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Fewer excuses means more riding.

Stormy skies are a poor excuse for calling off a ride, at least if you have dependable weather protection like the Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell Jacket. It employs Pearl's softshell material on the outside for protection and stretch, and the inside gets a boost of warmth from Elite Thermal Fleece. It all adds up to a jacket that keeps you warm come rain and cold, without turning into a personal sauna once you get warmed up.

Pearl Izumi built the Elite Softshell jacket from a three-layer fabric in order to boost weather protection while still remaining breathable. The foundation is Pearl's Elite Thermal Fleece, which is a highly breathable insulating material that's soft-to-the-touch. And by breathable, we mean that the moisture that builds up inside the jacket is able to be transported to the outside, where it quickly evaporate. The outer-layer is Pearl's Elite Softshell material, which provides excellent weather protection. And that weather protection gets a hefty boost from a windproof, waterproof membrane that sits between the two layers. And, not only will it shrug off light to moderate precipitation, but the protective membrane remains breathable for your comfort. After all, there's not much sense in sealing out the elements if it means that you're soaking in a miniature steam room anyway.

The cut of the Elite jacket is designed around Pearl's 'Semi-Form Fit.' In translation, this means that the upper-torso and upper-sleeves have an anatomic cut, which enable the jacket to move with your body, rather than bunching. Towards the bottom of the torso and sleeves, the fit relaxes, giving you some extra room for a comfortable range of motion. There's two pockets, one at the chest and one at the small of the back, and both are zippered. They'll go a long way to ensuring that the contents of your pockets are there for your whole ride. And to increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions, there are reflective panels placed throughout.

The Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/electric blue, Petrol Blue/black, Screaming Yellow/black, and True Red/black.

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You should have this in your closet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Best purchase I have ever made for a bike. Extended my riding season by a month in both directions. Super comfortable. I sized up so I could layer under. It's a preference thing.

The red is glaringly obvious on the road and I think a very nice shade.

Washes well. I've even worn this when not biking, it's super comfortable, warm and well-made.

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  • Fit: True to size

if you choose the right size ,great product for any kind sport in autumn and winter

5 5

Great winter running jacket

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small

I chose this jacket for my husband for the breathability, fabric material, water-proof efficiency, and I-Pod pocket after reviewing many jackets. We live near Aspen and he runs every day. Last week, we had 3 feet of snow so running was cancelled but he's back at it. The jacket keeps him warm and dry-very comfortable! It needs to be a little bigger for running so I got to know the customer service guy real well. He was extremely efficient and helpful when I had to return and reorder a few times. I was ready to give it up, his helpful attitude that we would get it right really paid off! Great product and the customer service people really ready to help.

Runs small for running.

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  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small