Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Short
No company has provided more great cycling short options to cyclists over the years than Pearl Izumi. The commitment to home-developed high performance fabrics, exceptional engineering, and top quality construction carries to all price points, and no brand delivers more for your money. The Elite Escape Short is a perfect example, with a complementary selection of great fabrics, anatomic engineering, and clean, comfortable finish which delivers the wearer great every day performance, season after season.
Two Pearl fabrics define the body of the Elite Escape Short: PRO Transfer and Select Transfer. As the names imply, moisture and heat management drive the purpose and function of both. PRO Transfer is lighter weight, yet carries more compression capabilities, as well as excellent stretch. Used over the top of the legs and around the waist, the fabric keeps you cool, with optimal performance capabilities. The back of the legs and bottom feature the durable and highly breathable Select Transfer. The advantage comes with long-term wear and durability, as well as cost savings, enabling Pearl to deliver a high performance short at just $120. The legs of the Elite Escape end with raw-edge, silicone lined PRO Transfer cuffs that offer evenly distributed hold and compression for a great fit, even while hammering out the miles. The last notable aspect of the short body is the comfortable waist band that holds the short up, even at the longer cut back section.
As great as the short is, the primary reason we ride with padded shorts is, well, the pad. Newly updated, the ELITE Escape 1:1™ Chamois, with floating top sheet design reduces friction for all day comfort. Variable thickness and density foam is engineered to directly match the needs of the body, so you get maximum protection where required, with comfort and smooth transitions over the rest of the pad. The floating top sheet reduces friction, and serves to ease moisture off the skin. It is also anti-microbial to help with overall skin health. This is an impressive chamois and ideal for rides from 2-4 hours for most cyclists.
Everything about the Elite Escape Short speaks to the richness and depth of Pearl Izumi's legacy in cycling. This a company of cyclists who understand the needs and requirements of riders at all levels and in all disciplines. While there are a few other models both above and below the Elite Escape Short in the product line, our feeling is that this short is the sweet spot of performance, longevity and price this season.
- Cycling short with impressive performance, fit, and comfort at a great price point
- PRO Transfer fabric in the body of the short provides superior comfort, optimal moisture transfer along with moderate compression and stretch
- SELECT Transfer fabric in selected panels also feature great moisture and heat management, offer more durability
- Raw edge PRO Transfer fabric at leg opening for soft stretch comfort with silicone for added grip
- ELITE Escape 1:1™ Chamois, floating top sheet design reduces friction for comfort
- Inseam: 9.5" (Medium)
- BioViz™ reflective elements for low-light visibility
- Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL
- Color: Black