Pearly Izumi Sun Sleeves Review

I bought the Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves after seeing them in a magazine.  The idea is that they provide UPF 40+ sun protection and help to keep you cool.  I’ve worn them twice on long (5+ hour) bike rides and love them!  I don’t have to put sunscreen on my arms and they do seem to keep me cooler.

One thing I have not figured out is how to wear them properly.  What I mean is that one is for the left arm and the other is for the right arm, but I don’t see a difference.

Also, they come in different sizes based on arm length and girth.  I bought the medium size and they seem a tad too long, even after one washing.  I have a feeling that the small size would be too small though.

I’m still trying to figure out how to put them on in transition without losing a lot of time.  Rolling them up first doesn’t help at all.

In the end, I think it’s the best $20 I have ever spent.

Pros: Inexpensive, sun protection, keeps you cooler.

Cons: People who don’t know what they are think you look dorky.


I live in Orlando, Florida and participate in marathons and triathlons.

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Ironman, Marathon, Reviews, Training, Triathlon