Short winter days are upon us. In Pearl Izumi’s high-visibility cycling jacket and tights you’ll feel safe commuting home when the sun’s going down.

jacketFor our product tester, we chose Collegiate National Mountain Bike Champion Ali Osgood (pictured left). When she’s not on her downhill bike, she rides the road in preparation for summer mountain bike race season. She tried out the Pearl Izumi Elite WxB Jacket ($150) in screaming yellow and pink and matching Sugar Thermal Cycling Tights, both in size small. We tested the waterproof jacket in Ali’s neighborhood in Arcata, California where it rains about 40” a year. (Don’t be fooled by our sunny photo shoot.)

“These are so ‘80s, so rad,” she said.

The waterproof jacket protected us in moderate rain. With its sealed zipper and seams, it’s a solid go-to piece for cold, wet weather riding but not for serious downpours. The bright colors and reflective logos gave us confidence in low-light conditions.

The Sugar Thermal Cycling Tight ($100) comes with a built-in chamois so there’s no need to wear shorts underneath. The ankle zippers helped us get the tights on and off without a struggle. The thermal material is comfortable and warm.

base front cropOur favorite piece in Pearl’s newest clothing line is the Transfer Wool Short Sleeve Baselayer ($80), made of a blend of Merino wool and polyester with a women’s specific elbow-length sleeve that we haven’t seen in other brands. The back has a thinner weave for breathability. It’s as comfortable as it is chic and a really good layer for cold weather riding.

By Vicky Sama