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The Best Cycling Jackets For Riding in Any Weather

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As a dedicated all-weather bike commuter , I truly believe that, as Alfred Wainwright wrote in Coast to Coast Walk , “there is no bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Stashing one of the best cycling jackets in your pack or pocket ensures you’ll be prepared, no matter which way the weather turns.

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The Best Cycling Jackets

  • Best Overall: Rapha Brevet Wind Jacket
  • Best Value: Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier Convertible Jacket
  • Best for Men: Assos Mille CT Wind Jacket
  • Best for Women: Assos Uma GT WindJacket
  • Best Waterproof: Showerspass Elite 2.1 Cycling Jacket
  • Best for Racing: Assos Equipe RS Targa rain Jacket
  • Best Mountain Bike Jacket: Patagonia Dirt Roamer
  • Best Reflective: Proviz Reflect 360+
  • Best Overall new arrival cycling jacket (winter): Ostroy No Trainer Summit Winter Jacket
The Expert: I’ve worked as a journalist and gear reviewer for 15 years, specializing in cycling and outdoor equipment for publications like Dirt Rag Magazine , Adventure Cycling , BBC Travel , Popular Science , Fodors , Popular Mechanics , Bicycling, and many others.
A NYC-based cyclist, I commute regularly across the city, no matter what the weather. I also participate in long group road or gravel rides every weekend. My cycling jackets really get put to the test on my bikepacking trips: I’ve ridden through Central Asia, Georgia and Armenia, most of Europe, Pakistan, and, most recently, the Himalayas in northern India and Nepal. I always keep a jacket handy because you never know when the weather will take a sudden turn, especially while riding in the mountains.

What to Consider in a Cycling Jacket

You should wear a cycling jacket, rather than other kinds of outerwear, because of how it’s cut. Cycling jackets feature a shorter hemline in the front to accommodate a bent over position, and a longer, drop tail in the rear for protection from road spray and rain. They often feature lightweight materials and a packable construction, making them easy to stow and transport in a jersey pocket. In addition, jackets take all kinds of design features into account, even down to small details like zipper size and pocket placement.

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Many manufacturers call their jackets “waterproof,” but offer a wider range of water-resistance depending on the design, the fabric, and other factors. For cyclists, waterproof is always relative: In my experience (and the experience of my bike messenger friends), most every waterproof jacket will eventually let some water in if you’re out in a driving rain all day. Given that, I recommend looking for a jacket that balances waterproofing and breathability, so you can stay as comfortable as possible on your ride.

The most waterproof jackets feature a “hardshell” design, which is made using multi-layer bonded fabrics – usually a nylon or polyester exterior fabric fused to a  polyurethane  or  polytetrafluoroethylene  waterproof membrane, which gives them a stiffer, plastic-like feel. The best options also feature taped seams to ensure water doesn’t get in through weak points in the fabric. They will eventually get soaked over a long day in a downpour, but in most cases they feel truly waterproof.

The most waterproof jackets often aren’t the best cycling jackets, though. Hardshell jackets provide better weatherproofing, but don’t necessarily make the best cycling jackets because they aren’t very breathable. If you’re pushing hard up a hill or mountain, the membrane that keeps the rain out will trap your sweat inside the jacket, so you end up just as soaked as if you’d been caught in a downpour.

For most circumstances, I prefer (and recommend) a softshell jacket with water resistant properties, especially if most of your rides are recreational and/or training. Single-layer softshells wick moisture treated with  durable water repellent  (DWR) to make them more weatherproof. 

Not only does the thinner construction allow these jackets to be more breathable, but they are generally lighter and more packable. If heavy rain is forecast to last all day it's a pretty good bet that your group ride will be canceled. For sporadic, occasional, light showers during the day, a softshell should be more than adequate.

I use my hardshell primarily when commuting, or on a multi-day (or week) bikepacking adventure when it’s very important to stay as dry as possible. Rolling into a campsite after a day of pedaling in the rain and attempting to dry your clothing is often a losing battle and showing up at work completely soaked is rarely ideal. (Those restroom hand dryers never really dry anything).


If you’re looking for a jacket to carry with you on days when the weather could possibly take a turn for the worse (or for the better), you’ll want to make sure that there’s an easy way to pack it and put it away. Many cycling jackets are designed to pack down small into a pouch or large pocket, either of which could fit into a pocket in your  cycling jersey.


You do not necessarily need a different jacket for every season and occasion. A lightweight, weather-resistant shell can work across a wide range of temperatures: In cooler weather, you can always wear an extra  base layer  underneath, rather than switching to a heavier jacket.

That said, if you ride outside through the winter–through snow and freezing temperatures– you should also get at least one insulated  winter cycling jacket .

Cycling brands make jackets in a few different fits, including slim/racing, regular, or relaxed. A slim or “racing” fit is designed to be tight, and leaves little room for layers under it. “Regular” fit jackets feature a tapered silhouette, but aren’t skin tight. Relaxed fit jackets have a broader cut, so you can comfortably fit layers underneath them.

Picking the right one comes down to personal preference. That said, a tighter fit–Slim or regular–minimizes loose fabric to make you more aerodynamic, so it’s generally better suited to competitive events.

How We Selected The Best Cycling Jackets

I have a jacket problem. It’s the type of clothing I buy most often, and I have no idea why. (Maybe a fear of being caught out in the rain?) At any rate, I own entirely too many cycling jackets, which means I’ve spent tons of time comparing features and determining which designs work best and why. (There may have even been a spreadsheet.)

In addition to my own personal testing, I’ve spoken to many of the cyclists I ride with across all kinds of disciplines (road, gravel, mountain, messenger, and commuter). Everyone has strong opinions, and I’ve done my best to pass along their recommendations and steer clear of their disappointments.

Rapha Brevet Wind Jacket

Brevet Wind Jacket

Named (and presumably designed) for competitive long-distance cycling events, the Brevet Wind Jacket is exceptionally light and packable, making it a great choice for long days in the saddle when you’re likely to ride through a range of temperatures.

It features hi-visibility reflective strips across the chest and back, as well as the brand’s recognizable left arm reflective stripe for visibility while riding in low light. There are also reflective details on the back of the sleeves above the wrists and lower left back.

In the women’s jacket, mesh side panels add breathability, while the elasticized cuffs and bottom keep unwanted drafts from creeping in. Instead of the mesh, the men’s version features laser-cut perforations on the sides, which provide less ventilation.

Successfully completing a brevet event involves pedaling for extended periods of time, including through the night. This jacket is durable, functional, and a perfect fit to meet that challenge.

Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier Convertible Jacket

Quest Barrier Convertible Jacket

The Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier Convertible jacket feels like a bargain because you effectively get two garments in one. The lightweight, water-resistant jacket is perfect for days when there’s a chill in the air. (Some of the best kind of days, in my opinion.) When you start to sweat, you can remove the sleeves and wear it as a vest to protect your core from the wind, or as a high-visibility garment on evening rides.

I usually wear this jacket with a light wool base layer on late autumn or early spring days in the Northeast, when the weather is beginning to transition from cool to cold. When mornings are chilly but the afternoon sun is warm, I shed the sleeves. Either way, it’s very light–8.2 ounces–and easy to pack into a jersey pocket when it gets too warm.

The zippered side pockets give you enough space to securely stash your money, phone, and a snack or two. There’s also a two-way front zip and upper mesh panel in the back for ventilation control.

My only complaint is the choice to make the sleeves in the women’s version snap-off, as opposed to the zip-off designed use in the men’s version. If you’re out on an excessively windy day, these openings make it susceptible to the parachute effect. Despite this, it’s still one of my favorite jackets and the one I tend to reach for if I’m not sure what the weather may do on a given day.

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Assos Mille CT Wind Jacket

Mille CT Wind Jacket

The Assos Mille CT wind jacket is perfect for in-between weather days, shifty forecasts, unexpected showers, and winds that pack some chill. It’s light, so you can shove it into a jersey pocket and forget about it if the day turns warm and sunny.

Assos calls this jacket “acoustically innocuous” which is both accurate and a rather satisfying way of saying it doesn’t emit any annoying rustling noises while descending. You may think that the noisiness of a jacket shouldn’t matter, but wait until you wear one that crinkles and rustles loud enough that you can’t sufficiently hear the sound of a vehicle (or fellow rider) about to overtake you.

The Mille CT has elastic at the cuffs and bottom for a secure fit and breathable, stretchy knit side panels to comfortably accommodate movement, and a dual-layered collar that has elasticity so you don’t feel as if your jacket is choking you when bent over in a riding position. It also comes in Fluorescent yellow and orange , in case you plan to ride at night and need extra visibility.

The only potential downside is the lack of pockets, but the packability, breathability, and comfort of this jacket will more than make up for that for many riders.

Assos Uma GT Wind Jacket

Uma GT Wind Jacket

One of the best things you can say about a jacket is that it performs well in a wide range of situations, theoretically eliminating the need to buy lots of different options for varying types of weather. While it isn’t my only jacket, Assos’ Uma GT is highly weather-resistant, but also very breathable, which is a relatively rare combination that would allow me to buy fewer cycling jackets if I were inclined.

At 3.7 ounces, it’s extremely lightweight and stowable. It’s constructed with Assos’ DWR-treated ultralight Foil Ultra fabric in the front, which is water-repellent and exceptionally windproof. The side panels, made from a stretchy warp-knit material, allow for layering underneath without feeling restrictive. The back panel, made from a stretch mesh, provides significant breathability.

There are two rear vents that allow you to access the pockets of your jersey underneath, and elastic at the wrists eliminates any wind getting in. If someone insisted that I edit my cycling jacket collection to only a few, the Assos Uma GT would be on that short list.

Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Cycling Jacket

Elite 2.1 Cycling Jacket

While I participate in group road cycling rides every weekend, I am, first and foremost, a bike commuter. When I say I ride my bike everywhere all the time, I am not exaggerating. Errands, work, social engagements, interviews, appointments – I cycle to all of them, no matter what the weather. My Showerspass Elite cycling jacket is the one I grab when there’s rain, snow, sleet, or hail in the forecast.

The zippered chest pocket accommodates a cell phone, and the zippered full side vents regulate body temperature. As anyone who has worn a rain jacket knows, they’re usually not very breathable, causing you to sweat enough that you end up just as drenched wearing it as you would be not wearing it. Thanks to these side vents, a generous back vent, and body-mapping that maximizes breathability, this is not the case with this particular jacket.

One of the best things about this jacket, though, is that there’s ample room in the neck when zipped entirely closed to eliminate any choking sensation. I find this a rare thing in a jacket; especially cycling specific ones that always seem to lean towards a tight, constrictive fit in the neck area.

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assos Equipe RS Targa Rain Jacket

Equipe RS Targa Rain Jacket

Assos specializes in fitted, high-performance racing gear for cyclists. Case in point, the RS Targa rain jacket features a slim, tapered fit with long, fitted arms made from the brand’s proprietary Schloss Tex fabric–an ultralight hydrophobic material that pulls water away from your skin, while staying stretchy and breathable. It keeps you from getting wet to the point of feeling waterlogged or soggy (neither of which is helpful while racing), without restricting your freedom of movement.

The chunky two-way zipper gives you the ventilation you need, and is easy to adjust mid-ride. The elastic hem keeps it securely where it should be and a panel in the sleeve hem prevents drafting and flapping. These small considerations can make a big difference on a rainy race day.

Available in black or orange, the RS Targa also features a reflective strip down the back for visibility and a generous drop tail hem to protect you from road spray. In lieu of pockets, there are two vents in the rear panel that give access to your jersey pockets. That’s less than ideal for everyday riders, but exactly what you need when you want to post your best time.

Patagonia Dirt Roamer

Dirt Roamer

Made from a stretchy, 100% DWR-coated nylon, the Patagonia Dirt Roamer provides a comfortable fit and feel for navigating technical trails. I consider it my Goldilocks jacket: It’s neither too heavy, nor too light, and it perfectly straddles the line between being breathable and weatherproof.

It functions as an excellent wind shell for cool mornings and adequately resists water throughout a ride that includes perpetual drizzle. Very little sweat builds up inside while climbing, which is a testament to its surprising breathability. Your body heat passes through the jacket and out into the world, as opposed to building up inside the jacket and rendering you a sweaty mess.

I also love its knit interior, which feels much better against bare skin than the plasticky inner linings on many weatherproof outerwear. The hood, a rarity among the top cycling jackets, is also a highlight: It’s large enough to fit around your helmet without blocking your view, and you can roll it down when you don’t need it.

I wish this jacket had one or two front side pockets for additional storage, especially since the rear one is difficult to reach under a backpack.

Last summer I spent two and a half weeks mountain biking across Madagascar, during which I experienced a full range of Malagasy weather. It was supposedly the cool, dry season, but that apparently depends on where you are in the country. I found temperatures ranging from the upper 40s/low 50s to the low 80s, and many mountains – sometimes all in the same day. And there was rain, light and heavy. I wore my Dirt Roamer through all of it. It even made it through a rather bad fall on a rocky downhill without ripping or tearing.

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Proviz Reflect 360+

Reflect 360+

If you plan to ride at night, you need to wear reflective gear to make sure cars and other riders will see you. Even among reflective cycling jackets, which are designed to stand out, the Proviz Reflect 360+ shines bright. It’s made almost entirely from fabric made with tiny reflective glass beads. When a light hits any part of it, the entire jacket lights up, transforming you into a literal beacon of light for all to see.

Proviz 360 jackets provide breathability via zippered underarm vents, a back flap vent, and zippered front chest pockets that double as vents when needed. For comfort, there’s a soft, cotton mesh lining and a fleece lined collar. Water- and windproof, it’s a reliable commuter cycling jacket that’s ready for all sorts of inclement weather. Plus, there are ample pockets for storing a phone, keys, money, and other sundries.

Originally only available in silver, the company recently released it in a wider range of high-visibility colors . All of them feature the same reflective technology, though, and shine bright in the spotlight (or, more likely, a car’s headlights.) While it isn’t my personal favorite only because I don’t really care for the color choices, riders who spend a good deal of time riding in traffic will appreciate that this jacket gives you an extra bump in the visibility department.

Ostroy No Trainer Summit Winter Jacket

No Trainer Summit Winter Jacket

I just brought the Ostroy No Trainer Summit Winter Jacket on a short bikepacking trip through a portion of the Himalayan mountain range–Leh to Manali–where there was snow and freezing morning temperatures. Though it looks thin, this jacket’s fleece-backed “fusion fabric” kept me warm through the bitter cold. Water-resistant with four-way stretch, my movement was never hindered and snow never penetrated the outer layer.

There are three back pockets for storage and a hefty 2-way zipper for ventilation when climbing. I also appreciated that the sleeves were longer than those of many of my other jackets, as well as their stretch-knit cuffs, which kept wind from creeping in.

The neck’s a little tight, likely for the same reason, but you can always soften that with a neck buff. Plus, the no trainer logo and olive color suit my personal style perfectly (I’m the cyclist you see pedaling to work in the sleet or snow). I own several pieces from Ostroy and have always been impressed with the quality and fit. This jacket is no exception.

Q+A With Cycling Jacket Aficionado Vanessa Nirode

How do you stay warm while cycling in the cold.

The secret, whether you’re riding or standing still, is to dress in layers. As the temperature drops, start adding extra pieces to trap more heat: A wind-blocking cycling jacket is a good place to start, then a moisture-wicking base layer, then a long-sleeve thermal jersey. On especially cold days (temperatures well below freezing), I’ll switch the wind jacket out for a winter specific jacket with a thermal lining or a polyester fiberfill.

The tricky part for cyclists, of course, is balancing the need to insulate your body heat with the equally important need to vent water vapor when you start to sweat. The best solution is to wear less clothing at the beginning of the ride to reduce sweating. (Though I am rarely, if ever, successful in this.) In winter weather, you should  always start your ride cold .

How Do You Stay Warm While Cycling in Wet Conditions?

In cool or cold conditions, layering and ventilation are your friends. A moisture-wicking layer and a waterproof cycling jacket with good ventilation usually provides enough protection. Hardshell waterproof jackets will block wind and water, keeping you warm and dry.

That said, wet does not always mean cold. I rarely don a rain jacket when cycling during the summer. On a hot, steamy day, a rainshower may be just what you need to cool down. And even if it isn’t, no waterproof jacket will offer enough ventilation to compensate for the extra sweat you’ll build up while riding in 75 degrees or more.

When Should I Consider Wearing a Cycling Jacket?

It depends on how sensitive you are to the cold, but the team at  Runner’s World  offers a good rule of thumb for any kind of cold-weather exercise: “Dress like it’s 15-20 degrees warmer than it actually is.” Personally, I usually take a jacket with me if it’s 55 degrees or cooler.

