Windproof, softshell, rain jackets... what are you looking for in a cycling jacket?
A cycling jacket usually has, like cycling jerseys, a slightly longer back. So that the whole back is protected down to your backside when bent forward in the riding position. MTB models often offer the bike tourer who is travelling with a backpack thinner layers in the back so that you don't sweat too much under the backpack. One often requires a lot from a bike jacket: lightweight, they pack small, waterproof, suitable for all weather - jackets must be high performance and also visually appealing. Depending on the intended use, they have different functions: thin windbreakers, wind-proof jackets, thermal jacket with fleece, soft-shell jackets for biking as well as water resistant or even water-proof raincoats for bad weather tours. Breathability must also be maintained along with functionality, one notices in reading that all-round performance is in demand. This makes cycling jackets something that is not so cheap!
How much should a good cycling jacket cost?
As mentioned above, there are cycling jackets for many different uses. They are therefore available in all price ranges. From the 20 € discount sale item to the 400 € top of the range model, like a Gore Bike Wear Alp-X jacket, a really beautiful touring jacket for MTB riders and general purpose jacket. It depends on the individual performance of the jacket, i.e. what the jackets capabilities are and what features it has.
One first needs to distinguish between windbreakers and rain jackets. What is true of one is not automatically true of the other. If a jacket doesn't let any wind through, that doesn't mean that it is rain-proof. On the other hand, you can assume that a proper rain jacket will also be windproof. If you are looking for a rain jacket for cycling the waterproof rating is very helpful. Values around 5,000 mm are in principle sufficient to keep you dry. The top models with GORE-TEX® and similar material occasionally achieve waterproof ratings of 20,000 mm. Such developments in the material and special features naturally have an impact on the price.
An enormous range is offered and this surely requires a little more attention and research into finding the right cycling jacket. Finally, the preferred model should also fit and suit you. In our comprehensive brand range for women and men you will surely find your favourite, whether a windbreaker for road biking, an all-purpose jacket for long MTB tours or your preferred jacket in matching colours for your racing outfit, discover our large range of cycling jackets from top brands like Gore Bike Wear, Vaude, Endura, Sugoi, Pearl Izumi and many more!