Closeouts. An outer layer that's perfect for long rides in changing weather conditions, Pearl Izumi's Elite thermal convertible jacket is a wind- and water-resistant soft shell with a thermal fleece inner layer and zip-off sleeves.
Reviewed by MEM from NYC on Sunday, December 15, 2013
I ordered this jacket in a bright orange, for extra visibility. It's orange everywhere except the back, which defeats the point. So I'm returning it. I think the convertible feature is pretty cool, but I didn't get to check it out. The weight and warmth seemed good.
Reviewed by Liz from Memphis on Friday, November 01, 2013
Fit is perfect for me. And I love the "convertible" feature of being able to zip off the long sleeves and have the short sleeves, not a vest. The pockets in the back are also a nice feature. Looking forward to more chilly rides.
Reviewed by EmBikes from Colorado on Saturday, October 19, 2013
This is a good winter piece with a couple flaws. The fabric is great; I love the light fleece lining inside the soft shell. It's also nice to be able to take care of two items in one (jacket and vest).
As others have said, though, PI missed the mark with the sleeves. Inside are short sleeves made of spandex that are much tighter than the long sleeves of the jacket. I also have PI's Elite Barrier Convertible jacket, which is the same principle in a wind breaker (jacket or vest). It converts to a true vest when the long sleeves are zipped off, though, rather than having short sleeves inside. The Thermal Jacket should have used the same design. For the STP price, it's worth taking to the tailor to cut the inner sleeves back to the shoulder.
I'd also say this is a bit short in the torso, although not enough to justify returning it. The tapering for the waist is slightly higher than my waist and for more warmth having it fall an inch or so lower on the hips would be preferable.
Reviewed by Sarah from Atlanta on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
This was a very nice jacket, but it definitely runs small. I could have just gotten away with wearing it (with a tshirt or tank top only) except for one thing. Because the arms zip off, there is a short, very tight sleeve inside the main arm. This was too tight for comfort, even while wearing a tank top. I do have athletic arms, so this may not be such an issue for a lot of people. If I had purchased one size up, I probably would have loved this jacket.
Reviewed by f.k.a.exercisejunkie from sussex county,nj on Monday, May 27, 2013
As a short person (5'2") I am used to accommodating since most articles of clothing don't come in petites. This brand, which I find to be high quality, is no exception. It's crazy. In the bottoms I am a small but in the tops I need a large. I am 130lbs., maybe less, and find that I need a large especially if I want to layer. This is a beautiful top. As these are the colors of one of my road bikes I find I am drawn to them. Please have patience and let me explain. If you are short like me, the fit for size is totally off. The waist will fall on your hips requiring you to go up a size, and so on, for the rest of the measurements. Hence, I prefer the large even if the sleeves feel too long. What is really nice about this garment is that there is a big rear zip with 3 individual compartments inside to keep things separated. Then besides those compartments you have the bigger pouch with the main zipper. You can look like a kangaroo in reverse if you wanted to carry lots of stuff. Most importantly, it seems that the material on the front is windproof and the back is breathable. That is crucial in the winter as you don't want to overheat and sweat. I have another winter jacket that is black with a windproof front but has two small zippered compartments in the back. I can't get anything in them and that drives me crazy especially now that I have a smartphone. Wish there was more orange on the back but expect to keep this because of all of the features. If you are average height this should be spot on.