Can I wear a road cycling jacket for gravel?

You can, though you should be aware that some road cycling jackets are made with super thin, lightweight materials that will not hold up well when scraped against a tree branch (or the ground!).

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Vanessa Nirode is a freelance writer who covers wellness, culture, outdoor adventure and travel for Hearst , HuffPost , PopSci , BBC Travel , and Threads , among others. She’s also a pattern maker and tailor for film and television but most of the time, she’d rather just be riding her bicycle.

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Best commuter cycling jackets of 2024: Ride comfort meets office style

Stay warm, stay dry, save money and ride to work in style

best commuter cycling jackets

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Best budget, most stylish, most visible, best wind jacket, also tested, how to choose.

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Riding to work on one of the best commuter bikes instead of driving can be hugely rewarding. Not only do you save money on fuel, parking, and potentially a lot more if you ditch the car entirely, but you get bonus health benefits too. In the winter though it can be a pretty miserable affair, but it doesn't have to be.

Luckily for you, I spend a lot of time riding to and from the office, as well as around town, to friends... I don't have a car, so every journey is a chance to find out what works and what doesn't.

Commuter jackets have to work well off the bike too. Sure, if you're zooming into work and bagging KOM/QOMs en route then you may well be better off with one of the best winter cycling jackets , or one of the best waterproof cycling jackets (in which there are a few commuter-oriented pieces already). Here though I've focussed on jackets that'll allow you to ride in comfort and not have to think too hard about bringing an entirely separate wardrobe; the less you can carry the more enjoyable your commute will be in my eyes.

One last thing - Commuting means you'll be mixing it with rush hour traffic, so safety first; be sure to check out our guides to the best bike lights and the best commuter helmets , and make sure you've got one of the best bike locks so you don't end up on a bus home. 

Best commuter jackets

Sturdy, protective, dependable, and with a visual package that works as well around town as it does on the bike. Pit vents help keep the temperature down, and the colours are great too, even if my one is all black.

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Best commuter jackets

For the price this jacket packs a lot in. The colour selection is a little reduced, but you still get a stowable hood, reflective tail, well sealed cuffs, a waterproof zip and a vented back. It's not the most breathable though, so don't hammer it too hard. 

Best commuter jackets

A product I was sceptical of and have come to use almost daily. A windproof exterior, and a front insulated inside with amazing Polartech Alpha, in a package that looks this good is really hard to beat.

Best commuter jackets

If you want to be seen then there isn't really anything that comes close to the Provis Reflect360 Plus. It's not the most comfy, or the most breathable (despite hundreds of perforations), but you'll shine like a beacon.

Best commuter jackets

A pared-back version of the brand's thicker down jacket. It's meant to be designed for bikepacking, but I love it on frosty commutes, and it stuffs down very small indeed if you don't need it on the way home. 

Best commuter jackets

If you just need something to take a bit of the chill off then the POC Motion Wind Jacket is perfect. Thin, stretchy, surprisingly breathable, and unlike many wind jackets it doesn't feel like wearing a bin bag.

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A commute by bike encompasses many different demands. For some, it's a smash fest and a normal road jacket suffices. For others it's a slower affair, or electrically assisted, so the same level of breathability isn't needed. Some will be riding only a short distance and will want to be able to step off the bike straight to their desk, so it has to look 'normal'. Some will only commute in dry weather, so don't need a waterproof at all. I've tried to cover all the bases, and I've tested more or less every one of these scenarios over the last few months.

1. POC Motion Rain Jacket

Specifications, reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

The POC Motion Rain Jacket is my pick for the best commuter cycling jacket. As usual for my pick of 'best overall' it takes the top spot because it does many things pretty well, rather than doing one thing exceptionally. 

The main thing that endears me to it is its dependability; commuting is harder on jackets than normal riding. Backpacks rub, they get stuffed into bags, hung on handlebars in office bike stores, run over by swivel chairs, and generally misused. The face fabric of the Motion is thicker than you'll find on road waterproof jackets, and it really holds up to daily use. 

The hood doesn't have any adjustments, but much like the hood on the Motion Wind Jacket (more on that later) it's snug fitting and works well under a hood by dint of it being free from toggles and elastic. 

If you're hunting Strava segments then you'll probably get a little warm, but for more normal commute efforts it's spot on for breathability, and the pit perforations do help a little too. The fit is casual, without being too baggy, and POC always does a decent job of making the arms long enough. You can easily layer under it on a cold day, and it'll never look out of place if you head to to the pub after work for a drink. 

I am not a mountain biker, but it certainly has the feel of a jacket that would work well on the trails too. There are no side pockets, which isn't a massive issue for commuting, and means if you are wearing a backpack with a waist belt or a hip pack, then the webbing isn't going to be pressing a zip into your hips. 

My only real bugbear is that the main zip isn't waterproof. The internal storm flap, folded neatly to stop it catching in the zip, does keep water out, but it would be a pretty easy swap to make on the design room floor. 

2. Rapha Commuter

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Sadly the colour palette for the Rapha Commuter jacket has reduced somewhat since my tester landed. I have a handsome red, and many other colours were available, but now it's only three. Two monochrome, and one highly visible pink option.

Regardless of the reduced colour options, this is to my mind the best budget commuter cycling jacket. For the price, you get a decently protective shell, which is the main thing. It's not something I'd want to ride for hours in the rain in, but if you're only commuting for half an hour it's perfectly adequate. The cut is trim, but not anything approaching 'race' so you can throw it over your officewear, and the tail is long enough to keep your rear end dry, provided you're on a relatively upright machine and not a slammed road bike with classic drops on.

The cuffs do a great job of keeping the elements out without needing a cinch, though the elastic can get a bit soggy in heavy rain. The winning feature for me though is the cinchable hood. Most jackets don't have this, and it's transformative when using it just as a wind jacket; no more wind sock dragging your neck back. It's not the best hood stowage, but it's a darn sight better than nothing. 

If you're only commuting relatively infrequently, even more so in inclement weather, then you can probably get away with a cheaper jacket for those 'just in case' days, but for more frequent rides paying a little more is going to net you something more enjoyable to use. My main bugbears here are the zip (very sticky, though well waterproofed), and the lining, which is very clammy against bare skin. 

Head to our Rapha Commuter Jacket review for all the finer details. 

3. Rapha Insulated Overshirt

While this isn't a 'jacket' in the truest sense, the Rapha Insulated Overshirt almost immediately became a wardrobe staple. From the outside you wouldn't know it's a garment designed for cycling; it is simply a neat, well-tailored overshirt. The navy-only colour scheme, including all the finishing hardware, keeps things neat, but I would like to see some other colour options down the line.

Inside though, the lining of the leading edges (the arms and the chest panels specifically) are insulated with Polartech Alpha, the latest and greatest in fleecy tech. It does an excellent job of keeping the wind off and the heat in while flying through the city, which it's open-pile enough to breathe when the time comes. Easy poppers mean you can dump heat if necessary, and the back is uninsulated, to help avoid the almost impossible to avoid sweaty back when riding with a backpack.

The cuff poppers are neat, allowing you to seal more wind out, though the arms are a little short for me - Nearly every top I test has this issue though as I have long arms for my size. 

If you are after something you can throw on over a shirt to keep the chill at bay and walk straight into a meeting in, this is the one for you*

*I have no idea what your office dress code is, so if you get written up then it's on you!

4. Provis Reflect360 Plus

If you've already begun your commuter journey, or come to think of it if you drive in a place with plenty of cyclists, you've almost certainly already seen one of these. It's by far and away the most visible cycling jacket on the market, and in a segment of cycling where safety is a greater priority, this alone warrants its inclusion in this list. 

As a jacket, it's not hugely pleasant to wear. The material rustles, the fit is baggy, and it's not all that breathable, but the times when I used it at night I did feel safer, which went a long way to offset the increased sweatiness. When any light source hits you, be that a bike light, the headlights of a car, or even bright street lighting, the all-over silver coating lights you up like a Christmas tree to all viewers. The reflectivity is created by loads of tiny beads - pictures don't do it justice I'm afraid. 

The 'Plus' model is the one to go for rather than the standard. It's twice as waterproof (10,000mm vs 5,000mm), and more breathable too thanks to perforations in the outer fabric. 

One thing that is also worth applauding is the huge size range on offer. Cycling is oftentimes not inclusive to all bodies, especially at larger size ranges. To offer a 5XL is commendable, and will undoubtedly help open active transport up to more people.

5. Rapha Explore Lightweight Down Jacket

If you read the words 'explore', 'lightweight', and 'down', you'd be forgiven for assuming you've stumbled on a bikepacking-focused buyer's guide. This is, technically speaking, a jacket aimed at those who take the #RoadLessTravelled and #PackLightTravelFar, but I have found it works brilliantly on my #Commute.

Often my commute is a tale of two very different rides - A frosty morning chill, and a more temperate afternoon spin home. For the cold starts, I find the Rapha Explore Lightweight Down Jacket to be the perfect thing to chuck on, especially if your commute is short enough that you never really get time to properly warm up.

The fill is pretty minimal in thickness by mini puffy jacket standards, but if it was any thicker it would be too hot for anything but sub-zero riding. The hood is free from insulation entirely and fits great under a helmet if you need a bit of extra wind protection. Likewise, the cuffs and shoulders are down-free. The former means the down doesn't get waterlogged if the cuffs peek out from beneath a waterproof, and the latter means that your backpack straps don't crush the feathers to the point of uselessness. 

All of this means it packs down very small into its included stuff sack, meaning if you only use it on your morning commute it can very easily get chucked in your backpack for the homeward leg.

Finally, as with many of the jackets here, it looks great off the bike too, so if your dress code allows it's not going to mark you out as a cyclist as you discuss #Synergy and #MergersAndAcquisitions over the water cooler. 

6. POC Motion Wind Jacket

In much the same way as the Rapha down jacket in this list, the POC Motion Wind Jacket has really shone on days with cooler starts and warmer homeward journeys, just the overall temperature range is warmer. It does a fantastic job of taking the chill off, without leaving you nearly as prone to overheating as if you threw on a waterproof shell.

It looks great, it's brilliantly stretchy which makes it extremely comfortable, and the fit is great too, especially if you're long in the arms like me; POC is great for us lanky types. The cuffs are also angled so more material covers the back of your hand. This makes more sense on a flat bar bike but also adds a slightly more techy aesthetic.

A double zip helps you access jersey pockets if it's going over 'proper' cycling kit, though I found it better for temperature adjustments. I find a little bit of undone top and bottom is far more preferable to a lot of undone from the top, which ends up creating a windsock effect.

Speaking of which, the hood is great under a helmet, but as it's a jacket you'll primarily use in the dry the hood could really do with a way to stow it away. In all honesty, I could do without it altogether, though I do like the way it looks from an aesthetic standpoint.

In terms of versatility, you could well use this on gravel rides as well as wandering around town, but for me, it works best both visually and in terms of performance, with some cycling trousers for urban riding.

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7. Endura Pro SL Waterproof Shell Jacket

I'm sure many of you reading this are coming to cycling to work with a solid grounding in road riding. If you're looking for a jacket that will cover you for both the Mon-Fri commute to the office and keep you dry on the Sunday club run, then look no further. 

You'll want to go for the highly visible option because it'd be daft to make yourself less visible if you're commuting regularly. This visibility, along with the durable feeling outer fabric, is why I gave this jacket the nod over many others. It's also frequently discounted, which certainly helps if you're prone to trashing your gear on commutes. 

The waterproof rating is more than ample for rides of commute length, and it's certainly more breathable than many of its competitors. The fit is slim but isn't what you'd call race fit, so you can layer up underneath with normal clothes if the need arises. 

My main issues were in the shoulders, which felt rather tight under the armpits (which will be less of an issue if you're not riding a very aero position), and the cuffs, which are elasticated but rather loose without gloves. This allows air up into the sleeves which can make you a bit more chilly. 

Head to our Endura Pro SL Waterproof Shell Jacket Review for all the juicy details. 

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8. Duer Stay Dry Denim Jacket

So you work freelance in a hip co-working space, awash with hanging plants, speciality coffee, and organic networking interactions. You don't have a dress code and enjoy the music of Bruce Springsteen. Step right up; performance denim is here.

I've tried riding in a denim jacket before, a standard Levis one, and on anything but an upright bike it's a pain as the thick cotton doesn't stretch in the shoulders. This model from Duer, the Stay Dry Denim Jacket, has ample built-in stretch and so is significantly more pleasant to ride with, especially if you've got an aggressive position. It's still cut like a denim jacket, so expect your lower back to be exposed if you aren't wearing either a long t-shirt or trousers cut for riding, but it does open up double denim riding opportunities, as I have done in the past in combination with Duer denim shorts.

To go alongside the stretch the jacket also features a DWR coating, and in my experience, it can just about hold off a shower. I suspect it was designed with rugged lifestyle or rugged lifestyle aspirationalists in mind, but it's an excellent feature for us cyclists too.

Other than the stretch and the DWR it's a relatively standard denim jacket, albeit a comfy one. This colourway, 'Galactic', is more or less out of stock now, and has been replaced by a darker, unfaded mid-blue, but the salient features remain.

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9. Chrome Two Way Insulated Shacket

The Chrome Two Way Insulated Shacket is perfect if you want more than one option. One side is black, with quilted stitching, and the other side is olive with twin chest pockets. I tended to wear black side out, but neither feels like an 'inside' as can be the way with reversible garments.

The insulation is light, so it's not nearly as warm as the Rapha down jacket that's in this guide. It feels much more like a wind jacket, just with a little more heft, than a truly insulated option, which to be honest makes it far more usable when riding. 

The cuffs aren't adjustable, and so are fairly wide-set, but as an overshirt style jacket, it doesn't feel like a piece you really want to hunker down into. It was great as a throw-it-on piece in much the same way as the Rapha Insulated Overshirt was.

My main issue with this one was the fit - it's just not cut right for riding a road bike. The material has no stretch, which is fine in and of itself, but there isn't any extra room in the shoulders that you normally find by way of pleats or some such. Because it's reversible they can't be stitched in, and so this is a jacket reserved for more upright bikes.

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10. Altura Grid Parka

In much the same way as the Duer Denim and the Rapha Overshirt the Antura Grid Parka works well because it's just as good off the bike as it is on it. Given its length, you're going to want to use this with an upright bike or you'll have a lot of material flapping around your front, but on the right bike (a Brompton being a perfect example), the extremely dropped tail ensures no water runs down your back and onto your trousers.

Yes, it only comes in olive green, and the hood has to go under the helmet to be in any way useful, but it's a parka, so it has to be in olive green. Them's the rules I'm afraid.  

To stop you from overheating it's got a big back vent, though this is negated if you're wearing a cycling backpack. To help there are also two pit zips, though I actually found I rarely needed them. The hood is fine, but it has to go under the helmet which I don't like, so it tended to only get used when strolling around the city singing Champagne Supernova to myself. 

The waterproofing is perfectly adequate, all the seams are taped and you're not going to get wet unless you let the DWR wear out. That wasn't the thing that impressed me most though. That, oddly, was the cuff fasteners. They use a pliable plastic hook-and-loop fastener rather than a fabric one, and they allow you to really seal your wrists away better than most other options out there. 

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11. Chrome Wind Cobra

The Chrome Wind Cobra has easily the best name of any jacket in this guide and answers many of the questions the POC Motion leaves me asking. It has pockets, which are always good - two at the sides, with zip closures, and one at the back that doubles as a stuff sack - and it doesn't have a hood. I tend to find hoods annoying on a wind jacket, but the lack of one may be a negative in your eyes.

It is black, but a big CHROME logo on the lower back in reflective print helps matters in that department. It's also slightly cheaper than the POC Motion wind jacket. 

For me where it fell down against the POC is in the fit. The arms aren't long enough for me (I'm relatively gangly), and the material is more rigid and doesn't allow me to move as freely on the bike. Oddly the wrists have a mesh panel,  so if you get cold hands this isn't going to help in that department. 

All in all, though it's a decent option, and as with Chrome gear in general it feels built to last in a way that many wind jackets don't - it's not flimsy, so if you're hard on your gear then maybe this is a better pick for you.

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12. Altura Grid Field Jacket

The Altura Grid Field Jacket is one that I have actually become rather fond of, despite it not necessarily being the best for anything in particular. It serves a similar purpose to the overshirts insofar as it's not insulated, but it's far more durable feeling thanks to a heavy cotton construction.

It takes the form of what I think of as a classic safari jacket but in navy blue rather than khaki. The four front pockets are all pretty enormous, and I think you'd be hard-pressed to fill them all on a day-to-day basis unless you're trying to ditch a backpack entirely. If you are wearing a backpack the chest strap and hip belt will sit over all of the pockets, so bear that in mind.

