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The top 18 best women’s cycling rain jackets

In this blog you’ll find an overview of the best women’s cycling rain jackets.

Certainly not every cycling jacket is waterproof. When it comes to being protected from the rain, you can either go for a water-resistant cycling jacket or a waterproof one.

The difference between the two is that before a cycling jacket can be called waterproof, it needs to have taped or sealed seams to prevent water from seeping through these areas.

Another difference is denoted in the amount of pressure can be exerted by a column of water onto the fabric before it pushes through. Tightly woven fabrics have a greater number, and a fabric is considered waterproof if it has a water column of 1,500 mm or more.

The cycling jackets on this list have a water column around 10K or more, so that’s more than enough protection from the rain.

The best cycling jackets also offer water-resistant zippers, draw strings to tighten the jacket at the hem, cuffs, or hood, and reflective elements for enhanced visibility.

That being said, there are some very lightweight option on here as well, that can be packed and stowed away when not needed.

So with all that out of the way, let’s head over to my list of the best women’s cycling rain jackets.

Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket

Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket
Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket

As the name suggests the Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket is one of the few commuter oriented cycling jackets from the Italian brand.

It means a more relaxed fit, longer droptail, and all-over reflective patterning for maximum visibility in busy urban environments.

The jacket features a 3-layer 20K waterproof fabric with fully taped seams, and 2 zippered hand pockets. That’s about as waterproof as you can make a cycling jacket.

It’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but the jacket does feature the best the Italian brand has to offer for everyday commuting use.

Troy Lee Designs Descent jacket

Troy Lee Designs Descent  jacket
Troy Lee Designs Descent  jacket

The Troy Lee Designs Descent jacket is a great endurance jacket for both male and female cyclists who go out riding no matter what the weather looks like.

Like other premium waterproof cycling jackets, it features a 3-layer breathable 10K waterproof fabric. And the hood is compatible with most helmets out there.

A no-nonsense design offers a pretty tight fit. It ensures the jacket looks great, but if that’s not your thing make sure to size up.

Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry jacket

Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry jacket
Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry jacket

The Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry jacket sits resolutely in the more tech-oriented premium range of packable jackets.

Shakedry refers to the garment having great water beading characteristics that enable you to shake off the rain droplets should you decide to stow the jacket into its rear pocket.

It’s the lightest waterproof packable cycling jacket on this list at 110 grams, but it’s one of the most expensive as well. Gore basically stripped the entire outer layer from their traditional fabric.

The combination of high breathability but still being waterproof justifies that price for the more ambitious female roadies.

The lackered finish make the jacket look stealthy and premium.

Endura Women’s Urban Luminite II jacket

Endura Women's Urban Luminite II jacket
Endura Women's Urban Luminite II jacket

If you value visibility you can’t go wrong with the Endura Women’s Urban Luminite II jacket.

Wind- and waterproof, this jacket offers all the protection you’ll need, and large asymmetric panels let’s you be seen from all sides.

Made from durable polyester, the cycling jacket offers zippered ventilation slits under the arms for increased air flow.

With 1 breast pocket and 2 hand pockets, all zippered, the jacket has cinches at the waist for a more elegant look.

You can go for bright neon yellow if you really want to stand out from the crowd at night, or a more subdued pacific blue.

Endura Women’s FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II jacket

Endura Women's FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II jacket
Endura Women's FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II jacket

The Endura Women’s FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II jacket is a long name for the most affordable waterproof packable jacket on this list.

It uses 15K breathable fabric which is so thin, you can look through it. It’s an effective protection against rain, and is meant to take with you as an insurance, not to be used for the duration of an entire ride.

Since the jacket doesn’t have any pockets, you get a pack sack to carry it around.

Proviz Nightrider 2.0 jacket

Proviz Nightrider 2.0 jacket
Proviz Nightrider 2.0 jacket

The Proviz Nightrider 2.0 jacket is the most affordable entry into this brand, which takes increased visibility more serious than any other brand out there.

Fully water- and windproof, the cycling jacket is made from Oxford polyester w. REPREVE mesh and R360 reflective panels. It means it’s not only extremely durable and breathable, but also the most lightweight entry in Proviz’s lineup.

2 zippered pockets let’s you carry along things like keys and your phone.

Available in many bright colors, there’s no excuse of not being seen.

