MSRP: $80
Colors: Many (especially if you search the sale section)
Details: This vest from Pearl Izumi has a wind blocking front, mesh venting back, and a good fit if you are a straight figured cyclist, but can be a bit tight in the hips if you have a curve. The trim is top notch on this vest with solid zippers and strong seams. The rear pocket holds a phone and gel, but can don’t overstuff it or it will sag. The front pocket is good for money, or very small items.

A good windproof vest and arm warmers are a requirement for living in Colorado, and even the southeast where I lived for 8 years. You never know what the weather will be like in 90 minutes so you need to be prepared for the 15 degree temperature swings. This is exactly what vests and arm warmers are designed for.

Cycling vests for women are a hit or miss in the fit area for me. They are either too tight in the hips because they were designed around stick-figure models, or they are too boxy all around because you ended up wearing a men’s size small. I can happily say that I have found my new favorite cycling and running wind vest with the Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Barrier vest. It doesn’t hurt that it is neon pink to add safety for night runs or foggy winter rides. Currently the pink is on sale for $64 over at and would be a great holiday present!

 Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge for review.


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