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Guide 2 Cycling   >   Jackets

 

Cycling Jackets - What To Wear When Riding Your Bike


Unless you're lucky enough to live in an area with year-round sunshine, you're going to need clothes to keep you warm and dry when riding your bike. Clothing is of course not just about keeping warm - if you're actually going somewhere on your bike, you'll want to wear something that you aren't embarrassed about wearing once you get to your destination.

In terms of clothing to wear when cycling, your jacket is one of the most important items. It serves to keep you warm and dry, and may also include reflective markings, which are an important safety measure as they make you more easily visible, especially in bad weather conditions or at night, to other road users. On the whole, if you can, it's best to get a jacket that is specifically designed to cycling - you won't regret it.

If you choose a jacket that has been specifically designed for cycling, you'll notice some unusual things about it as compared to "normal" jackets. One of the main features of cycling jackets is they are generally longer at the back so that they cover your kidneys from the wind, and your bottom from road spray - the latter being something that you'll sure appreciate if you ride a road bike without mudguards. You'll also notice that cycling jackets are generally shorter at the front (to facilitate movement of your legs), but have long sleeves (so that your wrists are covered when reaching forward to the handlebars).

Cycle jackets are generally designed to be draught-proof, and most feature toggles so that you can adjust the balance between ventilation and warmth depending on the weather and your personal preferences. Of course, draught-proofing is very important, as whenever you cycle you're moving through air, and so can get cold very quickly.

Another thing to think about is the features of the jacket and how they tie into your convienence. For example, it's great to have pockets, but pockets at the front weigh you down, and can even create a big draughty inside your jacket when riding - for this reason pockets at the back may be preferable. Likewise little extras like extra zips and optional hoods may seem like a good idea, but they also made your jacket a lot more bulky and a lot more awkward to deal with on those days when you're not too sure what the weather will be like.

Fabric should also play a part in your choice of fabric. Ideally you want something breathable so that you never get too hot and sweaty. Additionally, you will need to choose between a water-proof fabric (such as Gore-Tex which can keep you dry for a full day) or water-resistant (which will keep you dry for about 20 minutes in heavy rain or 40 minutes in a shower). If all other things are equally betwen two jackets, you'd probably simply choose water-proof, but given that they're not, and that a water-resistant jacket may be cheaper, less bulky, better styled, etc., the choice is more difficult. One thing to bear in mind is that most commutes are 20 minutes or less, so water-resistant may in fact be perfectly adequate.

The final (but by no means least important) matter to consider is safety. As already mentioned, anything that makes you more visible to other road users, especially car drivers, is a big advantage - especially if cycling on dark days or after sunset. Additionally, it's better not to get a jacket with a hood, but wear a cycling helmet instead - a helmet will protect your head, and also not restrict your vision in the way that hoods can.

Here are some cycling jackets:

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ARSUXEO Winter Warm UP Thermal Softshell Cycling Jacket Windproof Waterproof 15-k

ARSUXEO

ARSUXEO Winter Warm UP Thermal Softshell Cycling Jacket Windproof Waterproof 15-k
 
  • Windproof waterproof warm up fleece design for cold weather
  • Zipper pocket and back pocket for safe storeage
  • Size runs small,choose 1-2 size bigger if necessary.
Product Description:
Size runs small,highly recommend choose 1-2 size bigger! Designed for cold winter weather,windproof.waterproof,inside fleece keep you warm during cycling,best material,black material is breathable and highly stetch,keep you comfortable during cycling,reflective brand logo and stripe keep you safe in darkness,zipper pocket for storage.

Baleaf Men's Windproof Cycling Windbreaker Jacket

Baleaf

Baleaf Men s Windproof Cycling Windbreaker Jacket
 
  • Full length zipper for easy venting, internal draft flap with zipper garage seals in warmth
  • Reflective elements for low light visibility; Elastic cuffs to keep the chill out
  • One back pocket and two hand pockets with zippers securely store your items like 5.5" mobile phone
Product Description:
Baleaf Men's Windproof Cycling Windbreaker Jacket is perfect for windy days. The super lightweight material with its special weather-proof treatment keeps winds at bay. Equipped with a ventilation system in the back to ensure that you stay cool and dry. The front zipper is backed by a wind flap so there isn't any wind penetration especially on descents. It's also ideal for running, hiking, climbing, camping and other outdoor sports.

