Size: 2-14 (women’s); 28-38 (men’s)
Fit: Slim/Straight leg
Material: Mid-weight denim, Elastane cotton/nylon with stretch
How Obtained: Company sample
Availability: Online and retail
RBR advertiser: No
Improving on the Denim Blue Jean
When cycling to the store or to meet friends for coffee, sometimes you don’t want to wear Lycra. But denim jeans aren’t always super comfortable with their bulky seams. Pearl Izumi recently introduced their Rove cycling jean in both men’s and women’s versions.
These slim-fit jeans are fashionable and comfortable. The waistline has belt loops and a higher rear waistline for ample coverage while riding. With four-way stretch fabric and rolled forward inseams, there’s no chaffing as you pedal to the local cafe. The straight-legged style prevents the material from getting caught in the chain. And if you stay out past sunset, the cuffs hide a surprise. Just roll up the hem to expose a strip of BioViz reflective element for low-light visibility.
For those who commute in all types of weather, you’re bound to encounter puddles at some point. The PI Dry® water-repellent technology will keep you drier, and it also has unique properties to shrug off stains.
I found the slim-fit true to size; however, I suggest consulting the company’s sizing chart before ordering. After several machine washes and line drying, the pants did not shrink nor required any ironing.
If you are looking for a comfortable pair of jeans to wear on or off the bike, the Pearl Izumi Rove is an excellent choice. The stretchy fabric, rolled forward seams, and five-pocket design is just as fashionable on the bike as off.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.