Proviz REFLECT360 Plus jacket

Proviz REFLECT360 Plus jacket
Proviz REFLECT360 Plus jacket

Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket

Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket
Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket

The Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket is your go-to option for the reflective waterproof hooded cycling jacket in the market.

The entire jacket is made from reflective R360 fabric with a highly breathable REPREVE mesh on the inside. It’s the perfect commuter jacket on busy roads, or travelling in places where there aren’t any street lights.

With 2 zippered hand pockets, and 2 zippered breast pockets there’s more than enough cargo capacity conveniently located on the front. All zippers are water-resistant.

When safety is a priority in a waterproof hooded jacket, there’s simply no better option.

Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket

Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket
Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket

When the going get’s tough and you need the protection no matter the cost, the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket is the way to go.

The jacket is made from Elite 3-Layer ripstop fabric with DWR water-resistant fabric. Fully taped seams in combination with this very durable fabric ensures no water goes through.

Waterproof zippers close up the jacket, breast pocket, and rear back pocket, while a long droptail protect you from road spray while riding.

Large 3M reflective striping on both arms and on your back increase visibility significantly.

The only thing which keeps this jacket from just about perfect is that Showers Pass did not include your standard black color.

Showers Pass Syncline CC jacket

Showers Pass Syncline CC jacket
Showers Pass Syncline CC jacket

The Showers Pass Syncline CC jacket is a high-quality yet very affordable option considering the amount of functionality this lightweight jacket provides.

2.4 layered waterproof fabric with taped seams, water-resistant zipper, 3M reflective tape, an adjustable hood compatible with a helmet, zippered ventilation vents on both sides, this jacket does it all and does it very well.

It’s probably the best allround waterproof cycling jacket for the money.

Fox Racing Ranger 2.5-Layer Water jacket

Fox Racing Ranger 2.5-Layer Water jacket
Fox Racing Ranger 2.5-Layer Water jacket

The Fox Racing Ranger 2.5-Layer Water jacket is a lightweight option for cold weather and wet conditions.

A great allround cycling jacket with 10K waterproof fabric and a helmet compatible hood. A bit more lightweight than the more expensive options from Fox Racing, the jacket is perfect for allround riding in less than ideal condtions.

Fox Racing clothing is well-designed and this form-fitting yet comfortable feeling jacket is no exception.

Fox Racing Ranger 3L Water jacket

Fox Racing Ranger 3L Water jacket
Fox Racing Ranger 3L Water jacket

The Fox Racing Ranger 3L Water jacket is an endurance-oriented performance cycling jacket for hard-riding female cyclists.

Fully 10K waterproof multi-layered fabric with taped seams, waterproof zippers and a hood and hem with draw strings, keeps the warmth in and the rain out as you ride anywhere, in any weather condition.

2 hand pockets, and a cinched design makes this both a gorgeous, funtional, and high-quality cycling product from one of the best brands in the business.

Fox Racing Pit Softshell jacket

Fox Racing Pit Softshell jacket
Fox Racing Pit Softshell jacket

The Fox Racing Pit Softshell jacket is another great soft shell jacket option, especially for those riders seeking extra protection from the elements.

A waterproof zipper closes the 3-layer tightly woven polyester shell. Protection from spray is added in the form of a hood and waterproof back.

2 zippered hand pockets let’s you carry around your necessities in well-designed soft shell jacket.

You don’t come across that many soft shell jackets with this level of weather protection.

Fox Racing Flexair Water jacket

Fox Racing Flexair Water jacket
Fox Racing Flexair Water jacket

The Fox Racing Flexair Water jacket is a premium, lightweight, race-oriented waterproof cycling jacket for adventurous riding.

10K waterproof ripstop polyester fabric with taped seams, and a helmet compatible hood ensure your protection against the weather at any time.

2 zippered hand pockets let you tow around necessities, and a pull cord keeps the hem close to your body to prevent heat from getting out, and spray from getting in.

It’s one of the most minimalistically designed high-quality waterproof cycling jackets.

Flylow Davis jacket

Flylow Davis jacket
Flylow Davis jacket

The Flylow Davis jacket is a very durable packable jacket made from Intuitive S/G Lite nylon ripstop fabric with a DWR-free PFC coating.

Made for both men and women it’s an affordable water-resistant jacket with a single, easy-to-reach zippered breast pocket.

Coming a variety of outdoor-oriented color-schemes, it’s a solid choice for casual-looking insurance against cold and rain.