WOLFBIKE Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Outdoor Sportswear

Wolfbike
Misc.

WOLFBIKE Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Outdoor Sportswear
 
  • Super light and water-resistance make your enjoy cycling in the rainny day
  • The breathable mesh on the back keep your cooling all the way! Plus back breathable Window
  • The Cuff with elastic band keep the wind and rain out
Product Description:
About WOLFBIKE
As professional cycling brand, WOLFBIKE offers a wide selection of cycling sports life including cycling apparel, protective gear, helmets and cycling accessories at high quality yet low price because we are also the manufacturer who can cut off all the middleman expenses. You can expect to find quality materials, professional performance, reasonable price and great customer service in WOLFBIKE.

Features:
1. Super light and Durable
2. Reflective line on Shoulder and on Back, High visibility, do not need to wear reflective vest when running in the dark
3. The breathable mesh on the back keep your cooling all the way! Plus back breathable Window
4. Direct-Vent panels for superior ventilation
5. The Cuff with elastic band keeps the wind out

Louis Garneau Modesto 2 Jacket - Men's

Louis Garneau

Louis Garneau Modesto 2 Jacket - Men s
 
  • Fit: pro-fit (slim)
Product Description:
The transition months of spring and fall are uncertain times when it comes to temperature, but at the least, they're guaranteed to be wet and windy. The Louis Garneau Modesto Jacket 2's lightweight, breathable design is ideal for variable weather. Both wind and water resistant, the Modesto is cool enough to zip over any kit in the spring, winter, or fall. The Louis Garneau Modesto Jacket 2 is made from a blend of Garneau's Diamond Air and Light Mesh Airdry fabrics. Used for the outer-layer due to its tear-resistant diamond-pattern construction, the Diamond Air fabric is both lightweight and breathable. Additionally, this material aids in the repelling of wind and water. The Modesto's inner lining uses a large, open-celled mesh knit that keeps a consistent, cool temperature by transferring moisture to the quick drying Diamond Air surface layer. Together, they offer a lightweight design that won't overheat in the unpredictable temperatures of the transitional months. The Modesto Jacket 2 also features elastic grippers at the cuffs and hem to ensure a no-slip fit that won't shift under load. For storage, Garneau included a zip and flap rear pocket, and a 'motivation pocket' for your MP3 player. The Louis Garneau Modesto Jacket 2 is available in sizes X-Small through XX-Large, and in the colors Black/red, Bright Yellow, Ginger, and White.

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket

Pearl Izumi - Ride
428 SCREAMING YELLOW Apparel

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men s Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket
 
  • Elastic draw cord at waist with hidden barrel adjust in the front pockets; Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest
  • ELITE Barrier fabric provides superior wind protection and water resistance; Direct-Vent panels (on Vest) provide superior ventilation
  • Sleeve zips can be partially undone for additional venting
Product Description:
One of the most versatile pieces you can own for changing weather conditions, this all-new design gives you a wind jacket and a vest in one. Simple to convert mid-ride with its zip-off sleeves, the vest delivers core body warmth on cool days. And for more protection in the wet or wind, just reattach the sleeves and go. 360-degree reflectivity helps keep you extra visible in low light conditions.

Lixada Men's Outdoor Cycling Jacket Winter Thermal Breathable Comfortable Long Sleeve Coat Water Resistant Riding Sportswear

Lixada

Lixada Men s Outdoor Cycling Jacket Winter Thermal Breathable Comfortable Long Sleeve Coat Water Resistant Riding Sportswear
 
  • Size is optional: S=Chest 40.2" / M=Chest 40.9" / L=Chest 41.7" / XL=Chest 42.5" / XXL=Chest 43.3".
  • Zipper with mesh cloth inside design at the both side of jacket for breathability when riding.
  • Perfect for riding, cycling and cross country race etc.
Product Description:
This stylish and comfortable cycling jacket will give you a wonderful experience when riding in winter.

Features:
Size is optional: S=Chest 40.2" / M=Chest 40.9" / L=Chest 41.7" / XL=Chest 42.5" / XXL=Chest 43.3".
Made of polyester and spandex, soft and breathable.
Reflective strip at the chest and back of jacket to ensure night riding safety.
Zipper with mesh cloth inside design at the both side of jacket for breathability when riding.
Silicone hem at the jacket ends designed for skid resistance.
3 pockets at the back, easy to carry your small articles.
Perfect for riding, cycling and cross country race etc.

