A cycling jacket is one of the most important items in your bad weather wardrobe, helping you stay warm and dry through the worst the elements can throw at you.
We’ve selected our top picks of waterproof jackets! So let’s dive in and take a look.
Endura MT500 Waterproof MTB Jacket II
Simply one of the best waterproof mountain bike jackets out there, the MT500 is feature-packed for the worst winter weather. Made from waterproof and breathable three-layer ExoShell40DR fabric, plus using seam-sealed construction, rain won’t get in but sweat can get out.
Underarm vents and vented front pockets allow you to easily regulate airflow and body temperature on the go too. When you’re on the trail and skipping across rough terrain then the relaxed fit and strategically placed stretch panels keep you moving easily. If you ride with a backpack, you’ll also be pleased to see extra-durable shoulder panels, complete with silicone grip to keep straps firmly in place.
The Castelli Alpha RoS 2 jacket
For road cyclists, the Castelli Alpha RoS 2 jacket is a super-versatile windproof and water-resistant high-performance jacket that makes winter road rides a breeze.
Using Gore Infinum windstopper 150 fabric for ultimate breathability and double-layer Alpha construction for supreme comfort and ventilation, very few jackets will match this one for cold, dry rides – and when the rain does start, it’ll fend off all but the most persistent downpours.
Gore Wear C5 Gore-Tex Shakedry 1985 Jacket
A featherweight jacket which packs one hell of a punch, the Gore Wear C5 Gore-Tex Shakedry 1985 Jacket uses GORE-TEX Active fabric, it’s completely waterproof and windproof while being very breathable to prevent sweat build-up.
Innovative SHAKEDRY technology prevents rain from penetrating the outer surface – making it ideal for long days in the rain. It also packs down easily to fit in your rear pocket!
The cut of the jacket is slim but not too much, which allows it to be used by all types of riders. The extra space, compared to the C7 Shakedry jacket, also allows for thicker layers underneath, allowing for easy adaptability to colder or warmer temperatures.
Castelli Mortirolo VI Jacket
The Castelli Mortirolo VI Jacket is perfect for mild winter days or if you run hot on colder rides, this one’s for you. Using a mix of fabrics including Gore-Tex INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® X-Fast for protection against windchill, the Mortirolo balances protection and breathability well.
Other notable features include a front zipper to regulate ventilation, three back pockets plus a reflective panel on the back for extra visibility.
dhb Aeron Equinox Softshell
Perfect on its own or worn as part of a layering system, the dhb Aeron Equinox Softshell combines the protection of a jacket, with the performance of a jersey.
The weatherproof and breathable fabrics help you remain protected in the most exposed areas from wind and showers, allowing any build-up of heat and moisture to escape whilst keeping you insulated from the cold.
dhb have finished the Aeron Equinox Jacket with features to make it one of your most versatile, functional jackets. It has three rear pockets for snacks and spares, and an additional zipped pocket to secure any valuables. There is a full-length YKK zip at the front, and a gripper on the inside waist to ensure the jacket doesn’t ride up. The cuffs are laser-cut for a soft, comfortable finish, helping to block out the cold.
The dhb Aeron Rain Defence Polartec Jacket
Next, The dhb Aeron Rain Defence Polartec Jacket is designed for changeable conditions on the road. This jacket uses Polartec Power Shield pro fabric for superb breathable weather protection.
An increase in stretch gives the jacket a closer more aero fit but still maintains it’s highly regarded level of comfort and excellent freedom of movement, with a high collar that provides a cosy seal up top.
It can handle rides where terrain, effort and weather conditions vary wildly, regulating temperature so you never feel damp and clammy inside. Neat additional features include four rear pockets with weatherproof flap plus a zip pocket to keep valuables safe.
dhb Aeron All Winter Softshell Jacket
Warm, water-resistant, and focused on comfort, the dhb Aeron All Winter Softshell Jacket will serve you well in a variety of conditions on the road, and a variety of intensities. Using three different strategically placed fabrics to ensure that you stay warm, comfortable but don’t overheat.
dhb have ensured that all the fabrics used have some stretch, allowing you to move freely on the bike whether you’re pushing the pace or taking it slow. The fit is close, without being restrictive, and the stretch fabric helps to ensure it allows you to move how you need to when riding.
To ensure this jacket is practical as well as comfortable, dhb have incorporated 3 back pockets, and an additional, easily accessible, zipped pocket at the hip- perfect for the extra fuel that winter rides often require.
Assos MILLE GT jacket
The versatile Assos MILLE GT jacket spring fall jacket keeping you warm when it’s cool, but also highly breathable when conditions are warm. Its unique combination of functional materials, each deployed to take on any weather condition you may encounter in spring or autumn.
The main fabric used is Neos Mild fabric, this 3-layer material offers a high level of water-resistance while also boasting an extremely high degree of breathability – this ensures wet weather is kept out while preventing humidity inside.
The Assos fits beautifully when you drop into a riding position and it gives space for easy layering and complete mobility. Raglan sleeves eliminate shoulder seams and allow a greater degree of motion while a triangulated abdominal pattern ensures the smoothest of fits around the waist.
Gore Wear Phantom Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket
For the forever changeable weather, the Gore Wear Phantom Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket is made from windproof Gore-Tex Infinium and featuring zip-off sleeves, this is a high-performance jacket that you can adapt to suit the weather conditions.
With 100% windproof coverage to lock out biting cold winds and water-resistant fabric to fend off rain showers, it’s breathable enough for hard efforts on the road too.
It’s just right to make for easy movement and space to add layers underneath. A stretch back panel keeps it snug while extended sleeves and drop tail both add coverage when you’re in a riding position. And for rides that go on beyond sundown or start before sunrise, reflective details keep you visible on the road.
Fox Racing Flexair Neoshell Water Jacket
The Fox Racing Flexair Neoshell Water Jacket is one for the mountain bike riders who laugh in the face of rain! Using breathable Polartec Neoshell waterproof fabric, this jacket ensures you remain dry and comfortable when mountain biking during torrential downpours.
Other cool features include a helmet compatible hood and hook-and-loop wrist adjusters. For practicality, there are three waterproof pockets and a drawcord waist hem to cinch in your jacket.
Endura Pro-SL 3 Season Jacket
The Endura Pro-SL 3 season jacket is waterproof and windproof where you need it most. This jacket was created to meet the demands of road riders who train and race in all weathers.
ExoStretch25ST Panels are carefully positioned to provide protection from the elements where you need it most, and when temperatures begin to fall, the inner PrimaLoft Active Evolve material provides insulation against the cold.
Endura GV500 Waterproof Jacket
Lightweight and packable, the Endura GV500 jacket is perfect for the changeable weather you’ll ride through during multi-day bike-packing adventures.
Its ExoShell40 waterproof fabric delivers reliable wet-weather performance; whilst its excellent breathability ensures higher-tempo cycling won’t result in you soaking in sweat. Reflective logos increase visibility if your rides start early morning or stretch into the darker skies of an evening.