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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short

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Pearl Izumi's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short offers a great balance of performance and value. The anatomic multi-panel design features flatlock and double needle seams for chafe-free comfort, plus silicone leg grippers to keep everything in place.

The Elite In-R-Cool is made of ELITE Transfer fabric with high-end In-R-Cool® technology for efficient moisture transfer, optimal cooling, and reflective sun protection. And, the ELITE 3D Chamois® for supportive comfort. Reflective elements provide low-light visibility. 9" inseam (size Medium). Available in various colors.

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Chest35"-37"38"-40"41"-43"44"-46"47"-49" 
Waist29"-31"32"-34"35"-37"38"-41"42"-45" 
Hips35"-37"38"-40"41"-43"44"-46"47"-49" 
Inseam31½"32"32½"33"33½" 
 
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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 6/8/2014
by Anonymous
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Maine
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Compare well against Louis Garneau Neo Power Bibs

I recently picked up the Pearl Izumi Elite bibs (PI) on Gold Express Deal, and would like to compare them against a direct competitor that I've been riding for about 3.5 years, Louis Garneau Neo Power (LG). I am 6'4', 210 pounds and I have XL sizes of each.

Material: The PI are made of a shiny, slippery, and slightly thinner spandex compared to the high compression, matte finish LG. At first I viewed this as a potential downside, as the shiny, slippery stuff makes its way into low end cycling apparel. But after a long hot ride, I feel that it breaths better and may be less prone to rubbing.

Design and Fit: The PI are slightly larger than the LG in XL. LG uses the same material for the bib portion straps as the rest of the of the piece, and these straps have to be stretched into place over my shoulders: Very nice snug, compression fit. The PI by comparison use a very light mesh for the bib straps that could fit a man with a much longer torso than me. They aren't loose over my shoulders, but they aren't nearly as tight as the LG. I was concerned with the potential for the PI not staying in place, but this turned about to be unfounded. Plus, the PI straps breath better. Overall though, initial quality impression was better for LG.

Chamois Pad/Comfort: LG changed their chamois from my first (and favorite) pair of Neo Power Bibs to my second and third pair. I feel I like each pair slightly less. My newest LG Neo Power rub in a particular area and can be very uncomfortable. I just finished a 84 mile ride in the PI and both initial comfort and comfort on the 84th mile were significantly better than LG for me. Both LG and PI pads seem to be about same thickness (if not LG sl thicker/more diaper like), but I feel the PI may have larger surface area and be wider at the thinnest point between the legs. Win for PI here for my sit bone and saddle combination.

Conclusion: Both are excellent. Get whichever is on sale! I am tempted to try the top-line Pro PI now.

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Reviewed 8/22/2014
by braytd1
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Ann Arbor, MI
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My Favorite Bibs

These are great bibs. Pearl Izumi hits the sweet spot between technology, fit, price and quality. You can spend a fortune on bibs, and I have, but the incremental performance and quality improvements just don't justify the added cost. Even the high-end Pearl Izumi bibs aren't worth it. These are the perfect compromise on all criteria.

These bibs seem to fit just right. I'm a guy that is not an elite racer. Rather my BMI is in the healthy range. These bibs give just the right amount of compression to be 'all-day' comfortable.

The best way to measure life of bibs is the number of washings they endure. These seem to be just fine in that regard. However, I learned long ago that cool water temperatures and air drying extend the life considerably.

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Reviewed 7/4/2014
by KAG
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Glendale, CA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
My first pair of Bibs. I have ridden in shorts for more than 30 years. Wish I had tried these sooner.

Love these Bibs. Should have tried them a long time ago. They fit well and never need adjusting. I reach for these now instead of my collection of shorts.

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 5/5/2014
by Anonymous
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Omaha, NE
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Best Bibs

I am a recreational rider who bikes 5 times a week....on weekends my rides are 35-50. The Pearl Izumi Elite Bibs are my shorts of choice. With this purchase I now own 4 pairs. The older pairs continue to wear well. My next bibs purchase will again be the Izumi Elite In-R-Cool shorts.

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Reviewed 6/27/2014
by kycyclist
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Louisvillle KY
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Great fit, great chamois

Excellent fit everywhere for a 6 foot man. Chamois has ample padding. Great for 50-100 mile rides!

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 4/24/2014
by Justin Velarde
Southern California
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
High quality from Pearl Izumi as usual

The material used is top notch. Well constructed. The padding is dense (in a good way) and seems like it will stand the test of time. Only thing is it seemed a little tighter than usual in the crotch area. Other than that, fit is perfect. Hoping they'll stretch out a little in the crotch region though. I'm 5'6 135 lbs and ordered a small.

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 3/21/2014
by paulinks
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Lawrence, KS
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To bib or not to bib

This is my first pair of bibs. Many guys told me once you try bibs you will never go back. I don't think I agree. I experienced more numbness in the nether regions than I have in years. My take on it is that the straps keep the shorts pulled up, which adds pressure to those nether regions. Add to that the inconvenience of removing base layers or taking a natural break and I'm just not sold.

The bibs themselves are the expected excellent materials and workmanship of Pearl Izumi. I thought the legs were a bit shorter than normal (I'm a long-legged dude) but that may be related the the shorts being kept pulled up by the straps.

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 2/3/2014
by Swifty
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Southern California
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Goldilocks bib shorts, not too much padding, not to little, just right for long ride without butt fatigue.

This is my favorite bib short. It wears well, transfers heat and perspiration very efficiently, and is comfortable on three hour rides on the flats and in the hills. I ride 4 days per week and have gone though many brands and other Pearl Izumi models. The involved body parts definitlely prefer the PI elite In-R-Cool, and complain in other shorts whether bibbed or not. There seems to be no slippage in these babies.

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 4/10/2014
by Coral Snake of the Mountains
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San Diego, CA
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Snug & Comfortable

No complaints about these bibs. I like the fit and they're more durable than many other bibs I've gone through.

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 1/31/2014
by Iowa Biker
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Iowa
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Go to Bibs

This is my third pair of Elite In-R-Cool Bib Shorts. They are more comfortable than three other brands I have purchased. The oldest pair seem as new as the most recent purchase. When I saw them on sale I made my latest purchase.

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 8/19/2013
by Anonymous
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
My favorite

Best bib I've ever worn. I have 2 of these and will probably buy another. Great padding, not too thick but thick enough to make a difference. The fit is more true to size than euro cut bibs. I'm 5' 10, between 183-187 lbs, large fit perfect.

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 8/2/2013
by metric mark
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Beaumont CA
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Very Nice

Great shorts. However buy ONE SIZE BIGGER than you think.

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 8/2/2013
by Tad
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Stillwater, MN
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Best bib short I've found

I've been buying my bibs from a well known bike etaiiler (their house label) but these bibs are far superior. About 30% more expensive but well worth it. I am now exclusively wearing these for my longer rides. They are very well made and comfortable but the 3-D shammy makes it worth the price!

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Review for Pearl Izumi 2014 Men's Elite In-R-Cool Bib Short
Reviewed 5/30/2013
by Anonymous
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Winchester, ma
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Very good, high quality. These shorts are now my favorites.

Shorts fit well. Materials are good high quality, mixed density to accommodate the higher friction areas.

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