi has designed some heat-reflective fabrics, and aero panels with flashy style and colors to highlight their 2013 road clothing line-up, while they also completely overhauled the mountain bike gear for next season.
They have also changed up their sizing for the new year as well. Instead of using two different sizes for casual clothing and the race styles, there is now just one. This will simplify the process for buying immensely.
With their newest $200 P.R.O. Leader Jersey, they incorporate the aero sleeve design that Pearl Izumi designed with their pro cyclists with the Speed LTD jerseys. As expected, they made the sleeves comfortably snug against the skin, similar to a skinsuit, but the design cut is clued to the rider position, with it’s arm contours being shaped 90 degrees and forward.
The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader Jersey utilizes the new cold black fabric that they call In-R-Cool, which will reflect heat and offer additional UV protection.
This 2013 jersey also utilizes new TPU pocket support trusses, meaning you can load the pockets up and the thin jersey won’t sag down now.
The technology and aesthetics are all great – but what if the high end clothing doesn’t fit perfect? They now have the option of new 1/2 sizes with three of the P.R.O. jerseys and two of their Elite models.
To match ’em, the $200 P.R.O. Leader Bibs will utilize the same In-R-Cool fabric technology, with a mineral upper panel and uses an elastic free leg-gripper.
For The Next Tier Down
Their new $150 P.R.O. In-R-Cool Jerseys and $175 In-R-Cool Bibs also utilize the cold black material and the same exact chamois and material cut as their upper end Leader models, but they don’t have the aero sleeve. And come with a bit more toned down colors and designs.
This In-R-Cool material reflects heat the same way a silver reflector reflects light
For 2013 as well, the Pearl Izumi mountain clothing has been completely reworked, having new lines to choose from in the All-Mountain and Trail sectors.
The newest Pearl Izumi Trail line leans more toward the XC inspired, with tons of mesh and great breath ability and usually lighter weight fabric. A great example of the durable but light Trail models are the $100 Veer Jerseys and $150 Veer Shorts. They have minimized pockets but utilize a ton of venting. Each of them come with melow colors and a louder option.
For Pearl Izumi’s All-Mountain category, they designed the $125 Launch short for a sweet item you can wear for an Enduro type race. The 15″ inseam mtb shorts have some belt loops and additional waist straps as well. The matching $70 ¾-length or $65 T technical jerseys, like the short, can fit over pads.