Bring the heat.

While most of us don't spend the majority of our cycling lives riding through oppressive heat, on the days that we do, a jersey that's made to adapt to skyrocketing temperatures can make a big difference in the quality of our saddle time. Pearl Izumi acknowledges the challenges of riding year-round with its expansive range of clothing, and its featherweight women's ELITE Pursuit SL Jersey makes a hardworking addition to your warm-weather wardrobe.

Pearl Izumi starts by constructing the jersey with its ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool fabric, a sweat-activated, cooling synthetic that dries rapidly enough for it to be used in Pearl Izumi's top-end tri apparel. On hot, humid rides when wind is nowhere to be found, the fabric will pull moisture away from your skin quickly, while the jersey's full-length zipper allows you to create more ventilation over the course of a hot climb and then zip-up for the descent.

Pearl Izumi finishes the jersey with three rear pockets for stowing ride essentials, an elasticized gripper on the bottom hem to keep the jersey in place, and reflective accents to help keep you visible to motorists in low light conditions for the days you try to beat the heat with a pre-dawn or dusk ride.

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Returned, odd color surprise and too big

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

OK, I ordered the aqua mint. The tag on what I got says "aqua mint." But it's the much darker green-blue base color of the Atlantis colored top here. Hmm. Also, it's way too big, especially in the waist area, and the material is kind of unimpressive. I ordered a size up, per another spectacular PI Elite tri top I got (and wear every weekend long run). Maybe true-to-size for this one would work.

Great top when it's hot!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Feedback from a female:

As much as I love summer, I have a hard time dealing with the heat. This top is lightweight and breathable, allowing me to get in a good ride without needing to stop for water every 10 minutes. I enjoy a looser fit, so I ordered a medium and it fits perfectly! I usually wear a small or medium top, but knowing that bike tops are typically tighter, I'm very happy I ordered a size up. I'd highly suggest this top to anyone that loves to battle the 90+ heat in the desert!