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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Jacket

Price: $50.60 - $90.00
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Safety Orange/White
  • 100% Polyester
  • Windproof 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)

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Product Description

Fall/Winter 2013.  Windproof and water resistant, Pearl Izumi's Elite Barrier jacket for men provides lightweight, packable protection for a wide range of weather conditions. The semi form-fitting jacket is constructed of Elite-Barrier fabric for top-notch weather protection. 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. Other features include a single back Velcro pocket, a collar that tapers from front to back for biking ergonomics, and reflective elements for low-light visibility. Machine washable (no fabric softeners).

Product Description

The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket will likely become your 'go-to' outer layer for those days when the weather promises to be unpredictable. Being lightweight and slim, it's eminently packable. So if you're starting out under sunny skies, but you see the storm clouds off in the distance, you'll know that you will be prepared. Likewise, if you roll out the driveway in a drizzle you'll have a jacket that will keep you dry without making you sweat like a stoker. The Elite Barrier Jacket provides you with the optimum amount of wind and water protection while still offering a breathable, supple fabric. The simple, form-fitted cut keeps it close to your torso -- there's no disturbing parachute effect with this jacket. It comes equipped with a rear zippered pocket for those days when you'll be using it as the main outer layer and you want to have your essentials safe and immediately reachable. The full front zipper has a draft flap that runs its length, ensuring fantastic protection from those cold winds you'll undoubtedly encounter. Affording the same protection from penetrating chills, the hem and cuffs are elasticized to fit snugly against your body. And since cold days are often dark days, an abundance of reflective elements have been included to keep you visible in low light. The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket is available in Black/black and True Red/black. It comes in sizes Small through XX-Large.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported
  • ASIN: B003BLOU5G
  • Item model number: 11131015
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,047 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Very light weight.
T. Mathieson
Blocks the wind effectively as well as light rain as this is only a water resistant jacket.
Scorpion E
Pearl Izumi makes a great product and it is highly recommended.
E. Hannum

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By fredbyte on July 17, 2011
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I wanted a lightweight rain jacket for summer rain, i.e., rain when the temperature was above 55 degrees F. The best rain jacket, in my opinion, is the Showers Pass eVent Elite 2.0 Jacket, but that works best for cool to cold rain. The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket is a close second! It is highly breathable and highly water resistant jacket for warm weather inclement weather. I just got it today at the post office (where it was delivered); I put it on for the light rain (~60 deg F) that was falling. Then, on our way back, we got hit with heavy rain. We were biking in it for ~15 min before we found shelter. Once we found shelter, I felt my shirt under the jacket, and it was completely dry! Amazing! Impressive!

Oh, I'm 5' 6" tall, 38" chest, a typical mesomorph, not one of those skinny-type bike riders. I wear a medium to large in normal shirts (depending on which brand), but I chose XL for this jacket because I'm familiar with the Pearl Izumi sizing. The XL fits me nicely.

And, I got the Screaming Yellow, which is also Screaming Yellow on the back. (One of the reviewers said the back was black, but he failed to say what the front color was.) Amazon doesn't show the back.

Finally, it is light enough that it is not hot in 60 deg F rain, nor is it hot once the rain stops falling and it is just cloudy.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By l2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 10, 2011
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, but thin enough to stuff into your jersey pocket if the day warms up. There are even lighter weight jackets on the market, but they don't offer the same amount of weather protection. This jacket has mesh armpit vents to keep you from overheating. The black stripes in the photo show off the semi-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.

Sizing is snugger than casual jackets, but not super-snug like European pro bicycling jackets. Pearl Izumi is sold mostly to Americans who tend to be somewhat overweight. I weigh 160 pounds and size medium fits pretty well in the shoulders, but is a little loose around the torso. The waist is a little more contoured to keep cold air from seeping in from the bottom.

There is a rear pocket to hold a few lightweight items, but it is not very deep and has only a light velcro closure. I would prefer a zipper for security. I suppose the fabric is not real heavyweight, so they don't want to encourage you to stuff the pocket with heavy items.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By PRyan on April 13, 2011
Color Name: Black/ WhiteSize Name: XX-Large Verified Purchase
I'm 6'3, 200lbs, and wear a 16x37 dress shirt, 36 pant and a 44 suit. Normally in bike jersey I wear a 2-3x. I bought a 2X although I would have probably been fine in an XL. The sleves are plenty long and will more than reach my gloves. The jacket fits well but is a little large around the middle - it catches more wind than I'd like. (This is strange because normally this is where things are tight on me.) It seems like it will be well suited for rain (I poured a cup of water on it and it didn't leak). It is very thin and rolls up enough to stick in my jersey back pocket.

The colors are great - the back is all black which you really couldn't see in the picture.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jim on February 7, 2012
Color Name: Screaming Yellow/BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
Zipper on this jacket is lightwieght and gave out in less than 6 months. Without a working zippper the jacket is not functional and worthless. Because of this, I do not recommend this jacket.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A on February 15, 2012
Color Name: Red/BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I ordered this jacket after reading the reviews. And I'm happy to say that I only have great things to say! If you're looking for a super-lightweight jacket to block the wind, then this a great choice. Our climate here in Las Vegas is such that the layering approach is best, and this jacket serves as my outer layer/wind & weather barrier (when needed of course). Let me say upfront that I only typically ride in weather that is 50 degrees or higher. So keep that in mind with this review. It weighs literally next to nothing, and is highly-packable should you need to take it off during a ride. I ordered the red, and am very pleased with the color. The pictures are an accurate representation of the actual color of red that the jacket is (which isn't always the case). It's bright, and makes me more visible, which was part of the reason for the choice in color. With regard to the fit, I am 5'11", and about 185, and the large fits me perfectly. I tried on a medium at the LBS and it was definitely too small. I don't generally ride in the rain, so I can't speak about it's ability to repel water. But the PI tag attached to the jacket shows a graphical representation of both water and wind repellency, and these show that it's about 80% repellent of both. If you know PI products you'll know the little bar graphs I'm referring to. If not you can probably see them if you search the product on PI's site. With regard to fit, it is loose form-fitting, just as the description indicates. At higher speeds (25+ mph), i have experienced some "flapping" in the wind, but it is very minor, to be expected with this kind of jacket, and wasn't bothersome at all. Having used it now on two rides, it does seem to virtually completely block the wind, just as advertised.Read more ›
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