On the bike though it moves far more freely than it looks. The cuffs, with poppers rather than Velcro, tighten well over gloves, and the more casual fit means the shoulders rarely feel tight. On a road bike, the front feels baggy, even more so with full pockets, but if you're riding a hybrid or something more upright it makes way more sense.

The final thing I really like is the elbow patches. Not only do they make me feel like an esteemed professor, but they are also reflective. Having gone through the elbows on some jackets in the past when I've had an unscheduled lie down it makes me wonder why more jackets don't have elbow patches...

Commuting means different things to different riders. For some it's a rain-or-shine way of life, for others, it's a way to make the most of a sunny day, and as such commuter jackets have to span a lot of use cases. Before you commit to a jacket, be sure it's going to fit your needs. 

If you're a fairweather commuter then there's no point worrying about the waterproof options, and if you need something that'll stand you in good stead year round then something that won't hold the rain at bay is pointless. 

What is a commuter jacket?

In reality, any jacket you use to commute by bike is a commuter jacket. They do tend to differ from your standard waterproof or winter jackets though. More durable materials, more pockets, more visible colours and a greater reliance on reflective details are the key differences, and many are styled in such a way that you can wear them out and about on foot as well as on the bike.

Do I need a reflective jacket for commuting?

If safety is a big concern for you, and given the behaviour of some drivers I'm not surprised if it is, then reflectivity should be high on your list. The Provis is second to none in this regard, but no jacket, no matter how reflective, is a substitute for a set of the best bike lights .

Are commuter jackets worth it?

If you're regularly commuting then the added cycling-specific functionality really makes sense. That being said, especially if you're not riding a bike with an aggressive position, if you're only commuting by bike on occasion then a non-specific jacket can work just as well, especially if it's not raining. 

How do we test commuter cycling jackets?

Well, I don't have a car, so riding to work is the norm for me. It's an hour each way, usually with a backpack on, and a mix of busy roads and cycle paths so as real-world testing goes it's hard to beat. I have also ridden them all around the city while I'm doing other things over the winter months, so I've got a great feel for the details that work and those that don't.

All the jackets in this guide I'm happy to recommend, depending on the specific use case. 

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  • The most breathable jacket in the Backcountry outerwear collection
  • Built with a 3L Stretch Windstopper shell and an Empire fabric back panel
  • Boasts unmatched breathability with a wind-resistant, water-resistant shell
  • Plenty of pocket space with two oversized vented chest pockets and one drop pocket
  • The adjustable hood and hem provide personalized coverage
  • RECCO reflector aids search and rescue in emergency situations
  • Item runs large, so we recommend sizing down for best fit
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Fits slightly large.

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March 25, 2024

Best mountain jacket

I was in the market for an all around mountain jacket wanted a bright jacket with a helmet comparable. This fit the bill. Best thing is the windstopper feature. Way better than traditional gortex as in almost all situations you don’t need a truly waterproof jacket. I think this was a great first year for this jacket definitely can use a little refining of fit around the shoulders but nothing to bad to complain about.

February 27, 2024

Backcountry ALMOST hit one out of the park with this jacket. The blue color is great, it seems well constructed, and it is immediately noticeable how well it breathes (while being pretty water resistant). Unfortunately the cut of the hood and neckline is super odd/big. The neckline is HUGE, and there is no drawstring to cinch it up. The hood is huge as well. I wear an XL helmet and the hood is swallows my noggin A pass pocket on the arm would be really jibe assn.

January 1, 2024

I had gotten two different shells for my husband to chose from and this one won out due to the nice bright blue color and the big pockets and the fit. However, wasn't easy because the other one had the arm pocket for the pass and armpit vents. Still, the front small pocket will probably work for the pass and the vents are ok. Had to send for a Small instead of a medium, he is 5'7. I think the windstopper feature will be great.

December 30, 2023

Nice, quality jacket without frills

This is a nice jacket. It's not a GREAT jacket. It's pretty bare bones and is missing some key features - a pass pocket on the arm, pit zips would be nice for additional venting, having pockets inside the jacket are great for touring to stuff goggles or gloves into. However, this jacket really doesn't have much in the way of features - the vent pockets on the front are nice, but if you are actually using them for vents you have to open the pockets and risk everything falling out. Overall, the jacket is well built, quality GoreTex with stretch, and overall well made. But it's a nice touring shell that is missing some quality features you can find in more expensive jackets. I would never pay full price for this jacket and paid under $200 which is why I'll keep it and use it as a backup to my go-to setup.

Better than the pants, but still not 100

I purchased this shell with the accompanying pants for cyber monday, and while the jacket is better than the pants and gives a great value at the sale price of $180, I do not think I would be reviewing as positively at the retail price of $449. The shell fits true to size, and was comfortable. The blue color gives a great contrast with the yellow pants, and I have enjoyed the jacket since I got it. The additional vent zipper is great, and the "vent pockets" work well, but I would like to see some pit zips in addition at this price point, and it would be nice if they extended the soft touch material at the top of the collar so you can more comfortably use that as a face covering. For what I paid, im happy enough with it, but like the pants I would not even consider paying full retail for it.

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How to choose a packable jacket

The best packable rain jackets are an essential piece of your cycling toolkit. Regardless if it's summer or winter the weather can be a fickle beast and in many places, it can almost be expected that you are going to get rained on at some point — even during the warmer months. 

While you can go all out and wear a fully protective waterproof jacket , quite often they are pretty bulky. When the rain stops and the time comes to just peel off the layer to prevent overheating, it might prove to be nigh on impossible to pack away. This is where a lighter, packable jacket can pay dividends. And of course, even if it isn't raining, having an additional layer to take on and off can add comfort and windproofing on cooler rides in drier conditions.

As technology has advanced it's often no longer a compromise in weather protection when opting for a lightweight packable. Single-layer Gore-Tex Shakedry and other comparable technical materials pack in the weatherproofing of multi-layered fabrics sans bulk, without sacrificing waterproofing or breathability, avoiding the boil in the bag feel of thicker jackets.

We've compiled a selection of our favourite, best-performing packable jackets below, hopefully taking the guesswork out of which jacket to buy.

Sportful Hot Pack NoRain jacket

Waterproof yet still breathable with a close but not too tight fit, this 120g jacket is versatile and highly packable. 

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Rapha Core Rain jacket II

Light and packable, with a high level of waterproofing and design details not always found at this price point.

Pas Normal Studios Mechanisim rain jacket

An understated race cape that weighs just over 100g, packs away in a pocket with ease and, vitally, keeps you dry.

Pearl Izumi Attack Barrier

The Attack Barrier is as a light as they come, with a ripstop fabric that means it packs away with ease.

Castelli Emergency 2 rain jacket

Designed to fit over layers and with plenty of reflective detailing this packable waterproof is ideal for the daily commute.

Van Rysel Ultralight jacket

Light and packable weather protection delivered in a nice race fit and all without breaking the bank.

The best packable rain jackets 2024: Our picks

Sportful Hot Pack NoRain jacket

1. Sportful Hot Pack NoRain

Specifications, reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

In many respects the Hot Pack NoRain model from Sportful is the quintessential packable cycling jacket. Lightweight (around 120g depending on the size) it fits into its own pocket, which is then small enough to stow away in your jersey or saddle bag. 

It uses a multi-layer fabric, which is designed to be both waterproof and windproof as well as breathable. By incorporating stretch panels on the sides, shoulders and sleeves it aims to achieve a fit that’s comfortable without being restrictive, while still reducing the amount of material that could flap around in the wind - Sportful says it’s updated the jacket recently to included more ‘rubberised’ sections to further reduce noisy flapping. Other details include a full length zipper and some reflective detailing. It’s available in both a men’s and women’s version, too. 

Rapha Core Rain jacket II

2. Rapha Core Rain Jacket II

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Rapha’s Core Rain Jacket II offers plenty of features and delivers an impressive performance - and all at a price point that makes it truly great value. At 126 grams it's light and packable and we found that easily fitted into a jersey pocket when rolled up.

Being that it uses a 2.5 layer nylon fabric combined water-resistant zip it's more than able to stand up to sustained showers - we were impressed with the quality of the seams and their ability to keep water at bay. The close but not race cut makes it versatile for training, racing and more casual rides too - and the elastic drawstring at the bottom of the jacket allows you to dial in the fit even more. 

Pas Normal Studios Mechanism rain jacket

3. Pas Normal Studios Mechanism Pertex Rain Jacket

The Mechanism jacket from Pas Normal Studios is a minimal but high-performing jacket in the 'race cape' mode. This means a close fit, with a high front and long arms for use in the riding position, no pockets and simple elastic cuffs. In essence all you need to protect you against showers when racing or training and no more.

And protect it us it did. We experienced little ingress even during extended periods of rain. Impressively it allowed us to breath too - not something that all rain jackets do successfully. Vitally at just 105g it packs up to 'nothing' and can be stowed away with ease until required.

Pearl Izumi Attack Barrier jacket

4. Pearl Izumi Attack Barrier jacket

If you’re after a featherweight jacket that can deliver some protection in an emergency, the Attack Barrier could be for you. It’s not designed to be fully waterproof, rather repelling the rain using a DWR treated fabric. This makes it ideally suited for those rides when showers might be on the cards, but you don’t want to wear or carry a heavier jacket. It can also double as a useful layer against the wind.

Weighing a claimed 41g or 1.5 ounces, the ripstop fabric is easily foldable, meaning it can be stuffed in a jersey pocket with ease. While it’s designed to be form fitting, it’s not a race fit, making it versatile enough for range of riding, including gravel and commuting. The two-way zipper is a neat detail, as are the reflective details. It’s available in both a men’s and women’s version with a couple of colour choices for each.

Castelli Emergency 2 rain jacket

5. Castelli Emergency 2 rain jacket

Like the Pearl Izumi Attack Barrier, this is a jacket created for those ‘just in case’ rides, where the weather forecast looks changeable. However, the Emergency 2 from Castelli is fully waterproof, using a 2.5 layer fabric that combines with a waterproof zipper and details that include a long tail and wrist closures designed to work with gloves. All told, it makes it more versatile than many other packable jackets.

This versatility is extended by the cut - Castelli says it's designed to fit over its Gabba jersey and it’s also offered in both a men’s and women’s version. Added to the 360 degree reflectivity it makes it a good option for commuting, where you might need to wear it over a layer or two. As for its packability, it’s created to fit into an integrated stuff pocket. Castelli acknowledges that to keep the price point down, the Emergency 2 doesn’t excel in the breathability stakes - but as the name suggests, this isn’t a jacket to wear for the entirety of a ride anyway.

Van Rysel Ultralight jacket

6. Van Rysel Ultralight jacket

Making a weather-resistant cycling jacket that can easily be stowed in a pocket doesn’t have to mean a triple-digit price tag. The Ultralight from Van Rysel is a fraction of the cost of many of the other offerings featured here but might be all you need.

At a claimed 140g it’s competitive on the scales, and stuffs inside its own pocket, making for a neat and tidy package that should fit into most jersey pockets. The jacket uses a 2.5 layer PU-coated fabric with a waterproof rating that’s likely to make it water-resistant rather than waterproof in sustained downpours but should comfortably fend off light or brief showers. Design details include a close fit, a full-length zipper, shoulder and armpit vents and reflective accents.

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7. Albion Rain Jacket

Having already established a range of jerseys and shorts, the Albion Rain Jacket sees the London brand break into new, water-resistant territory. It features fully taped seams and the jacket body has a three-layer waterproof and wind-resistant fabric. To touch, the jacket is lightweight and doesn’t feel bulky or heavy in your hands. In fact, one of its best features is its packability, and it easily fits into a rear pocket.

The fit is quite constrictive and we found it tight across the shoulders, although arm length is good.

Read our full review of the Albion Rain Jacket

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8. Endura Pro SL Shell Jacket II

Scottish brand Endura knows a thing or two about creating weather beating kit and the Pro SL Shell jacket is no exception, with a three-layer fabric that's thinner than the competition. 

It's on the bulkier side of the packable jacket spectrum but will still fit into a pocket. What it does have is an exceptional fit and a three-layer fabric that is as tough as it is weatherproof and a storm flap to stop water finding its way in through the zip.

Read our full review of the Endura Pro SL Shell jacket

What fabrics should I look for?

Above all else the material used in the construction of the jacket is what makes the biggest difference in performance. Ideally, you want a fully waterproof material that also has a high degree of breathability. 

Some techy modern fabrics such as Gore Shakedry manage to combine both aspects into a single layer of material, making them not only high performance but also extremely lightweight. 

The only issue with such fabrics is they usually come with a high ticket price and can be a little fragile. At the entry-level you can still expect solid performance but don't expect fully waterproof materials to be anywhere near as breathable or pack down as small.

How should a packable rain jacket fit?

Most packable rain jackets follow the same vein as the traditional race cape, i.e. will be tight to the body and offer an articulated cut to fit well in a riding position. 

If you prefer a looser fit or plan on wearing more layers underneath then you might want to go up a size from your usual choice. A good packable jacket should have a long sleeve length and a dropped tail to protect your derriere and lower back as dry as possible.

The alternative if you're not expecting to need to remove your jacket too often and are usually carrying luggage on your rides is one of the best commuter cycling jackets .

What other features should I look for?

Of course, there is always going to be a compromise when choosing a rain jacket that packs down to the size of a baseball, and that packability normally comes at the cost of extra features. 

Don't expect multiple pockets, additional drawstring closures or even zipped vents in most cases. The construction will also be a little less robust and fabrics and zips might not be as durable, so you will need to use a bit of extra care when using.

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Best packable jackets for road cycling

We round up the best light packable tops for changeable conditions

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You might wonder whether you’ll use a lightweight packable jacket enough to justify the investment. Compared with a winter jacket, a long-sleeve jersey or gilet, it could be easy to move them further down your list of ‘must haves’. But while testing, during typically variable climatic conditions, we found ourselves questioning whether they shouldn’t be an essential item in every cyclist’s wardrobe, thanks to the versatility of having a removable layer when you’re out riding.

We tested our selection of jackets for spring and autumn (or Australian winter) riding – those days when the temperature is changeable and there is a chance of rain showers and wind. But we were also 'blessed' with near freezing conditions, and found they make a useful difference as an extra layer even in very cool weather.

Related reading: Best waterproof jackets for cycling

For clarity, a packable shell is a garment that is ideally windproof, at least water resistant and compact enough to fold into a jersey pocket. Even with a relatively simple brief like this, it’s interesting to see how many ways manufacturers have found to address this challenge.

The range of garments on test covers a breadth of designs from the ‘classic’ transparent packables, to new jersey-style fabrics, and combinations of both. Fit varies noticeably from brand to brand, so as always checking the measurements and ideally trying them on before you buy is always a good idea.

The manufacturer’s choice of fabrics is key for a product like this, and is crucial when it comes to the levels of wind- and waterproofing and breathability. Even with materials getting more sophisticated, the ‘perfect’ balance of these qualities has yet to be achieved, so manufacturers work around this. And in addition to the materials, the details of zips, cuffs, venting and finish also make a difference to how successfully the complete product performs.

Ultimately, choosing a packable jacket means deciding what’s most important to you: packability, wind protection, water resistance or breathability. Our winners are the jackets that we reckon offer the strongest combination of packability, wind protection and water resistance.

What to look for when buying a packable jacket

  • Packability: All the jackets on test fold up small enough to fit into a jersey pocket. Some pack into a pocket of their own but this can make them harder to carry; folding or rolling them might be easier.
  • Venting: Jackets like these tend to focus on keeping weather out, with breathability secondary. In some cases venting is provided, but depending on the fabric and how long you’ll be wearing it, it’s not essential.
  • Fabrics: With a number of manufacturers submitting jackets made from materials more like jerseys in touch and stretch, innovation means that traditional shells are no longer the only option available for riders.
  • Closures: Many of the jackets have toggles or pulls to their zips to make them easier to use wearing gloves. Many packable jackets have limited breathability, so rely on the zip for temperature regulation.
  • Cuffs: There are several different approaches to cuffs on test, from full-Lycra stretch cuffs to minimalist elastic. How well these keep the air out can make a real difference to ride comfort and the success of the jacket.
  • Visibility: If you want it, there are plenty of bold neon or highly visible colours to choose from. Sometimes these are combined with reflective elements that show up in headlights, making it easier for drivers to spot you.

