Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Triathlon Speed Suit

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Since its founding in 1950, Pearl Izumi has been known for its incredible range of cycling gear from clothing and shoes to warmers and gloves. It also manufactures different types of suits and accessories for triathlon racing, which have been very well received by athletes of all levels. One of its best-received products in this particular category is the Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Triathlon Speed SuitElite Triathlon Speed Suit, which fully showcases the brand’s careful engineering and dedication to the buyer’s performance and comfort.

This suit utilizes two different fabrics for several different purposes, all of which work together to enhance the runner’s overall wear. The primary material is Elite Transfer In-R-Cool fabric, which is equipped with coldblack technology for advanced skin cooling and UV protection as well as Lycra for some much-needed compression, support, and durability. The other is Elite Transfer Aero, which constructs the sleeves and back, for enhanced aerodynamics and breathability.

A few other features are included to aid the runner during, and even after, their races and training sessions. A pair of back pockets are small enough to be discrete yet can easily store away supplements or small snacks should the runner ever need them. And a 15-inch zipper runs down the front for easier removal and extra ventilation.

 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Non-restrictive

-Very supportive

-Aerodynamic build

-Reduces sunburn

-Highly breathable

-Quick-drying materials

-Surprisingly durable

Cons

-Expensive price tag

-Only in men's sizes

Use
Use

Use

Its name clearly indicates that the Elite Tri Speed Suit was designed for use in triathlon racing. And its listing on the Pearl Izumi website shows that it's meant specifically for the beginner or mid-level racers, so those who are either just starting out or want to enhance their racing experience should absolutely consider it for their next staple.

This suit is skin-tight for ideal support and compression where it's needed most, which also provides enhanced performance and recovery time. The primary fabric includes coldblack technology, which blocks UV rays and reduces the heat that they cause, meaning that buyers can comfortably run for longer periods of time in the hot sun even while wearing this black garment. And Elite Transfer Aero fabric constructs specific areas in order to make the suit more aerodynamic, helping the wearer achieve their fastest speed possible, while also providing extra ventilation for hot days and super intense runs.

The swimming portion of these races is also made easier by the suit's moisture-wicking and quick-dry features, specifically the chamois, which keep them from feeling weighed down. Buyers are also able to bring snacks and supplements with them thanks to two discrete pockets that are located at the back.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Despite its skin-tight design, the Elite Tri Speed Suit’s fabrics and overall construction allow it to be highly breathable and, as a result, much more efficient during races and in different types of weather. This is helped greatly by the Elite Transfer In-R-Cool fabric with coldblack technology, which not only blocks out UV rays but also eliminates the heat that they can create. As a result, those who are wearing this black garment can stay cool and protected even while they’re out running in the hot sun for long periods of time.

The brand’s Elite Transfer Aero fabric is used to construct the sleeves and back panel, sometimes featured in a completely different color than the rest of the suit. This performs the dual task of improving the overall aerodynamics, helping the runner move faster while on land, and allowing improved airflow for better temperature control. A quick-dry chamois is also featured for better moisture-wicking, which prevents the build-up of bacteria and any possible infections or irritation that may occur, and the 15-inch front zipper enables even greater ventilation.

When all of these features combine, triathletes are given a suit that keeps them cool and comfortable during even the most intense races. It’s also able to dry quickly and won’t weigh them down at any point during or after the swimming portion.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

A good tri suit has to be comfortable in order to be fully functional during training and competitions, and reviews show that the Elite Tri Speed Suit definitely achieves this. It’s completely form-fitting to provide much-needed support and compression to all the right areas, which works wonders during the post-workout recovery period, yet it’s also non-restrictive to enable the full range of motion while running, cycling, and swimming.

All of this suit’s fabrics work together to ensure an ideal comfort by focusing on different aspects of its wear. Elite Transfer In-R-Cool features coldblack technology to block out UV rays and reduce the heat that they create, and Lycra is also included for support and maintained compression throughout the day. Elite Transfer Aero fabric constructs the sleeves and back panel for better aerodynamics and increased airflow, and the quick-dry chamois keeps the buyers from feeling weighed down after a swim while also preventing possible infections and irritations.

Other features are also in place to further enhance this quality and make for an easier overall wear. Merrow stitch construction is used, as opposed to traditional seams, allowing truly skin-tight wear that’s never irritating at any point. And the 15-inch front zipper makes it easier to take on and off while also providing extra ventilation.
Size
Size

Size

The Elite Tri Speed Suit is available in sizes small to double extra-large, all of which are meant to be skin-tight. All of its fabrics, especially the Lycra Sport, have a good amount of stretch to them to keep the wearer from feeling restricted at any point during their activities. Those with bigger arms have claimed that it does feel tight and constricting during certain movements, yet this problem doesn't seem to be widespread.

