What is the best waterproof cycling jacket? Rain jacket guide

*Note: This is a 2017 update to our guide from 2010*

London is a city that’s known for many great things. Unfortunately for us, good weather is not one of those things. Rain is a regular occurrence throughout the year, along with cold winds and grey skies. It’s important to have the best waterproof jacket you can afford packed in your pannier, so that impromptu showers don’t slow down your day too much.

The ideal waterproof cycling jacket keeps rain completely out, while allowing your skin to breathe so that things stay dry and comfortable on the inside. Sounds tricky, right? This guide will review three recently released jackets in different price ranges to give you a better idea of what to look for.

Of course, an expensive waterproof jacket is more likely to fit the above criteria best. But that’s not to say that you can’t get a decent budget jacket to do the job.

Things to look for in a waterproof jacket

First, these are the features and benefits to consider when shopping around.


Some jackets are only waterproof because they are coated with a plastic on the inside. Others are waterproof because they have a membrane sandwiched in-between an outer and inner layer of wicking fabric. The coated jackets tend to be cheaper as they are easier to make. However, they also tend to be less breathable.

Sealed seams

A jacket is not truly waterproof unless it has sealed seams. Many windproof and soft shells are pretty water repellent but if exposed to enough rain the fabric will wet through and the seams will start to leak. Full waterproofs have tape over the seams to seal up the little holes where the stitches are.

Dropped tail and cuffs

If you are primarily focusing on wearing your waterproof jacket on your bike, then it is worth looking for features designed specifically for cycling. We have talked about these on other garments before and they can make the jacket more comfortable on the bike. Look for a longer back to the jacket and longer sleeves so that when you are leaning forward you are still covered.

Hood style

Another bonus that jackets intended for cycling can have is a removable hood. This is one of those contentious points, but cycling with a hood can be dangerous. They rarely fit around your head enough to not obscure your vision when looking behind you. Hoods when down can also obscure your vision over your shoulder. Therefore, being able to remove it is helpful.


Getting some air into the jacket while riding is usually a good thing. Letting the excess hot air out is also good, particularly when cycling. Look for zips under the arms (‘pit zips’). Large front pockets can also act as vents, as can wide, adjustable cuffs. Some jackets have more innovative venting.

The best cycling jackets

1. The commuter’s cheap and cheerful best friend

FWE Kennington Stashable Waterproof Jacket

budget jacket 

£54.99, Evans Cycles

This lightweight, streamlined design is perfect for the daily commute come wind or rain. A completely waterproof layer lines the polyester outer layer, with no vents – it does get a bit uncomfortably hot in milder temperatures, but I never felt horribly overheated. There are three fully waterproof pockets, which held my phone and keys in nicely. The hood is detachable and the toggle makes it easy to adjust – I prefer to cycle with no hood but it’s good to have the option. I usually take a women’s UK size 12 and found the medium to be a perfect fit. A fuss-free, simple, stylish jacket that I feel safe, warm and dry cycling in. The chain print on the inside is a nice touch, too!

It is a unisex jacket and comes in yellow or pink, sizes XS-XXXL.

2. The updated old favourite

dhb Aeron Storm FLT Waterproof Jacket


£90, Wiggle

The Aeron Storm Jacket is already a firm favourite, and the 2017 update features Flashlight Technology for increased visibility during those dark Winter nights. The 37.5™ fabric technology used means that active particles added the the inside waterproof layer respond to body heat by increasing moisture transfer and evaporation – keeping your body at 37.5°. Although it has fully waterproof zipped pockets, the tight fit might make you feel a bit bulky carrying around your phone, keys, cards, spare change etc. The tail means that your lower back is protected when leaning over for a hard push. The jacket doesn’t feature a hood.

It is available for men (XS – XL) and women (UK sizes 8 – 16) in a range of light and dark colours.

