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Don't compromise on price or details.

The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Men's Jacket brings an awesome blend of attributes to the table, from its excellent packability to its wind-stopping power, all at an extremely reasonable price, making it one of our favorites to recommend to customers looking for a well-balanced foul-weather jacket.

Pearl Izumi's Elite Barrier fabric keeps things dry inside by both protecting from the elements and accelerating the process of evaporating moisture from within. The piece is wind- and rain-resistant, but still manages to avoid ever feeling like you're wearing a plastic bag. As an additional measure to prevent things from getting too hot and stuffy, there are also vented panels on the back and chest, just in case. As a bonus, Elite Barrier is also especially light and compressible, so if the sun comes out mid-ride, you can always remove the jacket and pack it down into a ball that will fit in a rear jersey pocket.

The jacket is one of the more comfortable ones we offer, too. It's semi-form-fitting profile isn't as snug and constrictive as most, leading to a more relaxed feel and greater flexibility. The tall collar prevents invasive breezes, but when conditions warm up later in the ride and you want to invite them in, the full-length zipper is there to let you. There's an easily accessible central rear pocket on the lower back, and for those longer rides that we all take sometimes, there are reflective details increase your visibility when the sun goes down.

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.

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3 5

Typical PI quality, weird rear pocket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a provisional rain/wind shell. This is exactly what you would expect in PI quality. The fit is spot on. If you're a large (as I am) in other PI gear, you are a large here as well. (5'11", 190, 35" waist, fit is snug, but not ill-fitting. I don't like flappy clothes on a bike) The color is great (tealish blue).

I hate, that's H-A-T-E the rear pocket. the Velcro catches on the mesh in the pocket and makes it weird to close, disconcerting to open and generally more of a hassle than it should be. A zipper would have been easier, seriously. It's secure once shut, but it is not a great design. I really don't get what they were thinking on it.

Silly that one design issue can drag down a jacket 2 stars, but everything else is what you would expect from PI. If the pocket is not a big deal for you, then add a star. For me it hurt the usability.

3 5

Great jacket, dumb back pocket design.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love everything about this jacket except the back pocket. It is VERY difficult to reach in and grab your stuff while you are riding. I almost crashed when I was trying to get my Shot Blok out. The zipper is beautifully sewn on but really useless. I would much preferred a basic three pocket design, or maybe with an additional side zipper pocket for my phone.

5 5

Excellent softshell on and off the bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've had this jacket for several years. Its an excellent piece to wear when you are riding in cold conditions, even with light precipitation. It breathes well out of the back vents, even with a pack on. I have also been using it on the skin track, or any other aerobic activity in cold weather. Durability is outstanding...I've been known to hit the deck. Its very form fitting, so if in doubt, go up a size.