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Pearl Izumi Attack Wxb review: the king of budget shell jackets

Pearl Izumi Attack Wxb review: the king of budget shell jackets

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

Price: $135

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. 

Pearl Izumi Attack Wxb jacket rear view

It’s a shame that the drop tail isn’t a bit longer (Image credit: Josh Ross)

Design and aesthetics 

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