Pearl Izumi has long been an easy pick when looking for thoughtfully made, confidence inspiring apparel and its new Pursuit/BLACK Thermal Jersey and Bib Shorts are no exception. New for 2018, this pairing is ideal for early morning rides and all-day cool-weather adventures. This kit is for the rider who wants to take the bite out of a painfully early start, but doesn’t want to end up sweat-soaked when the sun warms the road.


Both the jersey and shorts are fully equipped with Italian made thermal brushed fabric to keep you warm in the cold and to minimize sweating when the sun decides to make an appearance. The seams contour perfectly to an efficient race-inspired riding position and the Team 1:1 Chamois with floating top layer allows the rider to perch almost weightlessly atop any saddle. A semi-autolock zipper on the jersey allows for easy one-handed adjustment and laser-cut leg openings with silicone print hold the perfect fit while adding or shedding layers during colder rides. Add to these features three ample jersey pockets and this kit is ready to be loaded up with a vest, rain jacket, burrito, walkman, and anything else needed to get through all-day pedal punishment.  

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After four rides, three coffee shops, and an hour stop along the PCH to whale-watch, this kit speaks for itself. Cold morning got me down? Want to dive back into that still-warm bed? This kit lets me take that same warm comfort onto the road. Need some liquid motivation? I can sip my doppio espresso in sweat-free comfort; heck, I’ll take my time and soak up another 15 minutes of winter sun before getting back on the road. I’ve earned it. Hey, there’s a sweet LA Dodgers foam finger on the side of the road! Guess what? I’ve got room for that in my jersey pockets. The chamois cradles me like an antimicrobial glove and the subtle graphics on the chest and legs elicit visions of cold, bleak wilderness scored with threads of pale sunlight.

The verdict: This jersey and short combo is pure comfort with a sleek, aerodynamic, race-inspired fit. If short days and biting morning cold take away that warm fuzzy feeling inside, slip into the Pearl Izumi Pursuit/BLACK Thermal Jersey and Bib Shorts and feel warm and fuzzy on the outside.

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