Gear Junkie – Head-To-Toe Winter Biking Gear Breakdown

Pearl-Izumi-Transfer-base-layerAnother recent Gear Junkie review of Cocona-based Pearl Izumi winter biking gear:

“Pearl Izumi base layer top — Next to my skin, the Transfer Long Sleeve Baselayer, $60, has been an essential piece. It is a form-fitting, mid-weight top with a fuzzy interior. The fabric is designed with Cocona’s Minerale technology, which wicks sweat better than almost anything I’ve used. It’s warm, wicking, and a perfect foundation for days under 20 degrees F.

Women’s P.R.O. Softshell jacket — Another Pearl Izumi piece, this jacket is windproof, waterproof and breathable. The model, the P.R.O. Softshell 180, also employs Cocona’s Minerale and pairs nicely with the base layer above. It’s rated to 35 degrees F, but I find it keeps me warm on rides between 10 and 20 degrees. The front-facing fabric is wind blocking; on back, the fabric is more breathable. There are reflective touches that ignite when hit with car headlights, a nice bonus for the dark winter road. Price is fair, too, at $190.”

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