Care guide - Here’s how we help you get the
best performance from your cycling gear for longer.
For over 50 years, it has been our striving to produce cycle gear that acts as a high-performance extension of our athletes. Fabric technology and innovation are at the heart of this motivation, and it’s also what sets us apart from your average cycle shop. With Pearl Izumi, you have a range of clothes for cycling with world-class engineering and superior comfort woven into every stitch. Your greatest achievement is ours, and getting the best performance from your gear means you have to take proper care of it too.
Fabric Care1 Use simple detergents with no additives:
Additives include things like fragrances and softeners, which leave a residue (surfactants) that clings to the fibers of your cycling garments, inhibiting optimal performance. The safest route when choosing a detergent, is to look for the words “clear” or “free” in the name.
Add detergent to the machine after the water has started. Avoid pouring detergent directly onto the clothing. For bike clothing that is not necessarily dirty but presents with a functional issue, a double-rinse in warm or hot water will get rid of any surfactant residue that might be causing the problem.2 Read the care content label:
Each of our garments comes with instructions for proper care. You can usually find this on a separate card, or on the inside label of your garments. It is important that you follow the directions given. The “gentle” cycle should be used on finer fabrics.
Be sure to close all zippers and closures on gloves before washing.3 You can use a tumble dryer, carefully:
Using a tumble dryer on the “warm” (lower) setting often helps to restore the wind- and water-repellant qualities of our fabrics.
NEVER use the “hot” setting or a commercial dryer for your cycle clothing. If you are unsure about anything, it’s best to hang your garments out to dry.
Shoe Care & MaintenanceA
Wet cycling shoes: Use a damp sponge to clean off any mud.
Newspaper stuffed into the shoes will absorb moisture and help maintain their shape.
Do NOT clean your shoes in a washing machine.C
Scrub the outer sole with soft bristles, like a toothbrush, to keep it clean.D
Shoes must be air-dried at room temperature.
Never use an alternate heat source—like fire, or a radiator—to dry your shoes.
Avoid leaving shoes in your car on hot days.
Materials could dry out and crack when exposed to extreme temperatures and direct heat for long periods.
Chamois cream works well as a lubricant because it prevents irritation and reduces friction. Be sure to apply the cream directly to your skin, as it can cause blockage in the pores of your cycle clothing, hindering its ability to draw moisture away from your body.Note: Modern chamois are made from synthetic materials, and it’s not recommended you use chamois cream with these, as it was originally formulated to soften pure leather chamois.
To prevent chaffing, don’t wear underwear with padded cycling shorts. The less there is between them and your skin, the better. Remember to wash your shorts after every ride. Riding with dirty shorts could lead to infections and saddle sores.
The Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on the surface of our outerwear improves breathability, and makes water run off cycle gear in wet weather. Extended exposure, or strong rainfall reduces the DWR, which causes water to soak into the fabric and reduces breathability.
A reapplication of DWR to your cycling clothing at least twice a year is recommended. Be sure to first wash your garments before applying a re-proofing product or DWR revival.