Project 24.2 First Look: Pearl Izumi’s toasty PRO Softshell 180 jacket

first_imgSee all of our Project 24.2 posts here!Every year, I tell myself that I’ll write down my favorite clothing combinations for different temperature ranges and conditions (road, dirt, light, and dark)- and every year I fail.  This means that November and December can be uncomfortably cold or hot at times- but that I spend a lot of time thinking about my cool-weather wardrobe.Provided by Pearl iZumi as part of our Project 24.2 series of reviews, the P.R.O. Softshell 180 jacket is a close-cut jacket that marries wind- and water-resistant P.R.O. Softshell fabric in wind-facing areas with large Direct Vent underarm and back panels for breathablity.  Given Pearl’s “perfect for drier riding conditions” claim and our recent spell of near-arctic weather, the P.R.O. Softshell has been getting quite a few on- and off-road workouts lately.  Go below the fold to find out how it’s doing so far…Undeniably handsome, the P.R.O. softshell is cut low in the back and high in the front for the riding position.  The medium “Form Fit” fits my 6′, 145lb well, with plenty of length in the arms and room for a jersey and/or  baselayer underneath.  At my size, it might actually be nice to have the fabric taken a bit more- but it’s never been flappy or noisy on the road.  The full front zip is backed by a draft flap and secured at the top by a rakish collar snap.  The is a welded-on Napoleon pocket at the front and the zippered rear pocket is subdivided into four compartments, the center of which is home to a water-resistant electronics pocket and cable hole.The sleeves have a lightweight floating sleeve (with thumb hole) at their ends with does a good job of keeping drafts at bay without being overly bulky.  The inner sleeves are a bit big, though, and can bunch up under gloves if care isn’t taken when pulling them on.  As a plus, they are attached high enough in the sleeve that even my longest gloves tuck in place nicely.  The numerous reflective prints and white color (red and black are also available) make my pre-dawn commutes more psychologically comfortable while encouraging regular washing (both good things).The fleecy P.R.O. Softshell fabric is comfortable against bare skin- that and the fabric’s effective wicking keep it from ever really feeling clammy.  The fleecy backing does add a bit of bulk, though- there’s no stuffing the honeydew-sized jacket in a back pocket if the day warms too much.  On 30-degree road bike rides, I find myself second-guessing my choice of the P.R.O 180 for the first mile or so, when I can feel a draft from the underarm panels.  Once working, though, the jacket does a great job of keeping the chill off- but never getting stuffy- when worn with a light base layer in temperatures between 30 and 45 or so.  On the dirt, the Pearl Izumi’s comfort range is a fair bit lower- I’ve comfortably worn it on snowy mornings in the mid-20s and social night rides closer to 40- and been quite happy with only a light baselayer and short-sleeved jersey beneath.  Once temperatures top 35 or 40, it’s time to swap the P.R.O. Softshell for a windbreaker.In the P.R.O. Softshell 180, Pearl Izumi have struck a great balance between insulation, wind-resistance, and breathability.  I’ve been using the jacket nonstop for cold-weather commuting, road riding, and (really cold weather) mountain biking- and haven’t really found anything that needs changing.  As the year goes on and my training plan pushes me out the door in all kinds of weather, the P.R.O. 180 will be along for the ride.  Check back after the race for a final verdict…marcwww.pearlizumi.comlast_img read more

MACS and UAL launch joint service

first_imgThe service will start with monthly sailings later in April. It will accept containers, breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargoes.In Europe, the service will call at Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg, with additional ports served on inducement. In East Africa, ports of call will be Nacala and Pemba subject to inducement.www.macship.comwww.ualalliance.comlast_img

One point the difference in Seamus O Riain decider

first_imgIt finished 1-11 to 0-13 – Burgess goal scorer Ben Cooney says it was a huge occasion for the club. Photo © Burgess GAA Just a single point separated Burgess and Moycarkey Borris in the curtain raiser at Semple Stadium yesterday.It was Burgess who lifted the Seamus O’Riain Cup – their first time to ever win a senior championship title.Donagh Maher sent over the winning point in injury time.last_img

Former Hunter Willie Minoga in for big battle

first_imgThe Hunters are coming off a 4 game winning streak after recording a 28-20 victory over the Mackay Cutters in Round 4 last weekend.Currently situated in 3rd place on the ladder with an impressive 4 win and 1 loss record, the PNG Hunters are a strong physical side who will no doubt prove a handful for the Blackhawks on their home soil.It will be a game to watch as former Hunter Willie Minoga “the Mack Truck” will for the first time set foot on his home soil at the National Football Stadium with his new side the Blackhawks to go up against his former team mates.The Blackhawks have plenty of NRL experience across the park for this weekend, capably lead by Captain Glenn Hall who has 220 NRL games under his belt including Hooker Anthony Mitchell, who has also played 39 games in the NRL for three teams – the Parramatta Eels, Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys plus Other NRL representatives in the Blackhawks lineup include Jahrome Hughes (Gold Coast Titans) and Jonathon Reuben (Sydney Roosters).Though the Blackhawks have NRL experienced players, the Hunters are preparing a team with a strong defensive play for this weekend’s meet despite a few minor changes to be made to the team due to the absence of forward Henry Wan.The Hunters once again have the power to change the match around with the advantage of the home crowd supporters.Hunters weekend team include; PNG Hunters 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Justin Olam 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Adex Wera 5. William Aquila 6. Watson Boas 7. Wartovo Puara 8. Henry Noki 9. Warren Glare 10. Esau Siune 11. Ishamel Baikawa 12. Tuvi Lepan 13. Brandy Peter 14. Adam Korave (c) 15. Enock Maki 16. Philimon Kimisive 17. Edward Goma 18. Timothy Lomai 19. Benjamin Hetra and Coach: Michael Marumlast_img read more