Altura Podium – best jacket on test

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In terms of its fit, performance, packability and cuffs – at a high, but not astronomical price – the Altura Podium was our clear winner

  • Price: £100 / €130 / AU$TBC

Altura is well known for its commuter products, but its packable Podium is every inch a road product. It packs very well into a cylinder shape perfectly designed for a rear jersey pocket, and uses Altura’s proprietary React Fabric to impressive effect, providing a good barrier to the elements while retaining decent breathability. The sizing is very good with a slim race fit and nice long tail, while the stretch cuffs ensure a good transition to your gloves and help to keep the elements out. It may cost 100 quid, but this excellent jacket is worth the asking price and deserves its podium position.

Verdict: The Podium lives up to its name, grabbing number one spot with its blend of fit and performance

Endura Equipe Compact Shell – best value jacket

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Endura's Equipe Compact Shell performed superbly for the price and was a worthy value winner

  • Price: £65 / US$120 / €90 / AU$115

Endura has a reputation for high quality, well-priced products offering impressive protection from the elements, and its Compact Shell fully lives up to that. It offers a great fit for slimmer cyclists, reflective elements for night-riding safety, decent levels of water resistance and very good windproofing. It lacks the venting of some jackets on test, which contributes to not-quite-as-impressive breathability, but as a shell for when you need extra protection from the weather, it does a fine job for the money. It packs down well, too, and even shrugged off a hail shower during testing.

Verdict: The Compact Shell can't quite match the high-end competition for breathability but otherwise delivers maximum bang per buck

Rapha Classic Wind Jacket – best jacket if money's no object

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The design, performance and fit of Rapha's Classic Wind Jacket add up to a near-flawless garment, but only the wealthiest riders need apply

  • Price: £140 / US$220 / €165 / AU$225

Rapha’s Classic Wind Jacket is a good looking garment, and as you’d hope when you’re forking out this kind of money, it also performs extremely well. So well in fact that it’s unlikely you’ll be needing the 30-day money-back ‘Classics Guarantee’ offered. The Classic Wind Jacket packs well, offers strong wind protection, and good water resistance and breathability.

It features a long tail, valuables pocket, reflective details, taped seams on the shoulders and wind-blocking cuffs. If your budget can stretch this far then it’s a terrific outer layer to add to your collection.

Verdict: Aptly named, a classic packable that looks good and is a great performer

Ale Klimatik

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Ale's Klimatic is an innovative garment that's cleverly designed and performs well, but it's eye-wateringly expensive too

  • Price: £165 / US$210 / AU$TBC

Alé is a relatively new Italian brand and perhaps this has allowed it some freedom to bring new ideas to the market. The Klimatik Premium Class Race Fit, to give it its full name, is very different to your typical shell and excels in wet and cold conditions. A fusion of jersey and rain jacket, it offers excellent windproofing, a fine race fit, as the name suggests (you might need to size up), good water resistance and breathability – albeit at a price many may find preposterous.

Ale uses eVent DVL, a highly water-repellent fabric – it’s rated at 10,000mm H2O, which is acceptable for a rain jacket – that’s also breathable. This is further enhanced by armpit ventilation and different fabrics on the back and arms to manage your temperature. Though the Klimatik doesn’t have any pockets, a flap in the back allows access to those in your jersey.

Verdict: Newcomer Alé changes the rules, creating a fusion between a jacket and jersey

Mavic Helium

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Mavic's Helium is supremely packable but it offers less weather protection when it gets chilly

  • Price: £85 / AU$TBC
  • Packable Into: Rear Pocket

This is one of the easiest jackets on test to pack – fitting into its own rear pocket – and thanks to holes on the sides of the torso and under the arms, it’s also one of the most breathable. The main fabric is very light without seeming fragile, while a second, stretchy fabric under the arms and on the back of the shoulders provides give as you move, helping to maintain a good fit. The zip and toggle are also easy to reach while riding. This is a great lightweight barrier jacket for cool mornings before the temperature rises, though not quite so good for a spring or autumn ride that might turn cold.

Verdict: Unbeatable packability from Mavic, though shouldn't be yout first choice on chillier days

Sportful Fiandre Light NoRain Top

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Sportful's Fiandre Light is stylish, slim-fitting and comfortable but is less packable and not as windproof as some of the competition

  • Price: £100 / US$TBC / AU$TBC

Sportful’s Fiandre Light NoRain Top is a fine example of how new fabrics and thinking are transforming some of cycling’s traditional apparel for the better. Yes, it sacrifices a little packability, though it will still easily fold into a pocket, but in return you get a technical jersey-cum-jacket that’s water-resistant, windproof – particularly on the chest – and offers some warmth too. Sportful uses its WindShield 3L on the chest, shoulders and upper arms and NoRain Light fabric on the forearms and back. You do get more air on your arms, but the NoRain’s stretch helps with the slim, typically Italian fit. It’s a great looking top, and can be used in a range of circumstances. It performs well and makes a fine alternative to the traditional packable shell jacket.

Verdict: A fine alternative to the traditional shell, offering extra warmth for cooler days

Castelli Velo

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Castelli's Velo is a stylish though traditional take on the packable jacket

  • Price: £80 / US$90 / €90 / AU$150
  • Packable into: Collar

Italian styling lifts Castelli’s good, if somewhat traditional, packable jacket. Windproofing is courtesy of the ripstop fabric, which combines with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating to deter water ingress. There’s ventilation on the back of the shoulders and neck, though it’s less breathable than the best jackets, and the fit was a little loose around the shoulders and flapped in use on our slim tester. In spite of being devoid of pockets, the Velo packs neatly into its collar, and we also like the colour – an attractive alternative to the neon yellows favoured by some manufacturers.

Verdict: Traditional shell jacket lifted by Italian styling but the fit won’t suit everyone

Bontrager Race Windshell

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The Bontrager Race Windshell is keenly priced and delivers excellent breathability

  • Price: £45 / US$80 / €70 / AU$110
  • Packable into: Pocket

Light, easily packable and highly breathable, the Race Windshell is a solid all-rounder that’s well made and keenly priced. It may not offer as much protection as the very best shells, but its breathability is first rate. It also packs easily into its own pocket, the fabric feels good to the touch and the fit is pretty decent – though the company’s American roots are reflected in a cut slightly broader in the shoulders. This represents a fine budget buy, though it’s at its best in warmer conditions, on rides where breathability trumps the need for significant protection from the elements.

Verdict: If you're on a budget or are after a slightly bulkier fit, the Race Windshell should be on your radar

Also tested

Pearl izumi pro barrier lite.

  • Price: £90 / US$110 / €100 / AU$169

Sugoi Hydrolite

  • Price: £75 / US$90 / €100 / AU$120

Craft Performance Bike Featherlight

  • Price: £60 / US$100 / AU$120

Polaris RBS Pack Me

  • Price: £55 / US$71 / €62 / AU$TBC

DHB Wisp Windproof

  • Price: £33 / US$33 / €36 / AUD$45

Northwave Breeze Pro

  • Price: £70 / €80 / AU$TBC

Odlo Mud Hardshell Transparent

  • Price: £75 / €90 / AU$TBC

Santini Balthus Wind

  • Price: £90 / €115 / AU$190

Final verdict

Whatever you’re looking for a in a jacket, you’ll find one here that suits. Any that score three or higher performed competently against our criteria of packability, wind and water resistance, although your preference might mean some trade-offs – if you just want the most packable, for example, the Mavic Helium is very good, but it offers less weather protection on colder days.

The weather proved changeable during testing, but we kept returning to three jackets that stood out right from our first rides. The Endura Equipe Compact Shell gave a strong performance for the price that we felt made it a worthy value winner; others are cheaper, but it’s the least expensive jacket here that does everything well. If your budget isn’t limited, it was close but Rapha’s Classic Wind Jacket pips the Alé to our Most Wanted award, but our overall winner, delivering a great combination of fit, fabric and performance at a competitive price, is the aptly named Altura Podium.

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Best jackets for bikepacking and gravel – packable all-day protection

The best packable, weatherproof cycling jackets for off-road adventures

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The best jackets for gravel riding and bikepacking often overlap with the best MTB jackets , with maybe more emphasis on packability, and less need for crashability. The main things we are looking for are comfort in all seasons, and ideally, something you can leave on and forget about through changes in weather and effort.

In terms of fit, we want the jacket to have more space for layers and movement than road jackets, but still be at the more streamlined end of things. We want long enough rear hems and sleeves for when you’re stretched out; and hoods are high on the list for all-day forays into the wild.  

We’ve divided this guide into waterproof shells and windproofs, and we've also included a couple of insulated jackets you could ride in (but we haven’t included down jackets for camp in this guide).

As our test team knows from having tested a great many jackets over the years, nothing is both waterproof enough and breathable enough, if you’re reasonably active. So the smart money is on embracing the moisture, layering to stay warm when damp, and deciding whether the conditions and your mindset are better suited to getting a little wet from rain or from sweat. See this Bespoken Word column from our tech editor Guy Kesteven for more on that.

Either way, while there’s no one jacket to rule them all 24-7/365, this selection of jackets for gravel riding and bikepacking will give you food for thought for your off-road exploration, from bright dry summer day rides with cold starts, to bivvying in chilly November.

Best waterproof jackets

A waterproof cycling shell jacket offers a barrier to rain and wind in a relatively light package, while doing its best to let sweat out. If you’re out in the foulest weather, or you just don’t trust the ‘damp but warm’ philosophy of more breathable windproofs, you’ll lean towards a waterproof shell.

The jackets here represent a good spectrum of value, protection and packability, including a couple of angles you might not have considered.

Check out the FAQs at the end of this article for questions such as whether jackets will inevitably wet out as they get older; and whether more robust generally means more waterproof.

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Gore Endure Jacket

Specifications, reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

The Endure Jacket is made from Gore’s Paclite Plus fabric, which sits midway in its range for breathability and durability, and high for packability. We found it an easy jacket to like. The features are intelligently designed, right down to a non-slip strip on the hood to keep it in place over a helmet. And when the weather comes in, the drawcords cinch it in nicely around the collar and hem, and the high neckline does a good job of keeping rain and draughts out.

At 286g for a medium, it was midweight, and like most of the jackets here, the straight cut means you’re not going to mistake it for a road jacket, but we didn’t find it flappy, and it felt natural on and off the bike.

Even though it’s not at the top of Gore’s fabric tree, in testing we found the rain stayed out even in the worst conditions, and it felt ‘steadily’ breathable – that is, at least as good as most other mid-premium jackets. Like most, it struggled on short sharp efforts when the temperatures were in double digits (50F+), and vents would’ve been handy here. On the positive side, we found it doesn’t feel clammy against bare skin, and the sleeves can be hoiked up easily, so it’s not bad to wear with just a short-sleeved base in mild wet spells.

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Decathlon Rockrider All-Mountain Waterproof Jacket

This is a smashing jacket for £90, with features that we were surprised to see at the price. The fit and the arm movement are spot on for all-round off-road cycling, and there’s room for layers without flappiness. With the hood up over a helmet you can move your head naturally without tightness, as on the best more expensive jackets. We don’t tend to have super-high hopes for water resistance and breathability in sub-$/£100 jackets, but the Rockrider has stood up reassuringly well in our tests in the foulest windy rain so far.

Neat features include soft stretch cuffs inside the main cuffs, and flaps that you can fold down over the backs of your hands; a soft hem around the chin; and drawstrings around the collar and waistband.

Down sides are few. At 416g, it’s a bit chunkier than the 200-300g we’d typically aim for in a bikepacking jacket, there’s only one pocket, and while the offset zip is a neat way of keeping it out of the way of your chin, it might take a bit of getting used to.

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DHB Trail Waterproof Jacket

The DHB Trail Waterproof Jacket was one we reached for more than we expected to, in conditions from drizzle to persistent rain, and particularly when we didn’t have much packing space. It hit a really nice sweet spot between weight and protection, with enough breathability from the fabric and the underarm vents that it didn't feel like a big decision to sling it on.

At 198g, it’s one of the lightest jackets in this test. It’s pretty flexible and it will just about pack down into a jersey pocket, but it doesn’t feel flimsy. It certainly held up fine during our testing, as did the DWR, which showed little signs of wearing after a number of weeks. I particularly liked the fit – it was slim but movement was very easy, even with the hood snugly over a helmet.

As is reasonable for a lightweight mid-price jacket, some of the features are on the simple side – the cuffs and rear hem are simply elasticated, the inner pocket is a bit of a squeeze even for a small phone the zip, and the only outer pocket is round the back. I’d probably pick something slightly more substantial for consecutive days of the foulest weather, but generally this is a very likeable jacket. 

7mesh Skypilot Jacket

7mesh Skypilot

Our expert review:

Gore-Tex Active is one step up from Paclite in terms of breathability, and this is what the Skypilot is made from. The waterproofing will be at least as good, too, as our tester concurs via her ‘paper in the pocket’ test in rainstorms. 7mesh has managed to get the weight down to 234g for a large, which is impressive for such a protective jacket.

At $370 / £300, you’re certainly paying for this Goldilocks balance of performance and packability,  but the only way you can get much better in terms of Gore fabrics is to nudge $500/£400 for Gore-Tex Pro, which also carries a weight cost.

The good news is that 7mesh knows its onions when it comes to design, so you’re not just paying for clever fabric. Our tester described the fit as relaxed but close, and liked the classy aesthetic of the Skypilot, along with features like generously sized pockets and a watertight zipper. Her only niggle was the hood which she found flappy when not in use. 

For more details, read our full review of the 7mesh Skypilot .

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Columbia OutDry Extreme Mesh Shell

If you get fed up with the water-repellent coating (DWR) on normal jackets wearing off and you don’t have any luck re-proofing them, Columbia’s OutDry might be music to your ears. The waterproof membrane and taping sit on the outside of the jacket instead of the inside, so water beads on the jacket and there’s no coating to wear out. (This is also good news for the environment, as there’s no need for toxic DWR chemicals.) The inner face of the jacket has a light wicking mesh bonded to it.

Despite the external membrane, in testing we found the jacket is far less delicate than, say, Gore Wear’s legendary Shakedry jacket, which makes it more suitable for gravel and bivvying, and it has dedicated fans among the users of the BareBones bikepacking forum. We found it decently if not jaw-droppingly breathable, and it will never suffer from the outer fabric getting waterlogged and reducing warmth and breathability. 

The OutDry Extreme Mesh Shell has its quirks, and not just for its shiny looks. We found the hood fits better under a helmet than over, and that even the smallest size (S) was a bit big for a 173cm male – Columbia agrees that they do size a bit large. It’s fairly expensive at full price but not hard to find on sale.

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Paramo Velez Adventure Light Smock

This guide could have featured a dozen different 200-300g hardshell jackets at different price points, but you’ve probably got the picture on membrane-based hardshells by now. Paramo does its waterproofing differently, and while its products aren’t for all cycling scenarios, they’re worth a look.

Instead of using a membrane to seal out water, Paramo focuses on getting moisture out faster than it comes in. Its outer layer uses a (non-toxic) water repellent coating to slow the ingress, and its inner layer pumps moisture out using a technique called capillary depression. Unlike membranes, it can move liquid as well as water vapour from the inner to the outer layer. The double layer build does make it heavy – 588g for a size small – but it does mean you don’t need as much on underneath.

Our first real trial of the Velez Light Smock was mountain biking in wind and sleet at 4-6C (39-42F) on the Welsh Borders, with just a thin winter base underneath. It was pretty much perfect for that, like a breathable waterproof cocoon, and its softness and comfort meant it got grabbed for hiking on that holiday as well. It just feels very relaxed and natural to wear, helped by its soft feel, its massive side vents and easily pull-uppable sleeves. You wouldn’t buy it as your do-everything cycling jacket because it’s too warm for efforts as temperatures get towards double figures (10C/50F), but if you’re a general outdoors person, you could get plenty of value out of it.

Best windproof jackets

As Guy argues regularly, one alternative to wrestling with changing temperatures in a waterproof jacket, is to use a softshell that’s more breathable, while still being windproof, and water resistant. This is on the basis that with the right layering you’ll stay warm inside even if damp is getting in, and your body will have a decent chance of drying your layers out because the water vapour will leave faster than in a waterproof. It’s not an option for seriously heavy weather, but fans are surprised at how water resistant some of these jackets are.

Here we include two leave-on options, and a superlight packable option that you could use in addition to a regular waterproof shell.

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Rab Cinder Kinetic Waterproof Jacket

If there’s one company that understands being active in British weather, it’s Rab. Its new Cinder range adapts its most breathable technology for off-road cycling, and its Kinetic jacket hits a sweet balance between being waterproof enough and very breathable. Rab gives it a 3 out of 5 rating for waterproofing and a 5 out of 5 for breathability, windproofing and stretch, compared with its other products. Our tester Guy found no problems with the waterproofing and was impressed by the durability of the PFC-free water-repellent coating. And most importantly, he raved about the breathability, starting to overheat only at race-level efforts. 

