It’s never too cold to get out and ride!
Due to an unseasonably warm start to winter, the opportunities to go mountain biking are many. The days are cold with an icy chill in the air, but not enough to wear multiple layers. Pearl Izumi’s late fall and winter gear is perfect for layering on days that are too cold to wear a cycling jersey by itself, but too warm to wear unnecessary multiple warm layers.
Launch Thermal Jersey
For a winter weight jersey, the Pearl Izumi Women’s Launch Thermal Jersey is not too heavy or bulky. Its brushed Thermal fabric has moisture transfer and provides just enough warmth to keep you from freezing, but not overheating. Most of the times I wore this, a jacket was unnecessary. Fitting snuggly without being too tight, the jersey retails for $75 and is also good idea for those who don’t like to wear thermal arm sleeves.
At 5’1”, I’m a petite woman, so the $90 Pearl Izumi Women’s Elevate Short fit more like ¾ length capri pants. Regardless of their length, these are the most versatile cycling shorts I have in my gear closet. The four-way stretch fabric makes them super flexible and moves with ease. Designed to be worn over a favorite liner, I have worn them solo and also on top of thermal tights. The perfect multi season short, they are also durable and show no holes or other evidence of falls I’ve taken while riding (more than I like to admit).
I prefer to wear full fingered gloves when mountain biking. The Pearl Izumi Women’s Summit Glove ($35) offers durability (reinforced synthetic leather palm and back of hand protection, neoprene to protect knuckle) without sacrificing dexterity.
MTB Barrier Jacket
If another layer must be added on top, the Pearl Izumi Women’s MTB Barrier Jacket ($80) is made from barrier material that offers wind protection and water resistance. For cooler days, the centered zipper with draft flap and zipper garage seals in body warmth, while the abrasion-resistant panels on the sleeves promise a durable piece that will last for several seasons.
X-Alp Launch II shoes
Finally, I have worn the same Pearl Izumi mountain bike shoes since 2009. It is definitely time to upgrade with a new mountain bike shoe – preferably a flexible pair with BOA system technology.
The Pearl Izumi Women’s X-Alp Launch II shoes ($160) are stylish, comfortable, and fit tightly to my foot. In addition to the BOA, the two features I appreciated most are the spacious toe box and the carbon rubber lugged outsole. In technical sections where I am forced to hike and bike, I was relieved to have the protection of the toe box to prevent my toes form getting stubbed, and the grippy traction of the soles to prevent slippage.
No matter how many different cycling brands I try, I always come back to Pearl Izumi for fit, design, and function. Commit to your 2017 resolution to bike more by starting off the new year with some new Pearl Izumi gear. You won’t regret it. (Ed. Note – Mens versions of some of this gear available too! We reviewed them here.)