Zip and rip for any trip.
The fact that its sleeves are removable means Pearl Izumi's Select Barrier Convertible Jacket can resist water and wind across virtually all seasons. Sometimes in the summer, it's nice to have a wind stopping vest stowed in a pocket for long descents. Sometimes in the spring, it rains. Sometimes in the winter, the temperature and conditions warrant an outer layer of elemental resistance and an inner layer of thermal insulation. Whatever the case, this jacket is appropriate.
The jacket owes its wind and water resistance to the Barrier material from which it's made. Barrier also has a forgiving four-way stretch and high-breathability, so it fits comfortably and doesn't turn into a sauna when your effort goes up.
The raglan-cut sleeves zip off for easy conversion from jacket to vest, making this your all-season riding buddy. The full-length front zipper has an internal flap and a garage to increase the Barrier Jacket's barrier-ness, and the rear pocket has a zipper to afford the same courtesy to its contents. Reflective elements help keep you visible in low-light conditions.
The Pearl Izumi Select Barrier Convertible Jacket is available in six sizes ranging from X-Small to XX-Large in the colors Black and Screaming Yellow.
- Item #PLZ003G
- Q & A
Solid wind breaker/ vest
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
I got this jacket for late spring and cool early morning summer rides and its perfect. I wear it more as a vest than a full jacket on cooler days (50-60 degrees) and it works well as an extra layer. I have worn this jacket down into much colder temps (30-40) with heavy layering but have since upgraded to a cold weather specific jacket. I have a large but would usually wear a medium or even a small in most cycling gear and this jacket fits well. I wear it with a jersey underneath and arm warmers on more chilly rides and it is still a nice slim fit. I like how high the neck goes up to my chin and how it packs up nice and small so I can throw it in my jersey pocket once it starts to warm up. Overall a solid jacket that is fairly wind and waterproof and perfect for riding in cooler weather (50-60degrees)
My only complaint is how the back panels are not very long and if you have your jersey pockets stuffed for a long ride, the jacket doesn't fully cover your back (as you can see in the picture).