POC W’s Signal All-Weather jacket

POC W's Signal All-Weather jacket
POC W's Signal All-Weather jacket

The POC W’s Signal All-Weather jacket has the honor of being the most expensive packable jacket on this list.

So what do you get for paying several hundred dollars for a minimal packable jacket? For one, the most waterproof jacket with protection against a 20K water column, which is double the protection when compared the the average other waterproof jacket. You can hang the packed jacket on your handlebars.

The jacket actually featuers a RECCO Reflector and a twICEme NFC Medical ID, something I normally see on jackets worn with skis or a snowboard. It’s an added protection for bikepackers.

The fact that such a jacket comes in a form, which can be easily stowed away indeed makes it the ultimate lightweight jackets for bikepackers.

Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket

Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket
Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket

The Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket is a reasonably priced waterproof cycling jacket.

A double-layered 10K waterproof shell with taped seams and DWR treatment is all the protection you’ll need to stay dry in any kind of rain.

Reflective strips both front and back aid in being seen at night, and sleeve adjusters keep them in place when wearing gloves.

The hood is big enough to wear your helmet underneath, and 2 convenient hand pockets with waterproof zippers, make this an excellent addition to your cycling wardrobe.

Giro Stow H2O jacket

Giro Stow H2O jacket
Giro Stow H2O jacket

Should you want maximum protection in a lightweight package the Giro Stow H2O jacket is one of the best choices you can find.

With a 15K 2.5-layer polyester fabric with DWR treatment, this garment is waterproof, windproof and durable, and still somewhat affordable when compared to similar options.

It further adds to that flexibility in use, with 2 zippered hand pockets to stow away your stuff.

When not in use, pack it and stow it on your handlebars.

My personal pick for the best allround packable cycling jackets.

Specifications best women’s cycling rain jackets

NamePriceMaterialWeather ProtectionPocketsReflectivenessPackableRemovable SleevesBuy at Amazon
Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket240 USD3-layer allover reflex fabricwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsreflex fabricnonolink
Troy Lee Designs Descent jacket189 USD3-layer breathable 10K waterproof fabricwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsnonenonolink
Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry jacket280 USDGORE-TEX SHAKEDRYwindproof, waterproof1 lower back stow pocketreflective logosyesnolink
Endura Women’s Urban Luminite II jacket160 USDpolyesterwindproof, waterproof1 zippered breast pocket w. 2 zippered hand pocketslarge reflective pannelingnonolink
Endura Women’s FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II jacket110 USDExoShell20ST 20K fabricwindproof, waterproofnonereflective logos w. stripingyesnolink
Proviz Nightrider 2.0 jacket115 eurosOxford polyester w. REPREVE meshwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsR360 pannelingnonolink
Proviz REFLECT360 Plus jacket150 eurosR360 Plus fabric w. REPREVE meshwindproof, waterproof2 zippered breast pocketsR360 Plusnonolink
Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket130 eurosR360 fabric w. REPREVE meshwindproof, waterproof2 zippered breast pockets w. 2 zippered hand pocketsR360nonolink
Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket304 eurosElite 3-Layer ripstop fabric w. DWR-free PFCwindproof, waterproof1 breast pocket with audio port w. zippered back pocket3M reflective strips on arms and armsnonolink
Showers Pass Syncline CC jacket149 eurosArtex 2.5-layer fabricwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pockets3M reflective strips on front and backnonolink
Fox Racing Ranger 2.5-Layer Water jacket140 USD10K 2.5-layer ripstop fabricwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsnonenonolink
Fox Racing Ranger 3L Water jacket200 USD10K 2.5-layer ripstop fabricwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsnonenonolink
Fox Racing Pit Softshell jacket140 USDsoftshellwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsnonenonolink
Fox Racing Flexair Water jacket230 USD10K 2.5-layer ripstop fabricwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsnonenonolink
Flylow Davis jacket130 USDIntuitive S/G Lite nylon ripstop fabric w. DWR-free PFCwindproof, waterproof1 zippered breast pocketnoneyesnolink
POC W’s Signal All-Weather jacket350 euros20K ripstop fabricwindproof, waterproof2 stow hand pockets and 1 zippered back pocketnoneyesnolink
Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket150 USDPerformance 2-layer 10K fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsBioViz stripingnonolink
Giro Stow H2O jacket160 USD15K 2.5-layer polyester w. DWR treatmentwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pockets3M reflective logosyesnolink