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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. In-R-Cool Bib Short - Men's

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    22 Reviews


    Reveal your In-R-Cool.

    The folks at Pearl Izumi are known for packing at on of value into everything they make. The P.R.O. In-R-Cool short isn’t just an example of this, it’s the poster child. The P.R.O. combines high-tech materials with non-nonsense anatomic design for a cool, comfortable, warm-weather bib short that won’t break the bank.

    The P.R.O.’s main body fabric is lightweight, stretchy, Transfer In-R-Cool. It’s been treated with ColdBlack, which reduces the surface of the fabric. The short also made with Minerale, a yarn that’s infused with crushed volcanic rock that actively pulls moisture away from the skin and accelerates dry time to keep you dry and odor-free. The bib straps are made with Direct-Vent mesh to promote cooling airflow.

    For the insert, Pearl izumi chose its Anatomic P.R.O. chamois. The insert’s 3-layer construction incorporates variable density padding and a four-way stretch anatomic shape. This shape uses Pearl Izumi’s Pressure Relief Channel to eliminate numbness and promote comfort during long rides.

    • ColdBlack treatment
    • Minerale yarn
    • 9-inch inseam
    • Direct-Vent mesh bib straps
    • Anatomic P.R.O. seamless insert
    • Item #PLZ000J

    Tech Specs

    [body] 69% nylon, 16% polyester, 15% elastane, [mesh] 52% Minerale polyester 48% textured polyester, [black lower panels] 69% nylon, 16% polyester, 15% elastane, [sublimated lower panels] 82% nylon, 18% elastane
    [medium] 9 in
    Anatomic P.R.O. Seamless 1:1
    Leg Gripper
    UPF Rating
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    Can't Complain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    - perfect sizing
    - leg length is not too long
    - less robust chamois, but still very comfortable
    - great in hot weather
    - sticking holds up very well (one pair has gone two seasons with zero issues)
    - leg gripping is absolutely perfect

    - Sun will fade them after one season
    - some will find the pad to be inadequate, it is thin, essentially the opposite of Assos, both of which i like.

    Sizing: i am 5'6'' and 155 in the off season, 145 in season, i could wear a small at 145, but at 150 the small is too small. I would err on the side of caution and get a medium, even at 145 the medium is very comfortable and the legs are not too long.

    Still Getting Used to Them

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    They are still brand new. I've ridden with these a few times and so far they feel notably compressive, especially for the first 30 minutes, by then they settle in and feel comfortable for the duration of 60+ mile rides. They seem well made, nicely finished, and the chamois works great. The leg grippers are a nice touch, less grabby than the outdated elastics, and they keep the shorts at the proper length. Living in a hot climate, I can say that I haven't noticed them being too warm, so that seems in line with their expectations. Still getting used to the compression but I like them so far.

    Sun Fades Them

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I've purchased two pairs of these bibs. Both pairs have been badly faded by the sun. I bought a pair last summer, and after one summer and wearing maybe 20 times they are already beginning to fade. I have a second pair that I bought two years ago and they are badly faded. I love the fit and the fabric and on that basis I highly recommend but have to give two stars because of the fading issue. The pic is of the pair used only one summer.

    Sun Fades Them

    Still the best bibs ever.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I've been a long time user of Pearl Izumi products, many years ago making the switch to bib shorts as they just stay put less and the less you're fiddling with your shorts while you're riding, the better!

    I replaced my 10yr old Pearl Izumi Elite bib shorts (they lasted 10 years!) with these and could not be more pleased. The fit is perfect and the chamois is still the best ever for my bum.

    I'm a big guy (ex-powerlifter and rugby player) with a 37" ish waist and 30" thighs.

    I wear these under loose fit MTB shorts (POC usually) with a jersey over.

    I highly recommend them, especially for the big dudes out there! Harambe approved!

    Great bang for the buck

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    nothing new here. same bib as last couple years. Very comfortable and durable. not as good as top of the line, but at this price it is the best deal

    Not much of a difference from Elite bibs

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I've got both the elite and pro bib shorts from Pearl Izumi, and while they feel nice (the chamois is a noticeable difference, the fabric somewhat) and look nice, during an actual ride those things aren't particularly noticeable at all. Bottom line is the differences aren't distinguishable once you actually ride with em. A little tighter but not in an uncomfortable way. More compression I guess. Got them on sale though so thumbs up from me anyway.

    Even better than the Elite shorts

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    These are a tighter fit than the Elite-level bibs (which I like a lot as well), a bit more of a 'race' fit with some compression. I am on the verge of wearing large in these and some other bib shorts, and could really wear either size. The length is good, long-ish, but no flapping or bagginess at the knee.

    The chamois is a clear upgrade from what is offered on the Elite bibs, in my view, although I am not picky in that regard. These are up there with my favorite bib shorts across various brands and are a really good value. I have not worn them enough yet to judge long-term durability, but they seem durable and solid, just like many other PI bibs that I have used over the years.

    Pearl Izumi Pro In R Cool Bib Shorts

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    Thes are my 4th pair of these bib shorts. They are great for long days in the saddle. The padding is just right for the cushion you need but not too much. I have used other Pearl bib shorts and these are, by far, the best! I always wait until Competitive Cyclist has them on sale and then they are a sweet deal!!!

