Top Five Windproof Cycling Jackets
For This Season
Whether it's a mild autumnal or brisk deep winter's day, a windproof cycling jacket is an essential piece of kit. Wear it over a short sleeve jersey or use it as an outer layer over a thick long sleeve jersey. Wherever your rides take you, keeping the wind off is a key element when it comes to staying warm. Below are five jackets that are made exactly for this purpose, read on and keep the wind at bay this season.
1. VOID Wind Jacket
Take the edge off chilly mornings and stay comfortable when the conditions are bracing with the stylish VOID Wind Jacket. The lightweight construction features stretch panels that ensure a close fit that won't flap and drag in the wind, whilst still maintaining maximum freedom of movement. A Durable Water Repellent coating helps to fend off light rain and there's a drop tail to further optimise the fit and protect against road spray. A mesh back ensures that when you are working hard in variable conditions the jacket helps to regulate temperature so you won't overheat and can train at full intensity.
The collar and cuffs use Lycra bindings to keep the fit secure, preventing cold air from finding a way in, and reflective logos will give you peace of mind when riding after dark. Should the temperature climb, the jacket is compact enough to stow away into a jersey pocket, ready for the next cold descent.
2. Endura Pro SL Thermal Windproof Jacket II
The latest iteration of this popular piece from Scottish brand Endura, the Pro SL Thermal Windproof Jacket II, is an all-round technical option to protect against the biting discomfort of windy winter rides. The quality fabric delivers stretch and breathability for comfort and features specifically positioned thermal lining in the front, the sleeves and centre back so that cold air is kept out and warmth locked in. The cuffs are extended so that they integrate perfectly with gloves and a double-layer collar with a zip garage to prevent irritation under the chin is cut intentionally high to prevent draughts around the neck.
Three pockets in the back ensure you have ample space for carrying ride essentials within easy reach, rather than underneath the outer where they can be awkward to access on the move. A silicone gripper keeps the jacket locked in place and there is reflective trim that will help draw attention to you when riding in the dark.
3. Patagonia Dirt Roamer Jacket
When the conditions are changeable and you need a jacket that can perform and keep you comfortable on warm climbs and bitter descents, reach for the Patagonia Dirt Roamer. The soft fabric with tight-knit polyester construction and nylon face keeps the wind out and a Durable Water Repellent treatment guards against light rain and spray. The jacket also ensures that breathability and its ability to wick moisture away from the body are not compromised and it delivers everything in a lightweight design that is comfortable from the first pedal revolution of the day until the last one when you pull into the cafe for a hard-earned slice of cake.
There have been no shortcuts on detailing either, with an easy, single-pull hood adjustment for enhanced peripherial vision, a secure inner chest pocket for valuables, a simple loop-and-hook that stows the hood away neatly and at just 221 grams it will pack down small enough to fit in a back pocket.
4. Sportful Fiandre Strato Wind Jacket
Perfectly regulate your temperature on cold rides with the Sportful Fiandre Strato Wind Jacket. The garment is a clever mix of NoRain fabric in the back and Gore Windstopper in the front to keep wind and light rain off, with both delivering breathability and comfort, and there are even hidden ventilation zips in the chest to further cool you down when the effort starts to rise. Comfortable double cuffs combine with an elastic waist to keep the jacket in place and in shape and should you really need to open up for maximum ventilation there's a full-length YKK zip in the front.
A reflective band adds a nice touch for additional safety once daylight fails and there are three pockets in the back for easy access to your ride essentials. This is a close-fitting jacket that delivers warmth when required, yet with detailing to ensure that you won't overheat when you hit the climbs.
5. ASSOS Uma GT Womens Wind Jacket
Perfect for transitional rides when the weather is frequently changeable and the temperature can fluctuate, the ASSOS Uma GT Womens Wind Jacket delivers long-distance performance and is ultralight so can be easily stowed away in a pocket. The Rustle-free construction won't flap or be noisy in the wind and it uses the ASSOS body-mapped performance fit to balance all-day comfort with speed. The warp-knit textile is windproof and ensures maximum freedom of movement thanks to great stretch capability and the jacket is highly breathable as well to prevent overheating during harder rides or when you head for the hills. Should you get caught in a shower, the addition of water-repellent foil ultra fabric adds further protection against the elements.
The slim, camLock zip is light and easy to open, even when wearing gloves so that you can maximise ventilation. At the back the jacket uses stretch net material that both keeps you cool and enhances the contouring so that the jacket conforms more closely to the shape of your body, improving the performance benefits and overall comfort.