3. The good looking one

Rapha Rain Jacket

women's Rapha jacket men's rapha jacket

Women’s Hooded Rain Jacket £230, Men’s Classic Rain Jacket £180

Both from Rapha


First, this jacket is so good looking that I’d be proud to wear it on a leisurely Sunday stroll down Bermondsey Street. It’s ideal for urban cycling but other Rapha products are better suited for anything more demanding than that. The jacket uses a lightweight, stretchy fabric, with laser-cut vent-holes under the arms to increase airflow and fully taped internal seams to fully protect you from water and wind. The hood is designed to fit under the helmet and move around comfortably with your head. It only features one pocket, which uses a water-resistant Vislon® zip.

Available in black or blue, sizes XXS – XL.


Another design that wouldn’t look out of place on the cover of a fashion magazine. But this one is a little more functional, too! It has three layers and the middle one uses the same waterproof, lightweight nylon material that the popular Core jacket is designed with. Other nifty features include Aquaguard zip pockets, quality Ripstop fabric and elasticated cuffs. The jacket does not feature a hood.

Available in black or purple, sizes XS – XXL.

What waterproof jacket do you use? Are there features that you cannot live without, and others you don’t need?

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87 Responses to What is the best waterproof cycling jacket? Rain jacket guide

  1. Will 21/10/2009 at 9:02 am #

    I’ve had my Altura jacket for 3 years now, the bright yellow is fading and alot of the relfective stickers have peeled away but it still keeps me dry. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a jacket to use all through the year as it’s not that thick. They also do larger sizes than most cycle companies, so good for the *ahem* fuller figured cyclist.

    • John 09/04/2011 at 11:27 am #

      Large sizes are good. I wish my Altura was just a little more breathable though, when the temperatures go above the mid 50s I find it’s just too warm for my comfort.

      Great for winter riding, I just need a slightly thermal layer underneath it and it keeps out the wind and the rain. And in almost luminous yellow there’s no chance of anyone not seeing it.

  2. Adam 21/10/2009 at 9:39 am #

    I’ve had an Altura jacket that’s now going into its third winter. A bit grubby from tyre splash, but otherwise still keeps the wet out and (being yellow with reflective bits) keeps the cars off, too. One thing I would say, however, is that there are no reflective patches on the cuffs or arms. If you are a cyclist on the road who signals, then this would be a useful addition.

  3. Teresa 21/10/2009 at 9:59 am #

    I recently bought the Altura Nightvision Evo jacket. Totally waterproof and you can’t miss me in that lurid hi-viz green! Lots of reflective strips on it – you can’t go wrong. Well worth the money.

  4. Andreas 21/10/2009 at 10:37 am #

    Looks like I’m the only one with a negative experience of Altura cycling jackets!

  5. Jeremy 21/10/2009 at 8:34 pm #

    > Looks like I’m the only one with a negative experience of Altura cycling jackets!

    What didn’t you like about the Altura jackets?

  6. Andreas 21/10/2009 at 9:03 pm #

    I found that the reflective material faded out really fast making the jacket look tacky. Also I found it was very sweat inducing considering I’m not the type of person to sweat much. Also the pocket on it ripped within maybe 4 months of buying it. All in all was not impressed. But perhaps I had a bad experience and it seems that a lot of other people like them.

    • Anthony 11/08/2011 at 1:24 pm #

      I also have had a bad experience with the Altura Evo. The chest pocket seam split (on the inside) after a couple of months, and now after only 9 months of use, the waterproofing is negligible. Won’t be getting another…

    • Ross 14/01/2014 at 8:39 pm #

      My altura jacket fell to pieces within 5 months. was also very boil in the bag. I will not be buying another one. next time I will spend a little more although the altura is not exactly cheap.

  7. Robin 24/10/2009 at 10:19 am #

    Hi Andreas, great article… My only Altura experience was unfortunately negative too. I bought an Altura Crossmax a few weeks ago, & the first time I wore it in heavy rain it leaked at the zip & through the shoulders as well. The website I bought it from said that the seam taping on the shoulders was probably defective, but that the zip was only meant to be ‘water-resistant’ – though fortunately after some cajoling they were good enough to offer me a refund. So now I’m on the lookout for a replacement, will definitely take a look at that DHB one.

