Nowadays it feels like we're spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a jacket to get us through the winter cycling season. Is that a blessing or a curse? We think the former. With so many styles and performance features now available specifically for women, it gives you the chance to really pinpoint THE perfect jacket for your cycling needs.
So how should you choose?
Consider where you spend most of your time cycling and in what conditions. If you spend more time out on the roads in wet weather, you may want to choose a jacket that's built around rainy days in the saddle. Likewise if you're often found on blustery moorlands or chasing your cycling buddy downhills, windproof protection might be your priority.
If you're completely indecisive and just want something to get you through everything, a good all round jacket might be the best bet for you.
Here are some of this year's favourite picks...
Don't let the sight of rainfall ruin a perfectly good ride. Wear a jacket that's as happy in wet weather as a fish is in water. Check out our full collection of Waterproof and Shower Resistant jackets.
Endura Pro SL Shell
Fit: Close / Athletic, so no excess fabric to flap in the wind and slow you down.
Special feature: External gel pocket
Special feature: 4-way stretch with Gore Windstopper technology and water repellent finish. Gets wet but keeps you warm like a wetsuit!
Proviz Reflect 360 CRS
Fit: Relaxed, generous sizing
Great for commuting!
Special feature: 100% reflective outer
The wind may be great for drying your washing, but it's only going to chill you through if you cycle into it without adequate windproof protection. Prevent yourself from shivering over the finish line with a windproof layer that insulates your core and keeps your temperature happy.
Endura SingleTrack Softshell
Fit: Adjustable hem and cuffs
Windproof, breathable 3-layer softshell with a water repellent finish
Special feature: It's got a hood!
Endura Windchill II
Weather protective fabrics on the front and sleeves, and warm Roubaix fabrics on the back, side and underarms
Special feature: Zipped vents under the armpits
Castelli Indispensabile Jacket
Fit: Adjustable hem and cuffs
All-over Windstopper® 150 softshell. A luxury feel, with the best available performance.
Special feature: Polartec Thermal Pro high-loft fleece lining
Sometimes it's just not cold enough for those all out winter layers. Cycle yourself through the interim period between seasons in a jacket that offers insulation without causing your body thermometer to pop.
Castelli Mortirolo 2 Jacket
Fit: Close-to-body without being uncomfortably tight
recommended for temperatures above 6C exactly where you'll likely do most of your riding
Special feature: Warm, fleece back
Primal Horizon Lightweight Jacket
Fit: Drawstring waist, elastic cuffs, and comfortable sport fit.
The perfect layering piece for unpredictable or cooler days
Special feature: Microfleece lined collar
Fierlan Bright Yellow Jacket
Fit: Stretch side panels in black - optically slimming
Water resistant and windproof
Special feature: Beautifully bright!
If you're budgeting for one jacket this season, choose one that offers features that protect you from a multitude of conditions. Hey, you could even wear it for walking the dog!
Endura FlipJak Reversible Jacket
Two jackets in one! Lightweight, insulated and showerproof
Special feature: Insulated with PrimaLoft®
Endura Luminite 4-in-1 Jacket
Removable inner fleece lining, waterproof & breathable outer, highly reflective
Special feature: Built in flashing LED light
We can excuse the weather for its unpredictability, but there's no excuse for setting off without an emergency jacket. You'll be thankful to have if the wind suddenly changes direction or the rainclouds roll in.
Endura Packajak II
Ultra-packable windproof layer
Special feature: Has its own tiny stuff sack
Showers Pass Double Century RTX Waterproof
Fit: Cinch cord at the hem
Fully waterproof, windproof and breathable
Special feature: 7 cooling vents
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