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Do you pay for the name when you buy PI? nm(8 posts)

Do you pay for the name when you buy PI? nmdustin73
Dec 26, 2001 1:16 PM
Conditionally.....coonass
Dec 26, 2001 1:52 PM
I've been happy with all of the (high-end) PI products; however, I have also been disappointed with some of the 'low-end' jerseys that have been on sale from Nashbar/Performance that bore the PI logo...they seem to be cut much smaller and do shrink, even when washed in cold water and allowed to drip-dry....their Microsensor shorts must have been cut just for me..perfect fit.
You should know that the good performing stuff costs good-money..as I'm finding out by also getting into the ASSOS winter goodies (and without any regrets).
:)
Conditionally.....sherpa23
Dec 27, 2001 8:21 AM
"I have also been disappointed with some of the 'low-end' jerseys that have been on sale from Nashbar/Performance that bore the PI logo...they seem to be cut much smaller"

Not all PI jerseys a re cut the same way. Some are "loose fit", "semi form fit", and "form fit" Incidentally I am Pearl Izumi sponsored athlete and I have used almost all of the clothing they make and while I dislike wearing the loose fit of semi form fit jeseys, I have never had any quality problems with any of their clothes. The only thing that has not lasted is a pair 7 year old tights that I have crashed on a bunch of times that started to wear through. In fact, if it weren't for all of their Barrier clothing and AmFib stuff, I don't know how I would have gotten through racing an entire Fall in Northern Europe. Additionally, much of the jersey materials have changed in the last few years to to more versatile fabric so something you buy now won't be the same as what you bought 3 years ago. Hope this helps.
re: Do you pay for the name when you buy PI? nmChen2
Dec 26, 2001 2:26 PM
I think their products are inconsistent in quality, anywhere from poor to very good. I've had good luck with their jerseys but their gloves fell apart on me.
I've also found their higher-end products of great quality.nigel
Dec 26, 2001 2:47 PM
I, too, wear their Microsensor bibs with complete and utter satisfaction. Very comfortable, they last, look great, and wash very well. Not cheap, but for all the saddle time I put in, they're worth the price.

I've also worn their jerseys, headbands, and gloves (love them); all good to me.

Care for them properly and they should take care of you for a good while.

Nige
re: Do you pay for the name when you buy PI? nmlook271
Dec 26, 2001 4:38 PM
Maybe, but alot of their stuff is good-I like their Kodiak jerseys and I have a pair of their microfleece tights. However, I never pay full retail for anything-I tend to get last year's stuff on clearance, etc. I like nice stuff but I don't like to pay the price!
re: Do you pay for the name when you buy PI? nmCT1 Guy
Dec 27, 2001 7:57 AM
There's only one name in cycle gear that's worth paying for - and that's Assos - their winter clothing range has simply the best fit, quality and performance of anything else - as well as making probably the best shorts going.

I know it's expensive - but they don't change their ranges or colours every year and so you can be wearing a jacket a couple of seasons old and no-one knows the difference.

Frankly, PI is vastly over-rated - and over-priced here in the UK. I've tried some of their stuff, but the quality of finishing was poor and didn't last any longer that some of the bargain bin stuff.
re: Do you pay for the name when you buy PI? nmHarry Hall
Dec 27, 2001 10:57 AM
I have found their products to be very much worth the money;
Zephyr jacket, Durawool tights, a whole bunch of jersies and socks. My experience with PI is that their gear really is worth the sometimes high prices. This differentiates them from Nike, Calvin Klein, etc., with large parasitic marketing and advertising departments. Plus, from their time with Davis Phinney as a part owner, Pearl recognizes that lots of us have wider shoulders than the average Italian!