WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Taped seams are a guarantee of waterproofing at the most vulnerable of places on a jacket, such as the shoulders. These should keep the rain and road spray at bay.
Many are designed to be worn as a key element in your winter layering system. As such, some focus more on warmth than others, yet all will assist you in staying toasty.
All the waterproofing and insulation in the world will be no good if you end up feeling like boil-in-the-bag rice. Some jackets provide breathability by virtue of their fabrics; others employ venting.
As with the jacket’s seams, the better protected this weak point is from the rain, the more likely it is to prevent water ingress.
Decent closure at the cuffs and collar will keep out draughts and allow a jacket to work well with winter gloves, while a lower section of material at the rear hem protects your rear from road spray.
You’ll need an equivalent amount of storage for ride essentials such as gels and multitools as you’d have from a summer jersey. Waterproof pockets for a phone or emergency cash are a definite bonus.