Seven Summer Cycling Kits Reviewed

  • By AJ Johnson
  • Published Jun 26, 2013
  • Updated Jul 15, 2015 at 4:04 PM UTC
Photo: Courtney Johnson

Pearl Izumi Elite In R Cool Bib Short ($135) and Elite Pursuit Jersey ($85)

New in the line, the Pursuit Elite jersey utilizes the company’s Elite Transfer fabric, which feature In R Cool and Minerale technology. This fabric pulls moisture from the skin and transfers it to an outer layer, which disperses it for better evaporation. The In R Cool and Minerale enhance the fabric by speeding up the drying time. The short uses the same fabric, and the short also has a Coldblack treatment to keep it even cooler. Both pieces have a UPF 50+ rating.

Of all the jerseys, the Elite Jersey had the loosest fit. The size medium match my arms well, but left room through my chest and back. I didn’t mind this up front, but the back came down too far for my liking. With items in the back pockets it sagged over my hips and became annoying. That said, it was incredibly comfortable next to the skin. It’s an ideal match for athletes looking for a little more spacious fit through the torso. While all of the jerseys in this review are low on mass, this one had the lightest feel, and it quickly dried after a soaking. The arms had no elastic and were a good medium length. The Elite In R Cool bibs were comfortable and, though they have bit thicker feel, they didn’t get too hot. The fit was good, but the leg grippers felt the most restrictive.

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