PEARL iZUMi Introduces Drop-Tail Design in Women’s Bibs
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PEARL iZUMi, maker of performance cycling apparel and footwear, releases its new Spring 2018 line with exciting road styles including the all new Women’s P.R.O. Escape Bib Shorts.
With a continued focus on women’s apparel that fits riders’ mindsets as well as the body, the Women’s P.R.O. Escape Bib Shorts feature luxurious fabrics, minimal seams and a premium W PRO Escape chamois for unmatched riding comfort. The new breakthrough v-strap drop-tail is designed for seamless nature break convenience, solving the problem of bibs-for-women without using additional clasps, zippers or other compromises.
“Deciding what to wear on an all-day ride, especially for women, requires serious convenience considerations,” said Lynn Bush, Sr. Design Manager at PEARL iZUMi. “This season PEARL iZUMi is excited to introduce the ultimate solution for women who prefer the fit and feel of bib shorts. Our new design uses the amazing stretch and recovery of our P.R.O. Transfer fabric with a patent-pending v-strap drop-tail innovation that allows the short to be pulled down without any awkward steps. Yet it still provides the support of a traditional bib and holds the chamois closely to your body for out of the saddle stability.”
Overlapping straps at the back waist allow for the straps to move to the side in the crouched position for a quick and easy pull-down movement. Like all PEARL iZUMi products, this new design was subjected to many hours of wear testing in the field. It was during this process that the critical final design element was discovered. “Riders were finding that the bib straps were sliding down their shoulders,” said Melodie Miller, Manager of Advanced Concepts at PEARL iZUMi, “late in the development process we added a bridge at the upper back to hold them in place and then our feedback was universally positive. The testers didn’t want to give them back.” Best of all, there are no additional clips, zippers, or excessive fabric to distract from the ride.
The W P.R.O. Escape Bib Shorts ($170) are made from P.R.O. Transfer fabric provides optimal comfort and moisture management. The women’s P.R.O. Escape 1:1® Chamois is smooth next to the skin, with a free floating, dynamic stretch top sheet and 3-layer suspension core for unmatched comfort.
- P.R.O. Transfer fabric provides optimal comfort and moisture management
- Unique v-strap drop-tail design for ultimate nature break convenience
- Center bib clip allows for customizable front strap position
- Minimal seaming and raw-edge hems enhance fit and feel
- Silicone leg grippers hold hems in place without constriction
- W’s P.R.O. Escape 1:1® Chamois is smooth next to skin, with a free floating, dynamic stretch top sheet and 3-layer suspension core for unmatched comfort
- BioViz® reflective elements for low-light visibility
- 8″ inseam [size medium]
The new Spring 2018 line is available at PEARL iZUMi retailers and online at www.pearlizumi.com.