Pearl Izumi ELITE Pursuit Summer Jersey - Men's

Well beyond basic.

A climbing-specific jersey is one of those pieces that you don't know you're missing until you try one out. Once you do, arguing against the necessity of a having a whisper-thin top to reach for when you're getting ready for a day of grueling climbs in the heat of midsummer becomes pretty difficult. Pearl Izumi's featherweight ELITE Pursuit Summer Jersey is brand new for Pearl, and its breathability and featherweight materials will keep you cool as you test your limits on challenging, exhausting new gradients.

Every construction detail of the ELITE Pursuit functions in the name of airflow, aiming to simulate wind when you're in the middle of an asphalt wall absorbing the sun's heat. The Direct-Vent mesh main body pairs with stretchier polyester/elastane shoulders and back to create a jersey that moves with you without feeling restrictive. Synthetic fibers dutifully pull moisture away from your skin as you struggle to maintain cadence, and a full-length zipper allows for additional ventilation. At the rear, three standard pockets provide space for you to store vital, electrolyte-replenishing ride fuel to grab when you reach the top.

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Summer weight indeed

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

Just put this to the test on a 90-degree day. While I initially shared Timothy M.'s skepticism about the fabric in the shoulders, arms, and down the center of the back, I appreciated the comfort on the bike. I really did not notice how high the temperature was until I stopped riding. This jersey helps moisture disappear. The perforated fabric used in the rest of the jersey would not provide much sun protection. The jersey eventually felt a little sticky across the shoulders after the ride, but never felt uncomfortable.

I first ordered a medium, which was uncomfortably small across the chest and waist, and felt too short. Replaced it with a large, which fits looser overall but still snug across the waist, so it stays in place. And it's long enough that I can get into the rear pockets easily enough. If you don't want a race fit, order a size larger than you usually wear.

I ran across the same problem. The medium jersey was uncomfortably short and very tight across the chest + waist. I had to replace with a size large. Should of read the review before I buy.

Given this review, I am now concern about the jersey UV protection value. It sounds like there is not much protection.

Poor fabric choice on shoulders and back

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

This is advertised as a summer weight jersey, but it uses fabric across the shoulders and the top of the back that's not breathable at all, and there's also a wide strip of the same fabric running down the center of the back.
The jersey is also very short, especially at the waist in front. I'm only 5' 10" and a large is too short in front.

Pearl Izumi ELITE Pursuit Summer Jersey