Field Test: There’s a reason roadies shave—everything. Wind tunnel testing has proven that even wee leg hairs translate to wasted wattage. Even more advantageous? Slippery bike apparel like Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. line. The jersey features mid-length sleeves that hug the upper arm. The bibs are hemless. Key zones on both are pocked with golf ball style dimples to enhance airflow. Inside, the chamois is smooth—no BS shaping—just like the pros wear. I don’t ride with a power meter, but I can feel myself saving energy when my shirt is not flapping.
Why It’s Timeless: You bought the pro bike. You need the pro kit. $195 (bib) and $150 (jersey); pearlizumi.com —Marc Peruzzi
From the Early Summer 2015 issue.