The sheer amount of technology and expertise behind high-end cycling clothing is staggering. It is no wonder that we refer to many of these pieces as engineered. From anatomical fit, aerodynamics, fabric development, through the use of heat mapping and provision for sun/UV protection, the designers at Pearl Izumi leave nothing to chance, and employ the full spectrum of available technologies in the PRO line. The PRO Leader Jersey is a prime example. This pro style, form fit jersey was anatomically built to ridden in an aggressive posture, as the direction and alignment of the panels indicate.The shoulder and sleeve construction is totally integrated to stretch and move together, supporting muscles and ensuring great fit without restriction. All of the materials have been selected to maximize and optimize purpose in design and placement to keep the jersey snug, compressive, dry, and comfortable. So how is all this achieved?
The main front and rear body panels are made with PRO Transfer In-R-Cool fabric, featuring 37.5 Minerale™, which delivers compression on core muscles, optimal moisture transfer, and odor absoprtion. This soft, high performing fabric comes together in the front panel with a full zipper. At 87% polyester and 13% elastane, this fabric has just the right amount of stretch and support. The shoulder panels and arms feature PRO Transfer fabric powered by coldblack™, which has a greater elastane percentage, 20%, for greater stretch, but still has great wicking properties. The coldblack™ delivers both cooling effects and actually reflects harmful UV rays, keeping the surface area temps normal despite the sun. The way the sleeve and shoulder panels integrate from the arm up into the collar is unique, and gives the sense of unlimited movement, but without the feel like the jersey is loose, or pulling on adjacent materials. Slightly longer than normal sleeves prvide support for the muscles of the upper arm from road vibration. From the center of the neck down the center back, and under the arms, Direct-Vent mesh panels allow air to flow freely, and heat to escape immediately.
The superlative details and finish from Pearl complete the PRO Leader Jersey. Structural mesh is added to the rear pocket system for better stability, without generating a hot spot, and an additional zippered, sweat-proof security pocket sits in the center. An elasticized rear hem gripper keeps the jersey from riding up. Reflective elements add visibility in low-light conditions, and sublimated graphics provide eye-catching contrast and enhance the aggressive design. Pearl Izumi has always been know for value and functionality in great cycling garments. That tradition doesn't end when the price points go up, and one could argue that the value only increases as the amazing inclusion of technologies drive the capabilities even higher.