Of course, one of this suit's more obvious downsides is that it's only available in men's sizes. And since it's cut specifically for a men's body shape, there's no way that a woman could comfortably fit into it no matter which size they wear. The brand's Tri Octane women's suit is very similar in both its design and materials, but the incredibly expensive $350 price tag really doesn't sit well with a large number of buyers.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Elite Tri Speed Suit's materials not only ensure optimal comfort and efficiency, but they also allow this suit to last for a surprisingly long time. The Lycra Sport is especially crucial in this case, as it allows for natural movement while still providing ample support and compression yet can still return to its original shape. The quick-dry chamois also helps a great deal by preventing bacteria build-up and eventual degradation.

Other features are also included to help this suit stay pristine and even enable a better fit. Most notably is the Merrow stitch construction, which not only makes a cleaner seam and prevents irritation but also provides extra sturdiness and protection against possible wear and tear. Considering the environments that this suit is designed for, this proves to be especially useful.

Multiple buyers have marveled at how well this suit is able to maintain its original form even after they've used it repeatedly for many months. While reviews aren't clear when it comes to how many years this suit can last, there's enough information to indicate that it can easily hold up for at least four or five years.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

Although they might be barely noticeable at first, the Elite Tri Speed Suit comes equipped with several different accessories to further enhance its performance and overall wear. The most notable one, of course, is the 15-inch front zipper that runs down the middle of the chest all the way down to the navel. Not only does it make the suit easy to put on and take off, which is the most obvious benefit, but it also provides extra ventilation for intense runs or hot days.

Another great feature is the convenient pair of pockets that are located at the back. Even if they aren't that big or deep, and are barely visible in all of the product photographs, they're still enough to store small snacks, energy gels, or other forms of supplements for easy access during intense races.

This suit's silicone leg grippers are also easy to miss unless it's actually being worn. With one wrapped around each leg, it keeps this part from riding up and becoming uncomfortable or awkward at any point during the race.
Style
Style

Style

The Elite Tri Speed Suit's build and materials add as much to its overall style as it does to its comfortable wear. It features a 15-inch zipper at the front makes it easier to put on and take off and allows for better ventilation. Its silicone grippers prevent this suit's legs from riding up and ensure that everything stays form-fitting, and two back pockets are included for convenient storage of snacks and supplements.

The suit's legs go all the way down to the knees, and its sleeves are just about elbow length. The Pearl Izumi logo is prominently displayed on the left chest in white lettering, and its various fabrics have several different textures that add greatly to its overall look. And its 15-inch zipper runs down the middle of the chest and end all the way at the navel.

Buyers also seem to be happy that this suit is available in three different colorways. While the All Black version seems to be the most popular, there are two other options with colored sleeves and back. With this one, buyers can choose between Torch Red or Screaming Yellow.
Price
Price

Price

Since the Elite Tri Speed Suit has been so well received across the board, it's not too surprising that its expensive price tag is the only real complaint that buyers have. It's listed on the Pearl Izumi website for a staggering $170, and can also be found at this price through other retailers such a BackCountry, Triathlete Sports, and Zappos. Amazon and eBay, as well as discount athletic stores, are known to sell this suit for a much-reduced price.

While some aren't too thrilled with the high cost, there are still plenty of reviewers who feel that it's more than justified. Its build allows it to be highly efficient for both land and water activities, and its materials are equal parts breathable, supportive, and non-restrictive. And, what might be the best part of all, its high level of durability means that it will likely last for years and become a long-term staple for the buyer's triathlon training and races.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-ELITE Aero fabric
-Coldblack technology
-Lycra for stable compression
-Merrow stitch construction
-Tri-specific chamois
-15-inch front zipper
-Silicone leg grippers
-Two back pockets
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Whether they’re just starting out or are looking to take their racing experiences to the next level, all beginner and mid-level male triathletes should consider purchasing the Pearl Izumi Elite Triathlon Speed Suit. Even though its incredibly expensive price tag of $170 might scare some buyers away at first, reviews show that its incredible performance, comfortable, and surprising durability all ensure that this suit will be well worth every dollar spent.

All of the materials that are used work seamlessly together to create a garment that’s equal parts supportive, breathable, and completely unrestrictive. Despite its black coloring, specially engineered technology works to block out UV rays and keep the wearer cool and comfortable throughout their races. This same fabric also provides continuous compression for improved performance and recovery, while another ensures that it’s more aerodynamic to help the wearer achieve their highest speed possible.

Of course, all of these incredible features and high ratings make it all the more disappointing that this suit is not offered in women’s sizes. Its cut and design will not allow it to be comfortably worn on a woman’s body, and the most similar tri suit that Pearl Izumi offers costs twice as much. It’s actually quite a loss for the brand, as there’s no doubt that a woman’s version would sell just as well as this one.