Pearl Izumi's PI / Black series will definitely make you faster, probably

Fastest ever Tour TT speedsuit can now be yours

Pearl Izumi is a common name in cycling sportswear. From aero suits to off-road clothing, the apparel giant has created a long list of industry firsts. Catering solely to the sharpest end of road riding and racing is its PI / Black series of road wear. It's the company's ultimate collection designed to show its unrelenting dedication to speed and performance.

High-end women's gear is included with a PI / Black Speed Mesh jersey and bib shorts
High-end women's gear is included with a PI / Black Speed Mesh jersey and bib shorts

Crafted at the Speed Shop

Pearl Izumi states that its Speed Shop is "an experimental skunk works division tasked with one, clear directive: go faster."

It claims to work with elite athletes to distinguish problems and seek out opportunities with the goal of "identifying what's next before anyone else even recognizes it." The resulting products are claimed to be singularly focused on aerodynamics and speed. 

Fastest at the Tour de France

Worn in the Tour de France and to consecutive Team Time Trial World Championships, the Pursuit / BLACK Mach 5 Speedsuit was worn to record the fastest TT in Tour history.

To bolster those go-fast records, Pearl Izumi contends an 8% reduction in aerodynamic drag when compared to a fitted jersey

Pursuit / Black Speed Mesh jersey specs

The Speed Sleeves on the PI / Black Speed Mesh jersey are said to reduce aerodynamic drag and are patented
The Speed Sleeves on the PI / Black Speed Mesh jersey are said to reduce aerodynamic drag and are patented

  • P.R.O. Transfer Mesh fabric on the main body
  • P.R.O. Aero fabric in key leading-edge areas
  • Patented anatomic Speed Sleeve construction
  • Longer to-the-elbow sleeves reduce drag around upper arms
  • Full-length semi-autolock zipper
  • Three back pockets with solid fabric
  • Claimed weight: 135g (medium)
  • Men's sizing: XS-XXL
  • Women's sizing: XS-XXL

Pursuit / Black Bib shorts specs

The PI / Black bib shorts have the company's strongest leg compression according to the brand
The PI / Black bib shorts have the company's strongest leg compression according to the brand

  • P.R.O. Transfer fabric
  • Team Chamois with floating top sheet
  • P.R.O. Transfer Direct-Vent mesh bib upper 
  • Radio pocket on bib upper for storage
  • Laser-cut leg openings with silicone print 
  • Sublimated graphics on legs
  • 25.4 cm (10 in) inseam (size medium)
  • Claimed weight: 188g (Men's medium)
  • Men's sizing: XS-XXL
  • Women's sizing: XS-XXL

Pearl Izumi Black pricing and availability

  • Pursuit / Black Speed Mesh jersey: $175, UK and AU$ TBD
  • Pursuit / Black Bib shorts: $250, UK and AU$ TBD
  • Pursuit / Black Mach 5 Long Sleeve Speedsuit: $350, UK and AU$ TBD
  • Pursuit / Black Race suit: $350, UK and AU$ TBD

Availability is slated for Spring of 2018 for the new PI / Black lineup.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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