Blue is the new black. Well, at least it is for me during hot summer days in the saddle. I’ve been sporting the Pearl Izumi Men’s PRO Air Bib Short and Interval Jersey (Navy/White Bevel) for the last month and they have been my go to kit I grab out of my closet. There are a few things that make this kit stand out. For one, they’re comfortable while riding underneath the sun all day due to their lighter color. We all know black bibs and jerseys attract heat so this Pearl Izumi material seems to keep things on the cooler side. Against your skin the material feels like silk and becomes one with your body’s geometry. In terms of style, it breaks away from the standard black bib and jerseys – if you have been following me for awhile, you know I like to be unique.
Men’s Pro Air Bib Short
Once in your hands you will fall in love with the material of these bibs – even more when on your body. It’s constructed from an ultra-lightweight stretch woven fabric that doesn’t lose its shape even after several rides and its so comfortable that you don’t feel like you are wearing much at all. It keeps cool on your legs due to its In-R-Cool material that assists with breathability. The bib has a seamless structure that gives it a nice clean look at the knee, unlike some other bibs that have a black elastic band.
Now let’s talk chamois. Generally, when I’m in the market for a bib short the chamois is one of the first things I look out for. It’s the worst feeling when soft tissue gets agitated while riding and it can take days to recover. When you’re riding for long days in the saddle you can develop a lot of friction, but with the high-quality Italian materials and innovation, this bib gives me the support I need for the multiple movements being made on the bike. I’ve trained with these bibs, put in long endurance miles and I can honestly say it is one of the more comfortable chamois I’ve had. Pearl Izumi put in a ton of technology and engineering to develop the PRO Escape 1:1 Chamois ® and it just feels right.
Pearl Izumi designed the interval jersey to stand out from the pack. It’s a lightweight summer jersey that fits close to your body and keeps you cool with its silky transfer fabric, similar to the PRO Bib short. It’s perfect for rides that require you to be out in the hot summer sun. It’s equipped with 3 pockets that are easily reachable and spacious. The rear gripper is one the better ones that I have that helps keep the jersey taut and in place.
I choose the navy and white to match my bib short and the set looks stylish paired with white socks, shoes, and helmet. One downside of the jersey is that the sleeves are a bit too short for me (I have larger arms), so I found that they began to ride up a bit. Not a deal breaker, just something to keep in mind for those with larger arms. It will end up being the lightest weight jersey in your collection and one that adapts well during summer rides and will look nice with a gilet during the fall season.
The Sum Up
The Pearl Izumi Men’s PRO Bib short and Interval jersey stands out from my other kits I use. Aside from its stylish lines and seamless fabric, it performs very well on the bike and moves with your body in all the right places. Navy is a color that can go well with other colors so matching other jerseys to pair up with the bib will give you a fashionable look on the bike. I highly recommend this kit for the summer season due to its lightweight fabric and overall amazing comfort.
*This review was made possible through partnership with Pearl Izumi. However, this review is based on my personal opinion and experience.
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Ridden & Written by
Dwayne Burgess (Manual Pedal)