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Pearl Izumi Women's Transfer Lite SS Baselayer

Pearl Izumi Woman's Lite Short Sleeve BaselayerI’m trying to get ready for a century ride by June. While June in Utah usually grants the perfect, let’s conquer 100 miles, kind of weather. The months leading up to it can be sketchy. Around here one day it’s like spring and the next day it looks like spring but feels more like January. At this point I’m still dressing for warmth. Lately the wardrobe line up includes: fleece lined tights, booties, headwarmer under helmet, jersey, arm warmers, full gloves and a jacket to seal the deal.

Today I want to talk about the first layer. The base layer, the foundation. I just got the Pearl Izumi’s Transfer Lite Short Sleeve Base layer. I’ve taken it for a few spins now. Before I had it I’d usually wear a workout tank under my jersey. The biggest problem with this method was when I’d climb up a hill, or work a little harder I’d inevitably sweat, but not enough to peel a layer. Then I’d descend down the hill, continue with my ride and the moisture I had gathered would stick around and create a chill that could not escape through my long list of layers. The Women’s Lite short sleeve base layer rescued me from this saga.

It made a bigger difference than I thought it would. I walked into the door after my ride and announced to my husband, “I really was warmer!” The fabric is a combination of minerale, polyester and elastane. If you’re taking notes that means it can wick the sweat away from your body. A productive mechanism in cold or warm weather. Here’s how I know it worked. The old sports bra was dry even after a long hard ride. A vast difference from the tank top method I had used previously.

Since I’ve already mentioned sweat, and reported on my sports bra, I feel this is a perfect time to bring up the topic of body odor. Wow, we’re really getting to know each other aren’t we? Along with the base layer’s ability to wick away moisture it’s also designed to keep you odor-free. Yes you heard me. This is Pearl Izumi’s most updated base with it’s form fitting mesh design it promises faster drying time taking with it your sweat and odor.

Other features I enjoyed were the sleeves and the extra length on the back. It features a specific cycling sleeve which means it’s slightly rotated to compliment the position your arms are in while you’re leaning forward on your bike. The back is a little longer, again working with you as you’re stretched over the bike. You can tell Pearl Izumi has taken a ride or two. Their gear has removed a lot of common glitches to make cycling a more comfortable event. Now if only I didn’t have to pedal so hard?

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About the Author

Lindy P. Smith

Lindy P. Smith

Lindy is a wannabe athlete. As a Utah native and skier she’s a born powder hound and will steal your line if you’re not careful. In the summertime you can find her trail running, swimming in a lake and cycling her way around Cache Valley. Lindy Graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Journalism and enjoys writing about all her adventures and misadventures.

Lindy with daughter


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