As summer rolls into fall the days get shorter and our cycling sleeves get longer, and even though it doesn't necessarily add insulation, Pearl Izumi's Transfer Long Sleeve Base Layer is still a must for transitional weather in the shoulder seasons. We find that a classic, long-sleeve thermal jersey is adequate for temperatures into the high 40s; however, sleeveless base layers leave something lacking in the moisture management department. This is especially telling with thermal fabrics, whose brushed inner faces often don't manage moisture as well as their summer-weight counterparts.
The Transfer features a charcoal-infused front panel, which helps to speed evaporation in order to eliminate sloppy, clammy moisture. The back panel is a lighter material that stretches to accommodate a second-skin fit, and the Speed Sleeve construction facilitates forward reach, so it's most comfortable while you're stretched out on the hoods or whiling away the miles in the drops. The different panels are cut for an anatomic fit, and they're sewn together with Merrow-style overlock seams that lie flat and comfortably against skin.
The Long Sleeve Transfer acts as the perfect thermal jersey wingman by supplementing the latter's wicking abilities and helping to ensure that a clammy chill doesn't undue the jersey's insulating properties. As the temperatures fall to wintery depths and you switch to a full-on windproof jacket, the Transfer Long Sleeve follows. It's also light enough that it doesn't interfere with layering strategies, so you can plan your winter wardrobe without worrying about accounting for the added warmth or bulk of a thick base layer.
- A lightweight cycling base layer for use under long-sleeves and jackets
- Moisture-management helps keep you dry when damp means chilly
- Low-profile material layers easily without undue bulk