New Pearl gear is in, and this time it’s…topographical map contours befitting some gravel riding! Or…fingerprints? Or just line art? The closer you get, the more the “lines” get blurred, so maybe don’t sweat the inspiration too much.
Bib shorts, gloves, and jerseys are all officially on the menu. Although, we’re not entirely sure where the gloves fit in the conversation since they lack the collection’s namesake contour lines.
But, the bibs and jerseys are cool enough…
PEARL iZUMi Contours
The Contours collection gets the familiar $150 PRO Mesh Jersey that PEARL iZUMi rolls out under a wide array of varyingly bright and quirky plumages.
Then there’s the Expedition PRO Bib Shorts. Man, you’d better really want a fancy pair of bibs covered in colorful impressionist squiggly lines, casue these fetch a healthy $265. PI says the bibs are “next level” with their top Levitate PRO Chamois (peace, chafe city) and “luxurious” Italian PRO Transfer fabric. What’s that? I don’t know — the internet is void of information, and PEARL iZUMi had not provided details after a request for clarification as of this writing. We do know from testing out another pair of Expedition Pro bibs, that they are a snug fit and aren’t especially stretchy compared to other “luxurious” Italian fabrics.
The hand protection is PI’s $35 Full-Finger Expedition Glove. The gloves have a gel pad in the palm to help protect from nerve damage, which can occur on prolonged rides, or if your bars or hoods don’t fit your mitts quite right. They’re the only part of the kit actually without the “contour” lines, but will match your yellow squiggles.
The fresh roundup joins a few previous PEARL iZUMi releases geared toward coloring life in, which effectively share the same tech, yet with other unique styling.