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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Escape Softshell Jacket - Men's

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Prepare to relegate.

The way we see it, there are two types of winter cyclists: those who stay indoors, demolishing holiday leftovers and those who brave the elements on their bikes. Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. Escape Softshell Men's Jacket is for the latter, and using it to build and maintain form throughout the winter months can be the key to relegating those leftover-eaters to pack fodder during spring races.

The jacket's body combines panels of windproof and waterproof Softshell membrane with breathable, insulating Thermal fleece on the sides and back. The combination wards off windchill and road spray while allowing more breathability than the membrane alone. While the Softshell is breathable, its protective qualities do come at a price; the panels of Thermal material help to offset this by providing an egress for internal moisture. In the kind of temperatures Pearl recommends the Escape Softshell for (zero to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on layering), staying warm is impossible if you don't also stay dry.

Those materials are shaped into a fit that fits base layers of various thicknesses and puts the emphasis on comfortable utility instead of painted-on, race-worthy aerodynamics. The rear hem is slightly exaggerated to account for water rooster-tailing off the rear tire, and the sleeves are tailored to accommodate a stretched-out cycling position from the forward-oriented shoulders to the sleeve openings. You can still use the jacket to shovel the walks, but it really comes into its own in the saddle.

the jacket is finished with the kind of details that demanding cyclists have come to expect. These include zippered ventilation pockets for when your engine's running hot but not hot enough to warrant opening the full-length front zipper. Though they seem unimpressively small, we can attest that these vents are surprisingly effective. The pocket distribution is equally impressive. The usual three rear pockets are protected by a single, giant zipper, and they're complemented with a zippered chest pocket to keep your ID, key, and spare cash separate from all of your winter cycling ephemera.

  • Pearl Izumi's premier winter cycling jacket
  • Softshell body is windproof and waterproof
  • Thermal panels add breathability while maintaining insulation
  • Zippered vents regulate temperature during intervals
  • Multiple pockets are all secured by zippers
  • Cycling-specific cut for a saddle-friendly fit that maintains coverage
  • Reflective details help maintain visibility in winter conditions

Tech Specs

Material:
[Softshell] 39% polyester, 36% nylon, 13% elastane, 12% polyurethane, [Thermal] 94% polyester, 6% elastane
Waterproof Rating:
[Softshell] 10,000 mm
Windproof Rating:
[Softshell] 20,000+ g/m²
Fit:
regular
Venting:
side zip
Pockets:
3 rear zippered compartment, 1 zip chest
Hood:
no
Reflective:
yes
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

Size chart

Pearl Izumi

     

Men's Apparel
Regular Fit
 SMLXLXXL
Chest 35 - 37.5in
(88.9 - 95.3cm)
37.5 - 40.5in
(95.3 - 102.9cm)
40.5 - 43.5in
(102.9 - 110.5cm)
43.5 - 46.5in
(110.5 - 118.1cm)
46.5 - 49in
(118.1 - 124.5cm)
Waist 29 - 31.5in
(73.7 - 80cm)
31.5 - 34.5in
(80 - 87.6cm)
34.5 - 37.5in
(87.6 - 95.3cm)
37.5 - 41.5in
(95.3 - 105.4cm)
41.5 - 45in
(105.4 - 114.3cm)
Hip 35 - 37.5in
(88.9 - 95.3cm)
37.5 - 40.5in
(95.3 - 102.9cm)
40.5 - 43.5in
(102.9 - 110.5cm)
43.5 - 46.5in
(110.5 - 118.1cm)
46.5 - 49in
(118.1 - 124.5cm)
Inseam 31.5in
(80cm)
32in
(81.3cm)
32.5in
(82.5cm)
33in
(83.8cm)
33.5in
(85.1cm)
European Race Fit
 Chest  36.5 - 38in
(92.7 - 96.5cm)
 38 - 39.5in
(96.5 - 100.3cm)
 39.5 - 41in
(100.3 - 104.1cm)
 41 - 42.5in
(104.1 - 108.0cm)
 42.5 - 44in
(108.0 - 111.8cm)
 Waist  30.5 - 32in
(77.5 - 81.3cm)
 32 - 33.5in
(81.3 - 85.1cm)
 33.5 - 35in
(85.1 - 88.9cm)
 35 - 36.5in
(88.9 - 92.7cm)
 36.5 - 38in
(92.7 - 96.5cm)
 Hip  36.5 - 38in
(92.7 - 96.5cm)
 38 - 39.5in
(96.5 - 100.3cm)
 39.5 - 41in
(100.3 - 104.1cm)
 41 - 42.5in
(104.1 - 108.0cm)
 42.5 - 44in
(108.0 - 111.8cm)
 Inseam  31.5in
(80.0cm)
 32in
(81.3cm)
 32.5in
(82.5cm)
 33in
(83.8cm)
 33.5in
(85.1cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Inseam:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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PRO ESCAPE SOFTSHELL is my favorite

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

Not all my softshells are equal, and I have a ton of them. Not just for cycling too. This Pro Escape softshell has incredible stretch in the barrier fabric on the arms, shoulder, and chest. It never feels constricting when I move. Best part is the entire back panel is just thermal fleece so I am not overheating in it when I am in a 30 min slow grinding climb - and I regularly use the two large front zip vents on the belly to dump more heat. What I like about this jacket is that I don't have to change or add layers when I am riding my fat bike for 2+hrs. Its has an extremely wide temperature range for a softshell. I throw a wool cycling baselayer on under it and its perfect for cloudy Colorado days when the temps are 10-30 degrees. So many times I sweat out my other softshell and freeze on my decent if I am not zipped up enough. This jacket does a superior job keeping my heat regulated whether I'm climbing, descending, or traversing. Often riding solo, I like that my iphone is secured in a water-protect zip pocket in the back while I am jamming to my tunes. Highly recommend this to anyone cycling, snow shoeing, or XC skiing.