If you do not restrict yourself to fair weather when cycling but use your bike in any weather and for training, then you will certainly need a good cycling jacket. With a cycling jacket you will withstand any weather capriole and effectively protect yourself against wind, rain and against cold temperatures in winter. Good cycling jackets, in addition, are breathable so you do not overheat in situations requiring great strength. Cycling jackets at Bobshop are categorised into women’s cycling jackets, men’s, kid’s and pro team cycling jackets. Beyond that into wind jackets, waterproof jackets and thermal jackets. Pro team cycling jackets are characterised by the official print design of renowned professional cycling teams.
Cycling jackets for all types of weather
Cycling jackets are equally essential to cyclists as cycling trousers or cycling jerseys are. As a second layer on top of a jersey or base layer cycling jackets make sure you do not get cold and are protected from wind and water. Cycling jackets differ in terms of function:
Cycling wind jackets are very lightweight jackets which are worn on top and primarily shield you from cold headwind. They usually feature a small pack size so they can easily fit into your jersey pocket. Wind jackets are slightly water resistant and also protect you in case of a brief shower or spray. The downwind side often features mesh panels which provide a good ventilation thus providing optimum body climate. These cycling jackets are indispensable on cycling tours in summer or in the transition period in unpredictable weather conditions.
Cycling waterproof jackets reliably keep you dry in rainy weather. These cycling jackets feature a waterproof membrane and bonded seams to prevent water from penetrating. Of course the semi-permeable membrane fabrics used are breathable. Perspiration and excess body heat are easily wicked away. Waterproof jackets for cyclists are available from very lightweight road cycling variants with a tight fit to the tour or allrounder jackets which are sturdier and feature a wider cut. Waterproof cycling jackets, of course, are windproof as well.
Those who do not want to do without cycling during the cold season definitely need a warm cycling jacket for winter
Winter cycling jackets keep you warm and dry
Winter cycling clothing should be worn in several layers (onion skin principle). On the one hand this enables you to flexibly take off garments as soon as you get too hot and on the other hand between the layers an insulating layer of air is formed. The first layer is a moisture wicking layer of underwear (base layer) or a long sleeve jersey. The weatherproof second layer should consist of a winter cycling jacket. Most thermal jackets feature a windproof and warm Softshell front to protect you from cold headwind while the back is made from highly breathable Winterlycra materials without membrane. There is a wide range of cycling jackets for winter suitable for different temperature ranges, weather conditions and riding styles. Often the specific quality and use of winter cycling jackets is defined by the mix of fabrics and features such as vents, bonded seams, Stretch panels and hems, Primaloft paddings, all kinds of Softshell materials differing in thickness, and the classic, elastic Winterlycras.
Bobshop helps you in your search for winter cycling jackets by using crystal icons in the article description which explain what temperature range the cycling jackets are suitable for:
- Winter cycling jackets with 1 crystal * - Ideal cycling jackets for the transition period between the seasons. On cold days recommendable with underwear only. (little protection from cold temperatures)
- Winter cycling jackets with 2 crystals ** - These cycling jackets are highly breathable and very warm. Perfect for temperatures in the single digit range or for very sweat inducing and demanding rides in cold temperatures. (medium protection from cold temperatures)
- Winter cycling jackets with 3 crystals *** - Windproof and weather resistant cycling jackets for winter. Comprehensive features like wind shielding membrane and thermal insulation. Developed for temperatures around zero. (high protection from cold temperatures)
- Winter cycling jackets with 3+ crystals ***+ - Maximum protection from cold temperatures for frosty days. Absolute protection from wind with extra warm thermal insulation. (very high protection from cold temperatures)
Cycling jackets for MTB and road bike
Mountainbike cycling jackets are perfectly suitable for city, tour or commuting as well. MTB cycling jackets feature a wider cut and leave enough space for wearing garments underneath. Some of them even feature a hood. MTB wind jackets and MTB waterproof jackets, when folded, can be easily stowed into a backpack. They are indispensable on longer tours!
Warm MTB cycling jackets for winter often are completely waterproof and feature bonded seams because on rides in rough terrain not only water but also squirts of dirt need to be kept off your clothing. MTB fabrics in general are sturdier so they do not rip whenever you fall or get caught in branches.
Cyclists with a sporty riding style have extremely high demands on their cycling jackets. These must have an aerodynamic, tight fit, the must not restrict the freedom of movement, body moisture and heat needs to be able to escape, wind, cold temperatures and water have to be kept out. At Bobshop you will find a huge range of road bike jackets with sporty design for all seasons and meeting all demands.
Whether for road biking, MTB, tour or the city, cycling jackets for women only marginally differ from cycling jackets for men. The technical features are the same, the print and cut of women’s cycling jackets, however, are more feminine.