Pearl Izumi gear review

Not long ago my favorite people over at Outside PR emailed me to ask if I’d like to try out some gear from Pearl Izumi. Didn’t have to think twice on that one! Coming from a triathlon background, I’ve always worn Pearl Izumi for cycling, but didn’t know they made running clothing too. They do, and they do it well.

I had the chance to try two pairs of shorts and two shirts from their Elite line. First up, the Infinity short. This short is a bit longer that what I typically wear, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. The fit was good, the material, which is 100 percent recycled polyester, was comfortable and lightweight.  They also come with reflective elements for better visibility. These were the first pair of shorts I wore when returning to running and they will become a favorite of mine.

Next was the Infinity split short. Split short conjures up images of the old-fashioned tiny shorts folks wore in the 80s, but these are a modern take on “split.” Regardless, I wasn’t crazy about the fit of these–maybe they’re just so different from what I am used to, but I don’t find them comfortable or flattering on me. They have a three-inch inseam and also come with reflective elements. Both shorts score points with me for their zipper pockets in back. I’m always on the hunt for pockets in my running gear!

The Infinity long-sleeve top and Infinity short

In addition to the shorts, I got to try the Infinity In-R-Cool short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirt. Both are made of a wonderful, light-weight material designed to cool your body as you exercise. This is not the heavier polyester Pearl Izumi of old that I remember. The short-sleeved top has  a v-neck, which I appreciate because I am always running hot. The long-sleeved version has an 8-inch half zip, allowing for venting. Both offer UV protection.

The Infinity short-sleeved shirt and split short
Rear zipper pocket on split short

Overall I’m giving this line of clothing a thumbs up. I can see these shirts and shorts fitting in well to the transition from spring to summer. A big thanks to Outside PR for giving me the chance to wear-test the clothes. If you’re interested in checking any of it out, go to Pearl Izumi’s site for the full run down.

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  1. KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) says

    I LOVED the stuff they sent me too! The material they use "feels" so nice. Still getting accustomed to the minimalist Streak II shoe to run in.

  2. Evolving Through Running says

    I was VERY impressed with the gear they sent me to try. BIG fan of the long-sleeve shirt. Since I got the gear I've looked locally in a couple of TRI stores, and REI, and I'm still not seeing any of the running gear in stores, just the cycling gear. Funny, I hear split shorts and picture guys with long hair and sideburns burning up the tracks in the late 70s, early 80s.

  3. Amanda@runninghood says

    This brand is new to me but I'm excited to look into it. I just read an awesome review of their racing/performance shoes and i'm convinced to try them. :) Thanks!

  4. racing dawn says

    Love trying new stuff. My favorite pair of running socks are PI. Love em. Not that you need running socks anymore… 😉

  5. Laurie says

    Very cool! I just got a pair of Pearl iZumi shoes that I really enjoy. Had I not spent my entire budget on them, I think I would've tried some of their other gear too… good looking stuff!

  6. Marlene says

    Looks like good stuff! We don't seem to carry PI anywhere around here and I am too nervous to order anything without trying on (especially with outrageous shipping costs to Canada). What would be awesome is if they would just send me a bunch of stuff. Do you hear that, Pearl Izumi? lol

  7. Irene says

    I love PI shoes, I have 4 pairs that I rotate, but I have yet to try their clothes! Thanks for the review.

  8. Kirstie says

    Very cool that you got to try this gear out. Love that there is a pocket in the shorts. The more pockets, the better I say.

  9. Jill says

    I love their stuff (and they're a CO company, I think, right??), I need to venture out of my littl comfort zone of Nike Tempo shorts so this may be a nice start!

  10. Jeff - DangleTheCarrot says

    PI makes some great high quality stuff! Got a pair of cycling shorts and they are wonderful! Thanks for the review!