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PEARL IZUMI clothing(17 posts)

PEARL IZUMI clothingmetty108
Dec 7, 2001 12:30 PM

For a couple of weeks I have been trawling the net
(pun intended) for a decent winter top that will
keep me resonably dry and warm. I have stumbled upon
an English website selling the following tops.
Pearl Izumi Prism £39.99 (from £80)
Pearl Izumi Zephyrr 2 £49.99
I dont want to spend a great deal on a top, and these
are in my price range, does anyone have any comments on
these two products
I appreciate any info
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingcioccman
Dec 7, 2001 12:34 PM
I have a Zephyr 2 jacket. It's only a very lightweight wind breaker type. Good stuff.
re: PEARL IZUMI clothinggrzy
Dec 7, 2001 12:35 PM
Typically well made stuff, but a bit pricey. Most of their stuff has lasted for me, but it does seem to eventaully suffer deterioration. if you can get it on deal then it should be a good value. Full-pop retail is a bit stiff in my book.
Ditto! Never pay full retail!jtolleson
Dec 7, 2001 12:45 PM
Some folks bash PI because it is everywhere, and it is just more trendy, apparently, to spend one's dough with smaller manufacturers. But I think they make top notch goods.

That being said, look for a discount place to buy. Some things show up on from time-to-time. Also, if you aren't looking for a jacket but more for long sleeved microfibre warmth, I find more bang for the buck with outdoors/mountaineering products, and they have better sales, too.
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingmetty108
Dec 7, 2001 12:51 PM
Thanks for the rapid response guys.
The blurb in the advert claims these
jackets are pretty water resistant. Is
this totally true as Cioccman says it
is more like a windbreaker. I need a
replacement for a waterproof cape that
does not let my body breath very well. Wore
it last week, got very hot, performance dropped
and I nearly puked.
I would love to get some goretex thing, but mortgage
and car to pay for as well (and just replaced some
crash damaged tights)
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingcioccman
Dec 7, 2001 1:19 PM
Yes, it is true. It's a single layer piece. Un-lined. PI also has another jacket with lining, I don't remember what it's called. Obviously, that's for colder weather.

Example of the few times I use it here in sunny SoCal: Chilly, frighteningly cold day here in the low low 50s. ls underarmour, jersey, arm warmers, PI Zephyr 2 over that.

Good luck.
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingmetty108
Dec 7, 2001 1:29 PM
Dude, low low 50's thats warm. Here in England we
are getting ice on cars (even this is mild for december)
For the time being I am still able to wear 2 s/sleeve
jerseys and a long sleeve polo neck base layer. This
new top is for january when it gets really cold.
By the way, a bloke in my local club rides an old
Ciocc columbus SL frame, looks quite a nice frame.
what are you talking aboutWoof the dog
Dec 7, 2001 9:13 PM
I was riding in shorts and jersey yesterday. Temps in the high 50s, just arms were a tiny tiny bit cold, but I took armwarmers anyway just to piss motorists off.

what are you talking aboutWoof the dog
Dec 7, 2001 9:13 PM
took armwarmers OFF that is
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingcioccman
Dec 10, 2001 7:54 AM
The Zephyr II is not for you if you're looking for a January in England jacket. Check their website for their heavier duty jacket.

Love my Ciocc. Not old, not Columbus.
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingtarwheel
Dec 7, 2001 12:58 PM
I have the PI Zephyr vest and it is one of the most useful pieces of cycling clothes I own. I wear it almost every time I ride on cool days in the spring and fall. It's easy to roll up and put in your back pocket if the temps warm up. Not sure how water resistant it is because I don't ride much in the rain. $49 for a Zephyr jacket sounds like a great price -- I paid more than that for my vest. You also might want to check out They have a lot of winter clothing on sale, including Illuminite vests and jackets.
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingmetty108
Dec 7, 2001 1:12 PM
Thanks for the reply

The prices are in £. I have never
seen PI stuff here in England. Everyone
seems to go for Assos etc. If anyone wants
to check out the website to see what else they
have it is
So much choice, not enough money. Sigh!!
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingzelig1
Dec 10, 2001 5:58 AM
They actually stock PI at Condor in London and some other stores in town. That being said, I usually buy Assos when I'm feeling rich. However most of the time it's last year's pro kit or even the prior year's. I bought a Casino ls jersey for £10. Ugly as sin but it works.

Where in the UK? It's not go down under 4c this year and in my 3 years here it's gotten down to zero less than 5 times in town.
Okay, dumb question, what's the strap in back pocket for?js5280
Dec 7, 2001 5:05 PM
It's a little small to strap around your waist (and I'm not that big of a guy around the waist, 32-34 in.) so I don't see how you would use it otherwise unless you had a backpack or something. Is it a compression strap perhaps?
Okay, dumb question, what's the strap in back pocket for?dsc
Dec 7, 2001 7:34 PM
It is supposed to go around your waist, for carrying the jacket after you turn it in on itself. I just roll mine up and stuff it in my jersey pocket.

Okay, dumb question, what's the strap in back pocket for?Js Haiku Shop
Dec 10, 2001 10:47 AM
same pocket should have a double zipper (in/outside). use like an adirondak (sp?) jacket. i do the same, though, pack it up and stuff in jersey pocket.
re: PEARL IZUMI clothingWoof the dog
Dec 7, 2001 9:20 PM
yeah, the stuff is pricy. When I was starting out cycling, I was shocked at how much money you could spend on as few items as from this company. Slowly I accumulated their tights, sox, legwarmers, bacalava(sp?), and a kodiak jacket. Nothing kodiak about it. Cold without extra clothes if the temp is in 40s, but I luv the way it looks...the best piece of clothing I bought in years. Overall, stuff rocks, but for warmer PI stuff you gotta pay lots of money. But hey, its a fashion statement and makes me look like a snob! HEHE


Woof, the PI dog