Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket Screaming
- Elite Barrier fabric provides superior protection from wind and repels rain.
- Direct-Vent inserts ensure exceptional ventilation combined with one piece sleeve construction is comfortable and easy to store.
- Continuous on zip shaded inner storm flap with chin guard keeps body warmth in.
- Convenient one-hand drawcord on the waist and two hip pockets.
- Reflective parts for additional protection in the dark.
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The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket's removable sleeves make it a great choice for rides where the weather's uncertain. When you need air-cooled comfort, remove the sleeves, stash them in the pockets, and enjoy the breeze.ELITE Barrier fabric blocks wind and water, and is extremely breathable for comfort Protective draft flap keeps wind out and retains warmth Semi-fitted cut is aerodynamic and prevents flapping Full-length zipper regulates body temperature Reflective accents for low-light safety
- Material: [body] polyester; [lining] polyester
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- Fit: semi-form
- Center Back Length:
- Hood: no
- Venting: zip-off sleeves
- Pockets: 1 back, 2 hand
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- Recommended Use: cycling in changing weather
- Manufacturer Warranty: lifetime
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Just did my first ride in the jacket, 25 miles Temp was about 30 degrees and really windy. I must say the jacket preformed awesome. The wind blocker in the front really works and sleeves are long so they don't ride up and let the wrists get cold. Now on the sizing, I did have a little wind flapping in the shoulders but if it were any smaller it would be two tight in the chest and back with a base layer. Now in the summer with a heat gear base layer and the sleeves off it will probably be a little big, well not tight like a jersey, but on the other hand if your not a racer looking for the least wind resistance which I'm not it will be nice. I hope this review helps, I would recommend this jacket!!!!
While I have not used it without the sleeves, I did take one sleeve off to see how easy or difficult the process was and I am pleased to write that the zipper meshes easily and the sleeves come off and go on with ease. Overall I am happy with it and would highly recommend it, especially for the price offered on Amazon.
Here are my measurements so you can decide if it will fit you. I'm 6'2'' with 40 inch chest, athletic build, so I tried both the medium and the large. The medium fit my torso ok (sleeves just long enough). Large was a little wide around the mid-section. The sleeves on both seemed to be equally narrow especially on the upper part of my forearm, making it difficult to bend completely at the elbow. Flexed the widest part of my forearm is 11 3/4 inches diameter.
Hope this helps!
Here is what I like about it:
It does breathe much better than the Canari I had, and so I don't get anywhere near as steamy and sweaty in this jacket when I ride hard or the ambient temp goes up a notch.
The pit vents are an open triangle of mesh, so they actually accomplish what they are meant to much better than just zips that simply open slits which never let enough air in to be useful. The fact that they are always open vented is not a problem in my view or experience, as extra air to my arm pits is always welcome when I ride, and when my arms are hanging at my sides the vents are not exposed anyway.
It is very compactable. You can stuff it down into its own rear pocket, or you can roll it up even tighter and smaller. The fabric is very thin, lightweight and supple, yet it seems much more durable than the Canari.
Here is what I don't like about it:
The rear lumbar pocket is all you get. Personally, this is not useful to me for storage, because I do not like carrying things at my lumbar area. I would like to have a chest pocket.
I also don't like that this jacket does not have hand (hip/waist) pockets. I don't like to wear full fingered gloves unless it is really, really necessary. But then there are times when it's chilly and I ride no-handed and just want to warm my hands a bit by having pockets to stick them in.
The sleeves are too long. I am 5'8", 158lbs and I ordered the Large. The torso fits as I had hoped...with enough extra room for a good under-layer, but not too big without one. The sleeves, however, are quite too long. So they leave a lot of extra material bunched up at my wrists. Not cool.
All in all, it's a very nicely made jacket of quality material. It boasts a few good details, while lacking others. However, I would definitely not pay $100 for this jacket. Amazon had my size and color preference for $55, and I wouldn't recommend spending much more on this jacket.
Pros (in no particular order):
- Ultra lightweight.
- Superior wind blocking.
- Very warm.
- Zippered pockets.
- Removable sleeves. (Can be worn as a vest.)
- Very durable (despite its light, thin feel).
- Slightly awkward sleeve removal/attachment.
- Rear pocket awkward to access.
- Neck zips up a hair too high.
- Pocket interiors are mesh, so sweat comes in contact with stored items (i.e. you need to "baggie" a cell phone).