While training is the primary factor that contributes to a stellar race day performance, Pearl Izumi's P.R.O In-R-Cool Tri Shorts are designed to work with you by reducing drag, regulating your core temperature, and supporting the muscles of the leg.
The shorts were sewn from Pearl's proprietary In-R-Cool fabric. Unlike common dark textiles, which absorb heat, these fabrics have a UPF rating of 50+ and reflect the sun's radiant energy. This reduces the fabric's surface temperature in order to avoid overheating during the ride and run stages on hot, sunny days. Also keeping you cool is Pearl Izumi's proprietary P.R.O. Aero fabric, a blend of nylon, elastane, and polyester. The resulting engineered knit produces an outer-surface that's optimized to smooth turbulent air and reduce drag, and as stated above, it also provides core comfort. It's textured for breathability and to accelerate moisture transfer away from the skin. And by keeping your skin cool and dry, irritation on the bike and run is minimized.
Providing a lightly compressive fit that maximizes muscle efficiency, the P.R.O In-R-Cool's multi-panel design ensures that the shorts provide the greatest degree of mobility by working with the Aero fabrics natural stretch in order to eliminate binding. It has a stretch draw cord to securely hold the shorts in place, and an easy-access envelope pocket that gives you a place to stash small items.
For further comfort, Izumi also included its TRI quick-dry chamois. This insert is constructed with variable density padding that's contoured for an anatomically correct fit. Its minimal design makes it nearly unnoticeable during the swim and run portions of your race.
The Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Tri Shorts are available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the color Black.
- Item #PLZ000E
- Q & A
Looks great, feels not-great
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
I'll cut to the chase: the chamois on these shorts rubs worse than any triathlon shorts I've used in recent memory. If you look at the pictures helpfully provided by Grant, you'll notice that PI used a zig-zagging pattern to stitch the chamois into the shorts. I'm sure there are reasons for this, but comfort is not one of them. The edge of the padding is a raw cut (not folded or welded down), so the zig-zag stitch creates little bubbles of raised padding on the edge of the chamois. These bubbles were noticeable as soon as I sat on the bike for an hour-long spin class. I imagine they would leave me pretty raw if I was sitting in a static position for any long rides. Along with that, I'm frankly nervous to take them out for a run. Nobody wants to be feel the friction before even starting a run, and these are uncomfortable simply walking around.
This breaks my heart, because these shorts are also some of the flashest I've seen in a loooong time. I was excited for some race pictures of me looking all pro like, but 'twas not to be.
The Best Out There:
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
I've got 5 pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Tri Shorts and the only thing i can say is there the only Tri shorts I'll wear in the summer. Great fit, Feel awesome and look great. Very true to size which is always my question when buying online. I've not had any issues with them at all and always look forward to each years new look.
In addition to all of the info above I want to add that these shorts do have a drawstring in the waist to help get that perfect fit and secure it while riding.
This is a photo of the back, inside out.
This is a picture of the front, inside out.
Can someone please post a picture of these...
Can someone please post a picture of these turned inside out?
I went into the warehouse and snapped some pictures of these inside out. Check them out.