Sustainable Super-Fabrics – Cycling Science

Riders getting on stationary bikes in the ACE climatic wind tunnel to test cycling apparel

PEARL iZUMi was built on performance fibers.

Now we’re using one grown on the simple blend of sunshine, water, grass, and air.

High-performance natural and renewable alternatives like Merino wool are helping achieve our commitment to using recycled, renewable, or organic materials in 90% of our products by 2022.

Moving to sustainable materials doesn’t require compromising performance. Through research at the ACE Climatic Windtunnel in Canada, and partnering with The Woolmark Company, we’ve developed breakthrough fabrics that combine Merino wool with synthetic fibers made from recycled water bottles.

The incredible facility at Ontario Tech University allows us to set wind speed, humidity, temperature, and solar intensity to replicate real-world riding conditions.


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7 thoughts on “Sustainable Super-Fabrics – Cycling Science

    1. Hi Mimi,
      You, Tracy and Lisa and others have a valid question. There is a scientific reason we didn’t include women in the test. Given the fluctuation of basal temperature throughout the menstrual cycle, the female response to subjective testing is rather variable which throws a large curveball into the statistics of the research. Because we have relatively few subjects, as you see in the film, and we’re looking for a relatively small difference between conditions, including the additional variability from women testers would make the data very muddy and ultimately leads to inconclusive results.

      We do certainly think it would be extremely valuable for us to research the specific differences between female and male responses. With this being the specific question we would need to design research that would help eliminate the variability. There are are some hurdles we would need to hop over to accomplish the study and are talking about how best to approach the idea.

      Until then, there is some fairly robust research that our physiologist shared with me to share, especially out of George Havineth’s group.

      We have been working with women to design and create great products for women for decades. The majority of our apparel designers and developers are women, so there is a great deal of input into our women’s pieces. We will continue to innovate and create highly functioning apparel for women to ride comfortably. Thank you for your questions.

    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for posting your question. Please take a look at my response to Mimi above for clarification. Thank you.

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