  8. Andreas 25/10/2009 at 10:11 am #

    Thanks Robin, glad you enjoyed 🙂 At least you managed to get your money back. It is weird how so many people have mixed experiences of Altura jackets. Maybe they don’t have good production quality checks so the quality varies. Hope you like the DHB one

  9. bigsambw 01/11/2009 at 3:39 pm #

    used endura stealth jacket since they came out.reasonable water resistance,but not for downpours and the cuff stitching failed on both wrists

  10. Teresa 30/11/2009 at 9:40 am #

    Just thought i’d add to this…. Today it is monsoon weather outside: Wet, Windy, FREEZING….

    So my cycle jacket got put to the test (yes, i did cycle in. Once you’re out and commited, there’s no turning back).

    I have an Altura Night Vision Evo Waterproof Cycling Jacket, and I can categorically state, it is totally waterproof, and windproof. And visible from space. What more can a girl want 🙂

  11. Andreas 30/11/2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Awesome, thanks for coming back and reporting on the jacket you bought! It’s much appreciated 🙂

  12. Ed Hayes 05/01/2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Zip on my Altura Night Vision jacket lasted about six months before catastrophic failure. Not impressed by that.

    • pam read 04/01/2012 at 3:58 pm #

      Brushed my lightweight, waterproof jacket on a bramble as I cycled along. Any suggestions how I can repair a gaping hole?


  13. edwin z 08/01/2010 at 5:20 am #

    I have tried most and have not been pleased until I recently purchased a Showers Pass Elite jacket. Nothing compares and it is well worth the price. Most impressive waterproof jacket I have eve owned.

    • Phil Russell 11/05/2012 at 2:50 am #

      You only bought it “recently”?
      Well, as the Zen Master said, “Wait and see….”
      Good luck!

  14. Paul 18/01/2010 at 9:01 pm #

    I’d swear on any Gore-Tex Paclite product, I Know it’s expensive, but it has never failed me. I’ve been in torrential rain and everything under my Paclite was dry (except for the sweaty bits). Packs up small, well tailored, fantastic

  15. edwin z 19/01/2010 at 9:48 pm #

    not sweaty in my showers pass elite. it is the most breathable waterproof jacket I have found, and has multiple features including ventilating cuffs and waterproof zippered pit zips.

  16. Ben 16/02/2010 at 8:48 pm #

    Just bought a polaris quantum in black for £85 and am very happy with it. Very waterproof this evening, back pocket can hold compact camera, 2 lights and gloves at a push. Little pocket on front for map etc, nice velcro cuffs. Being black was bit apprehensive but the reflective bits seem to work. Personally I would have designed it with stripes, but hey. Most importantly the zips don’t run out in 3 months like altura. I would definitely recommend. Has a hood too.

  17. Maps 03/06/2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Another thing to consider when buying a jacket is the number and size of pockets it has. Can be very useful if you are carrying, keys, mobile, inner tubes, mini pumps etc.

    In ProBikekit – Polaris Neutron PBK Exclusive Waterproof Jacket was given 9/10 and a Best Buy award by CyclingPlus Magazine – Dec 2009 – It was on offer for around £50 a month or so a go. so worth watching as may reduce price sometime again.
    The colour did not really appeal to me as want to be seen as much as possible.

  18. Louise 13/08/2010 at 9:05 am #

    I’ve got a set of OMM Kamleika Smock and trousers. Very light weight, stretchy and comfortable. The smock has thumb holes in the sleeves so that the sleeves protect the top of the hands too. It also has a deep zip at the front so that you can pull the jacket off over your head without removing your helmet, and provides good ventilation too.

