Review: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Apparel

Pearl Izumi Escape Pro Review
Pearl Izumi Pro Escape Softshell Review

Review: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Apparel

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Chris McCarthy

Pearl Izumi is known for great cycling gear, and I’m sure cyclists will find the P.R.O. Escape Softshell and P.R.O. Escape Thermal great additions for their late-winter / early-spring riding. I, on the other hand, found them great for cross-country skiing

The P.R.O. Escape Softshell has three-layer construction that provides both protection and breathability. It performed great in cold, wet conditions, blocking both wind and sleet, while keeping me warm with fleece insulation; if I started to overheat, I just opened the side vents.  The softshell also has a great storage pocket on the back, with ample room for my phone, water bottle, and even an extra baselayer. 

The P.R.O. Escape Thermal is great on bluebird days; the fabric provides the perfect amount warmth and an elastic band around the back keeps the jacket down and heat in. I found myself taking unneeded items just to fill the back storage pockets; three of them are the perfect size for most bottles, if you ever feel the need to carry that much water. The full-length zipper provides any needed ventilation and the zipper is easy to operate, even while wearing gloves.

After the snow recedes, you're more likely to find me on a trail running in one of these jackets. Because I’m not using either of these jackets for their designed purpose, I went with a size large jacket, even though I typically wear a medium. Thermal, $116; softshell, $188. Get more details at

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