You look on the BBC weather website and it says wind and light rain for the next day. You watch the ITV weather report and they’re suggesting clear skies. Who to trust? Windproof cycling jackets are for moments like this. When the weather isn’t quite cold enough for a full cycling jacket but you’re not quite sure if the weather will turn nasty.
They feature good portability by being able to fit into a large pocket and highly breathable materials. Unlike the typical £10 jacket you’ll pickup in most outdoor shops these jackets are designed to cover your derriere region as you lean forward on your bike and they’re also a lot less sweat inducing. Finally you won’t have to put up with that horrible flapping noise as the wind speeds pickup.
Those with bigger wallets will probably scoff at the low price tag of the DHB Wisp but they’ll be missing a bargain. This windproof cycling jacket offers great performance and packs down to a great portable size. The breathability is excellent and it also offers good water resistance for rainy conditions.
The DHB Wisp Windproof Cycling jacket costs £27.99 and is available only from Wiggle.
Gore Xenon AS Jacket
Featuring excellent wind resistance and rain protection this Gore Xenon windproof cycling jacket is a great, if expensive, choice. The downside is it doesn’t pack down quite as small as some of the other jackets. It also comes in a women’s edition.
It costs £129.99 from Wiggle.
Is a windproof cycling jacket a worthy purchase?
It’s definitely worth considering though I would find it hard to justify any price tag higher than that offered by the DHB. If you’ve already got yourself a light waterproof jacket that you can stuff in your bag or a waterproof cycling jacket then you may as well stick with them.
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