Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell 180 jacket review£140.00

The Japanese-American company’s finest cold weather protection

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Largely made from a robust three-layer softshell fabric with a brushed fleece lining, Pearl Izumi’s PRO 180 jacket is ideal winter wear.

    Thick thermal material panels covering much of the upper back and the triceps create highly breathable sections that help regulate temperature when you’re working hard, although they don’t have the softshell’s water resistance. A tall microfibre collar fits close and has a Velcro flap to ensure the zip stays closed.

    The arms and cuffs are anatomically shaped for an accurate fit, although the cuffs don’t seal against the wrist, so unless you have gauntlets that cover the gap, expect a slight cooling draught.

    Silicone grippers hold the hem down, and there’s a zipped valuables pocket below the opening for the simply enormous main pocket (its single space is 20cm deep and stretches from side to side).

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

    Robin Wilmott

    Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
    Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
    • Age: 45
    • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
    • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
    • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
    • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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