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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey

I own more pieces of Pearl Izumi cycling gear than any other brand because they consistently offer high quality clothing that shows evidence of meticulous attention to detail. Between shorts, tights, jackets, jerseys, vests, gloves and base layers I probably own 60 to 70 pieces of their gear. A lot of their clothing carries a small tag to tell you when the clothing was manufactured. When you look at almost any piece of their clothing you can see small changes that take place from year to year—and always for the better. One of the finest pieces of cycling wear I have ever purchased is the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey—and if spend a lot of time cycling in cool weather this thermal jersey will make your rides a lot more enjoyable (and you’ll look better too).

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey is made from a fabric composed of 63% polyester, 27% Minerale polyester, and 10% elastane. I don’t know exactly how they form the polyester into this thermal fabric, but it is extremely comfortable, highly breathable and incredibly warm—and yet it is very lightweight. This jersey also dries quickly after washing and is odor resistant.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey

Full-length zipper with draft flap

This jersey has a full-length front zipper with an internal draft flap with a zipper garage to seal in the heat. There is a drawstring around the neck that adjusts in the back—you can open it up a bit if you start to overheat.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey

Zippered front pocket with reflective piping

The front pocket on this jersey is large enough to easily hold an iPhone or other cell phone, and there is an opening in the back of the pocket that allows you to pass a headphone cable through. Around the zipper is a piece of highly reflective material (and this jersey has several other pieces of reflective piping as well).

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Jersey

Three rear pockets plus a zippered sweat-proof pocket

On the back of this jersey you will find three full-length pockets along with a small sweat-proof zippered pocket. In addition, there is a piece of elasticized gripper material on back of the jersey to keep the hem in place. You will also notice that the back of this jersey is cut longer than the front to keep your backside warm (and to keep you from offending anyone riding behind you). The Pearl Izumi Website says the recommended temperature range for this jersey is between 45˚F and 55˚F and I think these numbers are correct. You could also use it in slightly cooler weather if you wear a thin thermal base layer under it.

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey is not cheap! The men’s version retails for $160 and is available in three colors (Red, Black, and White). The women’s version is $10 cheaper and comes in four colors (Red, Black, White, and Hi-Vis Yellow). Prices for this jersey on Amazon.com range from $110 to $150. If you just can’t justify spending that much money on a thermal jersey you might want to consider the Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Jersey—it is missing a few of the nice finishing touches the P.R.O. jersey has, but will certainly keep you warm (and save you about $50).

 

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Bontrager SSR Short Sleeve Jersey

I can read the calendar and I realize that mid-November is not the time most cyclists are looking to buy another short sleeve jersey. However, you know that you are going to by a jersey or two next year, so why not shop for them now when most bikes shops have them on sale? Bontrager cycling clothing, found at your local Trek dealer, is moderately priced and decent quality (but not on the same level as Pearl Izumi). The Bontrager SSR Short Sleeve Jersey is a comfortable cycling jersey that should be more than adequate for most cyclists.

Bontrager SSR Short Sleeve Jersey

Bontrager SSR Short Sleeve Jersey

The Bontrager SSR Short Sleeve Jersey is a semi-fitted jersey made with %100 polyester, a moisture-wicking, fast-drying fabric. This jersey has a 1/4 length zipper and the elastic band around the hem is covered so the hem stays in place.

Bontrager SSR Short Sleeve Jersey

Three Back Pockets With Reflective Piping And Logo

On the back of this jersey you will find three standard storage pockets. One very nice touch on this jersey is the reflective piping—there is a vertical stripe on each end of the pockets, along with a reflective logo on both front and back. I wish every jersey came with at least this much reflective piping!

This jersey is available in three colors (Black, White, Red). Why would anyone buy a black cycling jersey? I would never wear a black jersey on the road—I bought this jersey for off-road trail use only. Do you know why? I live in an area where one of the local bike clubs likes to ride on the same off-road trails I use. In my experience most of the guys in this particular club are simply obnoxious (just like their loud jerseys)—they are rude to walkers, joggers and other cyclists on the trail. I wanted a black jersey so no one who confuse me with one of these jerks. The good news is that during the winter these guys are all riding their bikes on a trainer down in their basement so those of us with Fat Bikes can have a good time playing in the snow.

