What to Look For in Cycling Jackets?

What to Look For in Cycling Jackets?

Quality jackets provide shelter from cool winds and some protection at least from showers. When buying a new cycling jacket, look for one that will offer you a comfortable ride for several hours at a time.

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Wearing the right cycling jacket makes the ride so much more comfortable.

1 Windproof is usually better than waterproof

While waterproof jackets provide better protection, this usually comes at the cost of breathability. Will you really go out for a ride in a cloudburst? Windproof jackets will keep you warm, and at the same time offer better breathability, especially with different fabric panels on the back.

2 Good fit

A baggy, flapping jacket will significantly affect your aerodynamics. Try different brands, designs and sizes to make sure you buy a jacket that fits most comfortably, and is long enough when you lean over to ride on the drops.

3 Features

Be careful about features, ask yourself the questions such as ‘Are the pockets useful?’ ‘Is the collar soft?’ ‘Do the cuffs fit over my gloves?’ ‘Does it fold down small enough to put it in a jersey pocket?’

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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