Pearl Izumi Elite bib shorts - in brief review£99.99

In-R-Cool SPF 50+ sun protection bibs

BikeRadar score3/5

With a mesh bib and Pearl Izumi’s In-R-Cool fabric providing SPF 50+ sun protection, the Elite shorts are designed for hot summer days. 

Thinner sections of Lycra on the leg help with venting, and the pad, despite not looking overly technical, seems cooler than others, though its medium width front has a tendency to bunch up. 

The braces don’t always lie flat over the shoulder, either. Elasticated hems with silicone grippers hold the legs in place, and reflective detailing on the legs should aid visibility in low light.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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