Second Review: Pearl Izumi Vagabond Jacket

Well, it was pouring today. So I decided that today was a perfect opportunity to test the rain resistance qualities of my Pearl Izumi Vagabond II Jacket. It's advertised to have excellent water resistance.

Well, water resistant is not water-proof. It kept me mostly dry, though around the joints it got a bit wet where it touched my skin the most. This was sort of like how a tent lets in moisture but you don't realize it till you touch it.

Still, the color kept me safe and visible in the darker, more hazardous driving conditions of the day. And the jacket will be great if I get caught in a storm again without my rain cape.

People, not speed.


  1. I have used my Pearl Izumi a bunch while Mountain Biking. I have also found it to be water resistant, not proof. I use the Gore Bike Wear jacket when it pours.

  2. I would love to see someone put out jackets for commuters, personally. I like the Pearl Izumi jacket, but I don't like how tight it fits around the shoulders and arms, as if it expects I'm going to be wearing lycra. I'd just like to see it similar but looser.


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