Pearl Izumi is making a noticeable break-out into the running gear scene. Previously, I posted about my experience with the Pearl Izumi E:Motion N2 road running shoes which I absolutely love! Recently, I was able to try out some new products in the Pearl Izumi women’s running clothes line, and I have a lot to tell you about with my experience!
For the Inaugural Portland Shamrock half marathon, I tested out racing in nearly head-to-toe Pearl Izumi gear. I was armed with the Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash Sport Tank, Women’s Flash 3/4 Tights with a print, and the Women’s Flash Jacket. Oh! And don’t forget! I had on my trusty and much loved Pearl Izumi E:Motion N2’s on my feet! I was ready to take on the crowds of 37,000 or so runners in style, world!
Did I mention it was like a monsoon on race morning … ??? Yup, it sure was! To the wonderful clothing designers at Pearl Izumi, I want you to know that I put your gear to the test; the test of Oregon’s breeziest, rainiest day in a very long time. And, this is how the products performed!
I’ll start with the Women’s Flash Sport Tank. Lacy and edgy, in a good way, is how I describe this tank. You know, the kind of item that you can dress up or down, and will hold its own just fine whether you combine it with other pieces on top, or just let it speak for itself; because it can hold its own in a crowded room just fine!
The Transfer Dry fabric, which pulls the sweat away from your skin and keeps you drier and happier, has an eye-catching overlay that looks like lace; it’s beautiful! Besides the fashion forward appeal to the tank, there is plenty of function for us runners! The Flash Sport Tank has UPF 50 built into the fabric, and includes a shelf-bra with a touch of padding for modesty. Available in three colors, including the electrically vibrant ‘Living Coral/Mandarin Red’ which I wore, the divine ‘Gumdrop/Deep Lake’ spring friendly colors, and your staple ‘Black/Shadow Grey’ option, this form fitting tank is a true winner. Versatile, fashionable, and technical – the Flash Sport Tank really has it all. And I love the material; over 80% polyester with the remaining material elastane. Retail price for the tank is $60.
Running bottoms: The most frustrating running item to purchase, in my opinion. Nothing fits, if it does, it rides up-or-down, chafes, or does something that really annoys the daylights out of me.
That said, and knowing how outrageously particular I am about running bottoms, I definitely did not think that the Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash 3/4 Tight would be anything other than the norm; the real question was what annoying thing was it going to do to me during my runs?
Well, rainy and windy conditions aren’t uncommon in Oregon. The Transfer Dry fabric on the Women’s Flash 3/4 Tights definitely worked well transferring the water off and keeping me insulated and warm. The wide waist band, with incorporated flat, stretchy drawstring was super comfortable. I’m now a fan of the wide waist band style thanks to Pearl Izumi showing me the way of the wise runner!
And the print … the ‘Black/Deep Lake Print’ that I wore was quite appealing, and very much allowed me to ‘stand out of the crowd’, so to speak, in a good way! Some of the running tights on the market now have such wild, elaborate, busy prints on them it makes me feel I will go into an epileptic seizure. The Pearl Izumi Flash 3/4 Tights was, thankfully, not one of these. The print covers the front 3/4 of the pant, with the remaining, rear quarter being black. The side profile is slimming with the black back, and the print covering the front and side portion. Also, the print, with the angled pattern, gives your leg a great front profile definition.
There is a non-zippered pocket for stashing a gel or a key. In addition to the ‘Black/Deep Lake Print’ that I wore with style, you can choose the classic ‘Black/Black Print’, which is also flattering. Similar to the Women’s Flash Sport Tank, the running tights are made of mostly polyester with a hint of elastane. The tights retail at $65.
Let’s just say, without the Women’s Flash Jacket, I would have been cold, wet, and generally not having a great time running the Shamrock Portland half marathon.
Similar to the Women’s Flash Sport Tank, the Women’s Flash Jacket is a very fashionable piece of running gear. The lace-like mesh panels in the arm area, as well as the top portion of the back of the jacket, is eye catching and flattering, as well as functional. The color I was wearing, ‘Gumdrop/Deep Lake’, was not only a perfect color choice for a Portland Shamrock run, but also was simply gorgeous! A very universal ‘Black/Shadow Grey’ color choice is also available.
The fabric, 100% polyester for the main body of the jacket, and 92% polyester with 8% elastane to make up the lace-like panels, is wind and water resistant. And yes, I can assure you, this was proven to me within the first couple of miles! I was impressed! The zippered pockets in the front were perfect for stashing a gel, too, and not too bulky to feel like I was a marshmallow. And – continuing the marshmallow theme, have you ever been running in a jacket that ballooned out with any amount of wind? Not happening with the Women’s Flash Jacket, and boy was there plenty of opportunity for this to happen!
The Flash Jacket has a flattering scalloped hem line, which is both unique and attractive, as well as super-soft thumbhole style sleeves to keep your hands warmer and your palms dry.
To say I love this jacket is an understatement. The incredible Women’s Flash Jacket is available for $100 retail; worth every penny.
I truly enjoyed all of the Pearl Izumi women’s running products, but the two standouts for me remain the Pearl Izumi Women’s E:Motion N2 Road shoe, and the Women’s Flash Jacket. These are two staples in my running wardrobe.