The Best Cycling Jackets: The Black Friday Deals Begin
Once the weather outside turns frightful, many cyclists go back to using public transport, which after a long summer of cruising to work and back home again can seem like a hellish chore. But you can keep pedalling pretty much right through the worst of the weather – if you have the right gear. Near the top of your shopping list should be a top-quality jacket. Here are six fine options.
Best Black Friday Cycling Jacket Deals
dhb Aeron Storm FLT Waterproof Jacket – 40% Off
The material in this waterproof jacket is made with 37.5 fabric tech, which is designed to keep your body at that temperature during activities – not too hot, not too cold. The Aeron Storm is breathable, has a close, aerodynamic fit, and there are reflective details strategically-placed all over the jacket to increase visibility. If you still need to pick up a waterproof jacket for your winter of cycling, this Black Friday deal is one not to miss.
Buy from Chain Reaction Cycles | £90 (was £150)
The Best Cycling Jackets
We’re big fans of Rapha’s stylish garb but it can be a bit, er, pricy. Which is why we’re delighted the British brand’s first jacket designed especially for commuters clocks in at just a ton. That’s not bad at all for a waterproof but breathable fabric and extra details like an aquaguard waterproof zip. There’s a reflective logo and pattern of dots on the lower back to help you stand out to motorists behind you, but to really stand out we recommend getting the Rapha pink colourway. Looks absolutely mint.
Buy from Rapha | £100
Altura Nightvision Thunderstorm
Altura’s Nightvision clothes are highly popular with commuters come winter, offering great value for what is assuredly weatherproof garb. Altura has really gone to town on the details with this new model, which include (but are by no means limited to) a detachable hood that fits over a helmet, plenty of strategically placed pockets and Velcro cuffs which make it easy to slip sleeves over winter gloves. Best of all, to our monochrome minds at least, the reflective panels on the upper chest, arms and lower back mean you can choose the all-black version and still be visible to motorists in the dark.
Buy from Altura | £129.99
Imagine a Venn diagram of breathable and waterproof. A good winter cycling jacket resides in that overlap and that’s where the dhb Flashlight has set up shop, protecting you from the elements without turning you into a sweaty mess. There are large reflective panels for night riding, and the high collar has a fleece lining for extra comfort and warmth.
Buy from Wiggle | £90 (currently reduced to £63)
Vulpine Softshell Harrington
The Harrington looks so smart you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s not suitable for riding, but it has an array of clever cycling-friendly features up its sleeves including reflective details, a dropped back hem and easily-accessed pockets. It’s water resistant, rather than fully waterproof, but in practice it will shrug off even quite heavy rain easily enough if you’re using it for an hour or less rather than spending a full day in the saddle.
Buy from Vulpine | £180
Madison Sportive Hi-Viz
Stay one step ahead of the changeable winter weather at all times with this ultra-packable yet protective jacket. Reflective beads light up when headlamps beam over them, so you’ll always be seen, and it treads the fine line between waterproofness and breathability.
Buy from Amazon | £66.31 – £110.30
Boardman Men’s 2-in-1 Jacket, Silver Reflective
You don’t need to shell out huge sums of cash to stay safe and warm, as this snappy little number from Boardman proves. The fully reflective fabric can be seen from all angles, and the sleeves zip off, so it can be worn either as a gilet or a full jacket.
Buy from Halfords | £20