2011 Pearl Izumi Apparel

Apparel Pro Reviews

I have been riding with selections of Pearl Izumi’s 2011 mountain biking apparel, including the Veer and Rev jerseys, the Launch Kicker and Launch Plaid shorts, and the Launch gloves since early spring. I have found them to be comfortable, durable and feature laden, and their use of high-tech materials is at the forefront of athletic performance gear. The superb Veer jersey and uber comfy Launch Kicker shorts have been the highlight of the test period, followed closely by the others.


Veer Jersey
The Veer Jersey is the epitome of technical perfection for a mountain-bike jersey, and uses some incredible high-tech materials in a superb blend of synergy. The main body uses their Polyester P.R.O. Transfer fabric with In-R-Cool technology, with a UPF 50+ rating, and the mesh panels use a Polyester, and Spandex blends. Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. Transfer fabric is a high-wicking fabric that transports perspiration away from your skin to cool you and keeping your skin chafe-free. Pearl Izumi partnered with the textile giant Schoeller to create the In-R-Cool technology, which is applied as a finish to the dark material. In-R-Cool bounce’s UV radiation off the fabric rather than allowing it to absorb the energy as heat, keeping you cooler in the process. There are Direct-Vent mesh panels under the arms, and a large section on the upper back where a pack would reside, which gives extra ventilation and breathability. The jersey is cut with a semi-form fit, which is a nice compromise between loose, and racer tight. It has a moderately long 11.5 inch front zipper for ventilation, although I would prefer a 3/4 to full length one for maximum effectiveness. On the back of the hem, it has multiple elastic grippers to keep the jersey in place, and two small pocket sleeves behind the hips for snacks or tools.

Their P.R.O. Transfer fabric was pretty impressive, and it wicked moisture away, really keeping your body at an excellent humidity level, without a clammy feeling. I also liked to wear it with their transferring base layer, and it worked great as a team, even in extremely hot weather, working in perfect synergy for maximum comfort and wickability. The In-R-Cool finish works well, and with the black material, it keeps the heat off you, and you can feel the difference when you are out in the broiling sun. I liked the mesh panels, and the armpit ones offered great ventilation (mini air vents), and the upper back one worked in synergy with a pack, really keeping the sweat spot tolerable and minimal. The hem gripper section made the entire jersey stay put, and kept it from creeping up and minimized undue movement. Even though it had a semi-form fit, the material was stretchy enough that it never felt confining.

Final Thoughts
The Veer Jersey is a supreme product, and the combination of the P.R.O. Transfer fabric with its In-R-Cool finish, and the Direct-Vent mesh panels, offer incredible comfort, ventilation and wickability, and it’s especially functional in warm and sunny conditions.

Pro

  • Comfortable
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • In-R-Cool technology
  • P.R.O. Transfer fabric
  • Mesh panels – side and upper back

Cons

  • Needs full length front zipper

Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Specs:

  • MSRP: $95.00
  • Visit the Pearl Izumi Veer Jersey website
  • Pro Style no. 0707
  • P.R.O. Transfer fabric with In-R-Cool provides optimal skin cooling effect and moisture management when you perspire
  • Direct-Vent panels provide superior ventilation
  • 11 1/2″ zipper for venting
  • Elasticized gripper on back to keep hem in place
  • Two back pockets plus zippered sweat-proof pocket
  • Reflective elements for low-light visibility
  • Semi-form fit
  • Body: 100% Polyester UPF 50+
  • Mesh: 84% Polyester / 16% Spandex
  • Technology: IceFil
  • Colors: Black/White, Green Flash/Shadow Gray


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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • bicol_express says:

    any reviews/thoughts on the x-alp elite shoes you’re wearing

  • Brian Mullin says:

    They are a pretty sweet shoes, comfortable, excellent for hike-a-bike, bombproof, durable and they really protect the feet, although they lose a bit of pedaling power due to flexible sole, but they make up for it in walking and maneuverability (on and off the bike) and protection. There is a reason that Brian Lopes is using it. A review will be forthcoming.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I should have a review out today!

  • Veda says:

    The last time I used a black Veer jersey was in a hot broiling sun with no cloud on a hellish insanely climbing track. It was so hot I wanted to rip open my gloves. In conclusion, I sold my jersey right away after returning home. Regardless of fabric technology wearing black is still hotter than lighter colors when you’re going slow with no winds around.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Material colors have a couple of properties, darker colors usually absorb more heat, but they’re more effective than lighter colors at blocking out the sun, which is damaging to the body. The In-R-Cool uses Schoeller’s Cold Black technology, which is a fabric coating that is a Sun reflector and UV protector, so it offers better heat management and reduces heat absorption. The mumbo jumbo actually works in the real world. They had a demo at Interbike in which a heat lamp was right next to a set of shorts that had this technology, and you could check the temperature (by touch and a digital gauge) at the fabric surface, and it was not hot.

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