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Expensive cycling clothes compared to bargain basement items(11 posts)

Expensive cycling clothes compared to bargain basement itemsLarryCiocc
Apr 18, 2002 12:59 PM
What is the difference between buying Performance label cycling clothes and the Pearl Izumi clothes? Is the performance of the clothing that different?
re: Expensive cycling clothes compared to bargain basement itemseschelon
Apr 18, 2002 1:06 PM
I love the quality of Pearl Izumi stuff but I decided on trying out Performance brands: Elite shorts and these shorts are just as good, except I got two of them much cheaper than buying two Pearl shorts. I found the right shorts from Performance but I don't feel the need to experiment and chance on any other shorts from Performance.
not an expertWannabe
Apr 18, 2002 1:25 PM
But I never bought any bibs b/c they were always too expensive. Last year, I was able to get a high quality bib at a great price so I tried 'em. And like others have said, I then wanted to get more bibs! But I still didn't want to pay the high prices. Since that time I have found an inexpensive brand of bibs that I love. I just ordered my fifth pair. Now maybe they aren't up to snuff, I dunno, I'm not an expert, but I like them just as well as my Nalinis and they're half the price.

I guess there are two keys for me, the lycra has to be good and even more important, the chamois insert MUST be good. I'm set.

Apr 18, 2002 2:30 PM
You can get Nalini bibs from sdeals for $20. Performance doesn't even compare. Whatever you do, don't get the gel bibs - yuck!!!
re: Expensive cycling clothes compared to bargain basement itemsKEN2
Apr 18, 2002 1:30 PM
I think the Pearl jerseys fit marginally better, they're a "slicker" fabric, and they seem to hold their shape slightly better too. Performance shorts, OTH, are every bit as good as PI, either the Elite, or the lower priced Century shorts if you like a more traditional one-piece chamois--which I prefer.

Wicking performance is the same on all these as far as I can tell, i.e. PI and Performance are equally functional for cycling.
Try SupergoLandsharkrider
Apr 18, 2002 7:52 PM
Supergo branded stuff looks like it is just about the same as Pearl Izumi. The catalog says that it is made "by a leading apparel manufacturer" but it looks the same to me. It's not dirt cheap but it is about 40% less than PI and the Supergo logos are not outrageously big.

Once you go bib, you never go back!!
More expensive is not always bettermickey-mac
Apr 18, 2002 8:07 PM
I don't know anything about Performance clothing, but about five years ago, I dropped about $150 on a pair of Assos Prosline bibshorts. They were nice but no more comfortable or durable than the Santini bib shorts I get from for $45-$50. Recommendations from other riders help, but you really have to experiment a bit to figure out what works for your body.
re: Expensive cycling clothes compared to bargain basement itemsJohn445
Apr 19, 2002 6:07 AM
Ten years ago I bought a cheap pair of cycling shorts and started riding. Last year I annied up 125.00 for some Assos cycling shorts. Today, my ten year old shorts are a little worn, but still ridable, along with all the other mid range shorts in my wardrobe. The Assos shorts in one year have lost their labels, the material has contracted some sort of Lycra leprocy and the chamois is so big it now sticks straight out in the front and back.

Lesson learned: More expensive is NOT better!!

I took advice from others on the board...biknben
Apr 19, 2002 6:22 AM
...and ordered somestuff from I don't have the cash for PI and I've tried Performance and wasn't impressed. I was skeptical about Velogear but ordered Bib shorts, knickers, and a jersey. I can see where they cut some corners but the stuff fits great. I'm considering getting some more stuff from them soon.
re: Expensive cycling clothes compared to bargain basement itemsKen
Apr 19, 2002 6:23 AM
I bought a PI Kodiac Light long sleeve jersey and a Performance classic long sleeve jersey. The PI was twice the price as the Performance. After one washing the Performance jersey started to show "cloth-balls" on the right sleeve and right chest panel. The PI in comparison was worth the extra money. I'll not buy another Performance jersey. The Performance riding pants with chamois is not bad so I bought two pairs. Would buy them again.

re: Expensive cycling clothes compared to bargain basement itemsVW
Apr 19, 2002 9:29 AM
I had the same experience. I don't even wear the Performance jersey anymore unless on a very cold day and I know I won't be removing my jacket. I'm embarrassed wearing it with all those "cloth-balls".

The Performance Elite short is not a problem.