Gear of the Day: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. LTD Jersey and Bib Shorts

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When it comes to cycling kit, beauty is undoubtedly in the eye of the beholder. Function, on the other hand, is a yes-or-no proposition. So while you’ll have to make your own judgment about the looks of Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. LTD jersey and bib shorts (personally, I really like it), there is no questioning the functionality of this upper-tier top-and-bottom combo.

The P.R.O. LTD bib shorts ($175) bring together a host of useful features that start and end with a pleasing anatomic fit. These have been my go-to bib shorts all spring for one primary reason – they fit really well. The comfortable and seamless (read no chafe) 4D chamois stays in place. The slightly long leg panel doesn’t ride up my thigh, and because it has no silicone leg grippers you don’t get that rubber-band-around-your leg feeling. The wide shoulder straps provide a sense of security without concern of twisting or binding.

And while I haven’t done a whole lot of hot weather rides this year, both shorts and jersey are designed to battle the sun by utilizing something Pearl Izumi calls P.R.O. Transfer In-R-Cool fabric with coldblack. The idea is that the fabric provides both cooling and reflective sun protection to the tune of UPF 50+ (UPF being an acronym for ultraviolet protection factor). Translation, you don’t have to slather sunscreen all over your body before getting dressed. This kit will protect you from sunburn.

Likewise, the P.R.O. LTD jersey ($125) both fits well and performs at a high level. Highlight design features include an elasticized gripper strip at the base of inner-back to keep the hem in place, three amply sized back pockets for storage, an interior sweat-proof pocket for items that must stay dry, and a sturdy full-length zipper that can easily be pulled down with one hand.

Flatlock seams enhance aerodynamics and prevent unwanted skin rub. And the mix of a 100-percent polyester body combined with the 80-percent polyester/20-percent elastane side panels and sleeves promotes a smooth, contoured fit.

Pearl has also expanded its size range to include a Small/Medium and Medium/Large for both jersey and bib shorts, which is great news for people who fall in between traditional size ranges.

Add in a pair of shock-absorbing Pearl Izumi Elite gel-vent gloves ($40) with mesh palm lining for better cooling, and P.R.O. Transfer short-sleeve base layer ($55), which is constructed with special Minerale fabric for better moisture management, and you’re ready to log some big days in the saddle. Check out more photos in the gallery below, and find more info at www.PearlIzumi.com.

Gear of the Day: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. LTD Jersey and Bib Shorts Gallery
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Trim Fit

The P.R.O. LTD jersey definitely has a pro fit.
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Bib Shorts

Form meets function with these well-designed bib shorts.
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Back View

Understated but not drab.
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Zipper

One hand is all you need to open up on hot days.
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Bib Shorts Back

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Bib Shorts Front

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Dual Fabric

Contour and stretch where you need it.
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Gloves

Padding with breathability.
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Jersey

Basic look as long as you don't mind the large-sized logo.
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Leg Gripper

Compression and security.
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Three Back Pockets

Plenty of storage area for those long rides.
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P.R.O. LTD Kit

Nice color story, as the designer types would say.
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Sweat Proof Pocket

Great spot for the smartphone -- or your race radio.
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Straps

Security, comfort and breathability.
About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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