Pearl Izumi Mens Barrier Jacket

Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier Jacket Review

The Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier Jacket provides lightweight, packable protection for a wide range of weather conditions.

Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier Jacket


What is good about the Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier Jacket

Great style – brings coolness together with function and is offered in a wide variety of colors to make you look good on the road.

Weather protection – the semi form-fitting jacket is constructed of Elite-Barrier fabric which is both windproof and water resistant.

Good fit too – it’s lightweight and extremely packable, with Direct-Vent panels for superior ventilation and a full-length internal draft flap with zipper garage to seal in warmth. A contoured, shaped sleeve hem adds warmth, and it offers elasticized hem and cuffs.

Nice touches – a single back Velcro pocket and a collar that tapers from front to back for biking ergonomics. When not needed this jacket easily rolls up to store in pocket or pannier.

Safety – reflective elements for low-light visibility. This jacket is also available in several bright colors including screaming yellow or red if you wish higher visibility.


The Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier Jacket is ideal for

  • Bike commuting due to bright colors
  • Recreational riding as you can easily roll it up when not in use
  • Bicycle touring as is very lightweight and compact
  • Mountain bikers as can store it when not in use



Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier Jacket Features and Specifications

  • Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier JacketWindproof and water resistant biking jacket for men
  • Lightweight Elite-Barrier fabric for top notch weather protection
  • Direct Vent panels for superior ventilation
  • Contoured, shaped sleeve hem adds warmth
  • Elasticized hem and cuffs
  • Machine washable (no fabric softeners)
  • Available in a variety of colors and sizes


What customers say about the Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier Jacket

There were lots of positive reviews. One reviewer stated that this is a great lightweight cycling jacket. There is no insulation, so wear it over a thermal jersey or thermal base layer in cold weather. The jacket fabric is thick enough to give you a lot of protection from wind and rain. There are even lighter weight jackets on the market, but they don’t offer the same amount of weather protection.

Regarding the fit this reviewer said this jacket has mesh armpit vents to keep you from overheating. It is also contoured to fit closely without binding when you are bicycling. A close fitting jacket helps to keep cold air from leaking in and chilling you. The black stripes in the photo show off the contoured construction; those are not stretch panels or vents. The rear of the jacket is a couple of inches lower than the front to help keep your rear end dry when you are biking in the rain.

A number of bike commuters use this jacket with one commenting that this is a perfect top layer jacket for commuting on the bike in often changing North-East weather and Boston traffic. It’s a reasonable windstopper, and it is very visible (I got the screaming yellow) in the dark. But my favorite quality is its water proofness combined with a very high breathability.

Several reviewers thought that this is a nice lightweight weather-resistant bicycling jacket. Wear it over a short sleeve jersey in a warm rain or over thermal underwear in cold weather.

The Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Barrier Jacket is highly breathable and highly water resistant jacket for warm weather cycling.

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