Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Barrier Jacket

November 25, 2013 - Comment

What’s more packable than a rain jacket, and more protective than a windbreaker? The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket, that’s what. The anatomic, yet relaxed cut keeps it comfortable throughout the range of cycling positions, and it’ll cut the wind and rain without turning into a sauna. Best of all, it packs down small enough

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What’s more packable than a rain jacket, and more protective than a windbreaker? The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket, that’s what. The anatomic, yet relaxed cut keeps it comfortable throughout the range of cycling positions, and it’ll cut the wind and rain without turning into a sauna. Best of all, it packs down small enough that there’s no reason to leave it at home. The Elite Barrier jacket is built of a breathable, yet weather-resistant polyester blend in order to protect you from the elements without making you suffer from any heat buildup. It transports moisture through the fabric to keep you dry, while simultaneously blocking harsh gusts of wind and rain. Additionally, the vented panels at the chest and back give the temperature regulation an added boost. When trying on the Elite jacket, you’ll notice Izumi’s ‘Semi-Form Fit,’ which basically means that the upper-torso and arms employ a relaxed, yet anatomic cut. As you get to the bottom of the sleeves and torso, the cut relaxes, and becomes similar to your favorite long sleeve t-shirt. The tall collar fights off gusts of wind, while the full-length zipper makes quick layering changes a snap. There’s reflective accents to increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions, and since you need a spot to keep your ride essentials, there’s also a pocket at the back that keeps everything accessible. The Elite Barrier Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, Screaming Yellow, True Red, Electric Blue, and Petrol Blue/cherry tomato.

Windproof and water resistant, Pearl Izumi’s Elite Barrier jacket for men provides lightweight, packable protection for a wide range of weather conditions. The semi form-fitting jacket is constructed of Elite-Barrier fabric for top-notch weather protection. It’s lightweight and extremely packable, with Direct-Vent panels for superior ventilation and a full-length internal draft flap with zipper garage to seal in warmth. A contoured, shaped sleeve hem adds warmth, and it offers elasticized hem and cuffs. Other features include a single back Velcro pocket, a collar that tapers from front to back for biking ergonomics, and reflective elements for low-light visibility. Machine washable (no fabric softeners).

Product Features

  • Windproof and water resistant biking jacket for men
  • Lightweight Elite-Barrier fabric for top-notch weather protection
  • Direct-Vent panels for superior ventilation
  • Contoured, shaped sleeve hem adds warmth; elasticized hem and cuffs
  • Machine washable (no fabric softeners)

Comments

fredbyte says:

Great Jacket! I wanted a lightweight rain jacket for summer rain, i.e., rain when the temperature was above 55 degrees F. The best rain jacket, in my opinion, is the Showers Pass eVent Elite 2.0 Jacket, but that works best for cool to cold rain. The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket is a close second! It is highly breathable and highly water resistant jacket for warm weather inclement weather. I just got it today at the post office (where it was delivered); I put it on for the light rain (~60 deg F) that was falling. Then, on our way back, we got hit with heavy rain. We were biking in it for ~15 min before we found shelter. Once we found shelter, I felt my shirt under the jacket, and it was completely dry! Amazing! Impressive!Oh, I’m 5′ 6″ tall, 38″ chest, a typical mesomorph, not one of those skinny-type bike riders. I wear a medium to large in normal shirts (depending on which brand), but I chose XL for this jacket because I’m familiar with the Pearl Izumi sizing. The XL fits me…

l2 says:

great bicycling shell jacket for the $53 price This is a great lightweight cycling jacket. There is no insulation, so wear it over a thermal jersey or thermal base layer in cold weather. The jacket fabric is thick enough to give you a lot of protection from wind and rain, but thin enough to stuff into your jersey pocket if the day warms up. There are even lighter weight jackets on the market, but they don’t offer the same amount of weather protection. This jacket has mesh armpit vents to keep you from overheating. The black stripes in the photo show off the semi-contoured construction; those are not stretch panels or vents. The rear of the jacket is a couple of inches lower than the front to help keep your rear end dry when you are biking in the rain.Sizing is snugger than casual jackets, but not super-snug like European pro bicycling jackets. Pearl Izumi is sold mostly to Americans who tend to be somewhat overweight. I weigh 160 pounds and size medium fits pretty well in the shoulders, but is a little loose around the…

Jim says:

Good jacket but lightweight zipper. Zipper on this jacket is lightwieght and gave out in less than 6 months. Without a working zippper the jacket is not functional and worthless. Because of this, I do not recommend this jacket.

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