Closeouts. Pearl Izumi's Infinity Wind Blocking sweatshirt helps you stay one step ahead of changing conditions. Made of wind- and water-resistant soft shell fabric, it has a thermal-regulating fleece lining and attached hood.
Reviewed by Johnny from Mid-Atlantic Region on Friday, October 31, 2014
Overall, I quite like this sweatshirt, but it is not for all applications. I currently see it as best suited for running in fall/early winter weather.
In terms of warmth, I can wear this with a normal shirt and be warm into the mid-50s. If I did more careful layering with a good base etc., I think that it would work well into the 40s, particularly for running.
"Wind blocking" is a bit generous. I tried this for biking, but the wind cuts through the sleeves too easily for anything below 60s for me. There is a big difference between performance of this and my other truly wind-proof jacket. The hood is a close-fitting cut, however, so you can wear it under a bicycle helmet comfortably.
The cut of the jacket is fairly wide, so don't go for this product if you like form-fitting clothes.
The zipper/collar is the only part of the product where the design falls short. It is cut to allow the shirt to zip up to your chin, which is good. However, the zipper is backed with a heavier and stiffer material, so it tends to jut into your neck just below the chin when fully or mostly fully zipped. I find it quite annoying and generally only like to zip it 3/4 of the way.
So I would give high ratings as a running jacket with the only design compliant being the zipper. If you don't need wind resistance, then can also double for biking.
Reviewed by mtt from pangea on Thursday, December 05, 2013
wind resistance is in interesting quality. With a high prevailing wind you can tell you are being aided. With temps below freezing the opposite is true. Nice cut for cycling not a thermal winter fleece as i know them. Hood is a bit tight, but may fit under a helmet. Breaths well.