Having ridden and run in it for a few winter months I now feel I can add to my original thoughts.
Oh, and since I'm part of the Pearl Izumi Champion team you need to know that I paid full price for this piece of kit, which I bought online from a regular retailer. In no way do I feel obliged to say nice things about it.
The Elite WxB is a damn good training jacket suitable for all weather, but not for everyone.
Cut: It sits tight to the body, so it's great to ride in. If I'm in gloves, I have to stop and unzip it to get into my back pockets for a bar or gel. That's brilliant because there's no flapping or gaping. It doesn't billow out like a sail to slow you down.
Packable: It folds down small-ish and light-ish (210g). Rolled it would fill a jersey pocket. So that's a great size for training and 'just in case' but rather too large for racing.
For a race I want something absolutely tiny which weighs nothing. So it's probably not for racing, unless the weather is truly awful.
Breathability: WxB is a coated fabric so it's not as breathable as GoreTex. There are no pit zips or other means of ventilation, but at no time did I feel sweaty. I was doing easy training, not going hard, but who does when it's lashing down. So again, it's not a race jacket, but we've already agreed that.
Cuffs: I thought these simple part-elasticated cuffs looked way too basic, but in use they've proved highly effective. My initial assessment was wrong.
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Time will tell how well it lasts.