Winter’s upon us. That means there’s nothing to do but wrap up warm and keep riding until the sun comes back. It will… I think.
Don’t worry though. You don’t have to look like a prat to ride a bike and stay warm through the cooler months, as you can see below, where we’ve compiled a list of five of the most of stylish, yet practical jackets that you can cycle in.
Described as the “technical alternative to a classic Harrington”, the Crossborder Jacket from Rohan is undoubtedly a stylish number and will help you look good whether you’re on the bike, heading into the office or in a bar.
This jacket is a soft-shell blend of polyamide and elastane is finished with Durable Water Repellency to protect you somewhat from undesirable showers. It also features all the pockets you could want and is half-lined in a technical mesh to keep it comfortable and breathable.
Available in Turkish Sea (blue), Russett Orange and Charcoal, the Howies Active Shell Jacket is a functional yet semi-stylish light jacket available at exceptionally reasonable price of £39.
This windproof jacket is highly breathable, “features four-way stretch panels for unrestricted movement” and can be neatly tucked up to fit into its own hood as you can see below.
Other nice touches include reflective parts on the cuff, tail and rear collar, as well as a clip for keys and a reversible zipped chest pocket in which you can headphone apertures through.
This jacket exudes style, despite being labelled a “performance jacket for cold weather riding“, but I guess that’s just what Café du Cycliste do.
Windproof, breathable and high wicking, the Heidi will certainly look after you in the coolest of times.
Added bonuses include zip able shoulder vents to keep you cool when need and some nice deep pockets for what you need.
Ted Baker Zip Through Jersey Top – £95
We did a feature on Ted Baker’s impressive Raising the Handlebars range not too long ago, and this jacket is one of the highlights of the collection.
Again oozing style, this slim line, lightweight jacket provides a high collar to protect you from the elements, zipped pockets and will guarantee you arrive at your destination looking good.
We reviewed this jacket back in 2013, and our opinion of it hasn’t changed.
This Muxu number is perfect for knocking about town and features a water repellent fabric to offer showerproof protection, reflective strips, articulater arms, two front pockets and offset shoulder seams to make carrying bags more comfortable.
This is a well-thought-out, stylish number.