What's more packable than a rain jacket, and more protective than a windbreaker? The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket, that's what. The anatomic, yet relaxed cut keeps it comfortable throughout the range of cycling positions, and it'll cut the wind and rain without turning into a sauna. Best of all, it packs down small enough that there's no reason to leave it at home.
The Elite Barrier jacket is built of a breathable, yet weather-resistant polyester blend in order to protect you from the elements without making you suffer from any heat buildup. It transports moisture through the fabric to keep you dry, while simultaneously blocking harsh gusts of wind and rain. Additionally, the vented panels at the chest and back give the temperature regulation an added boost.
When trying on the Elite jacket, you'll notice Izumi's 'Semi-Form Fit,' which basically means that the upper-torso and arms employ a relaxed, yet anatomic cut. As you get to the bottom of the sleeves and torso, the cut relaxes, and becomes similar to your favorite long sleeve t-shirt. The tall collar fights off gusts of wind, while the full-length zipper makes quick layering changes a snap. There's reflective accents to increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions, and since you need a spot to keep your ride essentials, there's also a pocket at the back that keeps everything accessible.
The Elite Barrier Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, Screaming Yellow, True Red, Electric Blue, and Petrol Blue/cherry tomato.