Pearl Izumi Pro Softshell 180 jacket review

The Pearl Izumi Pro Softshell jacket has all the basics of a decent winter jacket, if only it fitted better

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Pearl Izumi Pro Softshell jacket is warm enough to be a very good jacket, but is let down by a fit that makes it bordering on unusable.

Reasons to buy
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    Fairly warm

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    Nice details

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Reasons to avoid
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    Poor fit

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    Cavernous rear pocket

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The Pearl Izumi Pro Softshell jacket is a new release for 2015, and sits towards the top of the brand’s extensive range of jackets. Offering half-decent protection in dry, chilly conditions, the Pro Softshell is unfortunately let down by its very poor fit.

If you've screeched to a halt reading this review straight away, you might want to back track to our buyer's guide dedicated to the best winter cycling jackets, for our current favourites, and advice on how to find the best one for you.  

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.