The Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool bib shorts are really well made with a decent-quality seat pad to keep you comfortable in the saddle.
That pad is deep enough, at 13mm, to provide a good level of protection, and channels down the centre help it to flex and breathe, although I could have done with a little more density to the padding underneath the sit-bones on long rides; I'm talking about three hours or so.
The shorts are well-shaped from multiple panels with the double needle seams looking like they'll stand up to all sorts of abuse. The main fabric is pretty rugged stuff and there are no signs of wear so far, not even in the seat section.
Rather than having a elastic leg gripper, these have a doubled-over cuff of the same fabric. It works fine... or, at least, it worked fine for me, with silicone print inside the hem helping to keep the legs from shimmying up over time. In terms of length, each leg is about 24cm. When stretched on, the size medium covered my quads almost completely rather than reaching halfway down like some.
The fabric features In-R-Cool Coldblack fabric technology, the idea being to reflect heat away from you rather than absorbing it. This is something that we're seeing on quite a lot of shorts these days. This sort of claim usually sets off my BS detector but it does actually work to keep you just a touch cooler when the sun is shining. If you really want to stay cool, though, wearing white clothing would make more of an impact.
The bib section and a couple of small panels on the hips are made from a highly breathable mesh and the shoulder straps are wide enough never to dig in.
You get quite a lot of reflective transfers that are all still in place several washes in, although Dave has a pair of these shorts from last year and they did start to peel over time. They always do.
Well-made shorts for the hot weather with a decent mid-level seatpad.
If you're thinking of buying this product using a cashback deal why not use the road.cc Top Cashback page and get some top cashback while helping to support your favourite independent cycling website
road.cc test report
Make and model: Pearl izumi ELITE In-R-Cool Bib Short
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Here's the info from Pearl Izumi:
- Pearl Izumi's best selling bib short now features the reflective In-R-Cool® coldblack® fabric technology providing optimal cooling and UPF 50+ sun protection
- The Elite In-R-Cool bib short combines an anatomic multi-panel design with flatlock and double needle seams for durability and comfort
- Silicone leg gripper with welded construction
- The dense Elite 3D Chamois® offers maximum support and comfort for extended hours in the saddle thanks to a 13mm 3-layers padding and active carbon yarns to improve thermoregulation
- Reflective elements for low-light visibility
- 9' inseam [size medium]Form Fit
- Weather forecast: Hot and sunny
- Temperature rating: +/- 25 degrees
- Main fabrics: 80% nylon 12% elastane 8% polyester (Weight 258 g/m2), Mesh fabrics: 80% polyester 20% elastane, Lower Panels: 80% nylon 12% elastane 8% polyester
Essentially, these are a general riding/performance shorts for the summer.
Rate the product for quality of construction:
Rate the product for performance:
Rate the product for durability:
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
Rate the product for value:
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Leg length is good and the leg grippers work well. The seams look set to last.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? I'd prefer more density to the seatpad.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
This is a lucrative and relatively new way to raise funds toward road safety. It's nothing short of an own goal. Particularly with the numbers of...
Not strictly true, the customary rights of clan chiefs and warlords were converted into legal property rights over the land which was then often...
With a great deal of effort - or at least taking a lot of time - some cultural change has been achieved around drink driving. It's now generally...
Just because a helmet doesn't have a supplemental rotational protection system like MIPS (as the article stated) doesn't mean that it doesn't have...
If it was a road collision death in the UK the road would likely be closed for several hours for evidence collection, similarly for trainline...
Our Govt? Actively dishonest?? Say it ain't so!...
Is he meaning that some enormous but unspecified percentage of those new cars are EV and therefore he considers them to be "Good/Green"?
They did when there was an unyielding steel shafted steering wheel, hard edged pressed metal dash, face shredding glass windscreen and no seat...
Agreed too rich for me, but even if I won a pair I think I would feel a tad self conscious on the next café ride 😁
Since I generated Mikes first comment I feel I need to say that I dont see Mike as being defensive. Engaging with your readership is a positive -...