All bike jackets will be designed with a specific function or combination of functions in mind – keeping you dry, keeping you warm, deflecting the wind, making you more visible. They will probably share some bike specific features like good pockets, reflective strips, vents for airflow.
Staying warm on a bike can be challenging as the temperatures drop following a change of season. Combine this with rain and/or wind and being comfortable requires some planning and the right type of gear. We would love to see you riding all season round but to do this in a way that makes you want to ride, or to keep you smiling while riding, you need protection.
Technical Terms Explained
Waterproof – Technically means that it is impermeable to water, no matter how much time it spends in water. No water in or out. It will have a coating on the outer fabric along with fully taped seams (seam sealed, see photo) and it may have a built in membrane lining.
Resistant – This type of jacket will be able to resist the penetration of water to a certain degree but not entirely so is considered water resistant or water repellant or showerproof. It will often bead up rainwater, forming drops on the surface.
Breathability – Is a measure of how quickly moisture vapour, generated from your body when you are exercising, is able to pass through a fabric from the inside to the outside environment.
For more detailed information on this important subject see Waterproof or Breathable – Bike Jackets Explained…
To follow are a few types of bike jackets explained in more detail. Hopefully this will help you choose a jacket that will match closely to the type of riding that you do most often. Having more than one jacket is always an option as well…