The weather is quickly turning and those precious summer trail days are nothing more than a dusty memory. So now it's time to make some new kickass wet weather ones!
At TWC, we like to consider ourselves as fashionistas. We love fashion and style and all things trendy... in cycling that is! Fortunately for us, women's cycling fashion has been growing across disciplines, and we don't just mean a cute jersey here or there, we mean full kits, accessories and protection, the whole shabang.
With the colder and wetter months setting in quickly, it's time to take a look at our mountain bike wardrobe and get those warmer wears out. Cycling jackets are a staple item, they keep you protected against the elements without hindering your performance.
So we've round up a few of the best MTB jackets for women, that tick all the boxes for fit, function and fabulous...
Flare's Cloudburst Jacket
The Cloudburst jacket from Flare Clothing isn't particularly new to the MTB scene, but why fix what isn't broken?
It's waterproof, breathable, has plenty of pockets, detachable hood and reflective detailing. You may expect that a jacket that's so packed with features must be a nuisance to ride it, but it's not. It's lightweight and moves easily with the body as you ride.
The Cloudburst jacket has been designed to fit the female form with lovely tapered sides and flush zips. The versatility is endless because although its primarily for riding in, it's so subtle in construction that it's perfect for for casual wear and other outdoor activities.
Sizes: X.Small - Medium
Madison Flo Jacket
Madison have years of cycling wear experience under their belt. They also have a female army of athletes, testers and ambassadors to help them improve and perfect their products. For these reasons, and more, Madison became one of our TWC Champion brands for 2016.
Their range of women's mountain bike jackets have a great reputation for being durable, protective and well fitting. Coming in a variety of models, the Flo range is certainly the most hard-wearing of them.
With both waterproof and windproof technology, the Flo jacket has a large hood to reach over your helmet, flush zips and waterproof pockets. The sides of the jacket are adjustable with toggles, so you can get that dialled in fit.
Colours: Black or Blue
Sizes: UK 8 - UK 16
Sombrio's Marimba Jacket
If you're looking for some protection, but not wanting to splash the cash then a thinner jacket maybe perfect for you.
Sombrio's Marimba jacket is lightweight, easy to pack and great for wearing when you need that little extra warmth. It's windproof, with a DWR water resistant finish, perfect for showers and drizzle. The jacket can pack away into itself, which is perfect for transitioning weather.
A thin outer layer is ideal if you prefer to layer up your clothing. It's great for those days when you're just not sure which way the weather could go.
Colours: Floral Print or Plum
Sizes: X.Small - Large
Endura's Singletrack Jacket
Endura have come out with a few new surprises this year, which we are loving. One of which is the new Singletrack MTB jacket.
It's totally breathable with a water and windproof finish, and the tapered shape fits comfortably to the body. Both the hem and the cuffs are full adjustable to prevent any rain from seeping in, and the hood can be easily rolled away when not in use.
With a variety of dynamic colours to choose from, you'll be a bright blur of awesome as you sail down through the treeline.
Colours: Red / Navy / Purple
Sizes: XX.Small - X.Large
Scott Trail Mountain Dryo
This is a do-it-all jacket for all cyclists, even walkers, runners and all outdoor fans. It's hard-wearing and durable fabric has laser cut ventilation to allow breathability, and it's additional face shield protects those cheeks from the harsh elements.
It's simple, bold and beautifully cut for the female body with lovely tapering at the sides. If you like your pockets for stashing away the essentials, then the Scott Trail jacket has plenty across the chest and sleeves.
Waterproof, windproof and stylish, this MTB jacket comes in a variety of colours. Perfect for that mix n' match combo.
Colours: Night Blue / Pink / Hawaii Blue
Sizes: X.Small - X.Large
ION's Shell AMP Vario Jacket
Earlier this year we trail tested the latest women's trail kit from ION Bikes, and we were very impressed. For a surf company, that's come on land, they've been producing quality biking kit for both men and women.
Their new Shell Amp jacket for women caught our eye at Eurobike this year. It's bold panel flat colours, soft stretchy material lured us in. Then we were hooked when we uncovered all its other secrets and charms.
It's soft and stretchy to the touch, so it feels like a softshell jacket. However, it's incredibly waterproof and windproof as well. The taped seams provide additional protection, and the reflective detail allows the jacket to pop in low light conditions. Discrete ventilation allows the air to flow, while the adjustable hood, cuffs and hem ensures you can get the fit dialled in to a T.
Sizes: X.Small - X.Large
The great thing about all these jackets, is the versatility. Despite being designed for trail riding, they are so stylish that you can easily get away with wearing this off the bike too.
Like with most new purchases, check the size guide on the manufacturers website and if possible, try-before-you-buy. Happy rainy day trails!
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