Why fork out for two pieces of clothing when one can do both jobs just fine? The Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket from Pearl Izumi is a versatile piece of clothing for a very reasonable price.
The excellent and high-quality Elite Barrier fabric keeps the wind and light rain out well, and the sleeves can be removed for some core body warmth on cooler rides.
Add to that plenty of back pocket storage space and reflective elements to get you seen in low light, and there’s everything you could need from a jacket. A great budget men’s cycling jacket.
Who’s it for?
Suitable for any level of cyclist, Elite Barrier gives great versatility for all types of riding.
Ingenious Zip-off Arms Make Conversion a Breeze
The jacket is easily converted into a gilet for use on cooler but dry rides. This is the real beauty of this jacket. Where many cyclists would splash out for two jackets to do two jobs, the Elite Barrier is a 2-in-1 piece of equipment.
It performs both functions very well, keeping the wind and water out on rainy rides whilst keeping your core warm in cooler conditions. The sleeves are quick and easy to put back on for more protection when it inevitably starts to rain again.
Stay Safe with 360-degree Reflectivity
One of the most important, but often overlooked, feature of any cyclist’s clothing is how easy it is it see. The jacket does this job very well, and can be seen reasonably well in lowlight from almost any angle.
- Breathable panels provide excellent ventilation
- Wind protection and water resistance with Elite Barrier fabric
- Plenty of storage space; one back pocket and two side pockets
- Easily converted into a gilet for cool but dry conditions
- Highly reflective
The jacket has a slightly loose cut, making it less than aero. Unless you’re out doing some serious time-trialling, however, this is unimportant and actually means the jacket is very comfortable for long rides. In heavy rain the jacket will start to take on water, but this is to be expected at this price point.
A great accessory which does everything you’d expect from a quality brand like Pearl Izumi. It will save you a decent amount of money, voiding the need to buy two separate items. The Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket is a great purchase for any cyclist.
Gore Element Gore-Tex Active Jacket
Stay dry with Gore-Tex technology
A little pricier that the Elite Barrier, the Gore Element provides serious protection from the elements with Gore’s proprietary Gore-Tex technology. Suitable for use all year round, it provides excellent waterproofing, windproofing and breathability.
Gore are so confident that they even offer a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with these properties. The jacket is very comfortable, and definitely suitable for longer rides.
Who’s it for?
The Element is great for any cyclist who loves staying warm, comfortable and dry in all conditions.
Ultimate Protection from the Elements with Gore-Tex
Gore’s very own Gore-Tex technology is regarded as being one of the best weapons you can have against the elements. It’s no different here, and the jacket provides first-rate protection from wind and rain. Even in heavy downpours, its ability to keep you dry is fantastic.
Anyone who’s ever got soaked in the early stages of a long ride will understand how important this is for both mental and physical wellbeing.
Gore-Tex Active Gives Top-Notch Breathability
Even if a jacket keeps you safe from external forces, a build-up of sweat inside can make you just as uncomfortable. This is certainly no issue with the Element.
The Active fabric was developed with extreme breathability in mind. It certainly lives up to the hype from Gore and provides excellent sweat management. This ensures comfort on long rides.
- Gore-Tex Active: Lightweight, breathable, waterproof & windproof
- Highly reflective for safety on the road: reflective logo on front & back
- Easily adjustable hem & cuffs for perfect fit Plenty of storage space
On first testing it’s hard to fault the Element. Some may be put off by the price tag, but the great protection on offer definitely warrants it.
An excellent jacket that provides great protection from the elements. It’s comfortable and suitable for all year round cycling. What’s not to love? The Gore Element Gore-Tex Active Jacket is an incredible piece of kit.
Louis Garneau Modesto 2 Jacket
A lightweight windbreaker at a bargain price
The Modesto 2 jacket from Louis Garneau is an all-seasons men’s cycling jacket, providing good levels of insulation and windbreaking/water resistant properties. It’s a perfect lightweight jacket for more mild conditions.
Who’s it for?
The Modesto 2 is aimed at all levels of rider, and is great for the changeable conditions of spring and fall.
Lightweight Diamond Air Fabric
The Modesto 2 does a great job of keeping the wind and rain off, but is very lightweight at the same time. The outer layer’s tear-resistant diamond-pattern construction is light and breathable.
This makes the jacket a good option for long rides and it keeps you cool enough to layer with other kit during all seasons bar summer.
Designed with Safety & Performance in Mind
Louis Garneau have designed the Modesto 2 with on-road safety as a high priority. There are plenty of reflective strips and logos, and it’s even available in a high-vis yellow for extra visibility in low light conditions.
- Lightweight Diamond Air fabric
- Good level of reflectivity
- Windproof and water-resistant without compromising breathability
- Tear resistant
It’s hard to fault the Modesto 2. It blends safety and performance at a very reasonable price. The only minor gripe is that it doesn’t keep much more than a light shower out, but that’s not really the function of this jacket.
A great soft-shell jacket that’s breathable enough to layer up with your other cycling gear in changeable conditions. Good windproofing makes the Louis Garneau Modesto 2 an excellent addition to any cyclist’s kit.