Investing in a good quality cycling rain cape to see you through the dreary wet season is a great idea for city cyclists. You don't have to worry about changing into or out of anything, you can simply pop them over your existing cycle clothing to ensure that you are kept bone dry.
Cycling rain capes are perfect as they cover the entire top half of your body, ensuring no water gets in, therefore they're much more effective than wearing just a waterproof jacket. And although some of these aren't the most affordable garments, trust us when we say that the cheap non bike-specific waterproof capes that you would wear on a log flume ride really won't do the job!
Water off a Duck’s Back Rain Cape
Water Off a Duck's Back create bike specific waterproof outwear that really looks the part. We love their rain cape for its classic Little Red Riding Hood elegant feminine shape, with a longer cut at the back to prevent you from getting a soggy bottom. And unlike most raincapes on the market, its hood is detachable!
Made with a highly waterproof and quick drying PU coated microfibre fabric, the cape itself seals at the front with a secure Velcro strip and button at the collar. Weighing at around 400g, it's not the lightest or thinnest cycling rain cape on the market, but it does pack down to a decent size for your bag.
Available in pink, grey and black!
Price: £69.00, available from WaterOffADucksBack.
Brooks England Cambridge Rain Cape
One of the lightest offerings on this list, the Brooks England Cambridge Rain Cape is made from a waterproof nylon which gives great mobility and movement on the bike.
The cycling rain cape features reflective piping for added visibility in the night and an adjustable hood which fits neatly around the helmet. It also takes up barley any room in your bag once it's been folded into its own reflective pouch (which can be attached to the back of your very own Brook's saddle if you happen to have one).
Coming in three classic Brooks style colourways and three different sizes, for the perfect fit on the bike, it's also been finished with some pretty neat leather details.
Price: £110.00, available from Westbrook Cycles.
Cleverhood Electric Houndstooth
The Cleverhood Electric Houndstooth cape my be one of the priciest on the list, but its high quality features make it worth every penny. Made from a durable waterproof polyester, the cape uses strong Uretek YKK zippers, velcro trim tabs and nifty magnetic poppers under the arms. These help to secure it to the body and ensure that no water creeps in!
Looking like a tartan cycling rain cape in the day, during the night its hidden reflective thread makes you literally pop on the bike as the light hits you. This gives you one less thing to worry about, knowing that you will be safe and seen on the roads.
Price: £165.00, available from Cleverhood.
Ligne 8 Octavia Rain Cape
If you haven't heard of Ligne8 already, make sure to check them out. They make beautiful bike wear garments that are highly waterproof and don't compromise on style, hooray!
Their Octavia Rain Cape has a pretty unique look to it because of its chic translucent All Weather Shell fabric. The fabric is very lightweight and breathable, meaning that the cape can be stowed away to a nice size in your commuting bag. It's also a four way stretch fabric, which doesn't restrict your movement on the bike and is great for shielding you from the wind.
Other neat features on the cycling rain cape include reflective piping and a half zipe closure, ensuring that no water is able to come through the opening.
Price: £60.00, available from Ligne8.
Otto London Urban Poncho
Built in mind for city riders, the Otto London Urban Poncho has a bold style and many bright and, funky colourways to choose from which make it an instant hit.
Using a Waterproof Oxford Nylon outer material and a waterproof two way zip for convenience when popping it on and off, warmth is kept in by the comfortable cotton lining inside of the cape.
With reflective piping on the edges to keep you seen in the night, the cycling rain cape has a nifty pocket in the inside to keep your goods nice and dry when needed. One thing we would mention is how short the cut is, so expect to get a few drops of rain on your wrist and thighs if you're investing in this one!
Price: £88.00, available from Otto London.
Happy Rainy Days Odette Rain Cape
The Odette Rain Cape from Happy Rainy Days is the cheapest on the list and is ideal for anyone looking for a cape they can use just for shoving on over their existing cycling clothes to keep dry. Made with a thin coated waterproof nylon and taped seams to keep the rain out, it's able to be packaged down to a very small size.
Although it's only available in one size, one thing we would mention is how long the cape is unlike others on the list. Although this gives you maximum protection from the rain, because of its super long length it's probably not something you would wear off the bike.
The large pocket at the front for your belongings can also be used to stuff the cycling rain cape back into once you're done!
Price: £54.00, available from HappyRainyDays.
Riding Hood Parka Cape
The Parka Cape from Riding Hood is a beautifully styled jacket made from a soft and highly water repellent fabric. What's so great about it is that it can be worn in two ways, both as a classic rain cape and then as a parka style jacket, adjusted by the inside drawstring of the product.
Complete with hand cut leather toggles and reflective taping on the back and wrists, its extra large hood can be worn both under and over the helmet. The cycling rain cape is also a great windstopper and comes with it's own commuter bag-sized cotton pouch to stow it away in!
Price: £129.99, available from Riding Hood.
K-Way Roubaix Poncho
K-Way's Rouxbaix Poncho is another great affordable offering on this list. And like all of the K-Way products, there are some great colour options to chose from. Made from a water repellent and windproof nylon which features heat sealed seams, we can assure you the wind and water will be safely kept at bay.
The cycling rain cape comes complete with its very own small pouch which it can be popped into after using, meaning it's great for city commuters with little bag space. With a nifty secure pocket at the front of the jacket to secure your belongings from the rain, the best feature has to be the poncho's transparent side alerts in the hood so that your vision isn't blocked!
Price: £65.00, available from K-Way.
Glen Paid Rain Cape
The Glen Paid Rain Cape from Cleverhood might be one of the most expensive on the list, but it sure does not compromise on style or function. We love the smart khaki colour of the cycling rain cape which comes complete with reflective piping details and its very own drawstring bag to keep it in!
Made from a sturdy waterproof membrane fabric with sealed seams, we can assure you that no rain will be creeping in. Its magnetic closures and elasticated sides help you to control both the fit and, breathability of the cycling rain cape. And with a large fitted hood that doesn't obstruct peripheral vision, your belongings can be kept safe and secure from the wet weather in its chest pocket.
Price: £165.00, available from Saddle & Spoke.
Rainfrog Black Circles Rain Poncho
Being one of the very cheapest on the list, Rain Frog's Rain Poncho is a great buy for anyone just looking for ultimate protection from the rain on the bike. And with quite a few bold eye-catching designs to chose from, they are far from boring.
Built with inner hand loops for coverage from the rain when you grip your handlebars, the rain cape has a nifty adjustable hood and an inner waist tie to secure the poncho (it's made in one size so this really does help).
Made from a thin breathable and highly waterproof fabric, you will really be able to feel the wind with this one. A great feature is the cycling rain capes large front pocket which you can use to keep your belongings secure and dry whilst out and about!
Price: £60.00, available from Rainfrog.