When I’m riding, I don’t want to look like a billboard or an art canvas – I prefer apparel that’s simply fashionable, but still provides the high-performance features of fancy race kits.  Which is why I was happy to find the Pearl Izumi Divide jersey.

Pearl Izumi Divide MTB Jersey Features:

  • ELITE transfer fabric with bamboo carbon fibers
  • Semi-form fit
  • Flatlock seams
  • 10″ vent zipper
  • Elasticized gripper on back to keep hem in place
  • Two zippered back pockets
  • Reflective elements
  • Three color options: black, white, orange
  • MSRP $75.00

Pearl Izumi Divide MTB Jersey Review

Don’t let the simple styling deceive you: the Divide jersey is packed with tech features to keep you cool and comfortable for multi-hour rides ina variety of conditions.  It utilizes PI’s proprietary ELITE fabric which is windproof and water-resistant while providing 50+ UPF protection as well as efficient moisture transfer away from the skin.  The fabric also incorporates bamboo fibers, one of those “new old fashioned” materials (coconut fiber and merino wool are others) whose natural properties enhance comfort and odor resistance.  The Divide fabric is soft against the skin, although I usually wear it on top of a baselayer.

Roomy left and right rear zip pockets

With a semi-form fit, the Divide is roomy enough to use as a top layer without restricting range of motion, but sung enough to wear under a jacket.  Rear coverage is good, and the gripper hem keeps the shirt from riding up, even when I’m wearing a hydration pack.

The rear compartment features left and right zipper compartments which are quite spacious, and deep enough to carry most of your essentials securely.  I found the zippers slightly tricky to open with a single hand.  There’s no elasticized pocket on the Divide, and quick access is a bit more difficult with an open zipper than with an elastic band.  It would be nice to have a small quick-access pocket somewhere, either on the side seam or in the central rear area; this would be my only suggestion for improvement.

Good Divide

  • Versatile fit for MTB use
  • Comfortable fabric construction
  • Great moisture transfer
  • Attractive styling

Bad Divide

  • Zippered rear pockets tricky to operate
  • No quick-access pocket

Bottom Line: Pearl Izumi MTB Jersey Review

Pearl Izumi’s Divide has all the advanced construction features you need for a hardcore ride, in a classic styling that won’t embarrass you when you stop at the grocery store on your way home.

Buy Now: Pearl Izumi Bike Jerseys at CompetitiveCyclist.com

About Author

Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports. When he's not training for ultramarathons, he enjoys hiking or slacklining with his family in Monterey County, CA.

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