Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Barrier gilet

The women's Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier gillet is a classic garment we'd rather never live without. It's shaped to fit the female form, the mesh back panel lets the air circulate where you need it, but you can draw the zip up close under your chin to keep out the wind on the front as you hurtle along. The collar is really comfortable and soft with a neat garage for the zipper so it doesn't whip you in the face.


Pearl Izumi Barrier Gilet


Over a jersey and arm warmers, this is the perfect Spring and Autumn ride staple. The material scrunches down small, too, which means if you have over cooked the layers, you can stuff it easily in a back pocket. The gilet’s own zip pocket is surprisingly roomy and we could stow a small pump, tools, tube and a few bars with no problems at all. The gilet is not fully waterproof (as is pretty standard with a gilet), but enough to ward off showers and we can't fault the windproof and breathable qualities. Great for early morning rides before the sun comes up and for sheltering against a particularly irritating head wind.



The rear sneaks down to cover your lower back and bottom well, and the arm holes are elasticated enough for a sleek fit without being at all restrictive.  Reflective piping finishes off these classic piece from one of our favourite brands.


Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

Colours: White, Black, Green, Pink, Orange, Blue


Price: £45 approx


Performance: 9

Value: 9

Top quality gilet in a perfectly female form.



Tested by Fiona Spotswood & Bex Hopkins

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