The rain doesn't stop the brave and well-prepared.
As you crest the mountain gap the rain begins to fall, so you pull out the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket from a jersey pocket and continue downhill without the chills that can sideline your immune system. Even in summer, the quick hot-to-cold transition of a rain shower can bring on a wicked cold, but with this water- and wind-resistant ultralight jacket, you can fend off the sudden storm and stay healthy.
- This lightweight polyester shell packs down to fit in your jersey pocket or small hydration pack
- Full-length zipper vents excess heat in the humid, post-rain air
- Elastic hem and cuffs secure the jacket while the drop-tail hem ensures a dry backside
- Reflective details shine in the headlights of groggy morning drivers
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How does this jacket compare to the Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket? I am looking for something light, packable, and high-visibilty to tuck into my hydration pack when bicycle commuting to work.
This would be perfect for the uses you described. It is a great jacket, but only slightly better than the elite. The material is a little thinner and lighter than the elite, making it much more pack friendly. More importantly, the overall cut and fit of the pro is much more athletic and comfortable on the bike (this is true for all of P.I. pro gear, amazing fit).
Either jacket would be a wise choice, but for the money... the pro is worth it.
Thank you for the response on this. I ended up ordering the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Aero Jacket , as the PRO cut (as you mentioned) seemed like a plus, and the softshell fabric was appealing. A little bit more money, but on sale, and will be worth it, I think, on my somewhat lengthy bicycle commute. I will post a review on the jacket when I have had a chance to check it out.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased this jacket in red on sale and really like it. It's super lightweight, folds up next to nothing, and is just right for those slightly chilly or windy days. I don't think it really provides much protection in the rain, maybe super light mist or something, but not rain. That's OK though because I have other rain jackets and I look forward to continuing to get a lot of good use from this jacket on dry, cool, and windy days.
I was looking to replace a lost perl izumi forest green fleece jacket that was da bomb when I found this. When it arrived with another small item, I had doubts that both items had shipped. Okay, it's light. Fabric thickness -- nay, it's not a fabric but I'm at a loss to say what's the material and neither do the labels -- is about that of a trash bag. Advantage over a trash bag is, it won't flap in the wind -- at least not the part around the middle. It fits tight for a large -- tight under the arms, tight around the shoulders and tight around an older guy's too-big middle.
If you're thinking anything like ripstop nylon, think again. This ain't it. I have a fine nylon jacket that might do just as well. "Full length zipper vents heat" -- uh, yeh, if it's unzipped. And then, rain is coming in. It's a basic zipper up the front. Vents heat when removed, too, by that measure. Not as if it has vents anywhere else. It's a basic waterproof shield, but too tight to fit over even the lost pearl izumi forest green fleece zip up, or any other layers, not to mention middle-aged mid-section that gets a bit oversized after a few months away from aggressive daily workouts.
Still weighing whether to return this one. Not impressed. I might find it useful in an XL, but I'm overall a bit disappointed with Perl Izumi and much of the bike industry swapping out colors and products every year -- such disappointment triggered by the inability to replace the best bike jacket I'd owned with something similar. Didn't they get it right last year? Creating jobs for fashion designers and marketing people? Great, you got some of my money. I did my part. And I outsprinted some younger commuter on the way home without blowing a valve in my main fuel pump. At my age, it's the simple things that matter - the rest can seem a bit frivolous. I might be more please with myself wearing a trashbag and duct-tape rain cover in the rain.
Is the white with black translucent? I have a white with red that is translucent, but I would prefer that it is not translucent. Please help?
Does this have any vents?
No. Super lightweight though. Doesn't really need any vents. Our Barrier fabric is a micro filament fabric that breathes remarkably well.
This jacket is one of the ten or so things that I always have with me on commutes, it's SUPER lightweight and packable, I keep mine rolled up like a fatty Cheech and Chong spliff tucked into the edge of my bag. It holds heat like cast iron and fights off water dustings and mist like a champ. I wish it had pit-zips for venting, and it does get a little flappy in the wind or when your screaming through a straight due to (not much) excess material and the nature of the fabric I suppose. It's very thin, I sport the white with the sexy red trim and it's translucent.
I'm 6'4" 180 lbs and the Large fits me perfectly, the sleeves are an adequate length as is the body, I like my cycling garments a tad bit longer in the body and this little guy nails it.