Thursday, November 7, 2013
Cycling Gear Review - Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket
As previously promised, I will be commenting on my recently acquired Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket. This convertible jacket is designed for cyclists primarily, but works well for runners too. By convertible, they mean you can remove the sleeves and wear it just as a vest.
The best thing about Pearl Izumi gear is quality. They really do make quality, durable gear for the athletically minded among us. Most of their gear is aimed at cyclists, triathletes, and runners, so it tends to cross over between sports well. Their products are typically well designed. Pockets are well placed, reflective accents added, quality zippers used, and high-tech fabrics too.
Eventually I opted to go with the size Large, on a closeout on ebay, figuring I could just cut the sleeves down to fit. Lucky me! The closeouts were an earlier model year, and the sleeves are shorter than the current edition! It also cost less than half the original retail amount, which made it even better.
It is water resistant (not water proof), and wind resistant, moreso than a traditional nylon windbreaker. It weighs next to nothing, and compresses down small enough to stuff in a jersey pocket or in my case, into the huge rear seat bag I have on the Giro. The sleeves remove easily, and also go back on equally easily--a nice feature, since on other brands of similar gear, the zippers are a normal point of failure.
So if you are looking for a nice, convertible jacket, be sure to check out what PI has to offer. I suspect you will not be disappointed!