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The 5 Best Winter Cycling Jackets to keep you on your Bike this Season

As the frosty mornings draw in and the rain starts to fall, going for a cycle becomes much more of a chore than usual. You may have lost all motivation, or have been put off by the cold temperatures outside, but if you make sure that you’re well prepared for the season ahead then there’s really no need to worry! One of our main pieces of advice is to invest in one of the best winter cycling jackets on the market. I’m talking waterproof, windproof and warm so that you protect yourself against all-weather scenarios!

As a quick guide before I tell you our top picks, the following are a few features that you ideally want for a good quality winter cycling jacket:

  • Warmth

Firstly, you want to look for warmth with breathability in a winter jacket. Whilst you need a fabric that retains heat, you don’t want to over-heat or sweat too much, so the best winter cycling jackets have features to target these elements specifically. Many are designed with mesh-like materials to help your body breathe alongside thick materials to ensure that you maintain a warm temperature but don’t over-heat when climbing.

  • Waterproof

You want to protect yourself from the rain, not just a drizzle or shower but persistent rainfall. It can be very difficult to increase your body temperature after becoming cold and wet when training in the winter. The best way to avoid this is to invest in a jacket with waterproof technology, which will keep you dry and comfortable for longer.

  • Windproof

You should also consider a windproof cycling jacket to make sure that you don’t get a chill when forcing through a strong headwind. Windproof materials keep the cold air out while ensuring you retain heat within the jacket, thus meaning your body remains protected and your cycling performance isn’t affected by the cold.

  • Reflective Features

The very best winter jackets feature reflective materials in areas such as the rear pockets, zips and seams. Safety and visibility is more important than even during the winter months, the mornings remain darker for longer and the nights draw in faster. Whilst bike lights are efficient and essential, having reflective elements on your winter jacket that can be caught by car headlights and street lights to ensure you remain visible on the road at all times shouldn’t go amiss!


Winter Cycling Guide

With the cold season fast approaching, so is the lack of motivation, but let's not use it as an excuse to ignore our bikes!

2016-01-15 15:30:50By Elizabeth Demetriou

Winter Cycling Jacket Suggestions

  1. Sportful Fiandre NoRain Jacket - Black
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    Sportful Fiandre NoRain Jacket - Black

    The Sportful Fiandre NoRain really does do it all. It’s an all-conditions warm winter jacket that combines great thermal protection with wind and water resistance.

    Windstopper® 4 Way Mid & Warm provide maximum warmth and extra weather protection where it’s most needed. Brushed NoRain Thermal inserts offer durable water repellency and exceptional breathability to keep even the coldest rain and road spray at bay.

    Stay warm and protect yourself from even the harshest of winter elements with this fantastic all-round jacket from Sportful.

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  2. Santini Beta Winter Windstopper Jacket
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    Santini Beta Winter Windstopper Jacket

    The Santini Beta Winter Windstopper has all the credentials of a top of the range winter jacket. A carefully constructed combination of advanced fabrics provides optimal protection from even the harshest of elements. The insulated Windstopper Fuga material is anatomically cut to provide a slim fit while keeping you dry and comfortable.

    With reflective piping on the back for added visibility in low-light conditions and breathable fabrics that draw moisture away from your body during intense climbs, all you have to focus on is your ride.

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    What a fantastic piece of clothing from Castelli. The convertible Perfetto is the jacket that can do it all. With the sleeves attached, it provides full protection in cold conditions, but it turns into a Gabba-style short-sleeved jersey/jacket in mild conditions when you pull off the sleeves. It’s perfect as a travel piece because you can ride in nearly all conditions with this jacket. If you’re just starting to explore the Perfetto family of products, this is your all-conditions jacket.

    Available in a range of colours, with or without removable sleeves, you can be sure to find the Perfetto that best suits your needs this winter.

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  4. Look [LM]MENT Jacket
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    Look [LM]MENT Jacket

    Looking for a jacket to wear in the worst of the weather this winter? Then look no further than the Look [LM[MENT cycling jacket! Its temperature range is from 5°C all the way up to 20°C, so is perfect to wear in the frost, wind, rain or sunshine. With reflective detail and Vent Flex® technology constructed in the material of the jacket for breathability, water and windproof protection, this winter cycling jacket from Look targets all desired functions.

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  5. Sportful BodyFit Pro Thermal Jacket
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    Sportful BodyFit Pro Thermal Jacket

    Sportful have found the perfect balance between warmth, protection and breathability with the BodyFit Pro Thermal Jacket. The WindWick Pro outer fabric is elastic, highly wind resistant and water repellent making it perfect for high-intensity winter riding in poor conditions.

    Reflective details, a high collar and elasticated cuffs ensure you’ll stay safe and comfortable throughout your ride.

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Image source: Sportful AW16 range

Elizabeth Demetriou

Elizabeth Demetriou


I'm a runner at heart but since shin splints became a big part of my life, I turned to cycling as a form of cross training. I love riding track and am a regular on the Manchester velodrome; on the road I ride a Trek Lexa and I call it Toby.

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