Layers of Success
System of Dress is PEARL iZUMi’s approach to evaluating which clothing to choose when heading out on a cold weather ride. The key questions are: Is it cool or cold? What's the humidity? Are you expecting precipitation? And finally, how hard will you ride today? The answers to these questions will determine which baselayer, outer layer, and when appropriate, which midlayer to choose to maximize your comfort on the bike.
Responsible for managing moisture and providing warmth, your baselayer is the foundation of your cold weather kit. PEARL iZUMi offers its baselayers in quick drying synthetic Transfer material, as well as natural merino wool. When humidity is low, choose a Transfer baselayer that wicks moisture with maximum effectiveness. Opt for merino when it’s cold and/or humid, since this material retains warmth even when wet.
Midlayers are paragons of versatility, able to be worn as an outer layer on warmer days, or underneath a jacket in colder conditions. The key to using midlayers effectively is knowing your personal tolerance for cold, and having a clear picture of how hard you’ll be riding, as your output determines whether you’ll need extra warmth. PEARL iZUMi’s PRO Thermal jersey is the natural choice for most riders due to its warming abilities and impressive moisture management. The coldest days call for more warmth, which is where the PRO Merino Thermal jersey truly shines. Think of these as the final piece of the puzzle in your search for cold weather comfort this winter.
Tasked with protecting you from the weather, your outer layer options are varied, yet easily understood. Thermal Softshell jackets are built for cold, calm weather. Barrier series jackets are windproof, making them perfect for blustery days. WxB jackets are waterproof to deal with rain and wet snow, while PRO AmFIB jackets are pinnacle pieces designed to thrive in extremely variable conditions. And if you’re just looking for some added warmth for milder days, a Thermal jersey is the right choice.