PEARL iZUMi is expanding on its exclusive PI / BLACK collection, which claims to set ‘new standards in both aesthetics and function for the most discerning riders’. The company adds that the new cycle apparel pieces combine cutting edge technology with modern aesthetics.
The additions consist of the PI / BLACK Bib Short and PI / BLACK Jersey for both men and women. Most notably, these styles are almost 100% sew-free, using the latest in bonding technology to create smooth, low-bulk seams that follow body contours.
According to Rob Pickels, Physiologist with PEARL iZUMi, “Our PI / BLACK collection exists to give us the freedom to shape the future. We invested years into research and development to perfect our patented bonded-seam construction, and this gear delivers a unique on-body experience with a new level of second skin comfort.”
The PI / BLACK bib shorts and jersey feature straps and hems that are finished with a simple edge, free of binding materials and additional stitching, for a ‘supportive yet barely there feel’. Instead of using a more traditional laser-cutting process which slightly melts the fabric, the edges are sonic-cut to maintain the soft feel of the Italian-made PRO Transfer fabric for a transition to skin.
These items feature PEARL iZUMi’s proprietary PI Dry technology, which is the first time the technology has been used in garments intended for warm weather. The company notes that PI Dry adds permanent water shedding performance, without sacrificing breathability, to quickly repel road spray or a summer shower.
“Riders will notice that they stay drier when wearing this gear thanks to the PI Dry technology,” added Rob. Pickels. “Instead of the fabric absorbing perspiration, it’s passed through for fast evaporation, benefitting the cooling process on long climbs and reducing chilling as riders start the descent.”
- PI / BLACK Jersey and W PI / BLACK Jersey – US$200
- PI / BLACK Bib Short – US$250
- W PI / BLACK Bib Short – US$250