Pearl Izumi Womens Transfer Short Sleeve Cycling Base Layer SS17

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Product Description

This women's specific summer weight cycling baselayer is designed to keep you cool and comfortable even on hot days. Transfer fabric facilitates the evaporative process by rapidly moving moisture away from your skin to outer layers, while activated charcoal in the front panel fabric further speeds dry time and cooling. In back, mesh panels maximize ventilation. Patent-pending Speed Sleeve anatomic construction hugs the contours of your shoulders, giving a second-skin fit when in the bent-over riding positing. Wear this short sleeve baselayer under a short sleeve jersey during the heat of summer, and then add it to your cool weather layering system during chillier months

  • PRO Transfer Dry fabric gives optimal moisture transfer for quick dry performance
  • Patent-pending anatomic Speed Sleeve construction for best shoulder fit in the cycling position
  • Cycling specific, close to body, anatomic fit
  • Activated charcoal integrated into the yarns used in front panels to speed dry time even more
  • Soft merrow seams for next to body comfort
  • Weather forecast: Warm and dry
  • Temperature rating: 20 degrees
  • Fabrics: MineraleTM knit 70% MineraleTM 27% polyester 3% elastane

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Size Chart

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Pearl Izumi Women's Clothing Size Chart

Use the Pearl Izumi clothing size chart to find the best fit for you. 

Chest 31 - 33" 33 - 35" 35 37.5" 37.5 - 40" 40.5 - 42.5" 42.5 - 45"
Waist 23 - 25" 25 - 27" 27 - 29.5" 29.5 - 32" 32 - 34.5" 34.5 - 37"
Hip 33 - 35" 35 - 37" 37 - 39" 39.5 - 42" 42 - 45" 45 - 47.5"
Inseam 29" 29.5" 30" 30.5" 31" 31.5"


Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

Base Layer Guide


Base Layer Guide

When you’re wearing two or more clothing layers the base layer is the layer that is worn next to your skin. When you’re cycling the base layer absorbs and evaporates the sweat produced by your body as it warms up during your ride. This helps to keep you cool when you’re heating up on a big climb.

Base layers help to keep your skin dry so that you don’t get too cold when you’re cooling down on a descent or pit stop. Thermal base layers also help to keep you warm by trapping an insulating layer of warm air around your skin.

What to Look For

Seasonal Base Layers

Moisture management is important all-year-round so you can get base layers for every season. Summer base layers are made from very lightweight mesh fabrics that focus solely on wicking moisture away from the skin. Warm weather base layers are often sleeveless.

For cooler weather, a base layer made from thicker fabric is ideal as this will help to trap air against your skin for added insulation. When things get very cold base layers made from thermal fabrics with high-loft fleece lining are best.

wearing endura base layer

Why is moisture-wicking important?

Wicking is the property of the fabric that moves moisture from one side of the garment to the other. This aids your body’s natural cooling mechanism by wicking sweat away from the skin so that it can evaporate taking your excess heat with it.

When cycling our bodies produce more sweat than usual, and it’s important that this sweat is moved away from your body so that it can evaporate easily. If your sweat is left wet against your skin, it will continue to cool you down when you don’t need it to and may give you a chill. Wet fabric is also less comfortable to wear and may cause chaffing.

wearing castelli base layer

Fit and cut

Offering a close figure-hugging fit base layers are like a stretchy second skin. Made from stretch fabric they should feel tight on your body but allow you to move freely without restriction. A baggy base layer won’t insulate you or move moisture away from your skin as well as a close-fitting garment. Base layers are designed to be tight-fitting, so there is no need to size down.

Good cycling base layers offer a tailored fit with flatlock stitching and/or a seamless design that prevents chaffing. Cold weather base layers have higher collars and long sleeves to help trap more air against your skin.

castelli base layer



Most cycling base layers are made with synthetic technical fabrics. These are quick-drying and high-wicking while also being lightweight and flexible. Some synthetic base layer fabrics also have thermoregulation properties to help keep you warm without overheating. Thermal base layers may feature brushed fleece against the skin to help keep you warm on cold rides.

The downside of synthetic materials is that they don’t have natural anti-bacterial properties, so they can get a bit smelly, especially after repeated use without washing.

synthetic base layer fabric


Merino wool is an exceptionally good material for base layers. The wool is very warm, brilliantly breathable and most people find it feels soft and comfortable against the skin. Another advantage of Merino is its natural anti-bacterial qualities. This means that Merino base layers will resist odours, even after multiple wears without washing.

Unfortunately, some people find that Merino can be itchy, especially when they start to get sweaty. Most cyclists get on fine with Merino, but if you have very sensitive skin, you’re probably better off with synthetic materials.

merino wool fabric

Types of base layer

Short Sleeve

Sleeveless vest style base layers are best for warm weather cycling. These are usually made from very high wicking mesh fabrics that help your sweat evaporate quickly but don’t offer much extra warmth.

Short sleeve base layers are best for in-between conditions where you want a little extra warmth for your core. Some are made from very lightweight mesh materials, but most offer some extra thermal properties to help keep you warm on cooler rides.

mesh base layer

Long Sleeve

Long sleeve base layers are designed to be worn under a long sleeve jersey and/or jacket. The Longer sleeves keep warmer blood flowing to your forearms, and then onto your hands; helping to keep this vital extremity warm and protected from the chill.

endura long sleeve base layer

Arm Warmers

Arm warmers are a great way to shrug off the chill on those early morning rides. They effectively turn your short sleeve jersey into a long sleeve, but you can easily take them off and stash them in your pocket when the day warms up. Silicone bicep grippers help to keep them in place while reflective elements help you to be seen at night.

wearing arm warmers

Leg Warmers

Leg warmers help to keep your legs warm when wearing shorts and are great for those cold starts as you can always take them off as you warm up later in the day. Silicone grip strips on the thigh help to keep the warmers in place while you pedal and reflective elements add visibility in low light conditions.

Full-length leg warmers cover your whole leg from the top of your thighs to your ankles and are best for colder rides. Knee warmers cover your knees from the hem of your shorts to your mid-calf which makes them better for changeable conditions as they are easier to take off mid-ride.

wearing leg warmers

Delivery & Guarantee

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Returns & Warranty

It's easy to return a product with our 365 day, hassle free returns. 

We will give you a full refund on any item that is returned to us unused/unfitted, in a resaleable condition and in its original packaging (where possible).

Please note: For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns of facemasks, undershorts or underwear if the item has been removed/unsealed from its original packaging.

If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

For more information please visit our Returns & Warranty page.