Notes:
1. This jacket size information is just for reference only. Please check the above detailed measurement to choose the correct size, and allow 1 - 3cm (0.4 - 1.2") differences due to manual measurement, thanks.
2. Item color displayed in pictures may be showing slightly different on your computer monitor since monitors are not calibrated same.

Specifications:
Material: Polyester & Spandex
Gender: Men
Color: Blue / Orange / Red (optional)
Size: S=Chest 40.2" / M=Chest 40.9" / L=Chest 41.7" / XL=Chest 42.5" / XXL=Chest 43.3". (optional)
Item weight: Approx. 510-690g / 18.0-24.3oz
Package weight: Approx. 520-700g / 18.3-24.7oz
Package size: Approx. 35 * 25 * 6cm / 13.8 * 9.8 * 2.4in

Package List:
1 * Cycling Jacket

Canari Cyclewear Men's Razor Convertible Jacket

Canari Cyclewear
Sports Apparel

Canari Cyclewear Men s Razor Convertible Jacket
 
  • Fleece lined inner collar
  • Zip off sleeves converts to a vest
  • 9" back zip storage pocket with reflective trim
Product Description:
When chillly mornings turn into afternoon sun, the Canari Razor convertible bike jacket keeps you riding in comfort thanks to removable sleeves and lightweight, weather-resistant fabric.

Canari Men's Microlyte Shell Jacket

Canari
Green 382 Sports Apparel

Canari Men s Microlyte Shell Jacket
 
  • Reflective accent trim
  • Full front zipper with draft flap
Product Description:
When you need that little something extra to KNOCK down the cool breeze on those cool fall days the microlyte shell being wind and water resistant goes mile after mile in performance and comfort.

RunAlp Convertible Women Cycling Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Softshell

Runalp
Yellow Apparel

RunAlp Convertible Women Cycling Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Softshell
 
  • Detachable sleeves can easily convert the jacket into a VEST
  • Mesh panels fabric design the back keeps good VENTILATION
  • 2 Hand Pockets & 1 Back Pocket with zippers securely keep your belongs
Product Description:

RunAlp Women Cycling Jacket with zip-off sleeves provides you super convenience and easy to turn the cycling softshell into a vest. The ventiilation system in the back keep you cool and dry when riding. The Convert Windproof Water Resistant Coat is perfect for running, hiking, camping, cycling and other outdoor sports.

Size:(inch)
XS: Length: 23.6 --- Chest: 35.8 --- Hem: 36.6 --- Sleeve Length: 28.3 --- Sleeve Opening: 3.1
S: Length: 24.4 --- Chest: 37.8 --- Hem: 38.6 --- Sleeve Length: 29.1 --- Sleeve Opening: 3.3
M: Length: 25.2 --- Chest: 39.8 --- Hem: 40.6 --- Sleeve Length: 29.9 --- Sleeve Opening: 3.5
L: Length: 26.0 --- Chest: 41.8 --- Hem: 42.6 --- Sleeve Length: 30.7 --- Sleeve Opening: 3.7
XL: Length: 27.2 --- Chest:44.02 --- Hem: 42.6 --- Sleeve Length: 31.9 --- Sleeve Opening: 4.1

For detail data, please check the size chart in the picture.

The color in the picture might be a little different from the actual product due to different color display in various monitors.

Inbike Winter Men's Windproof Thermal Cycling Jacket

INBIKE
 
  • Wind proof and water resistant. The softshell jacket adopts performance fabric. Surface touches soft and textured. Built-in high permeability film contribute significantly to waterproof, windproof and breathability. When a water drop fall on the fabric, just flip it then drop will slip down
  • Breathable. Pockets inside adopts mesh cloth. It will help to air ventilation
  • The Jacket can be used as a cycling jacket, active jacket or daily wear
Product Description:
Winter Men's Windproof Thermal Cycling Jacket, designed for men, suitable for fall and winter. It is windproof, water repellent, and with great breathability, giving you a comfort fit for any outdoor activities. It can be used as daily outwear, or you can put it on for sports running, jogging, ridding, fishing and so on. The reflective element added to the front zipper as well as the back part, greatly increase the safety of night cycling for bike cyclers. Machine washable and hand wash recommended.

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