As the autumn leaves begin to fall and winter approaches, avid road cyclists know that unpredictable weather is just around the corner. Rain and wind can be relentless during these seasons, making it essential to gear up with the right equipment to stay dry and comfortable on the road. At Cycletribe we know that one crucial piece of gear for these wet rides is a reliable waterproof jacket.
A good waterproof jacket not only keeps you dry but also allows you to regulate body temperature and maintain peak performance during your rides. Here are the top 6 best packable waterproof jackets for road cycling, designed to keep you dry and protected during autumn and winter cycling escapades.
1. Rapha’s Pro Team Gore-Tex Rain Jacket
The Pro Team Gore-Tex Rain Jacket by Rapha is a lightweight, highly breathable 3-layer fabric marvel. Constructed with GORE-TEX Active™ technology, it offers complete waterproof protection without compromising breathability or packability. The durable woven face fabric and lightweight waterproof membrane provide unmatched protection at just 84gsm. It's designed for an ergonomic fit on the bike and easily stows in your pocket, making it a perfect companion for your fastest rides, even in changeable weather.
2. Rapha’s Brevet Gore-Tex Rain Jacket
For those long-distance brevet rides in wet conditions, the Brevet Gore-Tex Rain Jacket by Rapha is the ideal choice. Made from a superlight and highly breathable recycled 2L GORE-TEX Paclite Plus shell, this jacket ensures exceptional durability with its ripstop structure. Its low pack volume and reflective elements make it the go-to jacket for the dedicated cyclist facing unpredictable weather.
3. Rapha’s Core Rain Jacket II
The Core Rain Jacket II by Rapha sets the standard for everyday protection against the elements. Made from a lightweight waterproof fabric with fully taped seams and AquaGuard® zips, it offers optimal waterproofing and wind resistance. The jacket is designed for an on-bike fit with longer arms, a dropped tail, and a short front. Its compact size allows easy stowing in your rear jersey pocket, making it a practical choice for your autumn and winter cycling adventures.
4. Castelli’s Tempesta Lite Jacket
The Tempesta Lite Jacket by Castelli is the lightest and most packable fully waterproof jacket in their range. Constructed with GORE-TEX® waterproof fabric, it strikes the perfect balance between waterproofing and breathability. The stretchable lower back section and reflective tape on the sleeves ensure a great fit and high visibility even in low-light conditions.
5. Castelli’s Gavia Jacket
Designed for all-day riding in the rain, the Gavia Jacket by Castelli is a mid-weight GORE-TEX® shell that provides total rain protection. With stretch panels in critical areas and ample storage pockets, it offers both functionality and comfort, making it an excellent choice for wet and chilly rides.
6. Castelli’s Emergency 2 Rain Jacket
As the name suggests, the Emergency 2 Rain Jacket by Castelli is your go-to option for rain protection, whether for all-day use or emergency situations. Made from Deluge Light 2.5-layer waterproof fabric, this jacket easily folds into half a jersey pocket, ensuring you're always prepared for unexpected weather. Its 360° reflectivity adds an extra layer of safety, making it suitable for commuting as well.
In conclusion, investing in a high-quality waterproof jacket is essential for road cyclists heading into the autumn and winter seasons. These top 6 packable waterproof jackets offer a range of features to keep you dry, comfortable, and visible during your rides, allowing you to embrace the elements and conquer the roads, rain or shine.