Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Convertible Running Jacket - Men's


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When the weather could bring an unexpected surprise, be prepared with the Pearl Izumi ELITE Barrier Convertible Jacket for Men, the most versatile shell jacket in the Pearl Izumi Collection. A wind and water resistant jacket, the Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket converts into a vest with zip-off sleeves that are connected for easy storage. Highly package and lightweight, make sure to have your Barrier Convertible Jacket in your jersey pocket before you head out on your afternoon ride.


  • Shell: 100% polyester
  • Lining: 100% polyester
  • ELITE Barrier Fabric provides wind and water protection
  • One-piece, integrated sleeve for ease of storage when removed
  • Two hand-warmer pockets and one easy-access Napoleon pocket
  • Full-length draft flap with zipper garage seals in warmth
  • Reflective elements for low-light visibility
  • Fabric weight: 115g/m2

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

13 Reviews

  • Great design: 5
  • Ease of use: 4
  • Build quality: 3
  • Performance: 3

  • Cost: 2
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wind Protection: 4 / 5
Fit: 2.5 / 5
Water Protection: 2.5 / 5

13 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Fresno CA
18-24 yrs

great purchase!!
August 17, 2012

This jacket is perfect for running on windy days, its lightweight and confortable. Im 5'9 and i got a medium size but it fits a little too long on the arms other then that i love this product!!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5

good product.
December 17, 2011

I have wore this jacket road biking and mountain biking. Works good for both. Excellent wind protection. Have not wore in the rain yet so don't know about the water shedding ability. I got the green flash which is highly visible. So far, not been disappointed with anything from pearl izumi.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use

March 23, 2010

Wore this jacket just a few times on the bike and it is light and fits well. Sizes do run a little small but I did not mind as I like my bike clothes to fit on the small side so it does not flap around during ride. Need to wear it on a light or moderate rain ride to test the material but seems to be a quality jacket.

Nice Jacket - VERY BRIGHT!!!
December 03, 2009

Performs very well and the one piece zip-out sleeves are a cinch to pull off or put on. One caution though, the "screaming yellow" is extremely bright. You'll look like a crossing guard on a bike with this color. Good news is nobody should run you over or mistake you for a deer.

December 31, 2009

This jacket was purchased as a gift and was very much appreciated. I, as the purchaser, appreciated the price which was more than 50% less then our local cycle shop. Item was received when promised in perfect condition. Thank you.

Another great product from Pearl Izumi
December 20, 2009

Works perfectly on the bike - breathable, blocks wind, does not flap too bad. Extremely versatile - vest\jacket. Got this after I lost my Pearl Izumi Vagabound from my back pocket on a ride. Worth the premium.

from CA

A Great Concept
January 28, 2011

This is an innovative jacket that just meets a need I've had for years. When I ride to the coast, I have to cross a ridge to get there and I never know exactly how the weather on the other side will compare to the weather I am in. I often ask myself "jacket or vest?" I don't want to bring both. so the zip off sleeves are a great idea. The trouble is they are much easier to get off than to get on again. If I'm in a hurry as one so often is on a ride, once I take the sleeves off I usually have to leave them off until I get home. I also am not crazy about all the pockets because they make the jacket heavier and less stuffable. I am considering cutting the pockets out, but I'm waiting until I am absolutely sure I want to do this. Good points about the jacket are the color, the versatility, the durability, and the windproofness. Fit is OK, but I had to get a size that is really a bit baggy to get sleeves that are long enough.

Update to 'nice jacket'
May 29, 2010

Having worn this jacket, the yellow one, many times, I have to say it is great. It fits just right (although I said before I had to get a size up from normal) and is warm enough in the colder mornings at around 35-50 degrees that all I need under it is a simple tee shirt. I have ridden it in the rain and I didn't get wet, it kept me dry. That is a great plus. And in that weather, I have the added visibility of the bright yellow. I wear it going to work, and I usually put it in my rear bag coming home, and it folds up nicely taking up little space. If I wear it and it warms up some, there are several zippers to open the jacket up to the air.

nice jacket
January 24, 2010

I havn't had a chance to ride with this yet, but it fits well. I had to buy one size larger than I would normally get, they size these too small, even then, the sleeves are a tad tight with a long sleeve shirt underneath, and a little baggy everywhere else, but not too much so, which is fine with me as it probably will allow more movement. I'm glad I had the chance to try one on in my store first. Seems like the company ought to look closer at their sizing. The bright yellow really is bright. I saved 15% off the local dealer, not counting the tax I would have paid, and the free shipping was a nice plus. Oh, and I received it in like two days. How the heck can you beat that? Only wish the seller had more in stock, and of other jackets too, looks like the one I bought was last one available. Very happy with purchase though.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Long Island, New York
35-44 yrs

Husband Loves It
August 07, 2011

I got this for my husband who is an avid recreational cyclist (not a racer). It is true to size as the small fits him well (5'6'' and 120 lbs) and is contoured for the cyclist wth the longer back, tall neck and waist tightening elastic pull-strap. It has all the features he was looking for - it is a light weight outer layer that is wind proof and water repellant. He found that out this morning as he excitedly show his buddies and he packed it easily in his back shirt pocket. It actually rained and he got to use it - it is not waterproof but it was water resistent. The arm vents were used to prevent overheating in today's early morning August rain at 75F. The fact that it converts to a vest with the sleeves coming off and stowing in a zippered back pocket was an extra bonus given that it was no more expensive than any other (non-convertible) jacket/shell. He should be able to layer it over his shirt and heavier jacket as the temperatures drop into the 40s (maybe even 30s during his winter rides). It is also very bright and the "screaming yellow" is an apt description. I am sure it will be useful on his twilight or early morning rides.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Plattsburgh, NY
55-64 yrs

A Great Jacket for Either Running or Cycling
August 08, 2012

I've already worn my jacket out running and on the bike. For me at 5'10" and 165lbs, a large was just about right. A medium would have been too small, so the large was a good compromise. With any extra clothes on under it, it's perfect. Great protection against chilly temperatures and the wind. The bright yellow is a plus on the road. I know it will get a big workout in the fall months to come.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Seattle, WA

Great jacket!
February 05, 2012

I could not get this jacket in a women's size in the color I wanted so I ordered the men's small. I'm 5 4 122 lbs and it fits well. Loose enough to wear a warm layer underneath, but is still slightly fitted. I love the way the sleeves come off. I haven't tried yet, but I think I could wear the sleeves alone for those mornings when my upper arms get cold and arm warmers don't quite cover that area. Have not tried in the rain, but suspect it will on repel showers. Has adequate venting but wish it did have a chest pocket.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
from New Jersey

very functional jacket
December 08, 2010

This jacket is the perfect piece of gear for variable weather. No need to bring arm warmers and wear a vest. This jacket allows you to convert your wind and rain jacket to a vest when you warm up. It's lightweight and very functional for a variety of weather conditions.

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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Convertible Running Jacket Photo

Black/ Black, Electric Blue/ Black, Mykonos Blue/ Black, Petrol Blue/ Black, Screaming Yellow/ Black, True Red/ Black and White/ Shadow Grey.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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