In the past couple of years cycling clothing brands seem to have woken up to the notion that ladies like to ride bikes as well, so we no longer have to search fruitlessly for women-specific items. But finding a brand that has really taken the time to think through what women want in their performance apparel can be tricky. Pearl Izumi was among the first to offer women's clothing designed by women, and the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader Women's Short Sleeve Jersey proves that they indeed have put a lot of know-how and riding time into their creations. First, it is important to point out that this jersey uses the same advanced materials as its men's counterpart, putting a feminine fit and spin on the appearance. Pearl Izumi uses its patented P.R.O. Transfer fabric, which employs a one-way capillary action and hydrophobic fibers to draw the moisture away from the skin. Dry skin, in summer or winter, translates into core comfort, and the fibers touching your skin become the first line of defense against discomfort. What makes this jersey ideal for super-hot sunny days is the fact that Pearl Izumi has included their In-R-Cool Technology in the Transfer fabric. This built-in technology reflects the sun's rays and reduces the surface temperature of the fabric by up to 35 degrees Fahrenheit in direct sunlight. So you can sport dark, intense colors without melting down on a sunny ride. Aside from choice material, Pearl Izumi has also included welded Direct-Vent panels under the arms to offer extra ventilation and prevent the accumulation of sweat and odoers. The full-length zipper offers easy all-out . With a nod to the ladies' smaller backs Pearl Izumi has specially designed the 3-in-2 back pocket construction that includes two pockets that carry big items like your wallet, pump, gel packs and phone, while a third pocket with a zipper has been hidden within the two so that you can keep your keys and other small essentials safe and separate from the rest. This makes it possible to hide away those things like keys that you won't need to have access to for much of the ride, but simply can't be without or lose. And as with the men's version, extra support at the back pockets will keep them from sagging. The sublimated graphics on the raglan sleeves ensure that your P.R.O. Women's Leader Jersey will look as slick and snazzy after a couple of seasons as it does the first time you try it on. The usual well-placed Pearl Izumi reflective elements will keep you visible arounddusk. The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Women's Leader Short Sleeve Jersey comes in True Red, Black/Lime and Black. It is available in X-Small through XX-Large.
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