Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Jersey

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Manufacturer Description

Packing the best warmth-to-value in the line, the SELECT Thermal Jersey is great worn alone for the chilly days or as the core thermal piece in a layering system.


  • Semi-form fit
  • Body fabric: 100% polyester
  • Fabric Weight: 266 g/m2
  • SELECT Thermal Fleece sets the benchmark in warmth and moisture transfer
  • Full length zipper for venting
  • Contoured, shaped sleeve hem adds warmth
  • Three back pockets with hidden sweat-proof pocket
    • All 17 cm Tall (7 in), Outsides 10.5 cm Wide (4 in), Middle 13 cm Wide (5 in)
    • Sweat-proof Pocket 6 cm Wide x 10 cm Tall (2.4 in x 4 in)
  • Reflective elements for low-light visibility
  • Size Medium
    • Weight – 370 g (13 oz) measured
    • Center Back Measurement –
    • Sleeve Length – 89 cm (35 in)
    • Pit to Pit Measurement – 53 cm (21 in)
  • Retail – $85

YMMV Review

Design ★★★½☆

The Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Jersey is part of the Select line of cycling gear. This is Pearl Izumi’s lowest line.  It is geared for the budget conscience rider who wants something the performs well. There is nothing overly fancy about the fabric. It is a medium weight fleece that is fuzzy on the inside and smooth on the outside. It has a bit of a stiff feeling to it. The higher levels in the line have a more pliable fleece that seems to be slightly thinner and more expensive. The seams have a contrast stitch to give it some style.

This does not come out in the large pictures but it was a nice suprise when the jersey arrived. There are 3 pockets on the back and a sweat proof pocket on the inside of one of them. The pockets are large enough to fit all the gear you need. The sweat proof pocket is on the smaller side, built to fit a phone or iPod. The jersey has a full length zip and reflective elements for visibility.

Sweat-Proof Pocket

While the Select Thermal Jersey is a budget peice, it has all the features of the higher end jerseys, just with less bling to it.

Fit ★★★★☆

This jersey is billed as semi-form fitting. I would have to agree with that. It is not loose but also not tight. I can easily layer a baselayer or jersey underneath without feeling too tight. Gotta love Pearl Izumi’s long sleeves and long drop tail back to give you full coverage.

I have longer arms and this fit me well. There is a bit of grabby material at the bottom of the hem which holds it in place.  I have not tried to wear this peice as a midlayer and think that it would be a bit of overkill and might be a little bulky underneath some outerwear. The sleeves have a scalloped shape to them which helps them integrate well with your gloves. This is a little bulkier that the elite and pro level jerseys, but it is supposed to be. I am 5’11” and 160 lbs and the medium fit me well.

Performance ★★★★☆

This jersey has surprised me. It is a warm but breathable jersey that I have been pleasantly surprised with. I have used it on some cold dry mornings and even in wet snow on my commute home. The dense knit fleece does a good job of keeping you warm but letting some air move through the jersey.


It also does a surprisingly good job of keeping you dry in wet snow and light rain. Even though I spent an hour commuting home in wet snow/rain one evening, I was suppried to be able to just brush it off and was still dry underneath when I got home. Even the jersey itself was pretty much dry. I have rainwear that has performed worse. Or at least I used to have it.

Overall ★★★½☆

Overall, for the price, this is a great piece of gear. The Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Jersey retails for $85. It not flashy but really functional. The fabric is what you expect a budget piece to feel like but it performs better than expected. I am intrigued enough that I want to try the similar run top in the fall of 2011  and will do a review of it as well. This jersey fits as expected and will work for all but races. As with all my reviews, your mileage may vary.


  • Dense knit fleece is wind resistant but breathes well
  • Good fit, long arms and torso
  • Warm
  • Sheds light rain or snow


  • Fabric is a bit stiff feeling

Long Term Check-In

I have now used this Jersey for about 6 months and still really like how well it performs. A great commuting jersey, easy to be seen and don’t need a jacket (at least in Central Oregon). Durability has been great, no issues there.

About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

One Response to “Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Jersey”

  1. I like the long term check in bit – something other reviews never really talk about after they’ve checked out gear for 10min straight from the mfc! Keep up the good work!

    I’m looking for a jersey to ride in around Boulder that’ll keep me warm / dry on the cooler days coming out of winter months. I’ll check this out!

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