Pearl Izumi Elite & Select Pursuit Tri Suits Review

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pearl izumi elite pursuit tri suit

Originally, we featured these Pursuit tri suits in our guide to things you’ll definitely want before your next triathlon. Check it out for more cool stuff to help you get through all three phases of your next tri. But first, read ahead for our full review.

Pearl Izumi Pursuit Tri Suits

pearl izumi elite pursuit tri suitWomen’s Elite Pursuit Tri Suit

Price: $145

How do you want to look on race day? Or every training day for that matter? This Pearl Izumi makes you look and act generally awesome. As one who has struggled to find a great fitting tri suit–all that muscle has to go somewhere–I’ve finally found my perfect match.

The Elite Pursuit has just the right amount of compression exactly where you need it. At first, I though the size medium was way too tight (it’s those muscular hips), and pulling it up was a struggle. But I realized once I fitted it over my shoulders and zipper it up that the tightness was due to a supremely fitted upper. The panel (shown in purple at left) gives you a super sleek and aero side to slice through both water and air. In fact, dimpled fabric not only smoothes out your midsection, but it also adds those important aerodynamic properties of much, much more expensive tri suits.

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Top all of this off with a front zip close, and balanced styling and you’ve got a great tri suit. But Pearl Izumi has one more bonus for the ladies: a matching sports bra with maximum support. A 9″ inseam gives you plenty of compression at the thighs and non-squeezing elastic grippers finish it off. Super quick drying and ultra comfortable, this is definitely one of the best tri suits I have ever worn.

Get more info or grab your own at Pearl Izumi’s website


pearl izumi select pursuit tri suitMen’s Select Pursuit Tri Suit

Price: $90

But dudes, we didn’t forget about you. Pearl Izumi has you covered too with their Select Pursuit tri suit. Our tester (nope, I didn’t give this one a shot. You’re welcome) gives you his report below:

“For a relatively inexpensive suit, the Select Pursuit is pretty well fitted and has plenty of nice features. The compression is comparable to much more expensive suits, and stands up to extra long bricks.

As a taller guy, I was a little nervous that the XL would be too small, but this fit true to size, which is not usual for me and other tri suits. The tight fit seems to help you glide in the water, and the length on the shorts is exacting. No seams in the legs mean no chaffing, and the silicone grippers keep them in place without being irritating (especially if you’re not into shaving your legs).

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One thing I do wish it had is a little thicker pad for the ride as this one is quite minimal, but the small profile is definitely nice on the run. The whole suit dries quickly and the hidden back pocket is great for hiding an extra gel.

Overall, this tri suit is a great choice, and it stands up to the long-haul.”

Get more info or grab your own at Pearl Izumi’s website

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SLO Cyclist's former chief editor and recovering road snob, Bek made sure everything ran smoothly around here. She was also the one who reminded us not to take ourselves too seriously--unless it involves black socks. Black socks are always serious.

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