We've had what you could call a Polar Vortex kind of summer. July was lovely, but August and September were unseasonably chilly and if weather trends are any indication, October will be below average temperatures. I consider myself to be an all-weather sort of cyclist and appreciate a break from the summer heat. That said, a brisk headwind can take the joy out of any ride.
•ELITE Thermal Fleece fabric provides superior moisture transfer and warmth
•Three back pockets
•Reflective elements for low-light visibility
•Recommended for temperatures between 45˚F and 55˚F
•Retails for $130
I first wore the jersey on a chilly ride in August, about 7C, and then again last week on a sunny yet cool, windy day in Algonquin Park, where the breeze off the Lake of Two Rivers was strong enough to take my breath away.
The fabric features live up to what Pearl Izumi promises: the fleece is so soft, a nice treat when you're dressing for a ride that you know won't be comfortable. Because I tend to heat up quickly, I was worried that I'd be too warm after twenty minutes in the saddle. But again, the fabric in the Elite Thermal jersey wicked away sweat and kept my core at just the right temperature.
The rear pockets are roomy enough for snacks, a phone, ID and keys. The jersey is form fitting, so move up a size if you prefer a roomier fit. I'm about 160lbs and the medium size is snug - but I don't like the feeling of a jersey flapping in the wind when I ride. The medium is just right for me.
Fall is a fabulous time of year to ride, so don't let the cooler temperatures deter you. Add the Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Jersey to your kit and extend your cycling season.
Disclaimer: Pearl Izumi provided me a Elite Thermal Jersey, but all opinions are my own.