Rain Jack­ets

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Sport­ful Hot Pack 5 $130

Con­structed with Schoeller’s Nanosphere fab­ric, the Sport­ful Hot Pack 5 of­fers ex­cel­lent wind and wa­ter re­sis­tance with­out com­pro­mis­ing the breatha­bil­ity you need dur­ing longer rides. Sport­ful has also added ven­ti­la­tion ports on the rear panel for even greater breatha­bil­ity and com­fort through­out a wide range of con­di­tions. The ad­di­tion of thumb-hole cuffs helps you pre­vent drafts; an ex­tra-long tail panel of­fers shield­ing against bone-chill­ing tire spray. The Hot Pack 5 is sur­pris­ingly light and com­pact and fits eas­ily into an in­ter­nal stuff sack. ( mvc46.eu)

Castelli Ri­paro $190

The Ri­paro is a light­weight and highly com­press­ible jacket that of­fers com­plete rain pro­tec­tion at an ex­tremely ac­ces­si­ble price. The jacket’s 2.5 layer fab­ric con­sists of a highly durable shell that’s coated with a polyurethane mem­brane and fully seam-sealed for to­tal wa­ter­proof­ness. This con­struc­tion re­sults in a jacket that avoids the bulk, weight and cost of tra­di­tional wa­ter­proof breath­able gar­ments. While the jacket does give up some per­for­mance when it comes to breatha­bil­ity, it more than makes up for this com­pro­mise by what it gains in com­press­ibil­ity and con­ve­nience; the jacket can eas­ily be tucked into a jer­sey pocket and de­ployed if the weather takes a turn for the worse. ( mvc46.eu)

POC Fondo Splash $190

Built with a wind- and wa­ter-re­sis­tant four-way stretch fab­ric, the Fondo Splash jacket is a great op­tion for ex­tended rides in chang­ing weather con­di­tions. The jacket has a trim fit, but thanks to the stretchy fab­ric and so­phis­ti­cated shoul­der pat­terns, it never feels bind­ing or re­stric­tive. While the fab­ric of­fers a sur­pris­ing level of breatha­bil­ity, poc has also added ven­ti­la­tion holes un­der the arms for ad­di­tional heat man­age­ment dur­ing hard ef­forts. Form-fit­ting Ly­cra wrist cuffs and a zip­pered rear pocket round out the fea­tures on this well­made and ver­sa­tile cy­cling jacket. ( poc­sports.com)

Biemme Jampa $189

Con­structed from a light­weight and body-hug­ging wa­ter­proof and breath­able fab­ric, the Jampa is a great op­tion for cy­clists who want to avoid the flap­ping of con­ven­tional rain­wear with­out sac­ri­fic­ing weather pro­tec­tion. Biemme adds a high col­lar to seal out drafts and adds mesh in the bot­tom of the three rear pock­ets for wa­ter drainage. A low­pro­file elas­tic hem en­sures that the Jampa stays put even dur­ing hard sprints. Cy­clists seek­ing a min­i­mal­ist ap­proach to weather pro­tec­tion will be im­pressed. ( log­i­cas­port.com)

Pearl Izumi Pro Aero WXB $275

The Pro Aero wxb jacket is Pearl Izumi’s light­est and most body-hug­ging wa­ter­proof and breath­able rain jacket. As such, it is supremely suit­able for com­pet­i­tive rid­ers who want weather pro­tec­tion with­out fab­ric flap in the wind. Yet even with the spar­tan con­struc­tion ap­proach, Pearl Izumi man­ages to in­clude a num­ber of func­tional fea­tures, such as a wa­ter­proof zip­per, su­pe­rior fit­ting, patented sleeve con­struc­tion and an ex­tended tail sec­tion for ex­tra pro­tec­tion from tire spray. That the jacket is still com­pact enough to stuff into a jer­sey pocket is a tes­ta­ment to Pearl Izumi’s thought­ful con­struc­tion and pur­pose-driven de­sign process. ( pearl­izumi.com)

Louis Garneau Granfondo 2 $100

With cy­cling gar­ments hit­ting strato­spheric price points, it’s nice to see that rid­ers can still buy func­tional cy­cling jack­ets with­out hav­ing to take out a sec­ond mort­gage. For $100, the Granfondo 2 de­liv­ers solid wind and wa­ter­proof­ness with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the fit and es­thet­ics that many road cy­clists de­mand. In wet con­di­tions, com­fort is en­hanced thanks to the Granfondo 2’s rear vent con­struc­tion that helps move ex­cess heat and per­spi­ra­tion out. Louis Garneau specs a long back panel for pro­tec­tion from tire spray while the wa­ter­proof front zip shields your front torso from rain. This jacket de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional value and per­for­mance. ( garneau.com)

MEC Women’s Alpine Ally $250

While the Alpine Ally isn’t a cy­cling-spe­cific gar­ment, it does have fea­tures that will serve you well on the trail. This highly com­press­ible and low-bulk wa­ter­proof and breath­able shell is ideal for any back­coun­try cy­cling ad­ven­ture where there’s a greater em­pha­sis on ver­sa­tile weather pro­tec­tion over pure pedalling-re­lated per­for­mance – think day­long shoul­der sea­son rides in the woods. The jacket of­fers a highly ar­tic­u­lated fit for easy move­ment both on and off the bike and the three­way ad­justable hood eas­ily fits over a hel­met for ex­cep­tional pro­tec­tion against heavy rain or even snow. mec adds pit zips for vent­ing with­out ex­pos­ing your torso to bone-chill­ing tem­per­a­tures. This is a great out­door jacket that can eas­ily tran­si­tion be­tween epic off-road rides and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. ( mec.ca)—gus Alexan­dropou­los

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