Posts Tagged ‘Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight’

Flattering, High-Feature Tights

November 15th, 2012

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight, Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight, The North Face Winter Warm Tight, and Nike Element Thermal Tight

When you’re shopping for running tights, chances are that the first thing on your mind is finding a tight that will handle the temperatures you need it to and offer the mobility, breathability, storage and other key features you want.

But right there in the back of your mind, of course, is that little angel/devil who wants to make sure you look good in whatever you choose. Nevermind that many of the miles you spend in these tights will be in dark, rainy, and let’s face it – unfashionable – conditions. The bottom line is you still need to look good!

If knowing you look like a million helps you charge the road or trail like the rock star you are, check out a few of the running tights we carry that bring on the tech without even a whiff of frump:

Simply Sexy

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight – Warmth without weight and bulk means you can run fast and look good doing it. The tech here is all in the Vapor Dry fabric, a polyester/Spandex blend that’s on the lighter side for the heat retention it provides. The high waistline creates a pleasing shape, and several of us in the office here really appreciated the flattering cut of the panels.

High Feature Haute Couture

Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight – You’ll feel like a sexy action hero (think Lara Croft) in these high-tech tights. Why? For starters, you can store gels or other items in the trick “holster” pockets on the rear hips. Plus, waterproof calf and ankle panels and a gusseted crotch for increased range of motion mean you’ll be able to outrun the baddies no matter the terrain or conditions.

Stone Cold Fox

The North Face Winter Warm Tight - This tight is your friend if you want to look hot when the weather is anything but. A protective layer for your coldest runs, the Winter Warm Tight has thick fabric and a fully brushed interior, but it manages to avoid looking bulky. In fact, the thicker fabric on this tight actually does a nice job of shaping us in all the right places.

The Elements of Style

Nike Element Thermal Tight – It’s hard to look much more sleek and speedy than you will in this tight. The water-resistant lower leg also helps you look smart, not soaked, when you trudge your way through rain, slush and snow. This tight is available in lengths so you can get a more custom fit.

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Unleash Your Inner Animal: Pearl Izumi Ultra Collection

October 9th, 2012

The trail beckons. Are you equipped for the journey? You will be in the Men’s Pearl Izumi Ultra Collection and Women’s Pearl Izumi Ultra Collection. As an ultra runner, it can be challenging to find gear and apparel that provides both a lightweight, performance fit and enough storage options to cover you for the long haul. This fall, Pearl Izumi came through with a solution. Here are a few highlights from the collection:

Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Jacket

The power in this piece is all in the details. The jacket is constructed of a wind resistant fabric (without a laminate) that offers some serious protection against the elements, with supreme breathability. Pearl Izumi added an abrasive print to the shoulders of the jacket to increase pack traction, so you’re pack or vest won’t slide around as much when you maneuver over technical terrain. The zipper hides a draft flap and zipper garage that help prevent chafing and chilliness.  Zip up and get out the door!

Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight

Start with a multi-paneled, ergonomic design that allows your legs to move freely as you power through challenging mileage. Add soft thermal fabric with waterproof calf and ankle splices that keeps your muscles warm when the temperature plummets. Then throw in lock-down ankle zippers and hits of reflectivity.

In addition to a large secure zip back pocket for safe storage of essentials, these tights have stretch mesh pockets located at an angle on each hip to store gel flasks, gels, or other nutrition or hydration essentials. The pockets are located on the upper back portion of the hips, so whatever you’re carrying will move with you.

Pearl Izumi Ultra Gaiters

Take care of yourself all the way down to your toes on the trail with the Ultra Gaiters. Stretch fabric and a highly durable underfoot strap will give you a secure, almost custom fit. A small hook attaches to your laces to keep dirt and debris from sneaking into the front of your shoe, so you can focus on the trail ahead.

What do you look for in long-distance running apparel?

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