Being protected from the elements is important when out cycling. Softshell jackets are the perfect option as they are soft, yet protect against wind, rain and, of course, the cold. But what is a softshell cycling jacket? Well, softshell cycling jackets are the perfect lightweight option for cycling comfortably in a range of weather conditions.
These jackets use a variety of different layers to provide various properties to the wearer. From protection against inclement weather to simply keeping you warm, these jackets have a lot to offer. And, there are many different types available too, depending on the time of the year.
At Bikester, we have a range of different softshell jackets, so read our guide to riding in the rain, wind or simply out and about to find the best option.
Keeping out the cold
Softshell jackets come in a range of different types that are suited for different purposes depending on what they are made of. For instance, a winter softshell cycling jacket puts more into the material and layers to keep you warm.
Vaude softshell jackets are available for all sexes and come in a range of colours. These snug jackets are always straight cut to give you more freedom in your movement. They use PrimaLoft Eco padding on the front and shoulders, keeping you warm but also making sure the jacket stays light. Waterproof material is also incorporated, making this a fully functional product no matter where you're cycling. These jackets are best used when out on trails or mountain biking for optimum comfort. Pair them with some leg warmers to be completely cosy whenever you cycle.
Alternatively, Vaude's padded jackets make them the perfect option for gentle cycling in an urban landscape. The sleeves are stylishly padded and come in a range of simple colours. Additionally, these jackets come with reflective sections on the back to ensure you can be seen in traffic.
Generally, softshell jackets are warmer and offer more breathability than rain ponchos or jackets. This makes them ideally suited to being worn on a bike. Some brands will offer protection from showers, but, in a heavy downpour, not so much.
Gore Wear softshell jackets come in a range of options. Their Paclite jacket is the perfect waterproof option as it folds down small, making it easy to carry around. The hoods are tight-fitting, so they won't blow off when you're out and about either. Convenient, adjustable sleeves, an elastic draw waistband and a straight cut mean that this versatile jacket is ready to keep you dry no matter what.
Hide from the wind
Many softshell jackets also have a windbreaker layer integrated into them. Endura softshell jackets are particularly good for this. These jackets incorporate stretch and thermal layers in both the front and sleeve sections as a sort of arm warmers type layer. With convenient zippers under the arms, this helps for temperature regulation too.
Not only are they great against the wind when cycling, but they also come in a range of different bright colours as well as having reflective elements for better visibility when you're on the road.