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.