Even when it does get damp inside, the windproofing keeps the chill off, and crucially, the breathability allows the dampness to escape relatively quickly.

Other features that impressed were the draught-free ‘close casual’ cut, generous pockets, helmet-friendly hood with a useful peak, and fleece-lined chin guard. At 325g it’s a middleweight bivvying jacket, and its muted colours may not be for everyone, but otherwise Guy struggled to find a bad word to say about it.

See the full review of the Rab Cinder Kinetic Waterproof Jacket .

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Gore Lupra Jacket

The Lupra is made with a combination of materials – wind and light rain protection on the front, and stretch breathable fabric on the back. The more exposed hood and shoulder areas also have taped seams. This strategic placement of different materials is designed to give protection where you need it the most, but with more breathability than a full waterproof.

The fit particularly impressed our tester. There’s a long back and ingenious pullcords to keep the drop tail in place; perfectly pre-shaped sleeves that let you move your arms without moving the body of the jacket; and a generous hood.

The Lupra Jacket became our tester’s go-to transition season outer layer, in fall temperatures from 7 to 18C, with a merino base layer underneath. It’s easy to recommend for gravel riding and mountain biking; but while at 315g it’s light enough for multi-day bikepacking, you’d probably want to take a full waterproof unless you were sure of the forecast.

Read more in our full Gore Lupra Jacket review . 

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OMM Sonic Jacket

Instead of trying – and failing – to find one jacket that maximises waterproofing and breathability, you could supplement your not-so-breathable waterproof with a featherweight, highly breathable windproof. This means that when it’s too chilly or breezy for just a jersey, you don’t have to pull on a full waterproof to stop your core temperature being whipped away by the wind.

There are plenty of options, from the generic windproof cyclists’ gilet, through to the perennially popular 200g Pertex Buffalo Windshirt. But if you want to keep it super light and long-sleeved, something like the Sonic Jacket from adventure running brand OMM is worth your attention. As small and light as an energy bar, and as thin as parachute material, we found that it packed a ridiculous amount of wind protection for something you can hardly tell you’re wearing. (We also stayed surprisingly dry even when we pushed it beyond its intended limits and let the rain soak through for a while – presumably because our base layer could still wick and the jacket could breathe.)

It’s not 100 percent perfect for off-road cyclists – it probably wouldn’t enjoy a gravelly crash, although it’s been fine for pulling on and off for a few weeks of testing. It’s got a nice slender fit, and it’s long enough for cyclists, though we did find a curious amount of wind vibration in some breezes.

For more info, see our full OMM Sonic Jacket review .

Best light insulated jackets

While layering is at the heart of staying warm and comfortable on a bike, there’s a definite time and place for highly breathable jackets with a little insulation built in. We look at two lightweight options with built-in shells, which are perfect for all-day messing around; and a shell-less mid-layer which might be a better alternative for multi-day trips as you can pair it with the best shell for the conditions.

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Castelli Unlimited Puffy Jacket

One of my favorite jackets for gravel day rides this winter has been the Castelli Unlimited Puffy, which combines a windproof shell with a Polartec Alpha lining. With just a base layer underneath it’s been freakishly breathable and warm at the same time, and has been fine in showers.

The Unlimited Puffy is mostly made from a very thin windproof microfiber outer shell, lined with Polartec Alpha Direct, which is a very open-threaded fleece. The panels on the side of the body and the backs of the sleeves are made from an unlined, slightly stretchy fabric. It weighs 217g for a size medium, which is about the same as a very lightweight waterproof jacket and not much more than a thick base layer.

The genius is that the open fleece traps warm air but allows huge breathability, so you barely notice you’re wearing it. Wearing it in winter and spring between about 3C and 12C (37-54F) with just a base layer underneath, I’d describe it as a great ‘messing around all day’ jacket. 

The unlined stretch panels up the side body and the backs of the arms help breathability and movement, but they don’t give enough insulation to make this a wandering around camp jacket.

Read our full Castelli Unlimited Puffy Jacket review .

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POC Pro Thermal Jacket

Like the Castelli Unlimited Puffy Jacket, the POC Pro Thermal combines a windproof, showerproof outer with strategically placed lightweight thermal panels inside. Instead of Polartec Alpha fleece, it uses a thermal mesh, which impressed our tester with its warmth and wicking ability. He also appreciated the slim cut, the pre-curved sleeves, and the intelligently placed pockets, which were generous without sagging when full.

The Pro Thermal Jacket earned its stripes in a wider range of conditions than our tester first expected; with a thermal base layer it more than held up on frosty morning starts, as well as on the milder days of the transition seasons. The venting also impressed with under-arm gills and a double-ended zip.

Read more from our tester in the full POC Pro Thermal Jacket review . 

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Rab Alpha Flash Jacket

While Polartec Alpha jackets continue to blow our testers away with their all-day natural warmth and breathability, the one down side is that the very open fleece has to be combined with a windproof shell to retain warmth. 

While this design is fine in showers, and surprisingly warm when damp, if it really tips down you either have to take the Polartec jacket off and put a rain shell on, losing its thermal benefit, or you have to put a shell over the Polartec jacket, meaning you’d have two shell layers to sweat through.

Rab’s Alpha Flash Jacket is just made of the Polartec Alpha inner, which gives you the versatility to pair it with whichever shell you need. So on a bivvying trip you could take it with a 50g OMM Sonic windproof (above), a 200-300g waterproof, and still have change from 550g, while enjoying the potential of five jacket combinations. (The Alpha Flash Jacket weighs 206g for a small.)

In our tests, we’ve found it a reassuring companion for spring bivvying. The slim but flexible cut works nicely under almost any shell, and even though it’s not intended for use without a shell because the breeze goes straight through the super-breathable fleece, we’ve found ourselves wearing it by itself on mild days too.

Meet the testers

Sean's a soft southerner, but while some of his gravel riding and bivvying is on the South Downs and Kent, he's also in his element in Wales and the North. He's enjoyed Yorkshire bikepacking in February and solo South Downs one-dayers and after multiple jacket experiments, from boil in the bag to freeze in the wind, he's glad to get down to a sensible shortlist.

Guy has written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit, he’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too.

Russell has been heavily involved in mountain biking for decades. He originally started out designing and building trail center routes, but soon moved specializing in MTB photography and product testing. Over the years, he's shot and written for just about every British MTB mag and website in existence, including MBUK, What Mountain Bike, and most recently

Mildred enjoys everything from road cycling to mountain biking, but is a utilitarian cyclist at heart. She’s spent over four years volunteering as a mechanic and workshop coordinator at the Bristol Bike Project.

Best jackets for gravel and bikepacking: your questions answered

How much should i spend on a jacket for gravel and bikepacking.

The very cheapest generic jackets will simply let rain through, or they’ll be very sweaty, or both. Fine for an emergency short commute, but not what you want on the hill. That said, you can find decent starter options from bike-specific brands under $/£100, as our guide to best budget waterproof jackets shows. From $/£100-200 you tend to get better cuts, so the jackets don’t flap and let you move easily without tight spots, and the waterproofing and breathability are usually better. Over $/£200 ups the game again, and many jackets will be using a Gore-Tex membrane here, but no amount of money will keep you 100 percent dry. If you’re happy to forgo some waterproofing for breathability and focus on layering to stay warm while a little damp, you’ll get more comfort for your money.

How do waterproof cycling jackets work?

The heart of most waterproof jackets is a delicate membrane that resists water coming in, while letting water vapour out (what we call breathing). Normally, they have a woven fabric on the outside for durability and initial water resistance, and this is a big factor in how breathable the jacket is.  That fabric has to balance durability, weight, and water resistance, because if it soaks through, the membrane underneath will stay water resistant, but it won’t be able to breathe as well because the gaps in the outer fabric are now filled with water.

How can I re-proof my cycling jacket?

We all know the pleasure of the way water beads on the surface of a new jacket… and the way it stops doing so over weeks or months. The good news is that you can rejuvenate the ‘durable water-repellent coating’ (DWR) with a product like Nikwax TX.Direct, which you put in your washing machine along with one or two jackets. The two absolute keys are that the washing machine needs to be free of detergent traces – so maybe do a hot towel wash with no detergent first – and the jacket needs to be super-clean. You’ll need to use a technical washing liquid, and be ready to scrub out ingrained dirt with a toothbrush if necessary.

What’s the difference between a hardshell and softshell jacket?

The qualities of hardshells and softshells have become more blurred, but the classic hardshell is a tough-feeling waterproof, with a non-stretch, woven outer, taped seams, and a rustly feel; while the classic softshell is softer and quieter with a little stretch, more breathability, but less weather protection. Thanks to fabrics like Gore-Tex Infinium, softshells can now be highly windproof and much more water resistant than before; at the same time, hardshells are often quieter and softer. So you can have your cake and eat at least some of it.

Is a thicker cycling jacket better?

All else being equal (and it’s usually not) the weight or thickness of a jacket shouldn't make much difference to its waterproofing. A thicker jacket will generally be more durable, less breathable, and maybe a little more wind resistant, and give psychological comfort. It’ll make a little thermal difference, but mostly that should come from your underlayers. Most cyclists would prioritise breathability, and in this guide we’re also prioritising packability.

Sean has old school cycle touring in his blood, with a coast to coast USA ride and a number of month-long European tours in his very relaxed palmares. Also an enthusiastic midpack club cyclocross and XC racer, he loves his role as a junior cycle coach on the Kent/Sussex borders, and likes to squeeze in a one-day unsupported 100-miler on the South Downs Way at least once a year. Triathlon and adventure racing fit into his meandering cycling past, as does clattering around the Peak District on a rigid Stumpjumper back in the day.

Height: 173cm

Weight: 65kg

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My Bikepacking Clothes: Lightweight Comfort in (Almost) Any Weather

I’ll be honest: I’ve avoided writing about bikepacking clothes for a long time because, well, it seemed silly. You can bikepack in any clothes, just like you can bikepack on any bike. The last thing I want to do is give beginner bikepackers another way to “do it wrong.” You’re doing it right!

And yet, just like the question of bikepacking bikes , bikepacking clothes can be better or worse for the circumstances. Style is personal, but sweat and chafing and wind-chill are real problems! If you’re riding to the local campground on a mild summer evening, by all means wear whatever you have sitting around. But when you start venturing out on more challenging trips, your bikepacking wardrobe deserves some attention.

Though I won’t win any fashion contests on the trail (or in real life), over the course of 20,000+ miles I’ve built up a collection of functional and comfy bikepacking clothes that I rely on for weeks or months at a time out there. If you’re wondering what to wear for bikepacking, this list is a great place to start.

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This post focuses on the bikepacking clothes I personally know best and have worn for many thousands of miles. I’m a woman and some of these are women-specific bikepacking clothes, but most are available for men too.

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Bring Your Own Style

One of my favorite things about bikepacking is how people arrive here from so many different directions. When folks start bikepacking they tend to wear clothes from the adjacent activity that brought them here.

This is why my own bikepacking clothing is a mishmash of my travel and hiking clothes, with a dash of casual MTB mixed in. Some folks bring more of an around-the-campfire vibe, some favor technical athletic wear, some wear their MTB clothes, and some rock their logo-covered lycra cycling kit. It’s all good!

Many of these options share similar functionality. A technical athletic t-shirt, road cycling jersey, and quick-dry travel shirt all aim to wick sweat from your skin and help regulate your body temperature. Personally I wouldn’t be very comfortable bikepacking long distances in jean shorts and flannel, but for an overnighter to the local campground it might be just the thing.

When deciding what to wear bikepacking, the most important thing is to find clothes that feel good against your skin, help you stay warm in the cold and cool in the heat , and aren’t too heavy or bulky when packed on your bike. So with that in mind, let’s dive into my favorite bikepacking clothes.

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The Magic of Merino Wool

If you’re already acquainted with merino wool, you can skip this section. Otherwise, let me take a minute to explain why this magical fabric features so prominently in my bikepacking clothing list.

Merino is extremely good at being comfy over a wide range of temperatures. It adds warmth in the cold and is slow to make you overheat when it warms up. It breathes extremely well and wicks moisture away from the skin. Crucially for long trips, it’s naturally stink-resistant! How do sheep do that?? Many merino garments also incorporate synthetics, like Tencel, to add stretch and durability.

One major downside of merino is its price, though increasingly budget-friendly brands are popping up these days. It’s also not very durable, especially in the lightest weights, which makes the high price tag extra hard to swallow. But once you try it, especially on a long and gnarly trip where showers and laundry machines are few and far between, you may find that it’s worth the cost.

Merino wool weight : Manufacturers often use a measurement of grams per square meter, sometimes just called “weight,” to indicate how heavy a garment is. The ultralight range of 120 – 150 is suitable for hot weather, though often comes with compromises like being see-through and fragile. Around 150 is a good lightweight range for a base layer in moderate weather. Between 150 – 200 you’ll find long-sleeve midlayers for cool weather, and from 200 – 300 are heavier-weight midlayers for cold weather.

Riding Clothes

These are the items I usually have on my body while pedaling when the weather is warm. Their goals are to be extremely comfortable, light enough for the hottest expected weather, and fast-drying enough to wash in a motel room sink and hang out to dry.

Lightweight Merino Shirt

Your main bikepacking shirt is against your skin all day every day, so it needs to be comfortable and durable. It should have a good range of motion (no annoying tightness in the shoulders especially), be breathable and quick-drying, resist holding onto funky body odor for as long as possible, and ideally prevent your skin from getting sunburned.

How many shirts should you carry? For a short ride or an ultralight longer trip, just one! You’ll be fine, I promise, especially if it’s stink-resistant merino wool. On a multi-week ride I’ll usually bring two, one for hot weather and one for cooler, and so I can wear whichever is cleaner when I get to town. For long-haul travel with varied climate and lots of days off the bike I’ll carry three shirts.

Tip: If you’ll be riding roads you may want to choose a brightly colored shirt for extra visibility to drivers.

Smartwool Merino 150 T-Shirt ( women / men ) Good general-purpose lightweight merino wool t-shirt. It’s relatively durable and I like the fit. For really hot or humid weather it’s a tad heavy; check out Smartwool’s 120 weight t-shirt instead.

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Wuru Nuyarn Lightweight Merino Hoodie ( women / men ) Very well-rounded sun hoodie that feels cool enough in hot temperatures and also offers good durability and sun protection. See my review for details.

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Ridge Merino Sun Hoody ( women / men ) Excellent sun coverage and versatility, surprisingly durable for merino, but too heavy for very hot weather. More info: read my full review

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Other good bikepacking shirt options:

  • Cycling jerseys, especially if merino wool or antimicrobial-treated synthetic
  • Hiking shirts
  • Travel shirts
  • Any athletic shirt (though inexpensive synthetics often hold onto body odor)

Whatever you do, avoid cotton . It’s heavy, takes up a lot of space, and dries slowly.

Chamois Shorts or Bibs

The search for the perfect chamois can take years! After much trial and error I’ve finally found one that works for me, but I can almost guarantee it won’t work for many of you — we’re all so different in this regard. I recommend experimenting to find what’s best for you.

Louis Garneau CB Carbon 2 Short ( women ) Expensive but can sometimes be found on sale. A good chamois is worth its weight in gold if solves your problems though! I like that the chamois isn’t too thick so it doesn’t bunch up or put pressure on soft tissue.

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Smartwool Merino Sport Biker Shorts – no chamois ( women ) For those who ride without a chamois, these offer the advantages of merino in a comfy stretchy short. I only use them for short rides, but I’m trying to work up to longer ones.

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If you struggle to find chamois shorts that work for you, try bib shorts. Some people find bibs stay in place better and thus chafe less. The downside: inconvenient bathroom breaks, especially for women.

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Baggy Shorts

These are optional, and many people skip them and just ride in their chamois shorts. I admit this is more comfortable on a hot day, but for bikepacking I usually layer baggy shorts on top. They have convenient pockets, help deter unwanted attention in some areas, and give me something comfy to wear during town days.

Club Ride Savvy Shorts ( women) I settled on these after trying a few. The fit is more flattering than most, the pockets are convenient (I especially like the zip pocket on the thigh for holding my mini-wallet) and the colors are nice.

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Warm Layers

On all but the balmiest summer trips we have to carry warm layers for cooler riding hours and overnight. Depending on the climate this could range from a lightweight puffy you’ll throw on at camp, to fleece tights and multiple upper layers you’ll be riding in. It’s often helpful to wear warm layers while sleeping too, so your sleeping bag can be a bit lighter.

The Importance of Layering

It’s common for outdoorsy folks to speak of our “layering system” like it’s a marvel of advanced engineering. Actually, many of the pieces are pretty impressive from a manufacturing perspective! Fortunately for us wearers, applying the system is simple. The idea is to bring a series of layer-able garments that can be worn alone in milder weather or all together when the temps plummet.

