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.