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On-the-fly protection.

A water and wind-resistant jacket or thermo-regulating vest for cool, windy days? Actually, the Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket is both, quickly converting from a protective shell to a heat-retaining vest in a matter of seconds with its zip-off sleeves. Its Elite Barrier shell blocks the breeze, while shedding light showers and road mist. Direct-Vent panels improve ventilation when you're hammering up steep grades and increasing your cadence on fast training rides.

Highly visible after dark, the convertible jacket's 360-degree reflectivity keeps you safe when you're riding at dawn and dusk. Its full-length draft flap seals out rogue gusts and sustained breezes from chilling your core. Other key features include a drawstring adjustable hem for a dialed fit, as well as zippered hand pockets for holding riding accessories and other items.

  • A cycling jacket for conditions from fall through spring
  • Convertible design loses the sleeves when they're not needed
  • Weather-resistant material keeps the elements at bay
  • Ventilation inserts increase breathability during intervals
  • Draft flap zipper helps protect a vulnerable point
  • Drawstring hem battens down the hatches
  • Zippered hand pockets keep ride essentials secure
  • Reflective details help keep you visible in low-light conditions
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Nice so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

Sleeves are a bit longer than I expected, but I'm ok with them. The overall chest/belly is slightly smaller than expected. I've only used it twice on the bike and did not overheat or sweat during a 3 hour 40 mile ride in 30F weather. I think this jacket will be fine for 20F rides (generally the coldest I'll do).


BE SEEN further away during the day and night


  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

A very nice wind/water resistant jacket. It runs a little small so definitely size up. The reflection features work well on the road. The best feature: it turns into a vest.

Returning - odd sizing.

    Looks great, we’ll made. Unfortunately, sizing is rather odd. Got a large (5’10”/170#). Body was fine for height and somewhat “form fitting” for girth. Felt more like medium body, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, sleeves were 4-5 inches too long, which was really odd. Would have kept the jacket if the sleeves were proportional.

    Just shipped the jacket back and that was my issue as well. The sleeves were way too long.

    Great light weight versatile jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Looks and feels top notch, easy zip off sleeves make it my new go to My go to jacket for short or long rides, unless its extremely cold. I’m 5’10” 160lbs, and wear large jerseys. The size large jacket fits comfortably over my jersey, not too snug or too floppy. And the bright red color with reflective accents is easy to see on the road.

    Not as nice as I had hoped

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: XL

    I've used this for a season. In concept, it's the right jacket for every occasion, though it's somehow never the right jacket. The fabric doesn't breathe well enough, turning me into a sweaty mess. The fit is also small in lengths, but loose in places where no one is overweight - the arms for example. You end up a damp mess listening to flappy noises your whole ride. I'd pony up for better fabric.
    I'm a 44in chest, 35 sleeve, 16.5" neck, 6', 195lb. L was too small and XL is best fit.

    Just ordered/returned an L and felt similarly about the sizing issue. At 6' and 180lb and pretty fit I need an XL in terms of chest/shoulders, but the sleeves were already a tad long w/ the L, so I assume they'd be quite long with an XL. The other problem for me was the small neck for my purpose - I'm in Oregon (i.e., consistent cool/rain from Nov - March for morning ride to work), so this needs to go over another jacket (i.e., serve as a light water resistant shell). The neck was so small that getting it over another form-fitting soft shell (e.g., marmot gravity) was impossible without scrunching the under-jacket.

    Rating: Quality of fabric and workmanship seems 4-5 (typical for Pearl); Sizing/design more like a 2-3 (there's no stretch, so the sizing issues are a bigger deal).

    I really like Pearl, but I'll need to keep looking.

    Great jacket, multipurpose, runs small

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL

    This great jacket: good for cycling, hiking, walking. Excellent ventilation, feels good in cool or hot weather.

    Had to return

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: medium

    As the other review from Beatriz mentioned, this item runs small, very small. I bought a medium since my measurements matched up with the medium category in the chart. When I got it, I could barely get it on, it was really small. I have a 32 waist and I couldn't come close to zipping it up. The jacket is very lightweight and it could be easily packed into a pocket to be used later. It does not stretch at all, so getting the right size is necessary. There's no wiggle room at all. It seems to be well made and I really liked the Screaming Yellow color. The arms seem to be extra long, which may help when gripping the handle bar. I gave it 3 stars mainly because of the fit and because I had to send it back. I will probably get the next size up after my account is credited.

    I sized up but the waist was still too tight. I have this jacket from 3 years ago and fit was perfect. Bummer when size issue was not my fault and still had to pay return shipping.

    Perfect Early Fall, Late Spring Jacket

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL

    Another great Pearl Izumi product. It works as advertised and I love the reflectivity! I am usually in between a L or XL, leaning more towards the L, but I almost always need to upsize to an XL in Pearl Izumi.

    Is this jacket light enough that is could be stowed in a jersey back pocket?


    What is the weight with sleeves?

    200 grams total with sleeves if that helps