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