MTB jackets - protection against the elements off-road
From featherweight windbreakers and soft-shell jackets to tough hard-shell rain jackets, mountain bikers have a huge selection of functional and fashionable options available to them. Mountain bike jackets, like all sports jackets, have to strike a balance between protection from the elements and sufficient breathability and ventilation. Rapid changes in weather in the mountains, physical exertion and splashing water and mud on wet trails present mountain bike jackets with further challenges. They're therefore usually more robust than road bike jackets and have a slightly wider cut, as wind resistance plays less of a role when riding off-road.
You’re not one to let falling temperatures or a falling barometer stop you from hitting the trails. But, with a weatherproof mountain biking jacket, you don’t have to commit to being wet and cold, either.Mountain biking jackets are designed to keep you warm and dry, while at the sametime anticipating that you’ll heat up while working your way up hilly routes. So, these jackets focus heavily on performance and versatility. No matter what conditions you’re headed outside in, there’s a mountain biking jacket for you.
What to Look for in a MTB Jacket
Mountain biking jackets differ widely when it comes to design, materials, andconstruction. As a result, how well they’ll perform during a race or training ride and how good a job they’ll do at protecting you from the weather can vary. The best way to choose a mountain bike jacket is to think about what factors areimportant to you:
Waterproofing - Do you need a mountain biking jacket for cold conditions, for rain, or both? If you live in an area with wet weather, it can be worthwhile to opt for a rain jacket that you can use while biking. Keep in mind,however, that waterproof mountain biking jackets typically aren’t the most breathable option for spring and autumn riding.
Insulation - If you’re looking for a mountain biking jacket to help keep you warm, insulation is key. Thermal mountain bike jackets typically feature fleece, Primaloft, or another synthetic material that stays warm even whenit gets moist from rain or sweat. Keep in mind that you’ll heat up once you start riding, so thermal jackets are best for cold winter rides.
Hood - Most mountain bikers prefer to use a jacket without a hood unless they’re worried about rain. That’s because hoods easilycatch wind while you’re biking and blow behind you. If you do want a mountain biking jacket with a hood, make sure the hood is large enough to fit over your helmet.
Colour - Mountain biking jackets are available in a huge variety of colours. Consider choosing a jacket in a highly reflective colour like neon yellow or orange. That way, you’ll be easy to spot even when it’s cloudy out or short winter days mean you’ll be spending more time on the trails arounddark.
Hardshell vs. Softshell MTB Jackets
Mountain biking jackets can largely be divided into hardshell and softshell options.Hardshell jackets are almost universally more waterproof than softshell alternatives, and they tend to be more durable against scratching and ripping on overgrown trails. However, hardshell jackets often fall short when it comes to breathability – some offer ventilation zippers, but it can get hot inside these jackets. As a result, they’re best for riding in cold winter temperatures.Softshell jackets are the best choice for most spring and autumn riding since they’re more breathable as you warm up. On top of that, softshell jackets are made from stretchy materials that do a better job of moving with your body as you ride.
Mountain Biking Jackets at bikester.co.uk
The easiest way to find your ideal mountain biking jacket is to shop our enormouscollection at bikester.co.uk. We carry hundreds of jackets for men, women, and children, so you can get a comfortable and versatile jacket no matter the season or weather.