The horrendous pregnant hippo fit of winter cycling jackets used to add insult to the injury of inclement weather. Pearl Izumi banishes that unpleasantness to the past with the P.R.O. Softshell 180 Jacket, which features a pair of insulating and anti-weather fabrics in a fit worthy of the peloton to keep you comfortable in temperatures 40 and below.
The P.R.O. Softshell 180 uses Pearl's Softshell material in the front and Thermal in the back. Thermal insulates and wicks moisture, which are the first building blocks for comfort on cold-weather rides, and Softshell takes the final two steps, adding a wind and water-resistant layer in to the part of the jacket that leads into the elements. Both fabrics provide an accommodating stretch, so your cold weather armor doesn't actually feel like armor. They don't compromise breathability, either, so water vapor will move freely from the inside out, even while the outside water is denied entry.
The jacket's construction incorporates a small army of thoughtful details. The full-length front zipper has an internal draft flap to keep the wind's probing fingers at bay, and both the small and large rear pockets are also zippered to provide a similar courtesy to their contents. The jacket's cut was designed from the ergonomic collar to the shaped sleeve cuffs in order to provide a sleek, race-ready fit that eliminates any excess material and flapping, even while you're stretched out at the handlebars. Reflective elements help keep you visible in low-light conditions.
The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell 180 Jacket is available in five sizes ranging from Small to XX-Large in the colors Black, Mykonos Blue/black, and True Red/black.