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Pearl Izumi ELITE Barrier Convertible Jacket - Men's

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Item # PLZ008J

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On-the-fly protection.

A water and wind-resistant jacket or thermo-regulating vest for cool, windy days? Actually, the Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket is both, quickly converting from a protective shell to a heat-retaining vest in a matter of seconds with its zip-off sleeves. Its Elite Barrier shell blocks the breeze, while shedding light showers and road mist. Direct-Vent panels improve ventilation when you're hammering up steep grades and increasing your cadence on fast training rides.

Highly visible after dark, the convertible jacket's 360-degree reflectivity keeps you safe when you're riding at dawn and dusk. Its full-length draft flap seals out rogue gusts and sustained breezes from chilling your core. Other key features include a drawstring adjustable hem for a dialed fit, as well as zippered hand pockets for holding riding accessories and other items.

Tech Specs

[face fabric]ELITE Barrier (100% polyester), [lining] 100% polyester
spring, summer, fall, winter
back vents
2 zippered front, 1 zippered rear
Recommended Use:
commuting, cross-country, cyclocross, enduro, gravel, mud/sand/snow, road cycling, trail, triathlon
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size Chart

Pearl Izumi


Men's Apparel
Regular Fit
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
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
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

A very nice wind/water resistant jacket. It runs a little small so definitely size up. The reflection features work well on the road. The best feature: it turns into a vest.

Returning - odd sizing.

    Looks great, we’ll made. Unfortunately, sizing is rather odd. Got a large (5’10”/170#). Body was fine for height and somewhat “form fitting” for girth. Felt more like medium body, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, sleeves were 4-5 inches too long, which was really odd. Would have kept the jacket if the sleeves were proportional.

    Great light weight versatile jacket

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

    Looks and feels top notch, easy zip off sleeves make it my new go to My go to jacket for short or long rides, unless its extremely cold. I’m 5’10” 160lbs, and wear large jerseys. The size large jacket fits comfortably over my jersey, not too snug or too floppy. And the bright red color with reflective accents is easy to see on the road.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 30m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Not as nice as I had hoped

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: XL

    I've used this for a season. In concept, it's the right jacket for every occasion, though it's somehow never the right jacket. The fabric doesn't breathe well enough, turning me into a sweaty mess. The fit is also small in lengths, but loose in places where no one is overweight - the arms for example. You end up a damp mess listening to flappy noises your whole ride. I'd pony up for better fabric.
    I'm a 44in chest, 35 sleeve, 16.5" neck, 6', 195lb. L was too small and XL is best fit.

    Great jacket, multipurpose, runs small

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL

    This great jacket: good for cycling, hiking, walking. Excellent ventilation, feels good in cool or hot weather.

    Had to return

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: medium

    As the other review from Beatriz mentioned, this item runs small, very small. I bought a medium since my measurements matched up with the medium category in the chart. When I got it, I could barely get it on, it was really small. I have a 32 waist and I couldn't come close to zipping it up. The jacket is very lightweight and it could be easily packed into a pocket to be used later. It does not stretch at all, so getting the right size is necessary. There's no wiggle room at all. It seems to be well made and I really liked the Screaming Yellow color. The arms seem to be extra long, which may help when gripping the handle bar. I gave it 3 stars mainly because of the fit and because I had to send it back. I will probably get the next size up after my account is credited.

    Perfect Early Fall, Late Spring Jacket

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL

    Another great Pearl Izumi product. It works as advertised and I love the reflectivity! I am usually in between a L or XL, leaning more towards the L, but I almost always need to upsize to an XL in Pearl Izumi.

    What is the weight with sleeves?

    200 grams total with sleeves if that helps