Just In – Pearl Izumi Versa Quilted Hoodie, Short Sleeve Button Up, and Pants

by Brian Mullin on December 2, 2017

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The new Versa series of apparel has some interesting lifestyle, and bike-focused casual gear can be intermixed whether riding singletrack or commuting. We check out the warm and comfortable Quilted Hoodie which utilizes the Primaloft insulation, the tough Short Sleeve Button plain jersey, and the uber comfy and fashionable Pants.

Versa Quilted Hoodie

This is soon to be your favorite hoodie when the weather gets cold. Perfect to slip on during colder days, and the drop tail, reflective features, and extra core
insulation will keep you snug when riding.

  • Mix of softshell fabric with quilted insulated core provides warmth and protection in cold and windy weather
  • 133g Primaloft Gold insulation in body offers lightweight warmth without bulk, is water resistant, and breathable
  • Two hand pockets and zippered security pocket on chest
  • Relaxed Fit
  • Sizes – S. M. L, XL, and XXL
  • Colors – Eclipse Blue/Rogue Red and Black
  • $220

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First Impressions

The local weather has been pretty mild this fall, so I haven’t gotten many chances to put the Versa Quilted Hoodie through its paces. The jacket is warm, comfortable and just plain cozy, especially when you pull the soft hoodie up over your head. It has two large front hand pockets, a chest pocket, and a long rear zippered pocket that follows the lower back. It has an extended cut to cover the body with a mild dip over the back for additional protection. The main body and arms have a soft fleece material for comfort and warmth; the interior has a liner while the outer core area (front and back) has a quilted Primaloft Gold with a softshell fabric for insulation and wind protection. The pile fabric has a brushed finish for wind and abrasion resistance, and it’s nice and stretchy which offers plenty of comforts. The arms have an extra extended cut which helps when reaching out over the handlebars and they have an inner liner at the cuff that keeps cold drafts from creeping inwards.

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Versa Short Sleeve Button Up

This lightweight button-up has a subtle bike-focused design. Fabric across the shoulders is carefully oriented to provide the necessary stretch for an easy reach to the bars, without added gussets or panels, and the drop tail provides coverage in the bent forward riding position.

  • Woven Transfer fabric provides optimal moisture management
  • Full-length button up front for ventilation
  • Subtle reflective accents for visibility
  • Relaxed Fit
  • Sizes – S, M. L, XL, and XXL
  • Colors – Black/Phantom Plaid and Blue Depths/Delft Plaid
  • $85

First Impressions

The Versa SS Button Up looked lovely and had a nice extended cut and plenty of roominess without feeling baggy. The full-length set of front buttons offer plenty of versatility for adjusting ventilation on rides, hiking and walking around. The Woven Transfer fabric had a slightly stiff feel overall, and although it might soften with time, it certainly added some robustness and longevity. The material offered good moisture wicking capabilities and decent breathability and was just thick enough to provide some wind resistance. The pattern and shirt design are a welcome change with a bike jersey, and you don’t have to look like a cycling geek on or off the bike, and I sometimes wore it as an ordinary piece of apparel.

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Versa Pants

Pedal out on your next adventure in style in the Men’s Versa Pant. These pants are designed to be comfortable on the bike with features such as reflective elements, water resistance, a gusseted crotch, belt loops and both zippered security and hand pockets.

  • Transfer Versa fabric provides optimal moisture management
  • Water-resistant DWR treatment keeps the elements out
  • Shank front closure with zipping fly
  • Sizes – 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, and 38
  • Colors – Shadow Gray and Kelp
  • $120

First Impressions

The Versa Pants are uber comfy, and the gusted crotch makes them work well on and off the bike, providing plenty of give and maneuverability during any activity.  They look nice enough that I was able to wear them to dinners and moderately formal affairs without seeming out of place. The pockets (two hands, two rear and one thigh) were all easy to use with several of them being zippered for securely holding items. Functional enough for the outdoors and bike rides and still having plenty of fashionability for most any occasion. The Transfer Versa fabric was soft to the touch and on the skin and offered enough breathability and moisture wicking capabilities for superb comfort. The DWR gave a bit of water-resistance, but it never made the material feel stiff or bothersome. I do wish the front zipper came down a bit farther since it made bathroom breaks a bit difficult. They worked nicely with a belt, and the stretchy material greatly helped with comfort and the legs tapered towards the very bottom to keep the pants from getting caught in the chain on quick rides

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