The elements don't stop the brave and well-prepared.
Preparing for the unexpected should be the slogan for Pearl Izumi's new P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket. It was engineered using a lightweight blend of advanced materials and a smooth fit that keeps you shielded from the elements. Even better, it easily remains stowed and out of the way when the weather's nice.
Pearl Izumi constructed the jacket from its venerable P.R.O. Barrier Lite fabric. This is a lightweight, breathable material perfectly suited for the sort of weather changes that we often face during fall and winter afternoons on the road. Made from tightly-woven monofilament materials, the Barrier Lite fabric gives you protection from the elements while also allowing your torso to breathe and avoid moisture overload. Its versatility is one reason that it's able to be used either as a wind breaker on high-speed descents, as a rain protector during flash storms in the summer, or even as an extra layer to take along for winter rides — just in case.
The jacket has been anatomically designed to allow a layer underneath it, yet at the same time, it's cut close enough to the body to prevent excess fabric from flapping in the wind. Panels of Softshell Lite were also added to the composition, adding a bit of stretch to the jacket. An elasticized hem and cuffs maintain a secure fit over your jersey, and the jacket's full-length zipper makes entry and exit of the jacket an easy on-the-fly move. Finishing off the build, Izumi added reflective elements that increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.
The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/black, Screaming Yellow/black, Screaming Yellow/electric blue, True Red/black, and White.
- Item #PLZ1389
- Q & A
This is my favorite shell for California
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Lg (I have big shoulders still)
I've taken this thing all over, from riding tour of flanders in belgium in the rain, stagecoach 400 bikepacking in spring, riding in tahoe, you name it and it's been awesome. Note, I use hard shells like many people use rain jackets. Usually if it's cold I'll have warmers and maybe a vest, this shell gives an additional sealed layer that really helps with retaining body heat in crappy conditions, while breathing quite a bit. This is something I use for racing and training so for that I feel the above is a great description of what you can expect.
Ordered another one since I've had mine for almost 2 years now and the laminate/reflective stuff is coming off.
Does not breath, slim fit.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
Compacts down VERY small which is real nice. But it Is pretty sweaty if your riding hard, could use much more venting. Fit is very narrow, with a 42 inch chest and 32 waist.....the XL just , just , Barely fits in the chest and is so big in the waist I had to get it taken in. Seems well constructed though, hope it lasts. Bought it for the first cold 15 minutes then I ball it up and forget about it... Seems to work for this.
Technical jacket but fit runs small
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
This jacket is very technical and extremely light. It can pack down very small and fit in a jersey pocket. I would have kept it but the small sizing ran much smaller around the chest than other Pearl Izumi tops that I have from the PRO and Elite ranges. Unfortunately for me going to medium the arms are way too long, so I switched the Elite convertible jacket which has worked out really well.