Bike Jacket Buying Guide

Supporting you to get the right solutions so you can smile when you ride

Answer the following questions and/or think through the points.  This will help you make the correct bike jacket choice.

What is the purpose for your jacket?

What is the main job that you want your jacket to perform?  Is it protection from wind, give you warmth, keep you dry from rain and/or increase your visibility in poor weather.  It could be a combination of these things – List from the most important job to the least important job?

Don’t be afraid to have more than one? 

To keep you on your bike and moving around during adverse weather it is important to have options.  You also need to buy for where you ride the most – different riding environments require different styles of jackets.  If you really want to ride all year and through all types of weather you must have the gear that will allow this to happen.

Portability

How will you carry your jacket?  How important is it to be light weight or pack down really small… buying for back country, remote, tour style riding requires you to think of weight & space.  Most other jackets will be easy to carry on your bike or in a bag.

Performance for Safety

Do not compromise on a jacket it you need it to perform in extreme conditions.  It you are choosing to go riding in isolated or back country areas you have a responsibility to take gear that will keep you safe.  Being dry & warm and therefore preventing hyperthermia is incredibly important.  If you are taking your family into these places please consider the level of protection you have provided them with.  Waterproof jackets are an investment but will give you the confidence to know you will be safe if the jacket is exposed to adverse weather.

Technical terms explained

There are often a lot of terms surrounding gear that is designed for active use.  Waterproof, water resistant, breathable, wicking.  What are the must have features?  Does having one mean you can’t have another e.g if a jacket is truely waterproof how can it be breathable?  Depending on the length of your riding and how hard you will be working try to rank these features in order of importance.

Visibility

Increasing your visibility is a real feature of a jacket.  As an outer layer your jacket can really add to your presence in traffic or around other riders.  This becomes even more important in adverse weather when visibility is poor.  We recommend that anyone riding regularly in traffic make bold colour choices with their jacket – yellow, orange, red, fluro green, bright blues – these are all good options.

What do the kids need?

This depends on where you want to take them and how comfortable they are about riding in weather that is not perfect.  Multi use & portable are good considerations.  Wind & waterproof is ideal.  Add layers underneath for warmth. As they get older and ride more e.g to school on a daily basis or to back country isolated places, they will need gear that will perform.

goRides Waterproof Jacket & Pant Solutions

Waterproof Poncho - Unisex
Jacket
Protection/Features
Waterproof, great colour options for visibility. Great coverage, includes hood
Type of Riding
Town, urban, commute, easy trails
Sizing/Who
Unisex, one size, tabs for sleeves. Multi use - walking, gentle tramping
Cost

On sale $125.00

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Waterproof Performance Jacket
Jacket
Protection/Features
Highly waterproof, breathable, lightweight, packable. Good coverage, includes hood
Type of Riding
Touring, multi day, back country. Isolated riding, riding in rain.
Sizing/Who
Women, youth specific sizing, 10 to 16. Multi use, performance outdoor protection
Cost

On sale $299.00

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Waterproof Lifestyle Jacket
Jacket
Protection/Features
Waterproof, breathable, seam sealed, hood, amazing floral design
Type of Riding
Town, easy off road, recreation, commute
Sizing/Who
Women, youth slim fit, sizing XS to XXL. Multi use, good protection, fun design
Cost

On sale $199.00

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Waterproof Visibility Pants - Unisex
Jacket
Protection/Features
Waterproof, reflective words and seams for visibility
Type of Riding
Traffic, commute, town, easy off road, recreation
Sizing/Who
Unisex sizing. Must have for committed commute riders
Cost

$99.00

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goRides Water Resistant Jacket Solutions

Thermal Jacket
Jacket
Protection/Features
Windproof, water resistant, thermal lined. Rear pockets, reflective details.
Type of Riding
Town, commute, easy off road, recreation, tour.
Sizing/Who
Women, youth specific sizing, 8 to 16 - small sizing. Versatile wind/chill protection.
Cost

On sale $177.00

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Packable Jacket
Jacket
Protection/Features
Windproof, lightweight, portable. Water resistant.
Type of Riding
Town, easy off road, recreation, ideal mountain biking
Sizing/Who
Women, youth specific sizing S to L. Basic protection. Easy to carry. Great airflow/wind protection.
Cost

On sale $129.00

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Visibility Jacket/Vest
Jacket
Protection/Features
Highly water resistant, windproof, lightweight, visible. Removeable sleeves.
Type of Riding
Town, traffic, commute, shared path ways, tour. Any where you want increased visibility
Sizing/Who
Women, youth specific sizing, S to XL. Versatile wind/chill & visibility protection
Cost

On sale $159.00

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Jacket
Protection/Features
Type of Riding
Sizing/Who
Cost
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MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Size/Fit

Make sure you get a jacket that fits.  Use our sizing guides to understand what is a good fit for each type of jacket.  If you have the correct size the jacket will work like you want it to and you will choose to ride more often with the confidence you have the protection you paid for.

Cleaning

Be very aware of any treatments on the outer surface of your jacket.  A lot of performance level jackets need to be washed in a very specific way and waterproof treatments may need to be reapplied.  YOU MUST read the care labels when you first receive your jacket.

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