Bikepackers get extra value from a system like this when riding in the mountains! Often we need to strip down for a climb and then layer up to fight wind chill on a long descent.

Mid-Weight Merino Long Sleeve Shirt

This might be my number one favorite item of bikepacking clothing. It’s so versatile! Mid-weight merino wool does a fabulous job of adding warmth, but is also slow to overheat when you hit a punchy climb or the sun peeks out from behind the clouds. I often ride in this layer on cool mornings or afternoons, throw it on at camp if it’s not on already, and sleep in it.

Icebreaker 260 Tech Long-Sleeve Half-Zip ( women / men ) After trying a few different mid-weight wool layers I’ve settled on this one for its durability and generous thickness. The 260 weight is a bit warmer than some, so it’s best for cooler weather. The zipper is big enough to fit over a helmet for hassle-free layer adjustments while riding.

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Smartwool All-Season Merino 1/4 Zip ( women / men ) A lighter option for more moderate weather, suitable as a riding layer or for a little extra warmth at camp.

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Puffy Jacket

This is the core of a cold-weather clothing system for bikepacking or any other outdoor adventure. If the weather is mild this might be the only warm layer I bring, and in frigid temps it’s the layer I depend on most.

Down jackets are the gold standard because down has an excellent warmth to weight ratio. A high-quality down jacket can pack down to nearly nothing in your seat bag and then expand into a cozy cocoon of warmth upon arriving at camp.

Down does have some down sides (teehee) though: it’s expensive, and it must be kept dry to provide warmth. Thus synthetic insulation, which is a bit heavier and bulkier, is often preferred for smaller budgets or trips in extended wet weather. I use down jackets for all my adventures and take care to keep them dry, but I also tend to not ride in the rain for days at a time (hello Pacific Northwest!).

Arc’teryx Cerium Down Jacket ( women ,  men ) This jacket has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio and is warm enough for a wide range of 3-season trips, including occasional sub-freezing temps. It’s warmer than the Ghost Whisperer (see below) but still packs down impressively small. It’s in my bag on all but the most mild-weathered trips. More info: read my full review

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket ( women / men ) This is a classic ultralight down jacket with impressive warmth-to-weight ratio but relatively low absolute warmth. It’s perfect for fair-weather summer trips but leaves me wanting more at high altitudes or in shoulder-season weather. More info: read my full review

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Hood or no hood? Many people prefer down jackets with hoods, and both those options above are available in hooded versions too. We loose a lot of heat from our heads, so insulation there makes a huge difference. I use down jackets without hoods because my sleep system is a down quilt with separate hood that I can also wear with my down jacket. Some people prefer to carry a separate hat. Whatever you choose, make sure you have a good cozy insulating layer for your head.

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Fleece, Flannel, or Other Third Layer

This additional top layer is not part of my bikepacking clothing these days, but some people may find it useful. If you ride often in wet weather and don’t want to depend solely on down, or you have an ultralight down jacket like the Ghost Whisperer and want to extend its range into colder weather, you can add a fleece or flannel layer underneath.

Mid-Layer Tights

It’s true that upper body layers make the biggest difference (it’s most important to keep the core warm), but in cold weather an extra bottom layer is also essential. You can think of these as “long johns” or long underwear, but the best options are more versatile. You might wear these over your chamois shorts, under rain pants, or on their own while sleeping or doing laundry in town.

You can find plenty of midweight base layer bottoms from the usual merino brands (Smartwool and Icebreaker are good places to start). Here I’ll call out two less common options that I really like.

Columbia OmniHeat Tight ( women / men ) Though not merino like so many of my favorites, I’ve used these tights for years of bikepacking and backpacking. They have a good warmth-to-weight ratio thanks to the reflective metallic bits, and they don’t seem to get stinky despite lacking the magic of merino.

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Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Lined Wind Tight ( women / men ) These are a game-changer for riding in the cold! They’re surprisingly wind-resistant (no need to layer rain pants over the top for chilly descents) and much warmer than the previous option, yet still comfortable to ride in. I enjoyed the heck out of these during the Idaho Smoke ‘n Fire 400 (a morning or two of sub-freezing temps) and a high-altitude stretch of the Western Wildlands Route in October. Convenient ankle zippers make them easy to add and remove without messing with shoes.

More info: read my full review

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Tip : Size up when choosing tights for bikepacking, so you can easily layer them over your chamois shorts and still have plenty of mobility for pedaling.

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Warm Gloves

Whether for riding or cool evenings at camp, cold weather calls for a warm pair of gloves. You can find plenty of full-fingered cycling-specific gloves that will add warmth and wind resistance while keeping your hands functional for operating bike controls. Because my hands get cold so easily I tend to go straight to my lobster gloves when it’s cold.

REI Co-op Polartec Power Stretch Fleece Gloves ( unisex ) I use these when weather is not too cold and I just need a light glove for around camp. When paired with disposable nitrile gloves (see Rain section below) they’re decent for riding too, at least for a little while. I just pull them on over my usual fingerless cycling gloves.

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Pearl Izumi AMFIB Lobster Gloves ( unisex ) These have saved me from unusably numb hands on many a chilly ride! Combined with the waterproof glove covers below, they’re the only setup that allows me to ride in cold rain or sub-freezing dry weather. If you struggle with cold hands I highly recommend these.

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Rain and Wind

Here we have the final piece of the bikepacking clothing system: the outer layer that protects us from rain and wind. There are many options here, and the best choice depends on where you’ll be, how cold it will get, and how much precipitation is expected. Options include everything from a lightweight wind shirt to a highly technical alpine hardshell, though a simple rain jacket is often the best and most versatile choice.

When it’s a little too chilly for just a midlayer but a little too warm for a rain jacket, I love zipping myself into a lightweight wind-resistant vest.

REI Co-op Link Cycling Vest ( women / men ) This super-light vest is my first line of defense for wind and very light sprinkles. It packs down to nothing, keeps my core warm without trapping too much heat, and makes me more visible to cars. All good things!

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Some people use a lighter wind jacket that’s distinct from their rain jacket if weather is dry. I find the vest more versatile, and also a better use of money. I rarely go bikepacking with zero chance of rain in the forecast – always true if your trip is longer than a few days – so I usually have a rain jacket with me anyway.

Rain Jacket

Rain jackets span a wide range of robustness, weight, and breathability based on their materials and construction. The trick is to keep rainwater from coming in while allowing your own sweat to go out – a tricky feat of textile engineering! Ideally we all want a highly waterproof, highly breathable, very lightweight shell, but that doesn’t exist (and if it did, who could afford it?).

The trick is to find the best balance for your needs and budget. Most cheaper and lighter rain gear will eventually leave you feeling soggy, whether from rain soaking through or your own sweat failing to evaporate. If the temperature isn’t too cold this might actually be ok, since rain layers do a good job of blocking the airflow that makes us feel cold. But in very cold climates or endless hours of rain, it can leave you feeling chilled to the bone.

Not just for rain: If you’re thinking about skipping rain layers since there’s no rain in the forecast, I ask you to think again. First of all, forecasts can be wrong or change once you’re out there. Also, rain gear adds a lot of warmth even in the dry. I always have a lightweight rain jacket in my bag, even if there’s zero change of rain. I wear it to cut wind on fast descents and to add warmth at camp.

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Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket ( women / men ) This is an excellent affordable all-around rain jacket. It’s reasonably lightweight, has all the features (including pit zips) and though it’s not impenetrable 3-layer Gore-tex, it performs very respectably in the rain. If you’re in the market for your first rain jacket and don’t want to spend a ton, I recommend it for most 3-season trips in all but the gnarliest alpine weather.

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Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket ( women / men ) This ultralight rain jacket is very popular with long-distance backpackers, and it’s great for bikepacking too. It’s the lightest full-featured rain jacket you’ll find, and extremely compact. It does sacrifice some functionality to achieve this though; it’s not the most breathable when you’re working up a sweat, and it wets out fairly quickly in heavy rain. I recommend it for lightweight trips without much rain in the forecast and when temps won’t drop below the 40’s F. More info: read my full review

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Arc’teryx Beta AR Hardshell Jacket ( women / men ) This rather expensive jacket is my trust-with-my-life jacket for the wettest weather and coldest temperatures. I love it (and fortunately I bought it at a hefty discount – watch for sales), but if your adventures stick to milder weather it’s probably overkill. I really enjoyed it in Kyrgyzstan and Patagonia, for example, but didn’t bring it on the Western Wildlands Route. More info: read my full review

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Rain pants can be optional, and if the weather is warm and dry I’ll skip them. I definitely bring them if rain is expected, and I’ll often bring them for dry trips in cold weather. Throwing them on at the top of a long descent can really take the bite out of chilly air.

REI Co-op Essential Rain Pants ( women / men ) These are decent rain paints for an affordable price. They don’t have a cycling-specific fit and they’ll eventually wet out while riding, especially on the tops of the thighs, but in most cases they still provide enough warmth to be useful.

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Is your rain gear less waterproof that it used to be? It’s normal for the outer DWR coating on breathable rain gear to rub off and become less effective over time. One of my annual gear maintenance rituals is to refresh my rain gear’s waterproofing with this combo from Nikwax .

Waterproof Glove Covers

If it’s raining, or even just dry and very cold, you’ll probably want a vapor-barrier liner atop insulated gloves. Our hands are subject to some serious windchill out there, and numb fingers don’t play well with shifting and braking. Here are my two favorite options.

Mountain Laurel Designs eVent Rain Mitt ( unisex ) Simple and ultralight. These waterproof mitts even fit over my bulky lobster gloves in super cold weather, and sometimes I use them alone to cut windchill in milder temps.

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Nitrile or Rubber Gloves As a budget-friendly option these can’t be beat! Stretchy nitrile gloves are especially good as a lightweight emergency layer on short trips. Size up and you might be able to fit them over your warm riding gloves. Worst-case scenario, you can wear them underneath wet gloves to stop evaporative cooling, or wear them alone as a lightweight windblocking layer. Larger rubber dishwashing gloves work too, though they’re not quite as minimalist.

Waterproof Foot Covers

For me these are more optional than a good glove system – it’s easier to ride with numb toes than numb fingers – but I’m usually glad to have them on trips with seriously cold weather. As with gloves I have two systems: one more “official” and one for more minimalist trips and emergencies.

Pearl Izumi Shoe Covers ( unisex ) These can be fiddly, water eventually gets in, and it’s easy to damage the bottoms with too much hike-a-bike. I don’t bring them on every trip, but when it’s really cold and wet I appreciate them. The fleece inner lining adds warmth and the waterproof outer blocks evaporation, so even when water eventually gets inside my feet stay relatively warm.

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Plastic Bags Between Socks An excellent budget option: sandwich a plastic bag between two pairs of socks to form a vapor barrier. Your shoe and outer sock will get wet, but you won’t feel cold because the bag blocks evaporative cooling. Many bags can work and I’m still experimenting to find the best kind. Currently I’m liking plastic shopping bags, the thin kind they give you at the convenience store (in most places) when you resupply.

Odds and Ends

That covers all the big items, but these small accessories can also make a big difference.

Smartwool Lightweight Merino Socks ( women / men ) Don’t feel the need to splurge on these – plenty of cheaper socks will work. But for long trips I find them worth the investment because they’re very comfortable, surprisingly durable for merino, and stink-resistant. They come in a variety of heights and thicknesses, and I find the ones labeled as “running” or “hiking” work just fine for cycling. I bring two pairs on most trips, and add a third heavier pair if cold and wet weather is expected.

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Buff Headwear ( unisex ) A staple of any outdoor adventure wardrobe, this handy multi-use accessory is a must for me on any trip. I use it as a hair band, sweat band under my helmet, neck gaiter for sun protection, and face mask on dusty roads. I also bring a second clean one to use as a pillow case on top of my dry bag stuffed with clothes.

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Arm Sleeves

Outdoor Research Arm Sleeves ( unisex ) Before I started riding in long-sleeve sun hoodies, I usually paired my short sleeve merino t-shirt with a pair of arm sleeves. The sun exposure on arms and hands can really add up during long trips. If you, like me, are not blessed with huge biceps, it can be hard to find sleeves that don’t slip down while riding. These are the best I’ve found for that purpose, but there are plenty of other options out there.

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Cycling Gloves

Pearl Izumi Elite Cycling Gloves ( women / men ) Just simple lightweight cycling gloves for sun protection, blister protection, and a bit of padding on the hands. I do pay a few extra dollars for the “elite” model because they fit better at the wrist and seem to last longer.

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In case you didn’t already know, I’ll tell you a secret: most people don’t wear underwear with chamois shorts. I usually bring two pair nonetheless, one for sleeping and one for town. As with all bikepacking clothes the best choices are lightweight, breathable, fast drying, and as always, smell-resistant. My two current favorites:

ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Briefs / Boxers ( women / men ) Classic travel favorite, extremely quick-drying and therefore better than merino in hot weather. I’ll usually wear this pair around town.

Woolly Merino Briefs / Boxers ( women / men ) I generally use this pair for sleeping. I don’t know if it makes a difference, but I feel like the natural and breathable fabric is good after a day in bike shorts. (See Saddle Sore Advice from Endurance Bikepackers )

For most trips I’ll bring just one, or two if it’s really hot and/or I’ll be spending a lot of time in town. What works for me won’t work for everyone (I’m an A cup) but my favorite is the Patagonia Barely Bra . It’s lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and has light removable pads.

We all have our own favorites when it comes to sunglasses, but for what it’s worth I’m currently liking these KastKing Hiwassee Sport Sunglasses . They don’t last forever but they’re affordable, which is exactly what I want after loosing, breaking, or terminally scratching many pairs of bikepacking sunglasses over the years.

Clothes for Sleeping

Hopefully it’s now clear how I use my bikepacking clothes for riding and sitting around camp. But what about sleeping? There are different approaches here, but I’m a typical lightweight minimalist: I don’t bring separate clothes for sleeping.

I usually wear my merino base layer shirt all the time and add warm layers as needed on top. Sometimes, if it’s cold, I don’t see my base layer for days! Eww, gross, right? Well, that’s why I love merino wool. My base layer stays surprisingly fresh, and it also protects my warmer layers (which are heavier and harder to clean) from my dirty skin.

My layering system is just as critical for sleep as it is for riding and camp. Warmer sleeping bags are heavier and bulkier, so you can save weight and space by using your riding and camp clothes as part of your sleep system. Here’s roughly what that looks like for me (I’m a very cold sleeper) when using a sleeping quilt rated in the 10-20 degree range:

  • Temps in the 50’s: I’m sleeping in tights and long-sleeve midlayer
  • Temps in the 40’s: I’m adding my down jacket atop the midlayer, and maybe wearing two pair of socks
  • Temps in the 30’s or below: I’m layering my rain jacket and rain pants over everything else. I might also be adding plastic bags over my socks.

Sometimes, when it’s cold enough, I sleep in literally every layer I have! I don’t love sleeping in rain gear – it can feel a bit clammy – but it adds significant warmth.

Related: How to Sleep Better While Camping

International Bikepacking

Bikepacking internationally can pose a unique set of challenges when it comes to clothing (and many other things!). Specifically, a culture of conservative dress can prompt bikepackers to reconsider tight-fitting lycra and shoulder-baring shirts. Conservative Islamic countries probably come to mind first, but there are many places around the globe where people cover up more than most Americans or Europeans are used to.

Details vary based on location, so research your destination in particular. Some places have norms for locals but are tolerant of tourists, while others are known for being a bit less tolerant in general. Keep in mind that bikepackers spend a lot of time in rural areas away from other tourists, so it’s easier to feel out of place.

Unfortunately this more of an issue for women, but men aren’t entirely off the hook. Men can “get away with” more in the sense that they won’t be sexually harassed if they get it wrong, but may still wish to follow local norms to avoid feeling rude or out of place. Typically for men this would mean covering chest and shoulders, and in more conservative areas wearing below-the-knee shorts.

As a woman, I mentally divide locations into these groups:

  • Liberal: I could wear tight shorts and a sleeveless shirt if I wanted, though I generally don’t because I prefer sun coverage.
  • Standard: I wear knee-length loose MTB shorts and a t-shirt. Examples: Southeast Asia, Kyrgyzstan
  • Moderately conservative: I wear below-the-knee loose MTB shorts and either a t-shirt or long sleeve shirt. Examples: Morocco, rural and Muslim parts of central Asia
  • Very conservative: I wear loose long pants and long sleeves. Examples: touring solo in Egypt and Sudan.

I take extra care when traveling solo, as this is already enough to send the wrong message in some cultures. My goal is to help locals feel comfortable around me and avoid unwanted attention.

