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Pearl Izumi Elevate Insulated Jacket

May 7, 2021

5485

As you get older, you start to realize that what people were trying to tell you when you were younger actually makes a lot of sense.

 

I'm not just learning this, more like I'm getting to the point that it isn't so embarrassing to admit that I was so, so wrong.

Point in case: Layering your clothes. Mom/Dad would always say wear a bunch of layers so that you can take off or add layers on to match the conditions. I would merrily just through on a hoodie and be done with it. I tend to run warm most of the time, so it didn't seem like I needed much more thought. But as the sports that I did started to change, and I found myself staying outdoors on trails further from home, the words of my parents started to ring true.

One piece that I added to the closet this year was the Pearl Izumi Elevate insulated jacket. Calling it a jacket would be painting it with a brush that doesn't fit the canvas. There is more to it than just being a covering piece.

The face of the jacket has a DWR coating to protect against drizzle or light rain, and there is 100g of Primaloft insulation sewn into the body & upper arms to add warmth to the core.

Lower arms are non-insulated, and the fabric has a slight stretch to it. The core and lower arms have a brushed polyester lining, while the core and upper arms have a non brushed liner.

The front has a full length double zipper, which should be mandatory on all jackets/sweatshirts.

On the outside there are two zippered pockets sewn into the seam between the front and side panels. Inside there is a huge pocket on either side at the front which are large enough to put gloves or liners in.

I would consider the fit to be slightly larger than a standard cycling fit. I have the Elevate in XL and it is a comfortable fit. (Other similar jackets that I have from the same category usually run XXL, especially European brands).

If I could change two things, I would cut the arms a bit looser. The lower arm section is a bit snug on my forearms, but similar with other products. Second thing I would change is the front outside pocket locations. I can't use them, as they feel to be in the wrong spot, and rotating them forward would make them much more usable.

Website: https://www.pearlizumi.com/CA/en_CA/

Price: $289 CAD