BEST COMMUTER CYCLING JACKETS
Riding to work on one of the best commuter bikes instead of driving can be hugely rewarding. Not only do you save money on fuel, parking, and potentially a lot more if you ditch the car entirely, but you get bonus health benefits too. In the winter though it can be a pretty miserable affair, but it doesn’t have to be.
Luckily for you, I spend a lot of time riding to and from the office, as well as around town, to friends… I don’t have a car, so every journey is a chance to find out what works and what doesn’t.
Commuter jackets have to work well off the bike too. Sure, if you’re zooming into work and bagging KOM/QOMs en route then you may well be better off with one of the best winter cycling jackets, or one of the best waterproof cycling jackets (in which there are a few commuter-oriented pieces already). Here though I’ve focussed on jackets that’ll allow you to ride in comfort and not have to think too hard about bringing an entirely separate wardrobe; the less you can carry the more enjoyable your commute will be in my eyes.
One last thing – Commuting means you’ll be mixing it with rush hour traffic, so safety first; be sure to check out our guides to the best bike lights and the best commuter helmets, and make sure you’ve got one of the best bike locks so you don’t end up on a bus home.
Sturdy, protective, dependable, and with a visual package that works as well around town as it does on the bike. Pit vents help keep the temperature down, and the colours are great too, even if my one is all black.
For the price this jacket packs a lot in. The colour selection is a little reduced, but you still get a stowable hood, reflective tail, well sealed cuffs, a waterproof zip and a vented back. It’s not the most breathable though, so don’t hammer it too hard.
3. Rapha Insulated Overshirt
A product I was sceptical of and have come to use almost daily. A windproof exterior, and a front insulated inside with amazing Polartech Alpha, in a package that looks this good is really hard to beat.
4. Provis Reflect360 Plus
If you want to be seen then there isn’t really anything that comes close to the Provis Reflect360 Plus. It’s not the most comfy, or the most breathable (despite hundreds of perforations), but you’ll shine like a beacon.
5. Rapha Explore Lightweight Down…