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Pearl Izumi Men's Vagabond Jacket

1 rating: 5.0
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Zephrr 2 fabric is wind resistant, water repellent and extremely breathable. Zip-off sleeves for additional venting or conversion to vest.

1 review about Pearl Izumi Men's Vagabond Jacket

Good Protection From the Elements

  • Sep 27, 2005
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Pros: Wide range of temperature control. Durable and breathable.

Cons: Need additional base layers to handle colder climates.

The Bottom Line: An excellent product that provides the user with a wide range of protection from the elements. Highly recommended.

This review is based on eight months of use with this product. I will compare this product to several that I currently own from other manufacturers.

On and Off-Road Use: Seems to handle everything I can dish out. Definitely keeps me warm without being too much like some winter specific jackets that I own. With the zippered sleeves, you can better regulate your protection needs to the elements. Even a light downpour of rain, this jacket was able to keep me dry. Using it up in the mountains with snow, the snow was not able to penetrate this jacket. The cut and drawstrings designed into this jacket is great for a roadie. Unlike other windbreaker type jackets I own for road use, this jacket, though thicker, flaps much less when you are going fast on a descent or experiencing a tough headwind. I feel more aerodynamic in this jacket that my other windbreaker jackets. Also, the jacket color I chose was the yellow one. Unlike other yellow jackets, this is not the neon yellow that you may be thinking of but a more subdued yellow that still can get the attention of the car driver without being over the top and flashy.

Warmth: Easily by itself can keep you warm to about 40F. Having additional layers underneath, I have used it down to 15F while mountain biking in the snow. When the weather starts to warm up, it is nice to be able to zip the sleeves off to help better regulate the temperature.

Breathability: One of the key factors why I purchased this jacket. Unlike products that use cotton/polyester blend fabrics or open mesh materials to provide evaporation of sweat, this jacket uses 100% polyester. The wicking action of this jacket works well. Even during an intense workout, you do not feel that you are soaking in your own sweat. The jacket is able to quickly draw away your sweat and evaporate it without feeling cold even if there is a stiff wind ahead of you.

Durability: Seems to be able to handle whatever the road or off-road environment can dish out. Releases dirt easily, still looks new after many washings. Colors still vibrant. I have the yellow jacket for extra visibility on the road.

Features: They include zip off sleeves, reflective piping and logo to be better seen at night, front, rear and side zippered pockets using YKK zippers, internal pockets and zip draw strings near the bottom of the jacket to reduce flapping of the jacket while riding, internal mesh layer and internal wrist cuffs for better wind protection.

Warranty: Like all Pearl Izumi products, they provide a lifetime warranty. Many of their competitors do not provide this same level of assurance with their products.

Summary: If you are looking for a highly technical jacket that can provide you with a wide range of protection from the elements and still look good, you need to check out this jacket out. Hope this information I provided helps you determine if this product is right for you. Happy riding!!


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