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Let’s face it: no one likes to wear a bulky jacket while riding, even when it’s windy and cold. The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell 180 Jacket combines highly breathable thermal coverage for the back with wind and water resistant panels on the front to give you big warmth in a slim package.
By employing their P.R.O. Softshell fabric with Minerale, Pearl Izumi combines their durable, water and wind resistant Softshell material with the Minerale yarns that are actually porous, increasing the moisture transfer from within the jacket. The wind and rain will stay outside, while you will stay warm and dry inside. You may ask what makes the 180 different from the regular P.R.O. Softshell Jacket. Well, the 180 is intended for drier but still cold days where you don't need waterproof material on your back. Rather the thermal Softshell material on the back will keep your shoulders warm, and the Direct-Vent panels under the arms will provide good ventilation.
Pearl Izumi has taken great care to design this jacket to be fitted for a cyclist in an aggressive riding position. Consequently the sleeves are contoured and the hems of the sleeves are shaped to fit snugly around your wrists to keep in the warmth. A one-hand elastic draw cord has also been added to the tall collar so that when the wind is howling in your face as you race down a twisting canyon road, you can seal the neck opening and prevent any wind from swishing down your back. And to make sure that the items you keep in your back pockets are safe, Pearl Izumi gives you three separate compartments within one large zippered back pocket. The zipper pull is easy to handle so you’ll be able to access the pockets even when you’re all gloved up.
The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell 180 Jacket comes with 360 degrees of reflective elements. It's available in True Red/black and five sizes from Small through XX-Large.
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I have been using this jacket on my rides though some extra cold spring weather in Utah. The jacket has performed perfectly, keeping me warm while still allowing moisture to wick. I appreciate not feeling sticky when I climb off the bike. I've been riding in 30 to 40 degree temps comfortably with just a long sleeve wicking layer and the Pearl Izumi jacket. I haven't had a chance to ride in the rain yet, so I can't comment on how waterproof the jacket is. Overall, very comfortable. I appreciate features like the thumb loop on teh sleeves, the long tail that keeps me covered and the zippered pocket in back to keep my stuff safe. My only suggestion would be to have an inside pocket for my iPhone so I can keep my headphone cords inside the jacket rather than flapping in the wind. I have been using the chest pocket on the outside of the jacket.