BEST FOR: Winter Warriors
A mainstay in cycling circles, Pearl Izumi has earned a reputation for producing quality gear for cyclists. Their Elite Thermal Tight ($125) and Softshell Jacket ($175) will keep riders warm, even on the coldest of mornings.
What our testers said:“I love the teal color—it’s very pretty. And the fit of the top was very flattering and warm without being stuffy or too thick.”
“The material in the tights and jersey was very warm and perfect for a cold morning. It retained just enough heat to keep me warm but not let me overheat.”
Fit: The tights have a close fit, yet still offer plenty of flexibility in the knee area. Zippers by the feet allow for ease in dressing and undressing, and the top features a full-length zipper and zippered back pockets for a comfortable, secure ride in the coldest conditions.
Feel: The top feels warm and soft against the skin while providing protection against the elements on cold-weather rides. However, sweat doesn’t evaporate quickly from the fleece lining, making stops a little chilly.
Ride: Though the tights received rave reviews for warmth, some testers deemed the line’s Elite 3D chamois “bulky,” as it didn’t flex well or fit the curves of a women’s undercarriage. Splurge on the higher-level Elite P.R.O. Tights ($200) for comfort.