Most of us recognise the sound: pitter patter on the roof which heralds the start of another wet ride. We pull on an assortment of cycling gear, only to emerge, blinking into the harsh outdoors, ready to embark upon the task of getting gradually wetter.
Riding in the rain is rarely the first choice for most cyclists, but unfortunately sometimes there’s just nothing that you can do about it if the heavens decide to open.
There are also very few items of cycling clothing that promise to keep you bone dry whilst you work hard in the bike. Commuter focused brands offer a few completely waterproof options, but most are not designed for rides where you intend to sweat. The optimum for a road cyclist is as much water resistance as possible, paired with the maximum breathability that can be allowed.
Here are some of the best wet weather items we’ve discovered to help you find the perfect balance…
Packable Jacket: Fierlan Cycling Layering Jacket
Every road cyclist planning to ride in Autumn or Spring needs a packable jacket. A staple to the jersey pocket, these light layers roll into an easy to transport parcel.
Firstly, lets not get over ambitious. There is no such thing as a packable, breathable, waterproof jacket – most brands instead focus on packable, breathable and water resistant. They won’t keep you dry, but they will keep the worst off.
We particularly like the Layering Jacket from Fierlan. Having worn one over longer rides, I can offer assurance that it provides a good degree of breathability, and does the job in taking the brunt of the spray.
What sets this version apart is its styling. Most such jackets are available in black, grey or white, but Fierlan have opted for a vibrant navy with coral accents. Not only that, the collar is cut high for optimum coverage and the sleeves have lovely stretchy cuffs for a close fit and therefore minimal water drippage. The jacket never fails to attract interest when I wear it, and comes in at £100, cheaper than some of the bigger brand name options out there.