Solo female cyclist riding in Sudan

In Conclusion

I hope you can see by now that there’s a lot more to bikepacking clothes than style. At the end of the day it’s about staying comfy and packing light.

This post shares what works for me, but you don’t need to rush out and buy all this stuff! Start with what you have. If you’re building up your collection, start by adding a few essential pieces – a good insulating jacket and rain layer are hard to do without in bad weather, for example – and then go ride. It’s much easier to figure out what you need and like after you’ve been out on the trail a few times.

If budget is a factor, don’t overlook used gear! You can score great deals on used outdoor clothes at eBay , REI Used Gear , and GearTrade , to name a few. Lightly used items are often a great buy. If you buy them new they’ll be lightly used after your first few rides anyway.

Fellow bikepackers, did I miss your favorite item of clothing? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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6 thoughts on “My Bikepacking Clothes: Lightweight Comfort in (Almost) Any Weather”

Hi Alissa, I really love and depend on your posts, esp. gear reviews, as I move from recumbent trike road touring to 2-wheel bikepacking adventures. Thank you so much for the idea of a wind vest versus a windbreaker jacket. That’ll be my next purchase. You might want to check out Ridge Merino’s boy shorts undies. I’m finding them so comfortable, and I can ride in them w/o a chamois, something I too am working toward more and more. For sleeping bags, I sleep warm, especially when working out hard every day. I’ve got a sleeping bag “system,” for when conditions will be both warm and cold: an older Montrail 32 degree bag (my all-time fave bag, though maybe a tad chillier than it used to be), paired with a very new Enlightened Equipment 40 degree quilt. It’s a pretty lightweight pairing. My husband has one of their 20 degree quilts and will get very overheated in warmer weather. My system hasn’t failed me yet, and the quilt, if I simply throw it over my bag, can also cover our dog (who goes everywhere with us!). Anyway, thanks again for your comprehensive and oh-so-useful reviews. You’re indispensable!

Thanks for the recommendations! I like the idea of a two-bag system for sleeping. Definitely gives you some flexibility for a wide range of trips and probably saves some money too.

Never tried wool?

An easy way to dip your toe in to wool (literally!) is to try wool socks. It’s usually the least expensive wool garment.

And wow, they are so good at keeping your feet warm, wet or dry. Even in summer, the lighter/thinner ones are comfy and wick sweat nicely.

And as you mentioned, wool won’t get too stinky. It’s true!

Thanks Doug, I agree!

I met you on the Oregon Outback route and commented a couple years ago about what to wear in south east Asia. I just need to say that I love your site. I’m heading to South America for a year or more and I I’ve been reading your posts religiously and now I’m about to purchase some Mountain Laurel event mitts! I’m a seasoned bike packer and world traveler but I also find that there is something to improve on.

I wish I had met you again on the WWR last summer. I rode the complete route N>S and finished the end of August.

Thanks for all your hard work and easy to read , informative posts. You are doing it right!

Yes, I remember you! Congrats on your WWR ride. A year in South America, wow, I wish you a fantastic trip. Certainly we can all keep improving and learning from each other – it’s part of the fun.

If you’re ever looking for a place to share your experiences online, let me know. I occasionally publish guest posts and written interviews. There are so many ways to approach all this and I certainly can’t represent them all by myself, and it’s a fun way for me too learn too.

Happy travels!

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Recreating the vandals jacket.

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The Bikeriders captures a rebellious time in America when the culture and people were changing. After a chance encounter at a local bar, strong-willed Kathy (Jodie Comer) is inextricably drawn to Benny (Austin Butler), the newest member of Midwestern motorcycle club, the Vandals led by the enigmatic Johnny (Tom Hardy)

Much like the country around it, the club begins to evolve, transforming from a gathering place for local outsiders into a dangerous underworld of violence, forcing Benny to choose between Kathy and his loyalty to the club.

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"The movie is a love letter to grease monkeys, gearheads and free spirits who appreciate a little dirt under their fingernails" says Jason, fourth-generation member of the Schott leather jacket dynasty.

He remarks how honored we are to have worked with costume designer Erin Benach dressing many of the characters in the film in our PER70 , a heavyweight cowhide motorcycle jacket, and 626VN , our hand-vintaged Perfecto ® jacket.

She meticulously crafted the well-worn, and individually customized club jackets down to the handmade patches. "The degree to which Erin captured the essence of the motorcycle culture in the 1960's is remarkable. She should be commended for her attention to detail. Relining vintage jackets is a detail most won't pick up on but is the right thing to do for the period."

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We jumped at the chance to work with Erin to create an exclusive limited edition jacket inspired by club leader Johnny's D-pocket motorcycle jacket.

"First step for me is always research!", Erin Benach exclaims. "I wanted to know every detail of leather jackets from the 60s and back even earlier. I pay attention to details like the kinds of leather, zipper and lining used back then. A great source for me was this book Rin Tanaka: Motorcycle Jackets: A century of Leather Design ".

This led to a creative solution to a tricky problem. Just how she was going to differentiate Johnny's style from the other members of The Vandals in a way that was true to characters? "I liked separating him from the rest of the guys by using '50s silhouettes and older style jackets. Using this particular D-pocket style jacket helped distinguish him from the rest of the bikers."

"This was a brilliant move by Erin. While the movie takes place in the 1960s, Johnny's jacket is already a decade or so old by that point in time", Jason points out. "It's a subtle way to show he's already been on the road longer than almost anyone else in the club."

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Choosing such a vintage jacket style comes with its own set of hurdles though...

"When we decided to recreate Johnny's original jacket we had very limited time and we only had images of the front of the jacket from fittings so we had to make an educated guess on the back based on an initial conversation with Erin and a deep dive into the history of D-pocket jackets from our archives" Jason remarks. "When we finally received the jacket that Johnny wore in the film from the wardrobe department and saw it in the film we were very pleased to see that we nailed it!"

"I chose the leather for the collaboration jacket based on how I knew it would break down," Erin shares, indicating the pebbled cowhide used, "for me the lived-in quality and the way it molds to the wearer's body is the best part of style. I wanted each person to have a chance to break theirs in and make it their own.

In reference to the cowhide, Erin continues, "I knew that this particular kind of cowhide breaks down well without it taking too much time- for mine it was 5 or 6 wears and it started to feel like a second skin."

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Jason reflects on the specific details that come with recreating a seven-decades old style from scratch. "Following the vintage pattern and sourcing 1950s style Conmar chain pull zippers, we interpreted the jacket in a heavyweight pebbled cowhide that is soft to the hand but sure to stand up to whatever you put it through." Tracing the origin of these details back through Schott's century-long history, he continues, "the jacket has a period-authentic back length of 24 inches, to avoid bunching and tugging while riding. We added an iridescent burgundy rainglow lining, which is a nod to the red linings of the time." He points out the D-Pocket, an invention of his great-grandfather, Irving Schott, is featured in our first Perfecto motorcycle jacket designed in 1928.


"The bottom of the jacket is quite different from anything else we've ever produced. The first thing that stuck out to us, besides the striking D-pocket, was the stitched-on bottom band with belt loops." Motorcycle jackets were made to be used, and that often comes with modifications by the user that pop up on vintage pieces from time to time, from personal touches like additional patches or studs, to tweaks on utility like this belt alteration.

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On the road again

To shoot our limited edition Vandals jacket, we traveled 3 hours with photographer, Sean Madden, to upstate New York to visit our friend Hunter Davidsohn in Binghamton. Hunter has been building custom Harley Davidsons similar to those featured in the film for 17 years out of his own garage. We took a few of his favorites out for a spring ride in The Vandals jacket with our friend Tim Warner.

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With the original Danny Lyons book in hand, we paid homage to the original story by recreating some of the most iconic and moving imagery from the book. One of our favorite elements of The Bikeriders film was how they brought Lyons' images to life.

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Hunter built the red 1937 Harley Davidson UH in his living room during the pandemic. He explains, "This is what I would call a primitive chopper, a 50s or early 60s version of what a chopper as we know it might have evolved from." He used a 80ci prewar first year Big Twin Flathead motor in a 1936 Knucklehead frame. To further modify the original, he added an extended VL front end with a 19" VL front wheel and 18" rear, Flanders bars, and cut-down stock-narrow brace rear fender.

"The black 1950 FL Panhead I built in my basement and assembled the motor in my bedroom. The goal was to make a stock bike that breathed fire and could compete with modern bikes off the line", Hunter explains. He used a 93 ci stock looking motor in a 1957 frame with 1949 front end, and a 49 rear fender on 18" wheels.

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Whether you’re commuting to the office or planning a cross-country journey, here are the best riding jackets out there.


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The one sure thing about motorcycle riding: you need protection from every eventuality, whether that’s heat, rain, wind or a possible crash. The best riding jackets will be your second-best friend after a high-quality motorcycle helmet . So, we’ve pulled together the best motorcycle jackets to armor you against all of the above.

Our choices for the best motorcycle jackets reflect season thinking (from heat to cold) and versatility. We chose options with more pockets, manual vents and prioritized freedom of movement when a jacket is armored. Even if a jacket on our list doesn’t have its own integrated protection, it’s built to allow you to wear armor underneath and protect you during a slide.

Some options here are the one motorcycle jacket you’ll keep forever with all the bells and whistles. Others are more affordable options for grocery-getting or coffee meet-ups.

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Rev’it trench gtx jacket, belstaff trial master motorcycle jacket, merlin edale jacket, harley-davidson passage adventure jacket, aether mojave motorcycle jacket, dainese smart jacket, klim marrakesh jacket, belstaff brooklands 2.0, aether laslo motorcycle jacket, rev’it component h2o jacket, alpinestars t-gp plus r v3 air jacket, scorpion exo optima jacket, leatt moto 4.5 x-flow jacket, how we tested.


Gear Patrol staffers and contributors spent hundreds of hours over months and, in some cases, years testing motorcycle jackets for this guide. Our writers and editors tested jackets from the East Coast and West Coast, in all four seasons and in both urban and rural environments. Safety was a primary consideration for selections in this guide. Our testers also assessed jackets for comfort, fit and, of course, style.

We couldn’t test every pick in this guide. But we supplemented our own observations and experience with recommendations from experts at motorcycle gear sites like Revzilla and picks from prominent brands we trust.

To learn more about our testing methodology and how we evaluate products, head here .

Best Overall Motorcycle Jacket

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  • $639.99 at
  • Has a zip-out liner for extra warmth
  • Gore-tex laminated into the shell
  • Flap pockets are extra deep for storage
  • Not quite enough venting for peak summer riding

We’ve tested this jacket for about a year in conditions ranging from freezing wind to summer’s driving rainstorms to mud and muck. Our tester loved it because it can handle all of that and keep you protected, dry, and (unless it’s below 30 degrees or above 85) reasonably warm or cool. Credit the zip-out liner for warmth and the Gore-Tex laminated directly into the shell, so it’s always breathable and windproof. If it’s a hot day, flip open the active chest vents and keep them open via magnetic anchors. If it’s a scorcher, also unzip the exit vents behind your shoulders.

The Trench is also bristling with utility, which our tester felt was a sign it was built by experienced riders. Exhibit A? Flap pockets at your hips that are extra deep. These have zippered tops, but even if you space on sealing them shut, they retain whatever you’ve stuffed in there and more than once have prevented us from losing a phone, cash, keys, earbuds, etc. Plus REV’IT! layers in two more pockets on the jacket’s interior, and a hidden security Napoleon pocket where you might want to put your registration or insurance card, etc.

This jacket is also a tough garment, with CE Level 2 armor on the elbows and shoulders. REV’IT! includes a sleeve to fit a Seesoft Back Protector (not included) that you should add to make a very bomb-proof coat that much safer.

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Best Upgrade Motorcycle Jacket


  • $1,350.00 at
  • Made form high quality hand-waxed and treated bovine leather
  • Classic Belstaff four-pocket style
  • Includes an envelope for an added slide protector
  • CE removable armor at shoulders and elbow
  • More than twice the price of most other high-quality motorcycle jackets

While this jacket may look like the classic Belstaff dating back over 100 years, the Trailmaster has evolved slightly over time. So, in addition to being made of bovine leather that’s hand waxed and treated to provide safety during a slide, the Trailmaster Pro also gets CE removable armor for shoulders and elbows, and there’s an envelope to add a spine protector too.

But this jacket wouldn’t be a Belstaff if it didn’t retain classic features, from the four-pocket design to the belted waist to keep the wind from chilling you from beneath to oversized snaps that hold everything shut—and are easier to operate while wearing gloves. Further features include a slanted map pocket, cotton check lining and corduroy lining on the collar and cuffs to prevent wind penetration.

Best Budget Motorcycle Jacket


  • $800.00 at
  • Blends classic look with modern materials and tech
  • Waterproof and breathable membrane fabric
  • Includes D30 elbow and shoulder armor
  • Waxed jacket may require more care than other styles

Like the classic Belstaff jacket but find the price point too steep? Merlin’s Edale offers similar retro-newfangled perfection at a far more affordable price. The Scottish-English startup blends a classic look with modern materials and tech, so you’re getting the old-fangled look but with a waterproof and breathable membrane fabric and a removable Outlast thermal layer for warmth. Merlin bakes in D3O elbow and shoulder armor, and you can buy a separate spine protector for the built-in sleeve.

As for carrying wares with you, the Edale has more pockets than a high-end VRBO has guest quarters! There are four patch pockets at the front, a rear patch glove pocket that’s offset, a Napoleon pocket, and a pair of internal pockets. Plus, both hip-level patch pockets also have hand-warmer side entry. Brass zippers at the upper chest and across the top of the back bring active venting to the Edale, too, so in case it’s not Scottish Highlands cool where you ride, you can still look the part but sweat less.

Best All-Season Motorcycle Jacket

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  • $895.00 at
  • Ample Venting
  • Armor does not affect mobility
  • Slimmer fit than anticipated
  • May be too warm for truly hot weather

If you’re into adventure riding and are determined to ride through winter without a break, you’ll need a kit that can withstand weather and abuse. Enter: Harley Davidson’s Passage Adventure Jacket. Created in partnership with European apparel specialist Rev’it, the Passage Jacket was developed for adventure touring — but we’ve found it works in almost any riding scenario.

Designed for four-season riding, the Passage Jacket is well-equipped to handle heat, cold, extreme environments and hours on the road. Customization opportunities run wild on this kit — from generous venting to removable body armor — and after testing this jacket for a few months we believe it is a solid bet for most riders looking for protection on-road and off.

Our tester loved that the jacket included robust venting and protection. They also found that the jacket incorporated an impressive amount of body armor without inhibiting flexibility and mobility. It did have a slimmer fit than anticipated — though our tester did not find that to be a problem. And though all-season, buyers may want a lighter jacket to wear in the hotter part of the summer.

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Best Motorcycle Jacket With Armor


  • $550.00 at
  • Ample venting for hot weather riding
  • Zipper adds comfort for both standing and seated riding
  • Elegant cut that looks sharp on and off the bike
  • Cotton canvas material can take a while to break in

Our tester immediately took to the Mojave while testing it riding rocky, muddy sections of the NEBDR in New York State this past summer. On a steamy day, he found that the Mojave’s chest, underarm, sleeve and back vents kept air cutting through the coat. Our tester found that the bi-directional zipper that lets you open up the bottom of the Mojave made it comfortable for both standing and seated riding.

Aether crams a ton of utility into their jacket, too, with top-and-side-entry hand pockets and an interior zipped wallet pocket, and one large back pocket, which our tester found ideal for stowing a lighter-weight pair of MX gloves.

The cotton canvas felt stiff at first to our tester. But eventually, it broke in and conformed to his body like a tailored sportcoat. The Mojave became a tougher-than-you, second skin, much like a great pair of leather riding gloves. Speaking of toughness, Aether integrates LP1 removable D30 armor at the elbow, shoulder and spine.

Oh, and because it’s Aether, a brand we love for their understated style, there’s no question this jacket, perhaps rivaling only the Belstaff on this list, has a classically elegant cut that makes you look sharp on or off your bike. (It doesn’t come with a BSA or a Vincent, but would pair perfectly with that kind of machine.)

a man sitting on a motorcycle

Best Motorcycle Jacket for Safety

dainese smart jacket

  • $779.95 at
  • Automatically opening 360-degree pillow airbag
  • Firmware updates for added features
  • Has to be paired with an additional jacket

If an airbag is suitable for car drivers, surrounded by metal and further anchored with seatbelts, why can’t motorcyclists have at least an airbag? Now they can. Dainese developed its airbag vest using MotoGP racing kinematics (studying the extreme g-forces those riders generate). Our tester wore the Dainese Smart Jacket on roads over the past year, pairing it with a lightweight jacket like the Aether Mojave in summer and REV’IT’s Trench GTX jacket in winter.

