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.
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.