Heat-reflective fabrics, aero contours and flashy colors highlight Pearl Izumi’s 2013 road clothing line-up, while the company completely revamped its mountain gear for the coming season.
Pearl Izumi also changed its sizing policy for the new year. Instead of having two different sizings for race cut and casual clothing, there is just one. This should simplify the buying process considerably.
The new $200 P.R.O. Leader Jersey incorporated the aero-sleeve design Pearl developed with its pro athletes on the Speed LTD jersey. As you’d expect, the sleeves are snug against the skin, like on a skinsuit, but the cut is oriented to the riding postion, with the arm contours shaped 90 degrees forward. The front of the sleeve uses a set-in pattern, while the back uses a raglan pattern.86
The P.R.O. Leader Jersey features the coldblack fabric Pearl calls In-R-Cool, which reflects heat and offers UV protection.
The Leader Jersey also features TPU pocket-support trusses, which means you can have a thin jersey that doesn’t sag when you load up the pockets.
Technology, cut and aesthetics are all fine and good – but if high-end clothing doesn’t fit you perfectly, then what does it matter? For 2013, Pearl will offer half sizes in 3 P.R.O. jerseys and two Elite jerseys.
The matching $200 P.R.O. Leader Bibs feature the same In-R-Cool fabric, with a Minerale upper and an elastic-free leg gripper.
The $150 P.R.O. In-R-Cool Jersey and $175 In-R-Cool Bibs also use the coldblack fabric and same chamois and cut as the top-end Leader products, but without the aero-sleeve cut. They come in more toned-down designs.
The In-R-Cool fabric treatment reflects heat just like the silver reflectors reflect light
For 2013, Pearl Izumi completely reworked its line of mountain clothing, with all-new lines of Trail and All-Mountain jerseys and shorts.
The Trail line is more cross-country inspired, with lots of mesh for breathability and generally lightweight fabrics. The $100 Veer Jersey and $150 Veer Short are good examples of the durable-but-light Trail category. There are minimal pockets but plenty of vents. Each come in a subdued colorway and a ‘loud-n-proud’ option.
On the All-Mountain side, the $125 Launch short is the type of thing you’d wear for an Enduro race. The 15-inch inseam short has belt loops plus waist straps. The matching $70 ¾-length or $65 T technical jerseys, like the short, can fit over pads.
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