The British climate is notoriously unpredictable, but layers can be bulky and heavy to carry when you cycle.
Enter the P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket from Pearl Izumi, a featherweight jacket that packs down small enough to fit in your jersey pocket.
It is clear that this jacket has been cut with the athletically built cyclist in mind. Although the jacket wasn’t uncomfortable to cycle in, the fit was noticeable, tugging and stretching across my chest. The good news is that even though it was a snug fit, none of my movements were restricted.
Pearl Izumi’s Barrier Lite system offers wind- and water-resistant protection against the elements. This jacket wouldn’t do much to help you in a torrential downpour, but I’ve tried it in light rain showers and emerged dry and warm at the other end.
The windproof qualities are very noticeable too, with elasticated hem and cuffs keeping you sealed up, this jacket is a great shell to keep the chill off when you start descending after an epic climb or when you get caught out in a summer shower.
It’s incredibly light and packs down to a tiny size. The little integral pocket serves well to keep it contained, so it’s easy to pop in a pocket ‘just in case’ when you head out for a ride, even if the sun is shining.
The colour ways are worth noting for this jacket, there are four options available, all of which are equally pleasing on the eye:
Does exactly what it says on the tin – acts as a windproof and water resistant barrier in case of emergencies. Easily stashed in your jersey pocket, this is a must have for anyone who goes out on long rides in the unpredictable British weather.
Form fitting – tight across chest
Weight: 60 grams
More information: Pearl Izumi Women’s P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket
UK supplier: Madison
What Pearl Izumi says about the Women’s P.R.O Barrier Lite Jacket
Weighing only 60 grams, the highly packable PRO Barrier Lite makes for the perfect emergency jacket once you reach the top of that climb and need that extra wind protection for the descent or get caught by the rain and need extra water protection
– The PRO Barrier Lite fabric provides lightweight wind protection and water resistance
– Full-length zipper for venting with zipper garage
– Reflective elements for low-light visibility
– Elasticised hem and cuffs
– Lightweight and packable with internal stash pocket
– Fabrics: 100% polyester (Weight 32 g/m2)
– Women’s specific Form Fit
– Weather forecast: light rainfalls
– Temperature rating: +/- 10 degrees