If you're looking for a bold commuter jacket with a bit of character that will make you stand out from the crowd, look no further than here.
We've selected what we think to be the best alternative jackets for commuter cyclists.
Read on to view the top 8...
[part title="Ana Nichoola Hello Yello"]
Think of your typical high vis commuter jacket then turn your imaginings on their head, which is exactly what Ana Nichoola has done with this, the Hello Yello jacket. Made from a breathable, waterproof softshell fabric with taped seams to prevent leaks, it embraces fashion with its dropped peplum and fitted shape. Married to practicality, it has reflective patches on the shoulders and that peplum doubles up as a splash tail. For smart city riding with a feminine flourish, there’s nothing better.
Price: £110, available from Ana Nichoola.
Arc’teryx A2B Commuter Jacket
The super-tech Alpine brand Arc’teryx has created a ridiculously smart commuting jacket, full of utilitarian styling and useful features. Made from water repellent, wind resistant, breathable stretchy softshell fabric, it’s shaped for cycling comfort, has reflective cuffs, a high, wrap-around collar and a drop back hem. While the silhouette may be trim, it’s tailored for movement and allows room for layering. Two zippered hand pockets and an additional, streamlined and hidden zippered pocket lies flat on the back, maintaining the mix of style and performance. It’s available in black, orange and white.
Price: £150, available from Arcteryx.
[part title="Water Off A Duck’s Back Tessa"]
Forgive us if we confuse this with a traditional biker jacket, but the latest addition to the Water Off A Duck’s Back collection, the Tessa, is styled to work as well off the bike as on. Available in black or red and beautifully tailored for use on either a road bike or an upright bike, it’s waterproof and breathable, and has reflective black trim on the hem and cuffs, as well as reflective material on the underside of the collar. Flick it up when you’re cycling to be seen, fold it down when off the bike and blend into the crowd as just another stylish woman in a biker jacket.
Price: £155, available from Water Off A Ducks Back.
[part title="Vulpine Women’s Original Rain Jacket"]
A perfect meeting of form and function, Vulpine’s Original Rain Jacket is now available tailored to women and features all of the thoughtful features and design flourishes that made the men’s so popular. Epic Cotton is the material of choice here, a fabric created by applying a microscopic silicon coating to cotton thread, then woven into shape, which is extremely water and wind resistant, very breathable, and even stain resistant. Extra features include reflective fold-down cuffs, a magnetic removable splash-guard tail, and magnetic closures on the pockets, and it’s available in purple or cream.
Price: £210, available from Vulpine.
Best Price: £195, available from Victor and Liberty.
[part title="Georgia in Dublin Hustle and Bustle Rain Jacket"]
For something completely different, look no further than Georgia In Dublin’s Hustle and Bustle rain jacket. Pinched in at the waist and with flared cuffs, it’s the most feminine commuter jacket we’ve ever come across. The deep collar can either be fastened at the waist or the neck, and it’s supplied with a storm waistcoat, which can be layered beneath for extra protection then stowed in the large rear pocket in the pocket when not in use, and a detachable hood. The 10,000mm waterproof fabric is finished with high-visibility piping on the waist, wrists and shoulders, and it’s available in red, black, grey or white.
Price: €190, available from Georgia in Dublin
Best Price: £99, available from Velovixen.
[part title="Union 34 Meridian Winter Waterproof Cycling Coat"]
Stay cosy and dry whatever the weather in the Meridian winter waterproof cycling coat from Union 34. A brushed inner lining to the 10,000mm waterproof and breathable fabric ensures you stay warm and snug, and underarm zippered vents can be opened if things start to get too warm. With built-in stretch for maximum comfort, the Meridian also has a reversible reflective belt, storm cuffs, and a tuck-away waterproof hood.
Price: £165, available from U34.
Best Price: £24.99, available from Rut Land Cycling.
[part title=" The Cambridge Raincoat Company Poppy Red Retro Raincoat"]
The quintessential mac for everyday cycling about town, the Cambridge Raincoat Company’s Poppy Red Retro Raincoat is the perfect accompaniment to a classic Dutch bike. Made in England, the coat is highly water resistant, windproof and breathable, and is long enough to keep your knees dry (plus there’s an inside tab button on the front panel to spot it blowing open). When you’re on the bike, the cuff straps and back belt can be reversed to reveal reflective details. Other colours and styles are also available.
Price: £175, available from Cambridge Raincoats.
[part title=" Rapha Women’s Lightweight Bomber Jacket"]
Bring some street style to your riding with Rapha’s latest jacket, the Women’s Lightweight Bomber Jacket. Soft and silky, the Bomber is finished with an urban aesthetic. It’s breathable, windproof, quick drying and has a water-resistant treatment for weather protection. Discreet functionality includes a drop-down hi-vis storm tail and windstopper cuffs that can be folded away when not riding, plus a patch pocket on the back and two concealed zippered pockets on the front.
Price: £190, available from Rapha.
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