The Bontrager SSR Short Sleeve Jersey retails for $35, but it is no longer listed on the Bontrager Website. However, you have a very good chance of finding it at your local Trek dealer. Any local bike shop will probably have this jersey on closeout with at least 20% off. It is also still listed at numerous online retailers (sometimes for as low as $20). This jersey is made in China.

 
 

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Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Fleece Jersey

Cool weather cycling can be quite enjoyable if you have the proper clothing. It is not just about having warm clothing, but versatile clothing that you can layer—and the Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Jersey is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own. You can wear this jersey by itself in temperatures down to the mid 40′s, or add a thin thermal base layer and/or vest for even colder weather.

Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Fleece Jersey

Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Fleece Jersey

The Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Jersey is made of 100% polyester and is extremely comfortable to wear. This  fabric has wonderful moisture transfer to keep you dry and a full-length zipper to aid in venting. The zipper has a “garage” at the top so you won’t cut your neck on the zipper, along with an inner flap behind the zipper to block the wind.

On the back of the jersey you will find three roomy pockets, along with a “hidden sweat-proof pocket.” The hidden pocket is very small and is located inside the right-hand pocket. It is actually only large enough to carry
a keychain fob or a credit card or two. There are also several reflective elements to make you visible at night—one long strip of reflective piping that goes across the pockets and three reflective logos.

The sleeves on this jersey are absolutely perfect—just enough material on top of the wrists to keep you warm, and a little less on the bottom of the wrists to keep the material from bunching up.

This product is available is six colors: Screaming Yellow, Safety Orange, Black, White, True Blue, True Red. These color choices are not solid colors—all of the jerseys have a bit of either black or white fabric for contrast. I bought the Black jersey since I wear it only for off-road use. If you are going to wear this jersey on the road I would highly recommend the Screaming Yellow, Safety Orange or Red. This fleece jersey is available in five sizes (S, M, L, XL, and XXL). This item has a “semi-form fit” and is true to size.

The Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Jersey has an MSRP of $100. If your local bike shop does not carry this product you should look for it on Amazon.com (prices vary depending on size and color). Pearl Izumi also makes this jacket in a style for women (with different sizing and color combinations).

 

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eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey

The folks at the local bike shop claim that a cycling jersey is the last purchase most new cyclists make. Apparently, when people decide to take up cycling they usually get a helmet at the same time they buy their new bike, then a few days later come back to buy padded cycling shorts. Some time later they come back to buy cycling shoes and finally a cycling jersey. I imagine one of the reasons they wait on buying the jersey is the cost. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a quality cycling jersey. The folks at eCyclingstore.com recently sent me a eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey for review purposes—this jersey is very inexpensive, yet it performs as well are jerseys that cost three times as much.

eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey

eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey

The eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey is made of a DryMax Polyester fabric. This “waffle style” fabric is extremely lightweight and very breathable. I’ve ridden with this jersey during the most humid days we’ve had this summer and it wicks moisture away from the skin as well as any of other jerseys I own.

The front of this jersey has a full-length zipper—you can zip it all the way up when you get cold or unzip it entirely for extra ventilation. It also has an elastic waist and cuffs to keep the jersey in place. One of the best things about this jersey are the three large storage pockets on the back. Some jerseys have such shallow pockets that I am scared to put my cell phone in them for fear of it falling out. The pockets on this jersey are large enough to hold my cell phone and enough carbohydrate gels and bars for a long ride.

eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey

Deep Pockets On The eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey

The eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey is available in four different colors (White, Red, Blue, and Neon Yellow). This jersey comes in five sizes (S, M, L, XL, and XXL) and is true to advertized size. However, since not all manufacturers define sizes the same way, it is important that you consult the eCyclingstore sizing guide before placing your order. This jersey retails for $60, but it is currently on sale for only $25 (this has to be one of the best buys on cycling clothing you can find).

This jersey, along with hundreds of other styles, is available from the eCyclingstore.com Website. I spend a lot of time researching cycling products and eCyclingstore.com has the largest selection of cycling jerseys I have ever seen! They offer a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” that you won’t find at most other places (“If you are unhappy with any purchase from eCyclingstore.com, just let us know within 30 days of your purchase and we’ll refund, exchange, or credit your purchase.”). They also offer free shipping on orders over $50.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Bicycle Clothing, Product Reviews

 

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World Jerseys Jolly Roger Pirate Jersey

When I am cycling on the road I always were a quality hi-vis jersey, like the Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey or the Road Holland Hilversum Jersey. I love hi-vis yellow, lime and orange jerseys because they allow motorists to see you from a long distance away—they really can save your life. However, when I am riding on off-road trails I don’t mind wearing a jersey that has a bit of character. Earlier this year I bought a World Jerseys Jolly Roger Pirate Jersey for use with my Surley Necromancer Pugsley on the off-road trails—it’s a great combination.

