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Waterproof Jacket

tremendousjtremendousj Posts: 13
edited January 2013 in Road buying advice
Hi all,

Pretty new to cycling and I have spent hours trying to find the ideal waterproof jacket for winter use but to no avail and would really appreciate some recommendations.

I just want to be kept dry when cycling in the rain without turning me into a sweaty mess, I've just accepted a job in London so something that can be used as on my every day commute too would be ideal.

Looking to spend no more than £70.



  • HoopdriverHoopdriver Posts: 2,023
    Good luck with that one. I've been searching for the past 35 years. You can have a breathable jacket or you can have a waterproof one, you can't really have both. There are jackets that come near to this elusive combination - or at least nearer than they used to, thanks to modern textile technology - but not at £70.

    Personally the jacket that I found best suited my purposes - and is the nearest I have found to being both waterproof and breathable is the Gore Fusion, but that is a lot more than £70. Even that one relies heavily on pit zips for breathability. Whatever you decide to get, or how much you decide to spend, I would definitely look for a jacket with pit zips. They make a big difference to 'breathability'
  • luv2rideluv2ride Posts: 2,367
    If you're a 38" chest you'd get into a Mavic HC H20 jacket, currently reduced from 215 to 80 quid at Ribble. Only the International Medium sizes left (this the same I have and I find it a good fit). Goretex PAC lite with loads of vents. Has decent pockets too. For commuting I'd suggest you get the blue as it is very bright, tho still not "day glo". I got mine a week or so ago and I'm getting a lot of use out of it, brilliant bit of kit... ... avizjac190
    Titus Silk Road Ti rigid 29er - Scott Solace 10 disc - Kinesis Crosslight Pro6 disc - Scott CR1 SL - Pinnacle Arkose X 650b - Pinnacle Arkose singlespeed - Specialized Singlecross...& an Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 4 string...
  • Does it have to be a cycling specific jacket? I have a gore-tex waterproof I bought in TK Maxx for less than £30 which is fab. I bought it in a size / style which fits well enough to not get in the way whilst cycling and have had plenty of wear out of it now (more so on my MTB) and it still looks as new.
  • I have a Altura Night Vision Jacket. I'm still using it after 3 solid years of riding including commuting. The zips have now broken but its still waterproof!
  • Thanks for the advice, if I can't have both waterproof and breathability then water resistant is certainly the priority.
    I've looked at the night vision, that could well be the one I get.
  • snipsnapsnipsnap Posts: 259
    Thanks for the advice, if I can't have both waterproof and breathability then water resistant is certainly the priority.
    I've looked at the night vision, that could well be the one I get.

    What size are you? I've one going (large) if interested. Minimal use so excellent condition.
  • iPeteiPete Posts: 6,076
    Unless you are out for hours and hours, get a windproof jacket.

    I've a Mavic Equipe that you can hold under a tap and no water gets through, has a few nifty zips to regulate temperature and is baggy enough to add a base layer under, perfect for -10 to 10 degrees.

    Can't remember the last time I bothered with my Gore Path II waterproof and I've just ticked over 10,000 miles for the year.
  • I use my Windproof jacket on my Road bike in all weathers as I can have a bath and dry off when I get in. For commuting I always wear the Nightvision jacket - not as flash or comfy but I'm always warm and dry. Horses for courses.
  • passoutpassout Posts: 4,425
    DHB maybe ... t-12-45628

    Gore are great but not cheap ... T0800.html

    That said, I just ordered one of these - ... ctid=22076
    Review here: ... h2o-jacket
    Not aesthetically for everyone but visibility topped my list of criteria.

    When its cold you may as well have a waterproof but when it gets warmer I agree that breathability becomes more important & you are better off with just windproof. Some good windproof options are discounted at Chain Reaction Cycles & GB cycles at the mo too.
    'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.
  • turbo1191turbo1191 Posts: 501
    I just purchased one of these- ... acket_2012

    Been caught in a few downpours and stayed dry. pit zips and decent pockets.. :D
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