The Elite Escape 3Qtr Tight from Pearl Izumi is actually a knicker length bib designed for summer and edge season riding when you need a little more coverage. You don't sacrifice breathability, you do get some extra muscle support, and if you have this piece, believe us, you will actually use it. As an Escape series product you get materials and tech for longer rides, with a low friction ELITE 1:1 Chamois pad, and some PRO level Transfer panels in the main short that ensure comfort and mild compression.
As a cool summer weight bib (think 50-70°F), the piece gets a highly breathable, moderate stretch, complete mesh upper that keeps the whole bib knicker completely stable and in place. Great for warmer days and perfect for baselayer use, the bib upper also stays comfortable as it simply can't hold moisture. In addition to the PRO Transfer panels, the short lower also gets SELECT Transfer panels to complement them. Highly breathable, these are located in the warmest zones to expel hot moist air from the skin. Finishing off the short's leg openings raw edge PRO Transfer fabric a affords good hold and soft stretch comfort, with augmented silicone underneath for added grip.
The aforementioned ELITE 1:1 Chamois pad has a breathable varying density foam pad, which is covered by a soft, floating top sheet. The topsheet moves with you, reducing friction and easing moisture away the skin at the same time. One of Pearl's most popular mileage chamois pads, the anatomically informed ELITE 1:1 delivers all-day comfort and long-term durability and effectiveness. As a knicker, or 3/4 length garment, the Pearl Izumi Elite Escape 3Qtr Tights also give you a little more protection on the knee from onrushing cool air and muscle from the mid calf zone, over the knee and up to the hip. Finishing off the piece Pearl strategically places BioViz™ reflective elements for low-light visibility. Pearl has done this type of piece at the Attack-level for years and we are glad to see a higher quality version available.
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