World Jerseys Jolly Roger Pirate Cycling Jersey

World Jerseys Jolly Roger Pirate Cycling Jersey

World Jerseys offers over 100 uniquely designed and colorful cycling jerseys that all have a bit of an attitude. I own several of the jerseys that World Jerseys makes and while the color and graphic design differs on each jersey, they all fit the same and are all made of a very breathable “100% Polyester Euro-Mesh fabric.” They also have a 19″ zipper that, for all practical purposes, is invisible. All of their jerseys have three back pockets so you can store your energy bars and gels, along with a spare tube if needed.

All of the World Jerseys brand jerseys I have bought have a “club fit.” If you are used to riding in a cheap Performance Bicycle brand jersey then this jersey will seem a bit small (the Performance jerseys fit like a tent). If you are used to riding in jersey that was manufactured in Europe then these jerseys will seem a bit large.

Since I’ve spent more time than usual on the off-road trails this year my Jolly Roger Pirate Jersey has seen a lot of use—which also means it has been washed a lot as well. Surprisingly, even after more than 25 washings this jersey still looks like brand new! Even my beloved Pearl Izumi jerseys don’t stand up to wear and tear as well as these jerseys.

World Jerseys brand jerseys retail for around $55 each, but they are hard to find at most local bike shops. I’ve looked around and the best selection of cycling jerseys I’ve found so far has been from eCyclingstore.com. Not only are they willing to beat the price you find on any other Website, but they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. By the way, here is a link to the World Jerseys Jolly Roger Pirate Cycling Jersey. Also, eCyclingstore.com sells a pair of Skull and Crossbones Cycling Socks if you want to complete your ensemble (I haven’t tried them myself but they do look pretty cool).

 
 

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Lululemon Cycling Clothing For Women

Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago one of the marketing people from Lululemon Athletica, the premiere manufacturer of women’s sports clothing, asked if I would be willing to review a few of their new products. Obviously there was no way I could do the testing, so I asked Anna, a fellow cyclist and friend of mine, to try these products out and write a review.

I am an avid cyclist who one day found myself next to the one and only All Seasons Cyclist. That was three years ago and now every June I join him on his quest for miles on two wheels throughout the summer. I would say I’m an experienced and dedicated female rider and here’s a little about my riding history before I give this review. 15 years ago I began commuting to work and found I really loved riding a bike. After about a year of Chicago city riding I went on a long distance ride from Minneapolis to Chicago in five days, many of which were centuries. Since then I have ridden RAGBRAI, a ride across the state of Iowa, for the last nine years, and this year will be my tenth. I have also taught spin classes after becoming a regular groupie during the winter months. I am not as crazy/dedicated as All Seasons Cyclist, but I’m not retired either—I am a teacher, a job I chose partly to indulge my love of cycling! So, when he asked me if I would do a review for Lululemon Athletica I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I have seen some of their pieces and have thought they were very well styled towards the female athlete.

I was sent three pieces to test out. The Presta Jersey, the Presta Vest, and the Presta Padded Short. In all three the fabrics felt amazing, and the fit was true to size.

Lululemon Presta Women's Cycling Jersey

Lululemon Presta Women’s Cycling Jersey

The Presta Jersey ($78.00). Oh how I love thee, let me count the ways… First, you look fantastic in this jersey—no easy feat in spandex! It’s performance matches it’s looks as well, and I find you usually have to sacrifice one for the other. At $78.00 it’s something you might think about—so let me tell you, don’t over-think it. I went out on a very hot day (96 high) skeptical of wearing black, however it breathes very well with most of the back being a fine mesh (not see through) and has two back pockets about 6” deep. It has a generous length in back; you will never get sunburnt on your waist with this jersey. Also, it has the cutest reflection detail, though not much of it; a ruffle of reflective material is sewn on the back seam across the top at the yoke.

