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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. In-R-Cool Women's Shorts

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Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. In-R-Cool Women's Shorts make warm weather riding more enjoyable by reflecting heat. To do this, they use Pearl's P.R.O. Transfer In-R-Cool fabric, a material that wears three hats during warm weather rides.

By this, we mean that it reflects heat, transfers moisture away from your body, and is exceptionally breathable. To beat the heat, Izumi treated the bulk of the fabric with an application called Coldblack. Essentially, Coldblack technology allows Black fabric to reflect the sun's radiant energy as if it were a light colored fabric. In fact, the differences between fabrics with Coldblack and those without it are staggering. Those with Coldblack reflect up to 80% of the sun's radiant energy, while those without it absorb up to 90%. Incidentally, it also blocks UV rays at a minimum of 30 UPF.

In order to keep you dry, and to control odor, Izumi's P.R.O. Transfer Dry fabric is utilized. P.R.O. Transfer Dry is constructed from Minerale yarn, which is derived from naturally occurring minerals. Similar to the way that a water filter uses carbon to extract impurities from water, the combination of the minerals in this yarn trap odors in microscopic pores and releases them after a simple wash and dry. The material also happens to dry very quickly, aiding in its breathability on hot days.The anatomic cut and wide elastic leg bands, that have been coupled with silicone grippers, hold the shorts in place firmly, yet comfortably. Accordingly, this created a platform worthy of Pearl Izumi's best chamois -- the Women's P.R.O. Seamless 4D Chamois.

Pearl Izumi used digital pressure map modeling in order to dial in the perfect amount of density and tapering for the three types of foam used in the construction. As a result, this preshaped chamois is 35% lighter than past versions, while also providing enhanced blood-flow, vibration dampening, and comfort. The chamois, itself, also has integrated carbon yarns in order to control odor and to provide increased heat regulation.

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. In-R-Cool Women's Shorts are available in sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the color Black.

Tech Specs

[shorts] P.R.O. Transfer Dry, [treatment] In-R-Cool, [treatment] Coldblack
anatomic paneled
[size medium] 8 in
yes, Women's P.R.O. Seamless 4D
Chamois Thickness:
Removable Chamois:
Leg Gripper:
UPF Rating:
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Size chart

Pearl Izumi

Women's Apparel

Pearl Izumi Women's Apparel
Chest 31-33in
(78.7 - 83.8cm)
(83.8 - 88.9cm)
(88.9 - 95.3cm)
(95.3 - 101.6cm)
(102.9 - 108.0cm)
(108.0 - 114.3cm)
Waist 23-25in
(58.4 - 63.5cm)
(63.5 - 68.6cm)
(68.6 - 74.9cm)
(74.9 - 81.3cm)
(81.3 - 87.6cm)
(87.6 - 94.0cm)
Hip 33-35in
(83.8 - 88.9cm)
(88.9 - 94.0cm)
(94.0 - 99.1cm)
(100.3 - 106.7cm)
(106.7 - 114.3cm)
(114.3 - 120.7cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.

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2 5

Not what I expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these and I have very mixed feelings about these shorts. The waist band is fantastic. It stays in place well, allows for a little extra room and the shorts don't roll. The padding is great!
However, I really hate the bottom of the shorts. The bands around the thigh (at least on me) are so tight that they make my thighs look like cut-off sausages. It is not a very flattering look. They shorts are also a lot longer than I expected. I guess I was hoping something to hit me about mid-thigh, but these are really all the way to just above the knee. While the padding is good and the shorts are functional, they are just not very flattering.

Responded on

You may like Giordana Lasers (or the FormaRed Carbon shorts); high performance and great fit (no sausage leg), everything stays in place, great chamois, and very sharp.
If your size is out, try next season, don't think you'll regret it!

5 5

5 stars for the waist band

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Peal Izumi got it right with the design of this short, especially the seams and panels up to the waist band. The best fitting and most comfortable shorts as far as the waist is concerned that I have tried on, especially for a curvier, pear-shaped person. (For reference, I have probably tried on a good 15 or so different pairs of shorts in the last couple months). The chamois is pretty thick though, and I've been looking for thinner chamois, so I ended up returning them. Otherwise I think they are great shorts and I wish ALL Pearl Izumi women's shorts were constructed in the same or similar way.

Responded on

You may really like Giordana's Silverline shorts/jerseys. They fit ladies like us with a little "more-to-offer"! Still fit, but not a tight race-fit; and the highest quality. Period.
Also, I just got a pair of Gore's Xenon that I now also love! They, too, fit just fine. Waist stays in place with no binding or overspill! Leg bottoms also stay in place, with none of that "sausage-leg" look that you hear sometimes from some shorts.
They're worth saving up for, and both on sale right now!

Have a great summer riding season, and stay safe!