The last couple of years have seen a real convergence between cycling jackets and cycling jerseys. Whereas you once might not have expected any rain or wind protection from a jersey, this is now an increasingly common option. Equally, while a jacket offered good protection against the elements, it would have done so without necessarily being as close-fitting, breathable and comfortable as a good jersey. Now sometimes it can be hard to tell whether something is strictly a jacket or a jersey and this likeable RS180 jacket from Sugoi is a case in point.
This Showers Pass Storm jacket is certainly bright enough to get you noticed on the commute, and so long as you're not working too hard you'll stay dry. It's certainly not the most breathable though.
Italian company Sportful have looked to the typical weather and riding conditions of Belgium for inspiration for their Fiandre range of clothing (Fiandre is Italian for Flanders), which has been fully updated this winter. The pick of the new range is this Light WS Jacket.
Gore is a very well-known name in the world of outdoor activities, with a range of products under the Gore Bike Wear brand aimed specifically at cyclists, including this Power Gore-Tex Active Jacket. It's waterproof, windproof, breathable and fits well, making it ideal for rides in wet and cold conditions. It's not cheap though, and it has a couple of quirks that some buyers might not like.
Endura's Hummvee Convertible Jacket is aimed more at the off-road market, but its waterproof and breathable properties make it also very good for the road if you're touring or commuting at a relaxed pace in cold and wet weather.
The Lusso Windtex Aero+ jacket is a warm, well-made softshell for the cold weather, and the price is pretty reasonable too.
I've tried out quite a few Lusso pieces of clothing over the years and this is the best of them. As the name suggests, this jacket is made largely using a Windtex membrane. This is a material used by many brands to make windproof and waterproof fabrics. It's lightweight and very stretchy, breathable in the right circumstances (like any other breathable fabric), and the inner face is comfortable against skin.
The BBB Rainshield women's jacket is a little like Marmite when it comes to looks, but its performance pretty much fits the bill. Designed to stow away easily, it's a handy lightweight bit of kit.
Positive comments in abundance from both drivers and fellow cyclists on the visibility provided by Proviz's new Reflect 360 Jacket can't be a bad thing. If you spend a lot of time on the roads in the dark it'll certainly get you noticed.
Made from 100% polyester, Santini's Balthus windbreaker jacket is designed to be streamlined and efficient with the added bonuses of being windproof and water resistant. In essence it's a do it all lightweight jacket that you can easily take with you. However, the fabric is so light that it's not sufficiently protective in cold weather.
The Ultralight Wind Jacket from B'Twin (Decathlon's in-house cycling brand) is a low-priced lightweight jacket designed to give you some protection when the weather catches you out. It stuffs into its own tiny pocket, about the size of a fist, and weighs very little, so it's no chore to keep it in your bag or pannier for when it's needed. As you might expect, it's aimed more at the casual cyclist than those wanting highly technical cycling wear, but it does a decent job especially at this price.