Jonathan Manning compared 2016’s best high performance jerseys for cycling. On test: Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite
For organised cyclists this jersey is a godsend, with five pockets or pouches at the back. None has a zip, but it does make it easy to stow and access gels or snacks without awkwardly reaching past pump, tyre levers and spare inner tubes.
The full-length zip makes it easy to spill heat if necessary, but it’s already a very light fabric with different mesh panels at the armpits to boost breathability. If I were heading to the heat of the Alps or Pyrenees at the height of the summer, this is the jersey I would take, especially with its UPF50+ sun protection. It’s a slim fit, and the gripper tape prevents it from riding up, but I did find the arms a little baggy.
Reviewed: July 2016