Pearl Izumi Optik review

Pearl Izumi Optik jacket
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Pearl Izumi Optik is perfect for warm but potentially showery days, and stuffs into a tiny ball.

For
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    Showerproof

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    Windproof

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    Very lightweight

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    Full-length zip

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    Reflective

Against
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    Won't keep out anything beyond light showers

The Pearl Izumi Optik jacket is incredibly light, yet it’s amply windproof and shower resistant.

Beyond light showers, moisture comes through, but it’s far better than nothing. A form-fitting cut has stretch panels for freedom of movement while rip-stop mesh protects from tearing. The fabric is comfortable worn next to the skin, so it’s fine to slip on over a summer jersey.

It has a drop tail for the riding position, Velcro cuffs, a pack-away hood and reflective strips.

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