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For the best chance to stay cool over long and hot rides, pull on Pearl Izumi's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Shorts. Izumi's Transfer In-R-Cool fabric is treated with Coldblack, providing the balmy-weather-cooling capacity necessary for long hours of summer riding.
Unlike common dark textiles, which absorb heat, Coldblack-treated fabrics are UV-blocking (UPF 50+) and actually reflect the sun's radiant energy. This allows you to avoid overheating during physical activity on hot, sunny days by keeping the surface temperature of the fabric lower. Also keeping you cool is Pearl Izumi's proprietary blend of nylon, elastane, and polyester. This mix results in an engineered outer surface that's textured for enhanced temperature management., Additionally, this breathable knit accelerates moisture transfer away from the skin in order to maintain core comfort. Extra ventilation in the form of direct-vent panels and a mesh upper also provide superior airflow, while ensuring a high level of structure stability that's free from pinching.
For long distance comfort, Pearl Izumi spec's its anatomically-shaped, three-layer 3D Elite chamois. This insert's density varies from a maximum of 13mm to a minimum of seven in order to relieve pressure and permit blood flow where it matters most. The pad is covered with a moisture wicking, four-way stretch fabric that adjusts to your body as you pedal. Additionally, it contains active carbon yarns that assist with thermo-regulation and resist bacteria.
An eight-panel anatomical design provides a lightly compressive fit that maximizes your muscle efficiency, allowing you to spin with consistent power. It also ensures that the Elite In-R-Cool bib shorts provide the greatest degree of mobility by eliminating restriction.
The Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Bib Shorts are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/white, Black/black, Black/true blue, Black/true red, and Black/screaming yellow.
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Not true to size
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've been wearing PI gear almost exclusively for years. This is the first time a medium size has felt this tight. They're useable (I think) but significantly more snug than I'm use to. I realize these are supposed to provide more compression but not THAT much I wouldn't think.
I'll update should my opinion change.
The Fit is good
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Pearl has really improved a great deal from the past. The Elite fits pretty much to speck. Im not the biggest fan for race use, but great training gear
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I have 2 pairs of these. Just did 1000 miles in 9 days on last bike tour and they were great. totally recommend