The man from Pearl Izumi popped in to show off some of the new shoe and clothing lineup this week and we were mighty impressed. The new footwear range covers all riding types from the lightweight Octane carbon roadie numbers to the bike-hike X-alp range.
Dubbed the Fall/Winter 2008 range, most of it will be suitable for UK riders who are used to the tipping down rain in the middle of our summer. Covered with new technical fabrics too numerous to list in full but which include “Optik-WxB Stretch”; “AmFIB®”; “UltraSensor®” – the new range is designed to keep you cool in the warm, warm in the cold and dry in the rain. Something we like the sound of.
We can’t wait to try these out on the road and the trail, but until then here’s some of the pick of the bunch.
Slice: slice BikeRadar©.
Lightweight three-strap mountain bike shoe with a carbon sole. £109.99
Barrier: barrier BikeRadar©.
This boot laughs in the face of winter – snow, rain and wind are repelled by these Gore Tex lined, 3M Thinsulated boots. £168.99
P.R.O. mtb: p.r.o. mtb BikeRadar©.
Pearl Izumi’s lightest ever high performance buckled MTB shoe. £146.99
X-Alp mid: x-alp mid BikeRadar©.
Great looking shoes on and off the bike, there’s a combo Velcro strap/lace closure with a quick drying breathable mesh/synthetic upper. £87.99
X-Alp low: x-alp low BikeRadar©.
Same as the Mid but with a lower cut construction. £65.99
X-Alp sleek: x-alp sleek BikeRadar©.
Built for pedalling as well as hiking with the bike, these shoes have a flexible forefoot and a running shoe bevelled heel. Quick-drying, highly breathable and low-cut they’ll look just as good off the bike as they will on it. £58.99
Women’s X-Alp Enduro shoes
Women’s x-alp enduro: women’s x-alp enduro BikeRadar©.
Women’s Symphony jacket
Symphony jacket: symphony jacket BikeRadar©.
Like the Attack jacket, the Symphony is waterproof, windproof and breathable, and features internal rain flap seals and elasticated sleeves help to keep the water out. £90.99
Optik vest: optik vest BikeRadar©.
Lightweight and waterproof and will pack down to almost nothing. Internal draft flap and an elasticated waist means you’ll stay snug on cooler days. Reflective logos too so you’re seen in the dark. £45.99
Woolie Mammoth Knit Jersey
Woolie mammoth jersey: woolie mammoth jersey BikeRadar©.
Retro style wool and acrylic blend jersey with 1950’s race number on the sleeve and classic patch on chest. £62.99
Attack jacket: attack jacket BikeRadar©.
In “Screaming yellow” this waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket is perfect for the commute, and to be seen on the road. 360 degree visibility is provided by reflective parts on the shoulders, forearms and centre back panels.
Attack jacket back: attack jacket back BikeRadar©.
The detachable hood is an invaluable addition which will fit over your helmet and keep the elements at bay. £104.99
Women’s InsulaTour jacket
InsulaTour jacket: insulatour jacket BikeRadar©.
Designed for chillier weather, this great looking InsulaTour Jacket is packed with features to keep away the cold wind and rain. A large zippered back storage pocket, embroidered pattern and reflective piping for visibility in low light are all nice touches. £90.99
Octane pants: octane pants BikeRadar©.
Created with ‘elite cyclists’ in mind, these water and windproof trousers are lightweight and pack down very small. Made from stretchy Optik-WxB fabric and laced with highly reflective tape, they’re designed to make you be seen on the road. £104.99
Gavia P.R.O. Jacket
Gavia p.r.o. jacket: gavia p.r.o. jacket BikeRadar©.
Stylish looking jacket made from AmFIB® material to keep the elements out. Reflective inlays and an elastic bottom hem are a great finishing touch. £118.99