Pearl Izumi Bioviz Barrier Jacket – High Visibility

Kate Agathon

The Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier convertible jacket is a fantastic piece for early fall riding; especially if you have a long ride ahead.


The relaxed-fit Quest Barrier convertible jacket was the perfect layering choice for a recent late afternoon ride in Breckenridge.

Pearl Izumi Bioviz Barrier Jacket review

Pearl Izumi Bioviz Barrier Jacket
Pearl Izumi Bioviz Barrier Jacket

I selected it for its high visibility (screaming yellow/turbulence) knowing that it would be dusk around the time the ride was finished, and also for its primary function- versatility for changing conditions.


Despite starting the ride late, it was a little windy, but warm enough that sleeves were unnecessary so I wore it as a vest. I was surprised how well the vest fit- it wasn’t too tight over my jersey, or too bulky.


The ventilated panel on the top portion on the back allowed for some breathability (no sweaty back), and I appreciated the deep pockets (two in front), and a one big zippered back pocket where I stashed the shrug along with my phone and keys.

Pearl Izumi Bioviz Barrier Jacket
Pearl Izumi Bioviz Barrier Jacket

On the return ride, I wore the shrug that provided just enough coverage to prevent me from getting too cold (temps dip quickly in the mountains when the sun goes down).


This jacket looks better on than it does hanging on a rack! I’m not really a fan of what I call the cowboy duster/prairie look that the shrug gives, but it really wasn’t that apparent when wearing it.


Another feature I liked were the snaps on the shrug. The seven snaps made it a snap (pun intended) to remove the shrug and put it back on when needed. I overwhelmingly prefer the convenience of the snaps over the more traditional zippers!

It’s easy to see why the Quest Barrier convertible jacket is a best seller for Pearl Izumi. I wish this jacket had been available when I rode the Enchanted Circle cycling event a few weeks ago. It would have been perfect for the long ride and changing weather. Also, great for visibility since a lot of the ride was along busy New Mexican highways and the jacket color is high viz.

Pearl Izumi Bioviz Barrier Jacket
Pearl Izumi Bioviz Barrier Jacket

Key features:


  • Sleeves snap on-or-off quickly, to convert between and jacket and vest

  • Lightweight and breathable rip-stop Barrier fabric, made with 100% recycled material

  • Durable water repellent (DWR) treatment sheds light precipitation

  • Rear upper mesh panel for ventilation

  • Two-way zipper allows ventilation from top or bottom

  • Dual side hem cord locks to adjust fit at waist

  • Front zip hand pockets

  • Rear zipper pocket for storing sleeves or essentials

  • BioViz® reflective elements for low-light visibility

  • Available in XXXL

Bottom line? I love and recommend the Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier convertible jacket; a practical piece that cyclists will appreciate for its versatility (a jacket that is also a vest).

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