Pearl Izumi Men's Microsensor Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey
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Reviewed by SPDrecrd
Let me start by saying that I have a couple of hundred miles in on the Pearl Izumi MicroSensor Jersey. New from the package right on up to the last time I wore it, it has provided luxurious comfort and dry, stable warmth.
I've layered the thermal jersey in combination with many other outer jackets and seems to work well with just about any product out there. Worn on its own this jersey would be perfect for temps in the mid to upper 50's. Layered with an outer wind blocking jacket you can dive much lower in the temperature range. If you make use of Mountain Hardwear's Windstopper Tech Jacket, or Pearl Izumi's Gavia Jacket you will have plenty of warmth to ride down into the 20's. The great thing about the Thermal Jacket is that it not only traps in heat but keeps you feeling very dry. I happen to perspire profusely even when riding in colder temps but, when I jump off the bike, after a ride where I am wearing this jersey, I am comfortably dry. With a lesser jersey I am typically slushy and need to get indoors soon after the ride or risk freezing up.
The MicroSensor fabric for this long sleeved jersey has a brushed fleecy hand that is ultra soft against your skin which makes you long to slide into it. It's race cut, expect a form fit. If you are a stocky person or have some
leftover holiday love handles around the mid-section you may want to do some extra situps before riding out. That being said, the jersey is sharp looking and brightly colored. It is essential to be seen on the roads, so the bright color will be an asset. The sleek lines are just an extra added bonus. This is the first race cut piece of cold weather gear I have ever worn and I have to say that I like it. The winter months tend to be a lot windier and baggy riding gear can really drag you down. The constant barrage of wind can make it a lot less fun to ride but the lack of loose material on this jersey helps it slip right through the wind with very little drag.
Overall, the Pearl Izumi MicroSensor Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey works extremely well, cuts through wind, and looks really sporty. So, I feel good and look good; and trust me, that's no small accomplishment.
Reviewed by Garuch
Overall rating out of 10: 10
I hate being cold! I hate riding in fall, winter, and early spring. But, I still do it! I hate getting up from a nice toasty warm bed and facing the inevitable "wind through the willows" that chills the bones and causes puckerable parts to retract into heretofore unknown recesses of the body. But once I get warmed up the entire situation becomes livable, as long as I don't stop!
Well life has gotten decidedly better of late. I now have some really nice cool weather gear, surprisingly toasty for it's light form fitting stretchy self. Pearl Izumi's MicroSensor Jersey is immediately warming. As you pull the jersey over your arms, the brushed fleece interior is warm to the touch, and the full length zipper pulls the mock collar close up under your chin, warming your neck nicely. That zipper is also backed with a panel to prevent zephyr slip through, and, speaking of zippers, there is also the nice touch of a small zippered fourth pocket in the middle of the traditional three back pockets, which seems nicely sized for a cell phone or energy bar.
The MicroSensor fabric has the highest wicking properties of Pearl Izumi's "Sensor Moisture Transfer System" and frankly I have yet to feel any moisture build up whatsoever with this jersey. But then Dan would probably accuse me of slacking... seriously though, we have ridden this gear hard and so far... no sweat and more importantly, no chill on stopping!!!
The label of this Jersey describes the fit as "Form", believe it! If you think you might be a large, you are. Decidedly thrifty with the fabric, the Pearl Izumi line runs on the snug side, which had Dan and I vying for the large samples. I can generally squeak by with a medium, but not so with these bike togs, at least not in the shoulders and arm pits, I'll lay the stomach fit off to not training properly for months... while eating as though I were... eh hemmm.
The jersey itself is not particularly wind resistant, but as a base layer under the Gavia Jacket it is wonderful.