    2016 model not good!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: xxl

    Chamois is good, fits significantly smaller than the 2014 model I had many of. The legs are very short, so short that I am returning them, because my legs tend to rub my bike slightly as I pedal and I got significant chaffing during my second ride on my leg to the point of returning this. Other big issue is I have huge quads and these nearly wouldn't be pulled over them. Buy Pearl Izumi Pursuit Elite, much better fit and leg length!

    Great shorts that have held up well

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    Ended up buying two pairs of these as the fit is great along with the pad. Also like that the length of the legs are a bit shorter. This review is for 2015 model.

    Fit well, comfortable chamois

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Tried several other brands but find the PI bib's fit me the best. Use them in summer when temperatures run 85-100 degrees F. Generally ride with them about 10,000 miles/year. Unlike other reviewers, I actually like the slightly shorter leg length. I use insulated PI bibs for cooler weather. They have a longer leg length.

    Solid, Minor Issue

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I've worn these 5 times for distances between 25 and 85 miles, with good results. The torso and shoulder straps are just right for me with a 33" waist. The mesh is nice and keeps me from overheating as long as I zip down the jersey a bit. The legs are a bit tighter than I would have originally liked, but I've gotten used to it and actually prefer it as it helps support the quads on longer rides. The chamois is thin, but comfortable and hasn't been as issue. I have a Fizik Arione CX saddle for reference. The one reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that the legs are a little shorter than I'd like. If PI added another inch or so to the legs I'd be happy.

    Great compression for extended efforts

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I've owned a number of Pearl Izumi bibs and shorts. The mediums have always fit me true to size, and I've always thought well of the inserts on the upper level products (had issues with the Attack inserts way back when). I recently bought a pair of the Elite knickers for a cool-evening, return-commute bottom along with a pair of these PRO In-R-Cool bib shorts. The insert is really nice, an improvement over those stitched into an earlier iteration of this bib I own (3 or 4 years old?). The other I like is the Castelli progetto. But this Pearl Izumi insert is possibly nicer. It's certainly newer. So we'll see how time wears on it. But it works effectively two rides into the life of the garment - some longer rides with substantial climbing. The fit is also very good. But I understand what some of the other reviewers mean about it feeling tight. It simply incorporates some compression into the fit and design. But once you're out there doing what you do on a bike, that sensation - if initially unsettling - falls by the wayside. Compared to the Elite knickers I just got, the PROs do feel a little tighter. ( I also like the knickers, by the way.) But it's just the compression feature doing its thing. They feel great, and I experienced no binding or numbness anywhere from them, whether I was in the saddle climbing or in the drops descending. I have Castelli's, Pearl Izumi, Capo (if you're into horse saddle sized inserts - rain rides!) and Gore bibs. These are now my favorites. There are my two cents.

    Nice bibs but smaller leg size

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Pretty nice bibs, comfortable and the legs have a nice compression feel. I will say that these run small compared to other bibs. I wear an small in Assos, Capo, and Castelli but had to get a medium in these because my legs will not fit through the smalls. That tends to be a trend with PI, they all have small legs.

    Best $63.00 Bibs

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are excellent bibs, good compression and the chamois is comfortable for longer rides. Only complaint is I wish the legs were a bit longer and I wish I could have gotten all black at the sale price. Otherwise they are one of my go to bibs.

    Excellent Bib for the Money!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    These are a top notch bib for their price. The materials are very comfortable, size is very true to chart and larger than typical Euro fittings. The chamois is comfortable for longer rides and the leg hems simply disappear while riding. There are lighter weight bibs, but I think that the PI Pro In-R-Cool has hit the mark for excellent fit, great material quality, very good chamois, very good looks all at a perfect price point, not to mention typical Pearl Izumi quality for durability.

    Elite In-R-Cool vs PRO In-R-Cool: What's the difference? Its the PRO version worth the upgrade?

    I'm have a pair of the Elite In-R-Cool Bibs right now and love them. Looking for a new pair and trying to decide between Elite and PRO. Also considering the PRO Pursuite.

    Do these bibs run small compared to the...

    Do these bibs run small compared to the 2013 and 2012 versions?

    I have noticed comments on other sites that this years 2014 Pro In R Cool bibs run small and if I used a medium previously I need a large now.

    Please assist.

    Best Answer

    These bibs run true to the sizes shown on the fit chart. They are a compression fit and the correct sizing will yield a tight short. Over previous years the only changes are a slightly lower front that will make it easier on you when nature calls and a thin panel in the back that will improve ventilation properties.

    I am 5'8" and 160lbs and tried both the medium and large 2014 bibs. The mediums fit too tight around my upper thighs and the large was too loose around my waist and clearly made for a taller and wider individual. I think these bibs are true to size as indicated in the charts, but I think you need regular to narrow thighs to comfortably fit into the product. I also tried on the P.R.O. Leader Bibs in medium and large, which have a slightly different stitching pattern, and the mediums fit well.

    On a separate note, the material and stitching quality were excellent and the chamois is superb.