Saturday, April 29, 2006

Complaint to Pearl Izumi

It was me.

Finally I was able to bend an actual rep's ear last night at Freewheel. Damn, I forgot to ask his name, but he said he'd send the message along.

So that guy. Freewheel in Minneapolis. April 28th. I was the one. He heard me out.

I buy your bicycle clothing. It's quality stuff -- my fleece-lined bibs still look as good as they did when I bought them last fall. By comparison, the fleece-lined tights I got from ABC Cycling Mfg. started pilling within a couple of weeks. Your shorts keep my backside irritation-free.

Your women's jerseys...

they

suck.

Pockets. I look for and will buy classy an entirely separate Pearl issue, fun, sleek women's jerseys with three pockets. Three full-sized pockets. I will buy more expensive jerseys because of pockets.

Someone, somewhere, somehow associated with Pearl Izumi, has gotten the idea that women don't need to carry stuff. Pearl Izumi offers one-pocket models. Pearl offers two pocket models. Pearl offers what is called three pockets, however the two on either side of center are about 2" wide with a slanted top opening slanted top opening that effectively removes about half of the carrying capacity.

What useful cycling item would you carry in your 2" x 2" jersey pocket?

Show me any men's jersey with those same pockets.

If'n ya can't, then don't be offering them to women.

I'm not looking to carry my lipstick and a credit card, here. I don't parade. I ride a bicycle. And I don't ride a rig with a trunk on a rack not that there's anything wrong with that. I haul a cell phone. Snacks. Sunscreen. Money. Arm and leg warmers.

I use three full pockets.

- this stuff so irritates The OB

And what's with the Dale Evans getup?

hrrrrrumph

17 comments:

budda43 said...

Hmmm...
That jersey looks like they're trying to make chica cyclist look like 50's flight attendants.
And what's w/ those zipper/arrow thingy's???
It's like they're trying to accentuate something in particular, just can't put my finger on it . . .
(remove tongue from cheek . . . now)

Sascha said...

Can you ask them to stop making them in Pastel colors only while you're at it? I'd like some nice primary colors in my cycling clothes once in a while. Just because I'm a chick doesn't mean I need to wear pink and baby blue.

the old bag said...

Budda -- yeeaaaahhhhh...where would I put arrows on a guy's jersey??

:-]

Sascha -- got that right. RED! He mentioned his curiosity with the #1 selling color being screaming neon yellow and I held up something gray and baby blue: it's because people don't want to look like the road.

Thanks for stopping by.

Trée said...

You've got to be fricken kidding me. That is not a cycling jersey. I repeat, that is not a cycling jersey. Times like this you just want to get someone alone in a room and ask, "What the hell were you thinking?"

the old bag said...

Trée -- did you follow the link to the whole group of them? They're all pretty bad.

the old bag said...

Then go look at the vivid colors on the men's jerseys

Trée said...

OB, all I can say is shame on the house of Pearl Izumi.

the old bag said...

A pox!

X Bunny said...

i don't care too much on how many pockets i have or how big they are

i just like the opening to them to be below my shoulder blades

the old bag said...

Bunny -- Got that right! :-]

Velo Bella said...

I have that Dale Evans top. It was part of some prize booty. I just wear it to work with jeans. Maybe I'll wear it the next time we go to the Saddle Rack. Or the next time I rope a calf.

Wouldn't even consider riding in it.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

shyte ... i would totally race in that dale evans jersey.

VB - gimme.

- - -

i hate myself.

the old bag said...

I wanna see oV parading as Dale Evans....

Alberto said...

You are too funny! You don’t suppose that the arrows mean that ONCOMING cars can pass right or left of you? Good grief.

Alberto
http://the-purple-pig.blogspot.com/

the old bag said...

Alberto -- see what we women have to put up with?! :-]

Chico Gino said...

Just for the sake of the other side of the argument, the particular jersey you posted a photo of is a mountain bike jersey. MTB jerseys generally don't have pockets, or maybe one pocket, with the idea being that all your junk is in the camelbak rather than on you. Same goes for Men's jerseys. As for 2x2 pockets, now that's just whack.

the old bag said...

Chico -- that particular jersey was posted because it's the best example of everything I don't want in a jersey...unfortunately, all their jerseys are examples of what I don't want, including pale and road-colored material and not enough pockets!

...and not using pockets on the mtb?! I sure want to get to my stuff w/o stopping.

:-]