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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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JerseyBin Waterproof Cycling Pouch

Every once in a while you find a cycling product and you know instantly you must have it. When I saw an ad for JerseyBin Waterproof Cycling Pouches I ordered three pouches immediately, and when they arrived a few days later it took all of 30 seconds to realize they were exactly what I needed.

JerseyBin Waterproof Cycling Pouch

JerseyBin Waterproof Cycling Pouch

JerseyBins are lightweight, waterproof pouches that fit perfectly in your back jersey pocket. JerseyBins are constructed of 10 gauge vinyl and, depending on the size, the vinyl will either be frosty clear or polished clear. They have round corners so they will not snag your jersey, and they close with a zip-lock style zipper. Several sizes are available, including: 4″ x 5-3/4″, 3-3/4″ x 7″, and 4-3/4″ x 7″. The Limited Edition Mini Bin (4″ x 5-3/4″) is perfect for an Apple iPhone because it is not only protects it from the elements, but you can still use the phone while it is in the case (just don’t try to take a photograph through the vinyl).

My iPhone is always in a very thin polycarbonate shell. However, the display is not covered so when cycling I always want to carry it in a weatherproof case. I tried the OtterBox Defender Case, but it is a royal pain to get the iPhone into the case and another pain to get it back out. I also tried several other iPhone cases and all of them made my iPhone sag at the bottom of my jersey pocket and none of them were waterproof. JerseyBins solve both problems—the case is waterproof and it’s designed to keep your back pocket from sagging because it spreads out the weight of the iPhone (or any other cell phone) better than any other case I’ve tried.

I had only been using a JerseyBin for a few days before I got caught out in a heavy rain and I am happy to report that it worked perfectly. This bin is going to be great for winter cycling as well. In the winter I wear a lightweight shell over my inner layers of clothing (I ride in temperatures all the way down to zero). If you carry a phone inside your jacket during the winter the screen will get fogged up and impossible to read because the high humidity level inside the jacket. The JerseyBin will allow you carry your cellphone inside your jacket and still be able to see it when you want to use it.

At the moment I am using a small JerseyBin since I spend most of the summer cycling on the road and only need to carry my iPhone, a $20 bill and a couple of business cards inside the case. In the fall and winter I will use a larger JerseyBin because I carry a few more items with me when cycling off-road and in the snow.

JerseyBin Waterproof Cycling Pouch

JerseyBins Are Available With Custom Imprinting

JerseyBins are also available with custom printing. If you are a cycling promoter (races, bike shows, etc.) I would urge you to consider passing out JerseyBins at your next event. Let’s face it, we all have enough water bottles already and most of the cheap ones cycling promoters pass out are never used anyway. JerseyBins are a product that every cyclist will want and they should last (and promote your event) for several years.

JerseyBins are available from the JerseyBin Website and are extremely low-priced, starting at just $5.25 for the smallest size and up to $6.50 for the largest.


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