PEARL IZUMI MEN’S ELITE ESCAPE SOFT­SHELL JACKET PRO PUR­SUIT BIBTIGHTS

Bikes Etc - - WINTER LOOKS -

WHAT THEY SAY: For rid­ers look­ing for su­pe­rior weather pro­tec­tion at a good price point, the ELITE Escape Soft­shell Jacket pro­vides an ex­cel­lent bal­ance of style and func­tion.

WHAT WE SAY: This jacket uses a va­ri­ety of pan­els to re­solve the prob­lem of re­pelling rain and keep­ing warmth in while also be­ing breath­able. Across the front, over the shoul­ders and down the arms, an ef­fec­tive wind and wa­ter­proof ma­te­rial has been used that sees all but the heav­i­est of rain (no pun in­tended) pearling off. Un­der the arms, in the cen­tre of the back and down the in­side of the arms, is a more por­ous ma­te­rial which al­lows for bet­ter ther­moreg­u­la­tion, re­tain­ing warmth while also al­low­ing the gar­ment greater breatha­bil­ity. The re­sult is solid enough to take on cold, windy rides in tem­per­a­tures that dip down to­wards the zero mark. One big zip­pered pocket at the back and two smaller ones at the front pro­vide de­cent space for on-ride es­sen­tials. Avail­able in red or yel­low in sizes S-XL. The bibtights , mean­while, use a sim­i­lar ap­proach with wa­ter and wind­proof pan­els pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble parts on the legs while ther­mal pan­els help with core ther­moreg­u­la­tion, although these have also been treated so as to be wa­ter re­sis­tant. A Premium PRO Pur­suit 1.1 Chamois uses mul­ti­ple den­sity foam for a pad that’s among the most com­fort­able on test.

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