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How does this jacket compare to the Pearl...

How does this jacket compare to the Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket? I am looking for something light, packable, and high-visibilty to tuck into my hydration pack when bicycle commuting to work.

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This would be perfect for the uses you described. It is a great jacket, but only slightly better than the elite. The material is a little thinner and lighter than the elite, making it much more pack friendly. More importantly, the overall cut and fit of the pro is much more athletic and comfortable on the bike (this is true for all of P.I. pro gear, amazing fit).

Either jacket would be a wise choice, but for the money... the pro is worth it.

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Thank you for the response on this. I ended up ordering the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Aero Jacket , as the PRO cut (as you mentioned) seemed like a plus, and the softshell fabric was appealing. A little bit more money, but on sale, and will be worth it, I think, on my somewhat lengthy bicycle commute. I will post a review on the jacket when I have had a chance to check it out.