As I mentioned the other day on my Pearl iZUMi trail running gear post, I also received a pair of cycling bib shorts to try out. Since I made the switch a while ago to bib shorts, I find it increasingly difficult to go back to standard cycling shorts, the comfort level is that much noticeably better. If you haven’t tried bib shorts yet, make the leap, you’ll be eternally grateful.
Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short ($135.00 )
Pearl iZUMi’s top selling ELITElite Bib, which I received, has been enchanced with In-R-Cool® technology, originally introduced in the P.R.O. Series. This takes their classic style to a new level in technology, performance and value.
- ELITE Transfer fabric with In-R-Cool®™ technology provides optimal cooling and reflective sun protection
- Anatomic multi-panel design
- Flatlock and double needle seams
- Silicone leg gripper with welded construction
- ELITE 3D Chamois®
- Reflective elements for low-light visibility
- 9″ inseam [size medium]
These are incredibly comfortable bib shorts and, maybe I got a size too small, but I really appreciated the slight compression of the garment, which kept my legs feeling supported and fresh. The In-R-Cool®™ technology keeps one cool, even in the heat of the Midwest summer. I also really appreciated the wide straps, which kept the shorts in place. Maybe because I’m a larger guy, but my only complaint was that the chamois seemed a bit underwhelming – not so much that it was overly minimal, but I wished there was more padding. They were still comfortable, so it’s definitely a personal thing. I know plenty of cyclists who hate the thicker chamois which makes one waddle like a penguin. To each his own.