Pearl Izumi PRO Aero WXB £119.99

Lightweight training-friendly top

BikeRadar score 4/5
  • HIGHS:  Performance and packability
  • LOWS: Won't flatter the fuller figure
  • WE SAY... Genuinely back pocket-packable and great waterproofing too

Pearl's new-for-2013 jacket is an exercise in minimalism. It weighs just 173g, making it one of the lightest jackets we've tested and it will easily fit in a jersey pocket. 

Despite its light weight, the Minerale material, zip and seams proved impressively waterproof under testing and the jacket comfortable on the bike. 

The cut is close, though not quite as snug as some jackets can be, and the material has a fair bit of stretch too. Sizing-wise it also comes out a little large, so try before you buy to make sure you get the right fit.

Our only – very slight – criticism is that it's possible to catch the zip on the internal storm flap. Otherwise it's a great quality lightweight and genuinely packable waterproof.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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