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good quality, relaxed fit
on October 25, 2012
Bicycle jerseys typically come in 3 different fits: loose fit for mountain bikers that wear body armor underneath (or who drink too much beer), pro fit for ultra-skinny road racers, and relaxed fit for regular people. This jersey is an example of relaxed fit. I'm not in great shape, but it fits me fine. I wear a size medium T-shirt and this jersey fits me fine in size medium. The fit is closer than a T-shirt since lots of flapping fabric defeats the purpose of a wicking fabric and is also uncomfortable and not aerodynamic.
The fabric that Pearl Izumi uses is a big step up from the ultra cheap bicycle jerseys you find at some sporting good stores or mail-order house brands. The fabric is double stitched for strength and flat knit for comfort. Multiple panels give you a contoured (but not super skinny) fit without binding. High-wear areas like the pockets and waist are reinforced for longer life. The colors do not bleed, which is always a problem with cheap jerseys.
This jersey is made from the same fabric as Pearl Izumi's summer jerseys, except with long sleeves for sun protection or a little extra warmth in the spring or fall. Pearl Izumi also makes jerseys with thermal fabric or windproof panels, which would be better choices for cold weather use.
Summary: this is the cheapest jersey that I would want to wear for a long bike ride in moderate to cool weather. Add a wind vest and base layer for cooler weather. Cheaper jerseys always seem to be much more poorly made and uncomfortable to wear. If you're not too chubby, order your normal shirt size.