  19. Tom 24/08/2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Having gone through 2 Altura Nightvision jackets in recent years, I have to reluctantly agree with Andreas- while well designed, they lost their waterproofing to the degree where I would be soaked in a 10 minute downpour. This was within 1- 1.5 years of commuting, mostly wearing it just in the autumn- spring. With the most recent one, I thought to extend its life a bit by washing it with Nikwax proofing as per the instructions, and over half the membrane washed completely off leaving white bits all over the place.

    I’ve ordered an Endura Gridlock jacket this time and will see if that is any better. I would have ordered a DHB jacket but for some inexplicable reason they seem to only produce them in Invisible Black now, the last thing I want to be wearing on a dark winter night in the city.

    • Tom 19/01/2012 at 9:44 pm #

      I see it is now almost a year and a half since my last post when I bought my Endura Gridlock jacket, used for commuting almost every day, and I have to say I am very happy with it. Nothing has broken, the zips are fine, and as far as I can can tell it is still waterproof. It is also still nice and bright yellow, unlike my Alturas which had faded badly by this age. Thumbs up from me and under £60!

      • Andreas 21/01/2012 at 11:19 am #

        Thanks for reporting back on it! Pleased to hear its been treating you well.

  20. Paul 08/09/2010 at 1:38 pm #

    For me what it works best is a rain cape. About a month ago I bought one in Decathlon in Surrey Quays and it works perfectly fine. It has a heavy and sturdy rubber feel to it and offers excellent rain protection, keeping you well ventilated from underneath. Surprinsingly at the end of the journey the only wet parts are my toes, making me a happy under-the-rain biker.

    I haven’t got the mudguards intalled yet so I can’t really ride too fast. I guess that as for a fast commuter a cycling jacket works better.

    • Sam 08/09/2010 at 2:33 pm #

      I thought I’d say that I saw a guy wearing one of these new Proviz jackets the other night – I thought it would be brilliant for commuting this winter. I’ve been thinking of buying a new jacket for this winter and seeing this made my mind up. The glow is amazing – really made him stick out! They’re a new company according to their website http://www.proviz.co.uk they do some cool stuff.

  21. Simon Jones 08/09/2010 at 2:53 pm #

    I agree, i saw a cyclist with a PROVIZ Helmet too, it had lights on the front and back integrated into the helmet and it was hi vis yellow, such a great idea. He was wearing a PROVIZ jacket too. Definitely going to get both of these as it sure is getting darker.

  22. Chewy 14/09/2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Hey Sam

    Our Proviz going to do helmets in Orange too? and are they going to put them through SNELL tests? http://www.smf.org/

    It seems Specialized the only big make that does?


  23. Sam 14/09/2010 at 4:47 pm #

    Hi Chewy – I’m afraid I do no know the answer to that one. Sorry mate….Be cool if they did though.

  24. Sean 29/09/2010 at 2:44 pm #

    I won’t be buying altura again
    waterproof jacket losing stickers and where they come off the water seeps in and it’s less than a year old
    shorts stitching coming undone after a few months
    Can you contact them? No! They hide behind their retailers.

  25. The Dribbler 30/09/2010 at 3:35 pm #

    i paid £32 for a Muddyfox jacket in Sports Direct that was supposed to be waterproof and wasn’t. bizarrely the body was but the sleeves got sodden. so, doesn’t do what it says in the tin but looks cool…in a soggy kinda way.

  26. Rory 08/11/2010 at 11:36 am #

    I am completely skint (always!) so I went from ‘no jacket’ to a £15 Primark one. It has mostly kept me dry for over a year and is still bright and reflective after daily use, Taped seals and rain flap on the front. The zip is getting a little temperamental now but at that price it has done it’s job well! NB also used it on building sites and at the tip where you need a hi-viz work jacket so it has had quite a hard life and I would not use a more expensive one for those jobs.

  27. Flavio 27/02/2011 at 9:33 am #

    Has anyone tried the Cycling Jacket from Mountain Warehouse for £34.99. Looks ok, jsut wondered if anyone has an opinion on it?


