Pearl Izumi Select Barrier WXB winter jacket review
With taped seams, a waterproof zip, detachable hood and extendable drop tail, the Select is well equipped for the wettest riding. Despite these, plus two handwarmer pockets, a single rear pocket and a synchable waist hem, it’s light.
It’s stretchy too, and comfortable in any riding position. While there are good reflectives, you’d happily wear this down the pub too. And for the cold ride home you’ll be glad of the rain-beating elasticated cuffs.
How we tested the latest jackets
As well as cycling for hours in the coldest, wettest conditions we could find (and sitting on a turbo under a hose), we took all the jackets to the waterproof clothing experts at Foxwear to test the seams and material – specifically the chest area and shoulder seams, which bear the brunt of downpours.
Foxwear’s testing machine isolates a 10cm section of the jacket and subjects it to increasing water pressure. We continued until either the jacket leaked or the pressure reached 0.6 bar which, according to Foxwear, is ‘not far short of a tropical storm’. Foxwear should know: they’ve been making hi-vis, high performance rain jackets for professionals such as the police for years, and will soon be bringing out a bike jacket.