The nights are getting lighter and the roads are less difficult, but the weather is still not great. That’s why we thought we would put together a list of the best waterproof jackets we have come across recently to help you get those winter miles in.
Well fitting and warm with generous pockets in the back for all your essentials. In cold temperatures you only need a long sleeve base layer to keep nicely warm but I fear when the warmer temperatures come this could be a bit too warm. That said the jacket is breathable and wicks moisture away very well to keep you comfortable. I’ve been caught in some heavy downpours wearing this jacket and stayed dry. Starting at £134.66 from Wiggle this is the most expensive jacket we’ve tested but with all the features there is an excellent choice for a serious rider.
Slightly lose fitting but still reasonably comfortable jacket. I found that it performs well keeping the water off. But I was slightly disappointed at how breathable it was and it didn’t seem to wick moisture away. The zipped pocket is a nice touch keeping everything you may want to carry safe. Ultimately at £44.99 from Ribble Cycles this is the cheapest jacket we’ve tested and therefore provides great value for money. It will keep you dry and comfortable and would be our recommendation for any casual riders or commuters.
This is a very lightweight versatile jacket. It can be rolled up into a bag without taking up much space making it ideal for an emergency waterproof. I had to layer up underneath as there is isn’t much warmth kept in by this alone but it does mean when the temperature rises this will be very useful for summer showers. Its reasonably comfortable and although it doesn’t really wick moisture away it is very breathable so can be worn on longer rides. At £74.09 from Evans Cycles this is a reasonably priced jacket and is the one I would recommend for most people. This can be used all year round depending on the layers you put under it and can be packed easily for when you don’t actively need it.