Living the bike life begins with quality gear and ends with superior comfort, enhanced performance, and added safety. When you think about gearing up for life on two wheels, these first thoughts are usually dedicated to cycling jerseys. You’ve seen them on other cyclists in every color and style, but do you really need one? Need is probably the wrong word to use because sure, you’ll get by in just about anything. But a good quality bike jersey is more than just a fashion statement. It’s based on intelligent engineering that allows it to ‘think’ for you when out on the road. We’re talking moisture management, engineered fabric for variable weather conditions, reflective features for increased visibility, and anatomic design for optimal comfort.
When looking at cycling jerseys for sale you best be ready to deal with a bombardment of neon colors, tech terms, and the overwhelming dread of having no clue what to do with them. We can’t do much about the colors and tech-speak, but we can give you some advice to help with that not-having-a-clue thing that’s stopping you from finding the perfect jersey. All you need to focus on are these three things: Fit, Function, and Style.
Reasons for cycling vary as much as the bodies doing the cycling – commuting to and from work, Sunday evening rides, mountain biking adventures, or full-on racing. Depending on your body type and reason for taking to the road, you’ll choose between a relaxed or form-fitting racing jersey. A relaxed cut is loose enough to be worn for everyday purposes, but fitting enough to help you slice through whatever wind drag you might experience. The more fitting your jersey is, the more your performance is enhanced and the race cut provides superior comfort in the riding position. This means it’s ideal for pushing limits in a race or on the side of a mountain.
Committing to the biking life means hitting those pedals come rain or shine, and your cycling kit should be an intelligent solution to the problem of changing weather. A short sleeve jersey on hot days, with fabric that moves all that perspiration you’ll be working up to the outside where it belongs. Longer sleeves for cold weather, and some kind of insulation so you don’t freeze on the side of the road. If you’re just pedaling to the shop real quick, you won’t be needing a race jersey, while your everyday jersey won’t cut it if you’re racing along an unbeaten trail. Think about why you’re riding and how you would like your cycle gear to enhance your ride. Simple, right?
You don’t have to succumb to the dayglow colors of cycling shirts if that’s not your thing. If you’re usually riding in good daylight, then there’s no reason you can’t opt for more understated colors. Or go for the bold if you’re into it. Feel free to extend your personal style to the gear you choose, because you’ll be spending a lot of time in it and you would want something that not only makes you feel good, but that you feel good wearing.
How much of a sweat will you be working up? What’s the weather like outside? Are you popping off to the shop real quick, going to work, racing for a few hours, or taking your bike off road? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before deciding on what the perfect cycling jersey will be. Of course there’s nothing wrong with slapping on a t-shirt and taking off, but a t-shirt won’t manage perspiration effectively or regulate your body temperature. A good quality cycle shirt works just as hard as you do, enhancing your performance and comfort for the duration of your ride. They are garments engineered to wick moisture away from your skin to the outside where it can evaporate, leaving you dry and cool and hot weather, or dry and warm on cooler rides.
Our range of anatomic cycling jerseys are designed to fit comfortably when in the riding position – short in front, longer in back – to avoid unwanted bunching. Pearl iZumi’s Quest Long Sleeve Jersey comes with an elasticized hem that holds the jersey in place, with longer sleeves that keep you covered when your arms are extended. There are three back pockets for easy storage as well as a hidden security pocket that is entirely sweat-proof. This is your ideal choice when you need insulation when out riding on cold days.
Looking at the range of materials used in cycling jerseys is sure to leave you spoilt for choice. From polyester and nylon, to merino wool. It all boils down to what you’re most comfortable in, since they each have their own pros and cons. We make use of polyester in our cycling clothing, because it’s UV resistant, durable, the color doesn’t fade easily, and it’s cost-effective. We’ve taken these qualities and stepped it up a notch with our SELECT Transfer engineering, used in all our men’s and women’s cycle jerseys. It provides superior moisture-wicking no matter how hard you push, working to keep you dry the whole time you’re out. For a cut that will keep you ahead of the pack, our Pursuit jersey for men and women comes in both long and short sleeves, with lightweight fabric and optimal breathability.