Who knew cyclists love The Grateful Dead so much? PEARL iZUMi, for one, which must be why the brand’s announcing the launch of its third line of Dead-inspired apparel.
Like previous collections, the clothing company’s latest offering of Grateful Dead threads draws inspiration from a classic performance. Just a month ago, PEARL iZUMi launched the Rambler Collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s 1972 European tour. In this case, it’s the band’s July 8, 1978 show at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater.
That two-and-a-half hour set featured a trippy 15-minute drum solo and a transporting rendition of “Wharf Rat,” the song that inspired PEARL iZUMi’s new Wanderer Collection.
The company drew design inspiration from the experience of seeing live music at Red Rocks, where stage lighting reflects off the giant red sandstone of the natural amphitheater, it said.
Here’s a look.
PEARL iZUMi Grateful Dead Wanderer Collection
Many of PEARL iZUMi’s signature duds come in colorful new designs. They include the women’s Prospect tank, (above), which sells for MSRP $55. And because it’s never too early to teach (force?) your kids to love the Grateful Dead, you can buy the Junior Summit jersey (below) for $45.
The Summit short sleeve jersey, available in the same attention-grabbing pattern, sells for both men and women at $60. Like all these threads, the jersey is made from recycled fabric. It comes with a relaxed fit and claimed fast-dry qualities. Commuters or anyone who throws down big miles will want to know that it’s “pack-compatible,” with rolled-forward shoulder seams and a longer rear hem.
Summit Shell shorts for men and women are also on deck, with a guard-compatible fit and perforated panels on the inner leg. They sell for $100. Both the men’s shorts and short-sleeve shirt can be seen in the image below.
For those bicycling fashionistas that need the total package, the collection includes socks as well. PEARL iZUMi made the socks from 3D-printed recycled yarn and added a 360-degree arch tension band for mid-foot support. They sell for $25 a pair.
Deadheads looking for more ways to show off their fandom can also find water bottles, bibs, and t-shirts in the previous iterations of the psychedelic designs.