Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Bib Short
The Elite Pursuit Bib Short in the solid black color is one of the cleanest looking bibs we have ever seen. Minimalist in appearance does not, however, mean minimalist in technology or garment design. The multi-panel design is dutiful anatomically informed product, both with the upper and lower fabrics, as well as how the two integrate. This is a bib short geared towards aggressive postures and efforts with excellent support and performance from the enhanced Pearl Izumi fabrics. The Elite series bibs also fit nicely on a variety of body types and are a great go-to product for a wide variety of riding situations, but particularly shine in hot, humid weather.
In the short section, the Elite Transfer In-R-Cool® fabric powered by coldblack® has controlled stretch with mild compression that is accentuated by the construction. The panels are aligned specifically to work with active muscles for the best support and control, and joined by flatlock stitching to ensure comfort. The lightweight, highly breathable material retains its fantastic durability and features built- in technology to reflect the sun's rays and reduce fabric surface temperature under direct sunlight, keeping the material and skin much cooler than one would think possible. In-R-Cool active moisture transfer properties help to regulate body temperature and keep you dry to get more performance and enjoyment on those pavement scorching days. To keep the short in place, folded Elite Transfer fabric is used in the leg hem because it provides stretch and compression, but without the biting feel of an elastic material. Retention of the 10" inseam is assisted by a soft silicone gripper for excellent hold without discomfort.
The mesh upper is terrific for fit and cooling, comfortable over the shoulder, and keeps the overall structure stable and supported. This is not a mesh of old, with a scratchy feel, but a smooth mesh that with light movement from body action eases moisture of the skin and away from the garment. The abdomen has 360° support from a perfectly panelized design that isolates the most compression on the crucial lower obliques and abdominal without feeling uncomfortable during high-output cycling. Muscle support through compression has been proven to reduce fatigue from road vibration and impact, and supported core muscles can more easily assist the hip flexors, quads, and glutes through the pedaling motion.
Last, but certainly not least is the terrific Elite Pursuit 1:1 chamois. This sculpted pad consists of multiple thin, dense layers and is pre-shaped to conform to the body. It is made with breathable 4-Way Stretch Technology that adjusts to body movements and moves moisture away. Pressure Relief Technology (PRT) optimizes riding comfort, blood flow and athletic performance while active carbon yarns improve thermoregulation and eliminate static-induced fatigue. It is a great pad for all day efforts in cool or warm weather- perfectly suited to the performance requirements of this bib short.
At $140, the Elite Pursuit Bib Short delivers the tremendous combination of technology, design, and performance one expects from Pearl Izumi. At this price point, there aren't many bib's that even come close to what Pearl Izumi delivers. If you are dedicated rider that loves to go out for fast, fun rides every chance you get, and prefer a stealthy, modest appearance (the better to fool those you pass with a smile and nod), this is a workhorse bib short.
- Performance bib short with coldblack® technology, clean look, and anatomic fit
- Transfer In-R-Cool® fabric provides optimal stretch, cooling, reflective sun protection
- Anatomic multi-panel design of short/ bib upper provides excellent fit, muscle support
- Folded Transfer fabric at leg opening for soft stretch comfort, Silicone for added grip
- Panelized mesh bib upper wicks; ensures muscle stability, perfect fit, overall comfort
- Body: 66% Nylon, 34% Elastane, (w/coldblack) / Mesh: 80% Polyester, 20% Elastane,
- Elite Pursuit 1:1 Chamois has dense multi-layer design, breathes, dries quickly
- 10" inseam (Medium)
- UPF 50+ (short), coldblack® also reflects heat to reduce surface temperatures
- Reflective elements for low-light visibility
- Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL
- Color: Black
- Weight: 179 grams (Medium)