    • Mark 10/05/2012 at 3:56 pm #

      Oh yes. I have been trying to avoid Altura due to failed waterproofing and dodgy zips and decided to give this a go. Looks good but it has very poor breathability and having done 12 miles home in the rain last night I can confirm that it is not particularly waterproof as I had wet soulders, back and some to the front! It’s going back!

  28. Alan 09/03/2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Winter cycling jackets from Aldi. Believe me it’ll be the best £25 you’ll ever spend!!

    • Mandy 07/01/2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Aldi wasn’t good for me….spent £20 on a waterproof jacket in their September 2011 cycle promo and was very happy with it…..unfortuntely the zip was broken by 2012. At first they were a bit reluctant to refund but I gently pushed and they agreed. Shame Aldi’s jacket didn’t last….cos £20 doesn’t go very far towards a replacement 🙁

  29. HH 24/10/2011 at 6:06 pm #

    I’ve had the Altura and took it back within a couple of months as the useful pockets had ripped with just carrying my phone. The zip had broken and had not lived up to the 5 years of my Gore before it. I found the Altura quite breathable. The high viz was good and a nice design.

    The Gore Path II is one Ive recently bought and like my Gore its not as good as everyone makes it out to be on the breathability front. It is pretty waterproof and the manufacturing is a leap above Altura but for the price it should be.

    The best fabric I’ve found is the eVent fabric in my trusty Montane cycling coat which is fantastic. I wish I’d bought the bright yellow one as safety is, at the moment on my routes, more important.

    Just my ten kenneth..

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  31. Sped24 28/01/2012 at 6:05 am #

    I cycle with what I have learned is the absolute best waterproof jacket nd it is made by Showers Pass. The company is based in the states. Portland,Oregon where they get similar wet weather as the UK.

    • Gig 09/07/2012 at 6:19 pm #

      Absolutely agree. I’ve got the women’s jacket and it’s brilliant. A great name and a great philosophy!

    • helkav 09/12/2012 at 11:16 am #

      I recently went on a cycling holiday, and wanted a light waterproof. I used to have one (lasted over 10 years so no complaints) that was waterproof, had a hood AND a “tail” if you know what I mean. I think if you have the kind of adjustable hood with the drawstrings visibility does not have to be an issue.

      I have been totally unable to find a similar replacement, online or otherwise, so I ended up getting one without the tail. I do think the tail is very useful for cycling

      has anyone else had any luck finding this kind of jacket

  32. Renae Satterley 15/02/2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Thanks for a good article on jackets. I’ve had the same problem as others with my Altura jacket- i.e. the zip is shoddy and no longer works. The teeth seem to have become all ragged for some odd reason. I emailed to ask about this, and this was the reply I had. I do not think this is satisfactory and have decided to buy another brand of jacket, based on the recommendations you’ve posted. I think it’s reasonable to expect a jacket to last longer than 3.5 years if you only wear it occasionally as I do.

    “I discussed the issue you described with the Altura Brand Manager and he advised that we have changed the zips we use on the Night Vision Jacket for smoother running versions to increase the life and we have also changed the pullers to avoid the issue we had with some snapping (mentioned in a few of the reviews). As your jacket was bought in September 2008 and is now 3 ½ years old we would recommend visiting a local seamstress where a replacement zip can be fitted in your jacket, this will enable you to continue to use your jacket. Customer.Services@zyro.co.uk

    • Adam 14/11/2012 at 7:55 am #

      I have an Altura jacket too. I don’t know how long jackets are supposed to last, but this one is now starting its third winter and the front zip is completely useless so must be a common fault

  33. Darren 06/04/2012 at 8:15 pm #

    I have had the Gore Path II for some considerable time now and I would swear by it. Buy the hood and stick a lightweight fleece under it and it passes as a (very waterproof) casual jacket. I have re-proofed it numerous times by hand with NikWax wash and reproofer and it still works as well as the day I bought it.