Now, why I think the Presta Jersey looks fantastic—I have an athletic build rather than a lanky one and I don’t look great in everything even though I’m in shape. I have narrow shoulders and this jersey has great details. At the shoulders they have two sets of pleats that offer a subtle “blousiness” in the cap sleeve, just a hint, but I instantly had wider shoulders. Another flattering detail is that the front zipper is about 10” long—perfect to open up on a hot day but not long enough for the unsightly bulge where the zipper stops on jerseys that unzip to your belly button. Also, both “All Season” and I decided that it looked so good you could throw on a skirt wrap over your shorts and wear it out when not cycling! I give the Presta Jersey 5 out of 5 stars for both functionality and style! I wish I had one for everyday—I’d never wear anything else!

Lululemon Presta Women's Cycling Vest

Lululemon Presta Women’s Cycling Vest

Last week I wore the Presta Vest ($98.00). It’s summer, so I just wore it over my sports bra as a sleeveless jersey. This vest is available in three colors: Black, White, and Ray (a hi-vis yellow). I received the hi-vis yellow and I never felt so visible! I’ve never worn something so bright and I instantly felt safer around cars. It was pretty windy with a chilly breeze coming off Lake Michigan and the wind repelling features on the vest worked great. The front of the vest is made of what Lululemon calls E-glyde coated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent). I’m pretty sure the water-repellent works. Although we went out on a rainy day, we never quite got more than a sprinkle. However, during some warm patches it did get a little “sticky”, leaving me to believe in it’s water repelling capabilities, but I just unzipped a little and with the mesh panels was still comfortable. As far as wearing it for rain I truly believe all the E-Glyde with DWR parts of the vest will keep you dry, but the back of the vest is mostly mesh save for a ruffled flap over your derriere that has a longer mesh underneath. So you will get wet, but I believe the idea is that your front and rear will be less wet.

The pockets are more to the side than on the back—I did lose an energy bar out of one, but then I used this thing called a zipper conveniently located right on the pocket! The vest also featured feminine details that make you feel like you have a bit of style and sophistication, instead of just feeling gross and sweaty after a long ride. It has the same ruffled reflective detail as the jersey (slightly different placement), and the ruffle on the back just makes you feel cute (but not too much). The vest has a full zipper, but no zipper bulges. I give the vest 5 out of 5 stars as well—you will be seen, no doubt about it, and great wind protection as well. If you are looking for something to keep you dry in full on rain then skip it, but otherwise a great vest alone or as a layer.

Now for the Presta Padded Short ($88.00). The length is nice, just above the knee—no grippy elastic, but they were long enough that I don’t think it matters. Again, as with the Presta Jersey and Vest, some flattering details, low waist in front and reflective ruffle detail on the thighs. The waist is also wide which is nice, preventing “roll-down” when bent over and it features two small mesh pockets in the back along the waist so if you want to leave the jersey at home there is a bit of storage.

I so wanted to love these shorts—high on looks, but no stars on functionality. If you need a padded seat, these fall short. It’s not that the pad is not thick, although it isn’t; it’s the way it’s made. I put them on and started down the street and turned around by the end of the block. I ride a road bike with a hard saddle—no gel covers or anything and I am conditioned to riding that way. The seams in this short are not hidden and are in the wrong place. There is an 1/8 inch rise from the short to the pad, which stops halfway under your rear where you make contact with the seat, cutting the sit bone contact point in half. I could also feel the seam along the inner thigh area as well. “But they’re so cute” my inside voice is saying. However, at the end of the day, cute isn’t what I reach for when need it to perform. If you ride a recumbent and want to look the part, then totally buy these shorts.

You can order Lululemon Athletica products from the company Website, or from retailers in eleven countries, including Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. If you can’t find a retail outlet in your area, you can also find many of their products on Amazon.com.

 

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Road Holland Hilversum Cycling Jersey

One of the owners of the local bike shop has told me on several occasions that a bike jersey is usually the last purchase most people make when they take up cycling. After riding thousands of miles every year on both the road and off-road trails I have come to the same conclusion. I find it amazing that some people will spend $5,000 on a new bike and then go out for a ride wearing a T-shirt! Wearing a cycling jersey won’t make you go faster, but a quality jersey will increase your comfort and enjoyment as you ride. A few weeks ago the folks at Road Holland sent me one of their Hilversum cycling jerseys to review and here is the bottom line: The Road Holland Hilversum jersey is the most comfortable, well-designed and stylish jersey I have ever had the privilege to wear!

