These were certainly interesting bibs that we were excited to learn about and test out. Across the board, they measured at least as good as the average product on the market, but they have a few qualities that stand out from the field and definitely make them worth a look. Pearl Izumi claims that their ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool fabric and Direct-Vent mesh make for a bib with superior breathability and cooling. We were glad to see that those claims not only held up, but pushed these to the top of our breathability scale. These bibs did a fantastic job of staying cool and breathing. We also found that they had superior durability, which is owed to their panel design and seam placement as well as the strong fibers used in their fabric.
The Elite In-R-Cool are a mixed bag of strong qualities and averages. Those in moist climates or with specific preferences for breathable clothes will and should be drawn to these bibs. Likewise, the guys who insist on buying one thing to last, no matter its high-end qualities, should take a look at these. It might not have a ton of beauty or outstanding padding, but it will last for a lot of seasons. We think the most comparable product to these was the Gore Power 3.0 bib, which didn't quite stack up in terms of durability or especially breathability, but performed better in comfort, padding, efficiency, and had better style and it even came at a better price. Even so, we think the Pearl Izumi Bibs are a good product and worth a look.