Pearl Izumi’s recent gear has impressed us. Now it’s impressing us with a new approach to help protect the environment (with new gear). It’s all about free trade and recycled materials. By 2020, Pearl Izumi hopes to be using 30-percent recycled materials in all its offerings. By 2022, it hopes to bump that up to 90 percent.
BLVD Tee and Quarter-Zip | $80 to $110
The BLVD tee and quarter-zip shirts best represent the company’s new approach to sustainability. It’s a two-layer shirt with polyester on the inside and merino on the outside. But it doesn’t feel like two layers. The polyester uses recycled materials, and the merino is responsibly sourced. Boom--environmentally friendly and comfortable.
Women’s Vista Pant | $125
The Vista pant has been around for a year in a men’s style, and now it has a women’s cut also. The pants are a simple design, ready to be worn on and off the bike, but it’s the small details that make a real difference. The material is slightly stretchy without looking like it, and if you roll up the cuff, there’s a reflective strip for visibility. The waistband is wider and comes up higher in the back. The pants have also been treated with an eco-friendly water repellent if you end up in wetter weather than planned. Pearl Izumi also offers the Vista short for $110 as well.
Summit Short | $90 to $110
The Summit Short is Pearl Izumi’s most popular short, but it has traditionally been available without a liner. Now you have a choice. The new shorts can come with or without a chamois. The liner is contoured underneath, instead of on the skin-facing surface, it is manufactured in Italy and Pearl Izumi says it is carved, not pressed. Apparently most chamois are pressed, which can result in a less uniform flex to a chamois as some areas are more dense.
The shorts have remained mostly unchanged, but the waist is non-elastic and adjusted by extra-strong Velcro on both sides. A “trail access pocket” has also been added, which sits behind the leg, instead of on top. The shorts are also treated with a DWR to help repel water.
Summit WxB Short | $150
The WxB short isn’t designed to be worn while rallying in a WRX Subaru, but it is designed to work with the Pearl Izumi WxB rain jacket (which used to be the WRX rain jacket). And since it’s supposed to be worn with a rain jacket, you probably guessed the shorts also offer some water resistance. In fact, Pearl Izumi claims the shorts are completely waterproof yet still breathable thanks to the 2.5 layer WxB laminate. On the seat of the short, a three-layer material is used for increased durability. The shorts are only available as a shell--no liner.
Summit WxB Jacket | $200
The WxB Jacket has the same 2.5 layer waterproof-breathable system as the short and replaces the WRX jacket. There are pockets in the front and the zipper can be zipped from the top or bottom to allow for breathability and access to jersey pockets. The hood can be worn over a helmet or over the head, adjusted by snaps. It can also be strapped down when not in use and has vents in the back for when your head overheats. All seams are taped.
Pulaski Glove | $45
As the name suggest, these gloves are a nod to trail workers. They use a synthetic leather that wears in like the real stuff, but is easier to take care of. And they are thin--thin enough to feel like a normal cycling glove.
X-Alp Flow Shoe | $100
The Flow shoe is a paired-down version of the Launch shoe. It doesn’t use as many materials, with a less-reinforced upper and it forgoes the Vibram sole for Pearl Izumi’s own dual density rubber. The rubber is softer and siped where it contacts the pedal, but harder with larger lugs where it doesn’t.
All new gear will be available next February. Find out more here.