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Cycling Jackets Buying Guide


The best cycling jackets for Winter

A cycling jacket is one of the most important items in your bad weather wardrobe, helping you stay warm and dry through the worst the elements can throw at you.

As well as using modern synthetic fabrics and a cut that reflects the ergonomics of on-bike positioning, they also feature design touches such as a zippable, waterproof pocket for essentials and high collars to prevent wind chill.

Outsmart the Elements with our favourite cycling jackets:

Cycling jackets buying guide

Cycling jackets buying guide

dhb Aeron
all Winter softshell jacket

Warm, water-resistant, and focused on comfort, this jacket from dhb will serve you well in a variety of conditions on the road, and a variety of intensities.

Using three different strategically placed fabrics to ensure that you stay warm, comfortable but don’t overheat, the jacket is practical too with three back pockets and an additional zipped pocket at the hip.

Endura MT500 Freezing Point
MTB Jacket II AW21

Part of the premium MT500 mountain bike line, the MT500 Freezing Point MTB Jacket II takes your riding warmth to the next level. Thanks to the use of PrimaLoft® insulation, the jacket is low in weight and bulk, and yet offers outstanding levels of warmth. The low bulk also makes it very packable. You’ll also find it’s extremely breathable, so you’re not too sweaty when riding hard. And it’s water-resistant too, maintaining its performance in damper conditions.

Alpha RoS 2 jacket

This is a super-versatile windproof and water-resistant high-performance jacket that makes winter road rides a breeze.

Using Gore® INFINIUM™ Windstopper® 150 fabric for ultimate breathability and double-layer Alpha construction for supreme comfort and ventilation, very few jackets will match this one for cold, dry rides – and when the rain does start, it’ll fend off all but the most persistent downpours.

Fox Racing Flexair
Neoshell water jacket AW21

This high-performance fabric works to deliver an incredible degree of waterproofness alongside unrivalled visibility, without having to wear unfashionable neon colours. The helmet-compatible hood is easy to adjust and adds another level of protection when it’s torrential rain. Waterproof hand pockets keep valuables safe and dry and there’s a chest pocket too, keeping essentials within easy reach. Hook and loop cuffs create an effective wrist seal and underarm vents let you boost airflow if needed.

Gore Wear Endure
Cycling Jacket AW21

Incredibly versatile waterproof layer from the most trusted brand for water protection. Suitable for road and off-road riding. An adjustable over-helmet hood adds extra protection in torrential downpours.

With a regular fit and pre-shaped elbows, this is a jacket that gives you plenty of freedom to move - ideal for reacting quickly to wet roads or muddy trails. And this looser fit makes it just as home off the bike as it is on it.

Winter Cycling Jacket AW21

A very effective barrier against bitterly cold winds and will shrug off rain and road spray too. While this front panel locks in warmth, a lighter-weight version of the same fabric, NEOS light, sits over the shoulders, outer arms and upper back.

This is used to prevent overheating. For rides that finish late into the evening or start before sunrise, reflective details keep you visible on the road.

Endura Pro-SL
3 season jacket

Waterproof and windproof where you need it most, this jacket was created to meet the demands of road riders who train and race in all weathers.

ExoStretch25ST™ Panels are carefully positioned to provide protection from the elements where you need it most, and when temperatures begin to fall, the inner PrimaLoft™ Active Evolve material provides insulation against the cold.

dhb Aeron
rain defence polartec jacket

Designed for changeable conditions on the road, this jacket uses Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric for superb breathable weather protection. It can handle rides where terrain, effort and weather conditions vary wildly, regulating temperature so you never feel damp and clammy inside.

Neat additional features include four rear pockets with weatherproof flap plus a zip pocket to keep valuables safe.

Fox Racing Ranger 2.5L
waterproof cycling jacket

This fully seam-sealed mountain bike jacket is constructed from a lightweight waterproof and breathable fabric to keep you fresh and dry as you tackle the trails in changeable weather.

Its DWR coating will help expel moisture, mud, and debris as you shred. Other nice touches include a helmet-compatible hood, zipped pockets, draw cord, cinching at hem and elastic cuffs.

dhb Trail Hooded
Softshell Jacket AW21

Insulating, water-resistant and windproof, this versatile jacket is a must-have for any trail rider. The windproof outer layer cuts out the wind chill while still being breathable and a thermal grid fleece backing will provide lightweight warmth.

Finished with a DWR treatment, this jacket will keep you dry in showers and the adjustable hood has a stiffened peak to fit over your helmet for that extra protection.

Gore Wear Phantom
Gore-Tex infinium jacket

Changeable weather calls for a changeable jacket - made from windproof Gore-Tex Infinium and featuring zip-off sleeves, this is a high-performance jacket that you can adapt to suit the weather conditions.

With 100% windproof coverage to lock out biting cold winds and water-resistant fabric to fend off rain showers, it’s breathable enough for hard efforts on the road too.

Castelli Mortirolo VI

For mild winter days or if you run hot on colder rides, this one’s for you. Using a mix of fabrics including Gore-Tex INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® X-Fast for protection against windchill, the Mortirolo balances protection and breathability well.

Other notable features include a front zipper to regulate ventilation, three back pockets plus a reflective panel on the back for extra visibility.