  34. Kerry 23/04/2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi, I am considering buying the DHB Ladies Signal Cycling Jacket as the weather in Ireland is very close to monsoon weather all the time! Just wondering if anyone can help me out with a query…how small can this jacket be folded into?? Small enough to fit in a pocket of a cycling jersey??

  35. georgie 02/07/2012 at 2:40 am #

    Two features you haven’t mentioned that I think are also vital when choosing a waterproof jacket for cycling:

    1. pockets (eg need to be handy for keys/phone & spacious enough for map, wallet)
    2. underarm zips (to cool down when you warm up with that extra layer)

    My Paramo Quito jacket is close to perfect, but fails on pockets.

  36. Phil 06/07/2012 at 11:22 am #

    I have been wearing a Buffalo Special 6 jacket for years; it doesn’t keep the rain out, but thanks to the pile lining and windproof Pertex outer it keeps me warm even when soaked right through. It also has a hand warmer pocket, a large chest pocket and full length zips down each side. It has kept me comfy down to -18.

  37. Vivian Echeverry 12/08/2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Another, perhaps less costly option, is if you go into builder’s shops, big chaine ones, they sell outdoor, high-visibility jackets, padded (great for winter) for less than £35.
    You know these jackets are made to last, because of the kid of work that builders do.. and they are waterproof too..
    Worth checking out.

  38. erik 05/10/2012 at 5:17 am #

    O2 cycling rain jacket. I have used for about 6 years. I still can’t believe they work.

    Negative: it is flimsy and lasts 2-3 years. no pockets or vents

    positive: light, small packed, no rain comes in, sweat goes out. cheap 20pounds.

    I carry it everyday commuting and use it 20 times a year. On training rides i use it during slow warm ups, and when i stop, or long descents.

    good blog

    • helkav 09/12/2012 at 11:30 am #

      their stuff looks perfect =:-) shame they only ship to US and Canada – maybe I’ll drop some hints to my brother for xmas!

  39. John bourn 28/10/2012 at 6:39 am #

    I don’t know how old this article is but the link to Wiggle shows the gore jacket as discontinued.

  40. David 16/01/2013 at 9:29 pm #

    I totally disagree that any energetic cyclist actually needs “waterproof” jackets at all, at any time of the year. If you use mudguards and dont stop pedalling your back stays dry, even in absolutely torrential sustained rain. I can vouch for this as I did the exmoor beast this year which was continual torrential rain the whole way round for 7 hours. my back was dry when I drank my beer at the end. so you only need a waterproof membrane on the front of any cycling jacket. That allows superb breathability at the back where you sweat. When a jacket says it is waterproof, the membrane they are using is just “too” waterproof also. something like windtex or winstopper is more than rain resistant enough. the heat from your body will do the rest of the job at beating the water back out. This is all true believe me. you just have to brave enoough to try it out in some proper rain on a proper bike with mudguards.

    • Martin 14/03/2013 at 1:21 pm #

      Any actual examples of such jackets?

      • David 14/03/2013 at 5:07 pm #

        Yes endura windchill is brilliant. It offers water resistant /windproof down the arms. Castelli transparente similar but not on the arms so not a deep winter jacket , but also superb nonetheless.

      • David 14/03/2013 at 8:38 pm #

        The great thing about a jacket like the windchill is that you can just wear it every day from September to may and you will not overheat (baselayer dependant!) but I guarantee you will stay dry when it rains and not drown in sweat. Anything that says ‘waterproof’ in the description will not do this.

        • Martin 16/03/2013 at 8:31 am #

          Thanks for the tip – I’m looking for a new jacket for my commute but hadn’t come across the Windchill – sounds excellent.

        • David 16/03/2013 at 8:57 am #

          One other thing: they have just updated the design ; there is the windchill and now the windchill 2 . I’ve had a look at the windchill 2 and its better. But the original windchill is still being sold at the same price to watch out.

        • Martin 11/04/2013 at 8:24 pm #

          Top tip, David!

