Just In – Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket

by Brian Mullin on December 8, 2014

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The MTB WRX jacket uses a DWR water resistant material and doesn’t have any taped seams. It offers great wind and water protection, is lightweight and has abrasion resistant arm guards. It has a full-length internal draft flap with a sealed zipper, an integrated hood that fits over a bike helmet and is compatible with most elbow pads. It retails for $175 and comes in Black and Yellow.

Impressions

The jacket has a semi-loose cut with just enough room to wear bulkier garments underneath when condition are cooler, though it’s not what I would call a baggy fit. The length comes down to the belt level, and the arms have a nice long cut, which I greatly appreciated since I hate jackets with short arms. I haven’t gotten to use the jacket in any rain or snow storms as yet (been dry lately), but I anticipate that it will work just fine. I used it sometimes on cold days going downhill, and it helped break the wind and increased my comfort and warmth levels. I have worn my soft armor elbow pads under the jacket, and they fit just fine, and I didn’t suffer any interference issues.

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The integrated hood fit nicely over my helmet, and I were able to move and turn my head without any major issues, and it certainly added some warmth and protection when needed. There is two armpits and one helmet vent to help expel heat and aid in ventilation and just use over flap of material coverage. While wearing the jacket in cooler weather, I did some long hard climbs, and between the vents and the breathability of the jacket , didn’t overheat or perspire heavily. The jacket is lightweight and comes in at a feathery 277 grams (9.8 oz), and its compact size means it easy to stuff into a pack. The front zipper has a full-length internal draft flap to prevent air infiltration, though I did find the zipper to be small and finely toothed and worry about its robustness.

Final Thoughts

I am looking forward to some extended time with theĀ  Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket. It’s comfortable, lightweight, packable and simple. The jacket uses elastic arms cuffs and has no fancy ventilation systems, taping, pockets or anything extraneous. It’s just a great wind and water protection jacket that works, and its small and light enough to always bring with you on any biking adventure.

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