Road Holland Hilversum Cycling Jersey

Road Holland Hilversum Cycling Jersey

When I started cycling I bought a lot of cheap Performance Bicycle and Bike Nashbar branded jerseys, and then last year I moved up to the Pearl Izumi Attack jersey. As much as I like the Pearl Izumi Attack jersey I have to tell you it doesn’t even fit in the same class as the Road Holland Hilversum. The Hilversum jersey is made of 79% superlight polyester and 21% fine gauge merino wool. This jersey is incredibly lightweight and offers every feature a serious cyclist could want in a jersey.

Zipper Garage On The Road Holland Hilversum Jersey

Zipper Garage On The Road Holland Hilversum Jersey

The front of the jersey has a full-length zipper and, believe it or not, it has a zipper garage (a small pocket where the zipper parks when the jersey is closed). A zipper garage might not mean much to you if you keep your jersey halfway unzipped all the time, but I’ve had my face scratched on many occasions by the sharp edges of the zipper on cheap jerseys.

Rear Pockets On The Road Holland Hilversum Jersey

Rear Pockets On The Road Holland Hilversum Jersey

The back of the Road Holland Hilversum jersey is a work of art! Like most cycling jerseys the Hilversum has three storage pockets, but that is where the similarity ends. The middle pocket has a small opening so you can run a headphone cord through it—the cord stays under your jersey and won’t flap around in the wind as you ride. The pocket on the right-hand side also has an exterior stash pocket (a fourth pocket) with an angled zipper (with another zipper garage) so you can keep you keys, credit card and ID secure even if you suffer an unplanned dismount (otherwise known as a crash). The bottom hem of this jersey has a silicone grip strip that helps keep the jersey in place and prevents it from moving up during your ride. For your safety in low-light situations Road Holland added a reflective strip along the top of the pockets—I wish every cycling jersey sold was required to have a reflective strip like this!

One thing that really separates this jersey from all others is the way it looks. I normally hate going into a restaurant while wearing a standard cycling jersey. However, the  embroidered accents on the Hilversum make it look quite stylish. If you are seated at a table most people would never know you were wearing a cycling jersey (until you stand up and they see your Lycra shorts).

The Road Holland Hilversum jersey is available in three colors (Royal Orange, Carolina Blue, and Milky White) and comes in five sizes (S, M, L, XL, and XXL). The folks at Road Holland sent me a Milky White jersey to review and I liked it so well I ordered a Royal Orange jersey to go along with it. Of special interest to me is the fact that this jersey is made in the USA (it is possible that this is the only jersey I own that was made in America).

The Hilversum jersey retails for $120 and is worth every penny! While I was visiting the Road Holland Website on Sunday night I noticed that you can save 20% on your next order. All you have to do is take a pledge to “banish hideous cycling gear” and then enter the code “STYLISH” when placing an order through their online store before May 28, 2012.

In taking the pledge you are affirming that…

  • I will not wear cycling jerseys with cereal box characters, beer, or cartoon characters on them.
  • My cycling jersey will always look at least as good as my bike.
  • If I’m a guy, I’m burning all of my sleeveless jerseys tonight.
  • I will not wear jerseys with flowers plastered over them.
  • Unless I’m being paid to ride as part of a team, I will not wear a team kit.

I don’t think the folks at Road Holland are going to send the police to your house if you violate your pledge, but if you are an adult you should probably stop wearing jerseys with cereal box characters on them anyway.

 

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Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

Living near the shores of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee means I have to ride in a cycling jacket about seven or eight months a year. For the past two years I feel like I have been “cheating the system” thanks to the Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey.

Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

The Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey is one of the best products I’ve ever purchased from Performance Bicycle. It is a heavyweight jersey made of a polyester and spandex blend that manages moisture and provides decent heat retention. The full-length zipper is of higher quality than you will find on most other cycling jerseys. The brushed interior is very comfortable and the high collar helps keep your neck warm. There are also two deep pockets on the back of the jersey. I have found this jersey to be true to size.

When the temperature is in the 50′s this jersey is perfect and as the temperature falls I add a cycling vest. The next step is to put on a thin polypropylene base layer underneath the jersey. By the time the temperature is in the 30′s I ride in this jersey with both a base layer and a windproof cycling jacket (I prefer the Gore Bike Wear Phantom Bike Jacket).

