Pearl Izumi Pro Softshell 180 Jacket
Investing in a cycling jacket can be a challenging process. Some options are so specific that they become limiting. Others are just all out, ride to the North Pole and back type of thing, and the pricing is proportional. As a cycling consumer you have identify who you are, when you ride, and in what conditions you are willing roll to into. The PRO Softshell 180 from Pearl Izumi is a jacket that finds the middle ground, and offers great tech and features at its price point. The 180 designation means that this form-fit jacket has 3-Layer Pearl PRO Softshell with blocking material on the forward face of the piece. This supple, serious fabric is designed to protect you from the wind and weather, insulate, and manage moisture, while absorbing and neutralizing odor. The outer arms and back panels of the jacket are built with PRO Thermal fleece which is a terrific flexible insulator, but breathes to allow excessive heat out more easily. The fabric employs S.Cafe®, which uses fibers made from dried coffee grounds, and is exceptional at absorbing and releasing moisture.
Why protect the front, but not the back? Two answers. First, as you ride you face the elements and generate wind chill to the air temperature. Blocking that makes sense. Second, by leaving the back to an insulative-only material that breathes more easily, the cyclist can manage temperature variance more easily. If overheating, a half-unzip up front will allow more air through and out the back, taking excessive heat and moisture with it. Once regulated, zip back up for protection. This is highly effective and easy to control. A last aspect of the 180 concept is price. Going to a full softshell jacket adds a significant cost. That is why you need to understand your needs and rationale. If you plan to regularly ride in wet, cold conditions, you likely need a 360 degree barrier jacket. If you generally brave the cold, but not the wet, the 180 degree coverage saves you money and becomes a much more flexible piece. If you get caught out in the rain, the jacket will still insulate and protect at a high level, but your back will get wet over time.
Of course the PRO Softshell 180 offers the details you expect from Pearl Izumi: full length zipper draft flap with zipper garage, contoured sleeve hem with thumb hole mitt to keep the sleeves in place, a rear zippered security pocket for keys, phone, ID, etc., and a huge zippered rear pocket that holds anything you might need. 360 degree reflective highlights and a silicone hem gripper round out the features. Know your needs, and get more for your money with the best technology from Pearl Izumi.
- 180 degree protection, insulated jacket ideal for training in cold, dry conditions
- 3-Layer PRO Softshell fabric- 55% Polyester 30% Nylon 15% Elastane
- Thermal Fleece fabric- 65% Polyester powered by 35% S.Cafe®
- Contoured shaped sleeve hem
- Full-length internal draft flap with zipper garage
- Zippered back pocket with exterior security pocket
- 360 degree reflectivity
- Recommended for dry days with temperatures between 35°F and 45°F
- Colors- Black, True Red/Black
- Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL (Black only)