Over 60 years ago, the first true bicycle racing apparel made in Japan was made by a father for his son who was promising road racer. That moment marked the beginning of what would evolve into the international cycling brand Pearl Izumi, which today is sold in Europe, Asia, and in the USA as Pearl Izumi USA, Inc products, a subsidiary company of Shimano America Inc.
Pearl Izumi has evolved over the years, expanding into a number of realms within sport, designing active wear and accessories for cross-country skiing, running, and triathlon, but their main focus has always been on creating high-performance active wear and shoes for cyclists.
In 1984, (after the establishment of Pearl Izumi USA, Inc.) Pearl Izumi famously sponsored team USA at the ’84 Olympic Games who went on to win 9 gold medals. Since then they have sponsored other racing teams with the goal of developing their products with direct feedback from elite athletes.
The name Pearl Izumi is rooted in tradition. ‘Izumi’ refers to a place in Japan known for it’s crystal clear water – the name Pearl Izumi when translated literally means ‘fountain of pearls’.
Creating high performance cycling gear requires that it perform in all conditions experienced by cyclists. Pearl Izumi works with a range of lightweight, durable, moisture wicking materials to create four key product lines that aim to perform in specific riding conditions.
Tansfer – for wicking away moisture in hot conditions.
Thermal – for maintaining rider core temperature in cold conditions.
Barrier – for blocking the effects of wind and rain.
Softshell – for combating wind and rain while providing a good deal of thermal protection.
Cycling products from Pearl Izumi all have one thing in common: comfort. The goal is to create clothing and shoes that are as comfortable, lightweight and durable as possible providing the highest level of performance to the rider, whether they are racing at an elite level, at a local club competition, or they are simply out for a casual weekend ride.
The Pearl Izumi range of clothing includes:
Pearl Izumi produces are range of cycling shoes, both for use with clip-in pedlal / cleat systems and without. Shoes are compatible with a range of cleat systems. The highest grade materials are used such as carbon-fibre for maximum stiffness while greatly reducing weight.
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