Pearl Izumi expands Aero apparel collection

Developed through company’s athlete'centric Speed Shop program

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Pearl Izumi expands Aero apparel collection

Pearl Izumi has expanded its Aero apparel collection, making its patented Speed Sleeve technology available to more riders in new Spring 2018 jerseys.

Of the total power produced by a rider, 90% is used to overcome aerodynamic drag on flat terrain. Two-thirds of this aero drag is caused by the rider’s body, so one of the biggest opportunities to improve performance is optimizing airflow around the rider.

Developed through Pearl Izumi’s athlete’centric Speed Shop program to be at the top of engineered aerodynamics, the patented Speed Sleeve is designed to stretch between the upper arm and torso, creating a smooth shape that acts like a fairing. Textured Transfer Aero fabric helps smooth airflow around the rider and special pattern engineering eliminates wrinkles to further reduce drag. Additionally, longer sleeves with raw edge hems wrap more of the upper arm, a significant source of drag, in textured aerodynamic fabric to provide every advantage for all-out performance.

“People often talk about the benefits of aero wheels and bikes,” said Andrew Hammond, Brand Manager at Pearl Izumi. “But they ignore the opportunity for improving performance through apparel. Unlike other equipment that may make a bike difficult to handle in a crosswind or ride harshly, aero apparel does not compromise comfort or safety. After riding in a piece like the P.R.O. Pursuit Speed Jersey for a while you become accustomed to a quieter, no flap ride, which you really appreciate when you put a standard jersey back on.”

Here’s a rundown of the new Aero collection:

Pearl Izumi expands Aero apparel collection

Men’s Pursuit / BLACK Mach 5 Long Sleeve Speedsuit ($350)

Worn during the fastest time trial in Tour de France history and for back-to-back World Team Time Trial Championships, the Men’s Pursuit / BLACK Mach 5 Long Sleeve Speedsuit leaves nothing on the table when it comes to aerodynamic performance. Developed in their athlete centric Speed Shop program, this suit reduces aero drag by approximately 8% compared to a fitted jersey.

  • P.R.O. Transfer fabric on the main body provides optimal airflow and lightweight feel
  • P.R.O. Aero fabric in key leading edge areas reduces aerodynamic drag
  • Patented anatomic Speed Sleeve construction optimizes fit in the cycling position
  • Long sleeve design further reduces drag around upper arms
  • Team 1:1 chamois with floating top sheet is designed to provide reliable, comfortable support
  • Radio pocket on upper back for storage
  • Laser cut leg openings with silicone print hold hems in place
  • Sublimated graphics on legs
  • 10″ inseam (size medium)
  • This suit is designed to fit professional cyclists, consider sizing up
Men’s Pursuit / BLACK Race Suit ($350)

Developed in Pearl’s athlete centric Speed Shop program, the Men’s Pursuit / BLACK Race Suit combines the jersey and shorts into and aerodynamic skinsuit. Every detail is focused on performance, like the patented Speed Sleeve construction and longer sleeve length with raw edge hems, to cheat the wind.

  • P.R.O. Transfer fabric on the main body provides optimal airflow and lightweight feel
  • P.R.O. Aero fabric in key leading edge areas reduces aerodynamic drag
  • Patented anatomic Speed Sleeve construction optimizes fit in the cycling position
  • Longer to-the-elbow sleeves reduce drag around upper arms
  • Full-length semi-autolock zipper can be flipped up and tugged open with one hand for easy venting
  • Team 1:1 Chamois with floating top sheet is designed to provide reliable, comfortable support
  • Laser cut leg openings with silicone print hold hems reliably in place
  • Sublimated graphics on legs
  • 10″ inseam (size medium)
P.R.O. PURSUIT Speed Jersey ($150)

From the professional peloton comes a jersey that has stood on the podiums of some of the greatest races in the world. It features a highly engineered, race oriented cut and patented Speed Sleeve technology to eliminate wrinkles and smooth airflow over the body.

  • P.R.O. Transfer Aero fabric in key leading edge areas reduces aerodynamic drag
  • Mesh panels on front for improved air flow and ventilation
  • Patented anatomic Speed Sleeve construction optimizes fit in the cycling position
  • Longer, to-the-elbow sleeves reduce drag around upper arms
  • Low cut, minimalist collar construction
  • Full-length semi-autolock zipper can be flipped up and tugged open with one hand for easy venting
  • Three back pockets

Pearl Izumi expands Aero apparel collection

Women’s Pursuit / BLACK Speed Mesh Jersey ($175)

Developed with elite female athletes through Pearl’s Speed Shop program to be at the peak of engineered aerodynamics, each detail of this jersey focuses on performance. The patented Speed Sleeve construction creates an optimal close to body fit through the shoulders, eliminating wrinkles and smoothing airflow to reduce drag while in the cycling position. Additionally, longer sleeves with raw edge hems wrap more of the upper arm in textured aerodynamic fabric.

  • P.R.O. Transfer Mesh fabric on the main body provides optimal airflow and lightweight feel
  • P.R.O. Aero fabric in key leading edge areas reduces aerodynamic drag
  • Patented anatomic Speed Sleeve construction optimizes fit in the cycling position
  • Longer to-the-elbow sleeves reduce drag around upper arms
  • Full-length semi-autolock zipper can be flipped u and tugged open with one hand for easy venting
  • Three back pockets with solid fabric
Women’s ELITE Pursuit Speed Short Sleeve Jersey ($110)

Style and speed combine in this fully sublimated graphic jersey. Optimized with patented Speed Sleeve and wind tunnel tested Aero fabric.

  • P.R.O. Transfer Aero fabric and Speed Sleeve smooth airflow over shoulders to reduce drag
  • ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool fabric powered by Ice-fil provides skin cooling and moisture management
  • DirectVent panels provide optimal ventilation
  • Full-length zipper for venting, with tailored draft flap finish
  • Three back pockets for easy storage
  • Elasticized gripper on back holds hem in place
  • Reflective elements and BioViz color option for low-light visibility
Men’s Elite Pursuit Speed Jersey ($110)

This jersey is packed with aerodynamic innovation. It features patented Speed Sleeve tech to smooth airflow around your upper arms and shoulders. Special textured fabrics are used on the leading edges and over the shoulders to further reduce drag.

  • ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool fabric powered by Ice-fil provides superior skin cooling
  • Direct-Vent panels provide superior ventilation
  • Patented anatomic Speed Sleeve construction optimizes fit in the cycling position
  • Longer sleeves reduce drag around upper arms
  • Full-length semi-autolock zipper can be flipped up and tugged open with one hand for easy venting
  • Silicone gripper on back holds hem in place
  • Three back pockets with bonded finish gives a clean and sleek design
  • Reflective elements and BioViz color option for low-light visibility
  • Sublimated graphics on selected panels

To learn more about Pearl Izumi’s Spring 2018 Aero apparel line spin over to www.pearlizumi.com.

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