This winter jersey is available in sizes up to XXL and retails for $70. However, Performance Bicycle often puts this jersey on sale for around $30, but it is sometimes out of stock. It is usually available in three colors: White, Black/White, and Red/White.

 

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Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey

The Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey is a nice looking and very functional jersey for cyclists. If you are used to riding in Performance Bicycle or Bike Nashbar branded jerseys, then the Pearl Izumi Attack Jersey will definitely be a step up.

Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey

Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey

The main body of the Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey is made of 100% polyester, while the sleeves are made of 92% polyester and 8% spandex. It has three roomy pockets on the back and a full-length zipper on the front. I’ve worn this jersey on long rides when the heat-index was over 105 degrees and have found it to wick away perspiration very well. The bottom hem of this jersey has a silicone grip strip that helps keep the jersey in place and prevents it from creeping up during your ride.

This jersey has a “club fit.” If you are used to riding in Performance Bicycle brand jerseys, then this jersey will seem a bit small. If you are used to riding in jerseys like the professionals use, then this jersey will seem a bit large. I think the sizing is just about perfect, except for the sleeves which seem a bit short to me.

Several advertisements for this jersey claim it has “a hidden sweat-proof pocket.” Pearl Izumi apparently intended to add this feature to this jersey, but it never made it into production. Nearly all the ads also mention that this jersey has “reflective elements to increase visibility in low-light conditions.” While this is technically correct, they fail to mention that the “reflective elements” are incredibly small (just the Pearl Izumi name and logo) and are really not of any real value.

The Pearl Izumi Attack Jersey is available in five sizes (Small to XX-Large) and in several color combinations, including Black/black, Green/black, Red/black, Blue/black, Yellow/black, and White/black. This jersey retails for $65, but is available at several online retailers for around $55.

 

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Nishiki Men’s Core Cycling Jersey

Several bike shop owners have told me that a cycling jersey is one of the last purchases most people make when they start biking. It appears as though newcomers to the sport settle for riding in cut-off pants and a T-shirt, then buy a pair of cycling shorts a few weeks later, but put off buying a cycling jersey for a long time.

Nishiki Men's Core Cycling Jersey

Nishiki Men's Core Cycling Jersey

If you don’t know why you need a cycling jersey, let me quickly explain. A good cycling jersey will keep you cooler in the summer because it is designed the breathe by moving moisture away from your skin. In addition, the pockets on the back of the jersey allow you to keep your carbohydrate gels and cell phone close (you will need the gels on longer rides). Another benefit of a good jersey is that they are designed to fit snugly to cut down wind resistance (drag). For the past few years I have worn hi-vis yellow jerseys while I am on my road bike so motorists can see me better (riding in Ninja mode is really not a great idea). Since I do most of my off-road cycling in Wisconsin I often wear a blaze orange jersey on the trails during the fall (Wisconsin folks have profound reverence for four things: blaze orange, bratwurst, beer, and the Green Bay Packers).

For several years I’ve worn the Performance Classic Short Sleeve Jersey, which is an acceptable (but not great) jersey. The Performance Classic Jersey has a relaxed fit (something I don’t need as much now) and a retail price of $35, though it is often on sale for just $20. A few months ago I found a Nishiki Men’s Core Jersey on sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods and decided to give it a try. This jersey has a retail price of just $30. It appears that Dick’s Sporting Goods is the only major chain to carry this jersey in the United States.

The Nishiki Men’s Core Jersey is very breathable and will keep you dry on even the hottest (and most humid) of days. The fit is a bit relaxed and the fabric is very stretchable. I did find it to be a bit longer than any of the other jerseys I own, which is fine for me but could be a problem for vertically challenged people. The jersey also has a very small reflective stripe on the neck, but because of its location it doesn’t really serve any purpose. One nice thing about this jersey is that has a gripper strip along the hem to keep it in place (something not mentioned on the Website for Dick’s Sporting Goods).

The only thing I did not like about the jersey is that it has a black panel that goes down the middle of the back. When the temps are in the high 90′s the last thing you want on your jersey is a panel that draws heat. All things considered, this is an excellent “middle of the road” jersey. It is better than the Performance Classic Jersey, but not as well designed as the much more expensive Pearl Izumi Attack Jersey. If you are in the market for a reasonably priced cycling jersey, the Nishiki Men’s Core Jersey is a great place to start. This jersey is only available in two colors: blue and a hi-vis yellow.

 

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