Probably the most important accessory to have on you when you’re cycling in the winter months is a waterproof jacket.
That probably goes without saying. But you also need to make sure the jacket is lightweight enough so it doesn’t cause you to sweat buckets while you’re riding, and if you can easy fold it up and pop it in your bag – or even your pocket – well, that’s just a bonus.
Below I’ve picked out five of the best waterproof cycling jackets under £50 that are lightweight and can easily be carried around with you.
With over 250 Amazon ratings averaging 4.5 stars, the Regatta Pack-It Jacket is a very popular waterproof jacket, and rightly so.
There’s no thrills to this jacket. It gets the basics done, and gets them spot on. Made from Isolite lightweight polyester fabric, this Regatta jacket is superlight (249g), waterproof, wind resistant and easy to stow away.
Regatta’s waterproof jacket also includes a shockcord hood along with two front pockets with hook and loop fastenings.
The simple design is executed superbly and is more than suitable on and off the bike. There’s also an excellent matching waterproof over trouser from Regatta too.
Like many similar products on Amazon, the pricing structure for this jacket is pretty complicated, with the cost dependent on size and colour preference. The ‘Navy/Magma’ colour option tends to be the most expensive, while the plain Navy, Bayleaf and Black options are all at the bottom end of the scale, available for around a very reasonable £12.
There is also a women’s version of this jacket which features the same functionality and is priced from £10.04 to £30.
Weighing in a little heavier than the Regatta Pack-It jacket at 299g, the Mac in a Sac is none the less a very good waterproof jacket – and one that comes in a whole wealth of colours (12 no less).
A concealed hood is a big bonus on this jacket, while the two zipped front pockets are also very welcome.
The Mac in a Sac is waterproof, windproof and also features back venting to improve breathability. It also includes its own packaway bag to make storage extra easy.
Pricing again fluctuates on this jacket, with the largest and smallest sizes available for bargain prices (around £10) while the ever-common medium is more costly at around £20-25 – which is still by no means bad.
Easily stowed away in the mesh pocket that comes included, the Trespass Packet jacket is windproof, waterproof, boasts taped seams to prevent any leaks, and elasticated cuffs.
The Tresspass jacket is a great all-rounder and emergency shelter during wet rides.
The Praline colour is the most expensive in the range, while the other colours, in particular black, are markedly cheaper.
Now with 50% off at Evans Cycles, the Altura Pocket Rocket is a rain jacket that has been specifically designed for cycling (also known as ‘performance fit’).
Currently available in blue or black, this waterproof Altura jacket also features a reflective trim to aid visibility. There is no hood however, which splits opinion. On one hand, a hood can restrict peripheral vision when riding, but on the other it can’t half help you stay dry!
The jacket can be folded away into its rear pocket for storage.
Please feel free to comment below with your favourite (and least favourite) waterproof jackets that you’ve tried out when cycling in wet weather.
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