          Bought a “last year’s model” Endura Windchill for £25 cheaper than the new models, just in time for the recent spell of cold weather, and it’s been excellent – very comfortable, keeps me warm but not too warm. It’s closer fitting than a normal waterproof and I’m sure I’m making better time as a result. Had to wait until this week for some “decent” rain to test it in the wet – no problems.

          Many thanks!

        • David 11/04/2013 at 11:39 pm #

          Oh great! I feel vindicated as most cyclists just laugh at me and walk away when I say you don’t need waterproof on your back!

  41. Vincent 10/02/2013 at 4:44 pm #

    > Hood – when cycling in London or any city cycling a hood can create dangerous blind spots.

    I can’t believe there’s still no water/windproof jacket where we can turn our head without being blinded.

    Wearing a cap isn’t good enough. I ended up tying a string around my head with one of those whatchamacallits used to ajust the length of a string (www.bit.ly/122RgvP)

  42. Phil Russell 11/02/2013 at 1:03 am #

    VINCENT—-the “watchamacallit” is called a toggle……but back in the day (or in the night) when the rain came down hard, I wore a fisherman’s “SOU’WESTER”, (named after the strong wind at sea), made of yellow PVC, and it kept my head dry without obscuring rearward or sideways vision. And with the cotton racing cap under it with the peak pulled down, the rain stayed out of my eyes.
    Of course, you wouldn’t wear all that and a helmet too—-but you can’t have everything!

  43. Dave 03/04/2013 at 7:59 pm #

    I have a Altura Night Vision and a Gore wear jacket. The Gore wear one is much more breathable and warmer if its cold but does not get too hot normally. Big price difference however. I have also been impressed with the DHB trousers pack small, waterproof and fairly breathable and a great price. One problem I had with the Night vision was getting hot with my mobile in the chest pocket on a cold night, created condensation that killed my phone totally new phone required. Gore is the best of the 3, but not the cheapest or smallest pack size.

  44. Mark 08/04/2013 at 5:05 am #

    Anybody got any thoughts on Waterproof Cycling pants??

    • David 08/04/2013 at 6:23 am #

      If by pants you mean trousers then my advice from the last 5 winters of rural English (rainy) commuting 30 miles round trip 52 weeks of the year average commuting speed 17mph(I sweat!) ………use a pair of roubaix bib tights with a water resistant coating . Make sure they are a properly tight fit, and your legs will stay warm and dry in ALL weathers.

      • David 08/04/2013 at 6:27 am #

        If you wear flappy waterproof trousers you will get wet and very uncomfortable from the sweat inside.

        However if you only have a mile or two to go and wear your day clothes on your bike then they are probably a good solution!

  45. caf22 13/04/2013 at 11:45 am #

    The zip on my expensive Altura reflective jacket broke within a year. Clearly a common fault but frustrating nevertheless, especially as it had had only light use.

    • Phil Russell 13/04/2013 at 6:10 pm #

      [[[ caf22——if it broke “within a year”, you’d be covered by the guarantee, wouldn’t you? Don’t let them get away with selling junk….

  46. PB 13/06/2014 at 12:53 pm #

    I used to use an Altura Night Vision, but I now prefer the Howies Dyfi. Light and packable. Got mine for £30.

  47. Emma 07/11/2014 at 2:05 pm #

    I love my Pearl iZumi hi viz. I’ve had it for 3 Years. It’s covertable (the sleeves come off) so I use it all year round. It’s not waterproof but I don’t mind, as I rather be soaked in rain water than sweat!!

  48. Jack 26/12/2014 at 1:37 am #

    new commuter, bought the Gore bike path jacket recommended at the bottom. Absolutely brilliant! Even at very low temperatures all in need to wear underneath is a t-shirt and if too cold a long sleeve shirt. Don’t know how this Gore-tex material works, but its unbelievable that something so light is completely waterproof and warm. Evan cycles does them for less than £100, can’t recommend enough


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