Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Fly Evo pullover  £119.99

8/10

Comfortable to wear, protective smock, ideal for three season use. Just a bit warm for summer

Weight 246g   Contact  www.madison.co.uk

by Robin Dickson   April 27, 2011  

Pearl Izumi PRO FLy Evo pullover

The P.R.O Fly Evo Pullover is a smock style softshell outer layer best suited to the changeover seasons of spring and autumn, both from a design point of view and also for its weight and warmth levels. Designed with road use in mind, it has a sleek contoured fit and road friendly features, but would work almost equally well for off-road duties too.

The light stretchy soft shell fabric is supple and pleasant to wear. It's fully wind and waterproof, with a laminate layer, yet actually breathable enough to keep overheating and perspiration to a minimum. Even when working hard, it breathes well and helps keep you dry, but it does remain an inherently warm top, too warm for summer or even warm spring weather. However, with a decent baselayer under it, it could easily cope with three season use, making it a light and versatile option.

Features include a huge amount of reflectivity, which can never be a bad thing, a zipped mesh lumbar pocket and a zipped bicep security pocket with a port for a headphone cable. The chest zip is deep enough to assist effectively with ventilation, while a rear vent at the shoulder blades also helps with this. Sleeve length is excellent, with shaped cuffs contributing further to the suitability for use in a more stretched out riding position, as does the streamlined fit and stretch fabric.

Other than being ideal for road riders, tourers will like the weight, small packsize, enduring wear comfort and levels of protection offered by the Pullover.

Size tested- Med

Verdict

Comfortable to wear, protective smock, ideal for three season use. Just a bit warm for summer.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Fly Evo pullover

Size tested: M

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Designed to keep you dry and protect you in wet or windy conditions.

Does that, but a little warm for wet or windy summer conditions.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

P.R.O Softshell Lite fabric

- stretchy, with breathable, waterproof and windproof laminate

Rear vent

Rear zipped mesh pocket

Reflectivity

Welded seams

Zipped arm pocket with headphone cable hole.

Long chest zip.

Sizes XS-XL

Red or Black

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Very well made with good components and fabrics.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Extremely comfortable to wear for long periods and kept perspiration to a minimum.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

Stretch fabric is hardwearing and should last well. Breathability will probably suffer over time though as the laminate starts to age.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

Very light and with a compact packsize.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10

Very comfortable except in warmer weather when it's a little over-warm.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

It's not cheap but it is versatile and effective.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Reflectivity, stretch fabric, breathability, comfort.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

An effective and reflective weatherproof jacket offering great ride comfort and versatility.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

 

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