Pearl Izumi PI DRY fabric technology launched

Hydrophobic fabric completely repels precipitation and road spray

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Pearl Izumi PI DRY Fabric Technology

Pearl Izumi will introduce PI DRY in road cycling bibs, tights, and warmers for the Fall 2017 season. Photo courtesy Pearl Izumi

Continuing its push to develop innovative cycling apparel to enable athletes to ride 365 days a year, Pearl Izumi has unveiled its new PI DRY fabric technology, a high performance hydrophobic fabric that transforms knit apparel so they completely repel precipitation and road spray. Pearl Izumi has the exclusive rights to use this fabric technology in the cycling category for the next three years. 

PI DRY technology coats individual fibers, so technical yarns maintain their high surface area for wicking performance, without compromise to the flexibility, stretch and comfort of the fabric. Unlike standard DWR coatings that are applied to the surface of a garment, PI DRY’s coating method prevents the inside of the garment from saturating, claims Pearl Izumi. 

Pearl Izumi PI DRY Fabric Technology

Riders don’t need to worry about diminishing performance if they happen to ride a lot. Photo courtesy Pearl Izumi

Durability was a key area of focus during the development of PI DRY, because traditional water resistant coatings lose 20% of their original performance after just 20 washes. PI DRY is claimed to last the lifetime of the garment and maintain performance even after 100 wash cycles.
 
“Extending the useful range of our thermal fabrics to riders dealing with varied weather conditions is a huge bonus for everyone,” said Alex Strouthopoulos, senior product line manager at Pearl Izumi. “The permanent finish of PI DRY means that the benefit is there for the life of the garment, so riders don’t need to worry about diminishing performance if they happen to ride a lot.”

Pearl Izumi PI DRY Fabric Technology

Pearl Izumi has the exclusive rights to use this fabric technology in the cycling category for the next three years. Photo courtesy Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi will introduce PI DRY in road cycling bibs, tights, and warmers for the Fall 2017 season. Like all Pearl Izumi gear, the PI DRY collection comes with a lifetime warranty. Here’s a rundown on each new piece

ELITE Thermal Arm, Knee and Leg Warmers
: Designed for cool weather riding, they feature cozy thermal fleece and now updated with PI Dry for all weather performance. Price from $35-$55.

Pursuit and Women’s Pursuit Thermal Cycling Bib Tight
: For training in cool and damp conditions, this warm all-weather bib-tight uses thermal fleece fabric featuring water shedding PI Dry technology, it will shrug off drizzle and road spray to keep you comfortably warm. Price $160 for men’s tight and $150 for women’s.

Pearl Izumi PI DRY Fabric Technology

PI DRY technology coats individual fibers, so technical yarns maintain their high surface area for wicking performance, without compromise to the flexibility, stretch and comfort of the fabric. Photo courtesy Pearl Izumi

P.R.O. Escape Thermal Bib Short and ¾ Bib Tight: Perfect for long rides on cool days, brushed back Thermal Fleece fabric with PI Dry technology will keep you comfortably warm even on wet roads. $175 shorts, $185 ¾ tights.

For more info head over to www.pearlizumi.com.

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  • Hombre says:

    I agree Jim M. I don’t get it. I’ve been buying anything but black for years. But it isn’t easy to find. Black may hide chain grease smears, but it’s just too damn hot. I suspect it has to do with fashion rather than function.

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