Commuting to work means fighting against the daily elements, which can change a bright and sunny morning into a dull, wet mess in a matter of minutes. And finding the right cycling commuter jacket to suit all weather types can be a complete life saver.
We've had our eyes peeled for what we think to be the best commuter cycling jackets and here are the top 8...
[part title="Gore Bike Wear Element GT Women's Waterproof Jacket"]
All you could want from a jacket and more, the Gore Element GT jacket is a fully waterproof and windproof Gore-Tex cycling jacket. It’s light and compact enough to stuff in a pocket, yet is packed with enough features to see you through whatever the British weather can throw at you between the hours of 5pm and 7pm. Adjustable cuffs, collar and hem keeps out the elements and reflective piping helps you be seen. A great, long-lasting alternative.
Price: £159.99, available from Gore.
Best Price: £109.99, available from Evans Cycles.
[part title="Castelli Velo W Jacket"]
If those weather clouds look a bit uncertain, the Castelli Velo jacket is the perfect covering to throw on during a damp commute. Considering its features – DWR rain protection, ForceField Micro Ripstop fabric, cut long for splash protection – it’ll cope with more than just the damp. The mesh-lined collar becomes its stuff sack, and there are reflective details on the back to help with visibility.
Price: £75, available from Castelli.
Best Price: £67.50, available from Sigma.
[part title="Mavic Women's Cloud Jacket"]
Ultra-light and compact, the Mavic Cloud jacket is a great addition to your cycling wardrobe and the ideal item to have stowed about your person, especially on changeable days. With a rear zip pocket for stashing keys, phone and tissues, this jacket has the rare quality of being low noise – it’s made from DuraLite SoftTech material, which doesn’t make much rustling sound. It’s highly wind resistant, which you’ll be grateful for next time you’re heading into that head wind on the way to work.
Price: €75, available from Mavic.
Best Price: £49, available from Sigma.
[part title="Giro New Road Women's Rain Jacket"]
A new addition to the world of cycling clothing, Giro (known for its good value helmets) has launched a range of casual-looking performance wear with the promise that it’ll perform as well as any high-end kit. Layering is key to the New Road collection and the rain jacket is its pinnacle. It’s fully rainproof and breathable, and made from a soft, 2.5 layer four-way stretch fabric with fully taped seams and reflective piping.
Price: £169.99, available from Giro.
[part title="dhb Ladies Minima S Jacket"]
More great value from dhb, the Minima S is Teflon-coated, so not only is it non-stick if you want to cook pancakes on it, it’s also highly stain resistant – grime and dirt should just glide off it. The Minima S is waterproof (to 8,000mm) and breathable with taped seams, especially where it’s likely to come into contact with a rucksack, so the added protection ensures the jacket doesn’t turn into a sponge in the wet.
Price: £49.99, available from Wiggle.
[part title="Vulpine 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: £157.50, from Velovixen.
[part title="Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket"]
A versatile jacket from Pearl Izumi, the Elite Barrier Convertible jacket has detachable sleeves to change from jacket to gilet and see you through the seasons. Offering protection from the wind and showers, ventilation comes from Direct-Vent panels and easily adjusted draw cords round the waist and an internal draft flap on the full-length zipper keep out the elements. It’s available in five colours.
Price: £89.99, available from Pearlizumi
Best Price: £53.99, available from Single Track Bikes.
[part title="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 tom Arcteryx.
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