Christopher M.wrote a review of Pearl Izumi Transfer Lite Baselayer - Short-Sleeve - Men's on August 15, 2015
Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
There seems to be no incentive writing a review for a product that you end up returning. But I read these myself when considering the idea of buying something online. So I thought I'd make a contribution.
I'm a medium across the board: jerseys, shorts, shirts, pants, whatever. But I saw the European Race Fit addendum to the Sizing Chart for this base layer and ended up with the small. I've purchased other synthetic non-cycling-specific base layers in small to get a good underneath-the-jersey fit. So it seemed natural to do so here. My chest measures a little less than 38. And the chart for a small gives the spread 36.5 to 38 inches.
The two I ordered arrived. I took one out of the bag and tried pulling it over my head and down around my shoulders. And by the time I got the hem below the shoulder blades I began to panic and came to a worried halt. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get the shirt back off again.
The material has no real stretch to it, and I struggled to coax it back over my shoulders. Right back into the plastic bag. I never even got the chance to evaluate the cut of the shirt.
Clearly, the sizing is way off. And anyhow, if it had been a medium and I'd succeeded at getting the hem down to the waist, I wonder how the feel would have been. The material doesn't strike me as something that would fit your form yet give where it needs to give while moving around on the bike. I see there's another apparently identical item from Pearl Izumi being sold with Comp Cyclist for an extra five bucks. Maybe Pearly Izumi sussed out the sizing problem and reissued the garment in a different iteration. From what I've observed (confessed semi-regular consumer of cycling garb, I am), this phenomenon happens batch to batch with clothing now and then. Manufacturing snafus must be common in the business, with most stuff still being made a hemisphere away. In any case, I'm still not sold on their high-tech material.