There are two different ways to approach your search for the best winter cycling jacket. Some situations will be best served with a jacket that integrates a mid-layer into its design. This approach is great for shorter, high-intensity, rides where you’d rather dress as minimally as possible. It’s an approach that is also best suited to deep pockets as you’ll be looking for bleeding-edge tech designed to cover a huge range of situations.
Tech Specs: Pearl Izumi Attack WxB jacket
Weight: 250g (As measured size small)
Size availability: S-XXL
Colour Options: Urban Sage, Screaming Yellow
Materials: 100% recycled polyester
The other way to approach the challenge of staying warm and dry through the spring, winter, and fall, is with layers. This approach allows you to pick and choose a mid-layer, a base layer, and a shell depending on your needs. You can shop for each piece separately, looking for deals, and you can build on what works through multiple seasons of riding.
If the layered approach sounds like the right approach for you, there’s no doubt you’ll be looking for the right shell. There are a ton of options and they all claim to be the best in a variety of ways. For Pearl Izumi, the Attack Wxb jacket is an option that looks to cover the bases at a relatively bargain price. Now that I’ve spent time testing it, I’m ready to discuss if the brand has managed to meet the goals set. Keep reading to see if Pearl Izumi should be on your shortlist for shell jackets.
Design and aesthetics
Often when looking at budget clothing options, there is a style tax involved. When the price is low you seem to have to accept that style and fit aren’t considered. Pearl Izumi often flips this equation though and with the Attack Wxb, there is some of that happening.
I won’t try to claim that the Attack Wxb is the height of current cycling style but it’s not at all bad. For fit, you’ll find a svelte silhouette that avoids being overly tight. It’s not boxy and there’s no chance of excess fabric flapping in the wind but there’s also plenty of room for different mid-layer options. My favourite way of describing it is to say that Pearl Izumi turned the feeling of a casual long-distance ride spent chatting with friends into a fit. There’s performance involved but it never feels uncomfortable.
That fit helps the lack of size adjustment built…
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