You can wear it like we have during the past year of testing, paired in summer with a lightweight jacket like the Aether Mojave with its integrated elbow and shoulder CE armor, where that combo let that jacket’s vents blow through the mesh front of the Dainese vest to keep us cool. When it’s been colder, we’ve paired it beneath a warmer coat like REV’IT!’s Trench GTX Jacket.

Why wear it? Because it expands into a 360-degree pillow when you’re separated from your bike. Dainese R&D shows their airbag protects at seven times the shielding of a CE Level 1 spine guard. And, sure, this is expensive protection, but a single visit to the hospital, not to mention just about any injury to your upper body, will cost you thousands of dollars.

There’s utility in the recipe, since Dianese adds two larger hand-sized pockets at the front and a smaller chest pocket, so you have the same kind of storage you get with non-airbag clothing. Our tester also found that the mesh front of the vest allowed airflow to keep him cool in warm weather.

Like similar systems for downhill skiers, the Smart Jacket reads when your body tilts and the velocity of direction changes to “understand” the nature of the event. A rechargeable battery fires to open the airbag if it detects an accident. And filaments inside the airbag prevent air from shifting away from the force of impact like they would if you put your thumb on a balloon and squeezed. That way, this system offers more protection than just a bag full of air.

What’s unique about this system is that Dainese is constantly evolving the tech, so you’ll get an alert about new firmware after you’ve registered yours and be able to add to the protection. Eventually, that will allow deeper integration of phone pairing with, possibly, GPS capability. If the airbag deploys, the vest could signal EMS about your exact location, much like Apple and Pixel Watch and phones work now with SOS capability and Fall Detection.

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Best Summer Motorcycle Jacket

Klim Marrakesh Jacket

  • $419.99 at
  • Mesh liner is breathable, sweat-wicking and anti-microbial
  • Scotchlite C790 carbon black can be illuminated by headlights for extra safety
  • Stretch woven material is pourous for extra airflow
  • It is water-resistant but not waterproof

The Klim Marrakesh jacket offers unbeatable value with its excellent temperature management and water repellency, features you’ll need whether you’re heading out on an epic cross-country journey or a daily commute.

The jacket uses tough, tightly woven 1000D Cordura impact zones at the shoulder and elbow and D30 CE level 1 armor at the elbows, shoulders and spine with a four-way stretch core and shoulder blade portion. Klim added micromesh so the chest breaths well, but the material also gets a DWR water-resisting treatment to prevent most weather from soaking you.

Klim added Scotchlite’s C790 carbon black for visibility, which looks stealthy until headlights illuminate it. Klim included softer stretch fabric at the neck and the wrists. The Marrakesh also gets zip-shut cuffs to prevent wind turbulence at your arms.

Best Waxed Motorcycle Jacket


  • $750.00 at
  • Vented underarms and a detachable liner for warm weather riding
  • Belstaff style at a more affordable price point than the Trialmaster
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Waxed cotton outer fabric requires professional cleaning

The waxed canvas Brooklands 2.0 is a more affordable, but still classically-styled option from Belstaff with a shorter fit than the Trialmaster. It can be a great option for warm-weather riding with a detachable thermal liner and underarm breathers.

The Brooklands 2.0 does not skimp on the safety. It comes with abrasion-resistant Cordura at the shoulders and elbows and has a pocket for extra back protection that you’ll have to buy separately. Note that the waxed cotton outer fabric needs to be professionally cleaned.

Best Motorcycle Jacket for Style

aether laslo motorcycle jacket

  • $795.00 at
  • Slim-fit, crossover look you can wear off the bike
  • Low profile and removable CE-certified armor at the shoulders, elbows and back
  • Snaps at the waist offer a customized fit
  • Not insulated enough for cold weather riding

The Laslo is what Aether calls their “sophisticated, slim-fit leather jacket.” It’s also a crossover jacket designed for you to pop out the armor and be able to wear it as a clean everyday look.

Laslo partnered with D30 on low-profile, flexible but still CE-certified armor at the shoulder, elbow and back. The jacket also has an anti-abrasion layer for extra protection. Snaps at the back waist offer a customized fit.

One drawback to the Laslo is it’s not really designed for cold weather. Aether recommends riding with it in temperatures warmer than 50ºF.

Best Casual Motorcycle Jacket

rev'it component h2o jacket

  • Oversized hood to fit over helmet
  • Oversized zippers for use with gloves
  • Interior zip pockets for extra storage
  • Does not come with a back protector

REV’IT!’s Component H20 combines the best attributes of clothing built for off-road riding with traits you’d want for any street ride. In our tests, we especially love how it fits (and looks) like a jacket you’d wear for snowboarding or downhill mountain biking, and there’s no reason it wouldn’t work great for those activities. Plus, because it’s made with hydratex 3L membrane, it’s both breathable and waterproof, and the oversized hood is designed to fit over a helmet — whether you’re wearing that lid for moto or skiing.

Speaking of high-adrenaline use cases, we especially dig how REV’IT! adds so much active venting to its wares. The Component gets two oversized chest pockets that, sure, are pockets, but that also double as air scoops to suck in cooling, plus there are zip-open ports at both the lower sleeve and the shoulder and exit ports at the back, behind the shoulder blade.

REV’IT!’s protected the heck out of this coat, too, with 750D Cordura Ripstop across potential impact zones on the arms and shoulders and incorporates Seesmart CE impact protection on the shoulders and elbows. Do they add two interior zip pockets (one with a key loop), each large enough to hold both a phone and wallet, plus a huge back pocket that’ll swallow the zip-off hood, spare gloves or a sandwich? You bet. Lastly, REV’IT! knows riders have reduced tactile sense because they’re always wearing gloves, so every zipper pull on this piece is oversized, with an extended cord. You’ll be able to open and close vents in a hurry and get on with your ride.

Best Motorcycle Jacket for Summer Sport Riding

alpinestars t gp plus r v3 air jacket

  • $269.95 at
  • Ample mesh ventilation to weather the summer heat
  • CE-rated armor at the shoulders and arms
  • Velcro cuffs and fasteners for extra security
  • Has pockets for chest and back protection but those are sold separately

The Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v3 Air is a summer sport riding jacket (along with being a mouthful to say). It’s a textile jacket that goes heavy on the mesh for ventilation with a full mesh lining and extended mesh panels at the torso and arms.

The jacket features Nucleon Flex Plus CE Level 1 armor at the shoulders and elbows. And the jacket includes pockets for chest and back protectors, which are sold separately. Velcro fasteners at the wrist cuffs and in pockets provide extra secure closures. Alpinestars added large-opening front hand pockets and a waterproof internal pocket.

Best Budget All-Season Motorcycle Jacket

scorpion exo optima jacket

  • $224.95 at
  • NightViz material provides added nighttime visibility
  • 100% waterproof laminate fabric
  • Removable thermal layer allows for four-season use
  • Back protector is sold separately

The Scorpion EXO Optima is a four-season jacket that has earned the staff pick designation at Revzilla . It’s built from a seam-sealed laminate fabric that aims to be breathable and is 100% waterproof. And it has a removable Everheat thermal layer for riding in cold weather.

The jacket has CE-rated armor at the shoulders and elbows and a pocket for extra back protection, which is sold separately. It has a waterproof Napoleon pocket, two internal pockets and an additional internal media pocket. It also has a lot of NightViz material for added visibility at night.

Best Motocross Jacket

leatt moto 45 x flow jacket

  • $299.00 at
  • Breathable mesh on chest and back and removable arms
  • Back hydration envelope can hold three liters of fluid
  • Protective film on arms to resist cuts by tree branches
  • Armor sold separately

When you’re hitting the trails on your motocross or ADV machine, the slower pace and wearing a helmet and armor can cook you. The Moto 4.5 X-Flow gives you an edge, with breathable mesh on the chest and back and removable arms. Leave the arms on for added reinforcement with a protective film that resists cuts caused by tree branches or the occasional stumble off your moto.

If you like to run a hydration reservoir but would rather not wear a backpack, the 4.5 X-Flow has an envelope designed to hold up to three liters of fluid against your back, and the suspension system prevents that reservoir from bunching up. We also dig that there are a total of six pockets, which is especially handy if you don’t have much on-bike storage.

What to Look for in a Motorcycle Jacket

The main point of a motorcycle jacket is to protect you. The best motorcycle jackets have armor at the joints and along the spine to do so. Armor is typically rated at CE Levels . The basic thing to note is that CE Level 2 armor, designed for higher-speed applications, is more protective than CE Level 1 armor, which is still better than no armor.

They will be more important for a motorcycle jacket than a normal jacket. Cuffs should be secure. Zippers should let you hold your stuff in confidently and be easy to operate with gloves on.

A motorcycle jacket should fit tightly, but not too tightly. You want it tight enough to keep the armor in the proper place and to keep from flapping in the wind. But you still want it loose enough to be able to move. Many jackets will offer stretch panels and be adjustable. You may want slightly longer sleeves than a typical jacket to avoid them riding up while you hold the handlebars.

Leather is the classic choice for a motorcycle jacket. Leather jackets look great. They also provide strong abrasion resistance, durability and comfort once broken in. Textile jackets can be a compelling alternative to leather. They can be specialized to offer features like waterproofing and extra ventilation. They are also cheaper.

Kevlar is a popular synthetic fabric used in motorcycle jackets. It provides abrasion and heat resistance. Though it doesn’t breathe as well as other fabrics and isn’t as flexible. Some jackets use Kevlar at strategic points to reinforce Cordura nylon and other fabrics.


A lot of riding happens in warm weather. No one wants to look, feel or smell like they just exited a schvitz after hopping off the bike. Airflow is critical. Leather jackets often have perforation for this purpose. Textile jackets often have mesh paneling.

Even if you’re going for that Darth Vadar look, the best motorcycle jackets will still help riders see you at night, usually with reflective paneling.

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The Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Gear: What You Need and Why

Posted: July 10, 2024 | Last updated: July 10, 2024

<p><strong>Riding a motorcycle is thrilling, but it’s essential to have the right gear to stay safe and comfortable. What should you be wearing to protect yourself on the road?</strong></p>

Riding a motorcycle is thrilling, but it’s essential to have the right gear to stay safe and comfortable. What should you be wearing to protect yourself on the road?

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Boyloso</p>  <p><span>A helmet is the most crucial piece of motorcycle gear. It protects your head in the event of a crash, significantly reducing the risk of fatal injuries. Always choose a DOT or SNELL certified helmet for optimal safety.</span></p>

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A helmet is the most crucial piece of motorcycle gear. It protects your head in the event of a crash, significantly reducing the risk of fatal injuries. Always choose a DOT or SNELL certified helmet for optimal safety.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / A_B_C</p>  <p><span>A good motorcycle jacket provides protection and comfort. Look for one with armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back, made from durable materials like leather or textile.</span></p>

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A good motorcycle jacket provides protection and comfort. Look for one with armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back, made from durable materials like leather or textile.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Cerrotalavan</p>  <p><span>Gloves protect your hands from the elements and in case of a fall. They should have reinforced knuckles and palm areas and be made from abrasion-resistant materials.</span></p>

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Gloves protect your hands from the elements and in case of a fall. They should have reinforced knuckles and palm areas and be made from abrasion-resistant materials.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Slava Dumchev</p>  <p><span>Motorcycle pants protect your legs from road rash and debris. Choose pants with built-in armor for the knees and hips, and ensure they are made from durable materials like leather or reinforced textile.</span></p>

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Motorcycle pants protect your legs from road rash and debris. Choose pants with built-in armor for the knees and hips, and ensure they are made from durable materials like leather or reinforced textile.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / miguel curiel mena</p>  <p><span>Proper motorcycle boots protect your feet and ankles. They should be sturdy, cover your ankles, and have non-slip soles for better grip on the foot pegs and ground.</span></p>

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Proper motorcycle boots protect your feet and ankles. They should be sturdy, cover your ankles, and have non-slip soles for better grip on the foot pegs and ground.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / F Armstrong Photography</p>  <p><span>Eye protection is vital if your helmet does not have a visor. Goggles or safety glasses prevent debris, insects, and wind from impairing your vision while riding.</span></p>

6. Eye Protection

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Eye protection is vital if your helmet does not have a visor. Goggles or safety glasses prevent debris, insects, and wind from impairing your vision while riding.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Abdul Razak Latif</p>  <p><span>Motorcycle engines and wind noise can damage your hearing over time. Use earplugs designed for motorcyclists to protect your ears without blocking important sounds like sirens and horns.</span></p>

7. Ear Protection

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Motorcycle engines and wind noise can damage your hearing over time. Use earplugs designed for motorcyclists to protect your ears without blocking important sounds like sirens and horns.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / diametrix</p>  <p><span>Base layers wick moisture away from your skin, keeping you comfortable in different weather conditions. Look for moisture-wicking fabrics to stay dry and warm.</span></p>

8. Base Layers

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Base layers wick moisture away from your skin, keeping you comfortable in different weather conditions. Look for moisture-wicking fabrics to stay dry and warm.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Erik Tanghe</p>  <p><span>Rain gear keeps you dry and comfortable during wet rides. A waterproof jacket and pants are essential for maintaining visibility and comfort in the rain.</span></p>

9. Rain Gear

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Rain gear keeps you dry and comfortable during wet rides. A waterproof jacket and pants are essential for maintaining visibility and comfort in the rain.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Ljupco Smokovski</p>  <p><span>Reflective gear enhances your visibility to other drivers, especially at night. Look for jackets, vests, and accessories with reflective strips or materials.</span></p>

10. Reflective Gear

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Reflective gear enhances your visibility to other drivers, especially at night. Look for jackets, vests, and accessories with reflective strips or materials.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / BAprod</p>  <p><span>A back protector provides additional spine protection. Many jackets come with built-in back protectors, or you can purchase one separately.</span></p>

11. Back Protector

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A back protector provides additional spine protection. Many jackets come with built-in back protectors, or you can purchase one separately.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Gina Callaway</p>  <p><span>A neck brace can prevent severe neck injuries by limiting head movement during a crash. It’s especially important for off-road and adventure riders.</span></p>

12. Neck Brace

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A neck brace can prevent severe neck injuries by limiting head movement during a crash. It’s especially important for off-road and adventure riders.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / BAprod</p>  <p><span>A communication system allows you to stay connected with fellow riders or listen to navigation instructions. Bluetooth-enabled helmets and communication devices are popular options.</span></p>

13. Communication System

A communication system allows you to stay connected with fellow riders or listen to navigation instructions. Bluetooth-enabled helmets and communication devices are popular options.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Marcelo Trad</p>  <p><span>A hydration pack helps you stay hydrated on long rides. It’s convenient and allows you to drink water without stopping frequently.</span></p>

14. Hydration Pack

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A hydration pack helps you stay hydrated on long rides. It’s convenient and allows you to drink water without stopping frequently.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / New Africa</p>  <p><span>Include items like blankets, gloves, a flashlight, non-perishable food, water, and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget a snow shovel, ice scraper, and sand or kitty litter for traction.</span></p>

15. First Aid Kit

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Carry a compact first aid kit for emergencies. It should include basic supplies like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Michael Kraus</p>  <p><span>Ensure you have an emergency kit that includes a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, and basic tools to handle unexpected situations on the road.</span></p>

16. Tool Kit

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A small tool kit can help you handle minor repairs on the road. Essential tools include a multi-tool, tire repair kit, and a small flashlight.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / PRESSLAB</p>  <p><span>A GPS device or a detailed map ensures you don’t get lost, especially on long trips. Many modern GPS devices are designed specifically for motorcycle use and are waterproof and vibration-resistant.</span></p>

17. GPS or Map

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A GPS device or a detailed map ensures you don’t get lost, especially on long trips. Many modern GPS devices are designed specifically for motorcycle use and are waterproof and vibration-resistant.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Somnuek saelim</p>  <p><span>Are you ready to hit the road with confidence? With the right motorcycle gear, you can enjoy your ride while staying safe and comfortable. Make sure you have all these essentials before your next adventure.\</span></p>

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Are you ready to hit the road with confidence? With the right motorcycle gear, you can enjoy your ride while staying safe and comfortable. Make sure you have all these essentials before your next adventure.\

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40 Facts About Elektrostal

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Written by Lanette Mayes

Modified & Updated: 01 Jun 2024

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy , materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes , offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development .

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy , with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

Elektrostal's fascinating history, vibrant culture, and promising future make it a city worth exploring. For more captivating facts about cities around the world, discover the unique characteristics that define each city . Uncover the hidden gems of Moscow Oblast through our in-depth look at Kolomna. Lastly, dive into the rich industrial heritage of Teesside, a thriving industrial center with its own story to tell.

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