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    Pearl Izumi Vagabond Jacket?

    it is getting cold and i need to get a jacket. Anybody try or heard about the 2007 Pearl Izumi Vagabond jacket yet? Regular retail is ~$100 but I can get it for $83 including tax and shipping. However, I don't know if I can justify spending that much for a jacket unless it is really worth it. It looks nice though and converts to vest. Also, I love all those pockets!
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    I have the PI Zephyr jacket, which is very similar to the Vagabond, except it doesn't convert to a vest. I am extremely satisfied with my jacket. A couple layers underneath and I stay plenty warm. The thing I like about the PI jacket is the length of the sleeves, they're a little longer so the wrists stay totally covered when on a bike.

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    I have 2006 version. After a year it is no longer waterproof. It is not windproof, either. In theory you can use it as a vest, but zipper looks so fragile that I prefer not touching it.

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    I have the 2006 Vagabond. It is a good spring, summer, fall jacket, but as others have said, it is not very water proof. As for the Vest option, I have not used it as such, for it fits me too big for a vest. As a jacket it's larger, but works well. If you bought it in a snug fit size then the vest would fit like other cycling vests. Jackets and Vests are typically cut differently, as vest do not need as much girth to allow for arm/sleeve movements.

    The reason I bought it was it's one of the most streetable cycling jackets available. I work down town, and although I commute to work with the Vagabond, I can wear it out side in my Business clothes with out looking too dorky. The Vest option wasn't part of the equation due purchase. I liked it as a jacket.




    Now that it's winter, I use a different jacket to commute with, however I used this until mid November.
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    I own the PI Optik, which breaks wind only (you know what I mean).
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    It appears that you are in California, that doesn't lead me to believe that your winters are very cold. IF that is the case, then probably just about any nylon unlined jacket that you pick up off the street will work fine. In fact that is pretty much the case with anybody until you get below freezing.

    I'd save the $ and spend it on other items. The torso is very easy to keep warm. Not so much on the extremities, they require investment.

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    oh darn i bought it already!

    well i do live in cali. I don't plan to do any riding in rain so I don't mind it being not waterproof. I just needed something I can walk into class with, convenient enough to stuff away, and break wind because it's been getting near freezing in the morning and its only early December!

    how long did your jackets last? If i paid $83 for it, it better last 83 years lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by h2o_polo_boi
    oh darn i bought it already!

    well i do live in cali. I don't plan to do any riding in rain so I don't mind it being not waterproof. I just needed something I can walk into class with, convenient enough to stuff away, and break wind because it's been getting near freezing in the morning and its only early December!

    how long did your jackets last? If i paid $83 for it, it better last 83 years lol
    It will be a nice jacket for intended use. I used mine at -15C that other day, and even though the wind was howeling, I was still shielded well with it.
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