The Ultrastar is part of Pearl Izumi's lower-end Select range of products, aimed at the mass market cycling consumer. It's a casually styled jersey, straddling the road and MTB markets, with plenty of features.
With a contoured but not tight fit, the Ultrastar is available in a good range of sizes, up to XXL and will appeal to a variety of cycling builds. It's styled to appeal to a wider audience too, with attractive colours and a neat effective collar. The fabric is moisture wicking with side panels designed to move moisture more quickly than the rest of the body. The polyester fabric has sun protection (UPF50) built in and the jersey has a full length zip for ventilation and three simple back pockets. It also has reflective piping for added safety in low light.
In use, the Ultrastar was a comfortable jersey, fitting close enough for the technical fabric to do its work, but without making me feel shrink-wrapped. The body length wasn't the longest, and taller women might find this a problem. Despite the lack of a hem gripper at the bottom, there wasn't too much trouble with the jersey riding up when leaning forwards, although it definitely suited a more upright riding position. The full length zip was nice, but it would have been handy to have had some sort of zipped pocket for keys etc. The fabric was on the warmer side, but ideal for the majority of UK spring and summer conditions.
£39.99 is a fairly reasonable price for an attractive technical jersey. It's lacking some of the finer details, but it's a solid reliable jersey that should last well and is good value for money.
Good-looking and reliably performing jersey at a good price.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Pearl Izumi Ultrastar S/S Jersey
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Aimed at any woman who rides a bike.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
92% polyester/8% elastane
Side panels 100% polyester
Full length zip
3 back pockets
Machine washable at 30
Available in sizes XS-XXL
Well built with good quality components.
Wicked moisture pretty well and was comfortable to ride in.
Technical fabric and only washable at 30 does mean it could start to smell fairly quickly.
Neither heavy nor light.
Slightly on the warm side for the hottest days, but soft fabric and easy fit.
Good value for money for the features and style.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, cut, colours.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Lack of zipped pocket.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Nicely featured, attractive technical riding top for those not looking to shell out a fortune.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.