In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best women’s winter cycling jackets.
Made to get you through the coldest of temperatures these cycling jackets feature the best protection against wind, rain, and cold temperatures in general.
With multi-layered DWR-treated breathable fabrics, they offer the best combination of protection and moisture-wicking characteristics.
You can choose from race-oriented body-hugging designs for road cyclists, or more relaxed designs for allround cycling.
Furthermore, multiple pockets, reflective elements, and bright colors add to the overall functionality of this best-in-class selection.
So let’s head over to my overview of the best women’s winter cycling jackets.
Castelli Alpha RoS 2 W jacket
One cycling jacket needs to have the dubious distinction of being the most expensive, and I believe it’s this one.
So what exactly do you get for paying double what the average cycling jacket cost you?
The jacket is made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER with a 3D insulation-layer fabric. That’s a moutful to basically say the jacket is windproof and waterproof and sports a separate insulation for added warmth. E.g. you get two products for the steep price of one.
The design is nothing short of drop-dead gorgeous with a form-fitting cinched waist design and intricate panelling. A huge waist gripper with silicone lining keeps the hem in place.
The cuffs are double-layered to minimize the risk of cold or rain seeping through. And sealed seams do the same for the rest of the fabric. Reflective strips ensure increased nighttime visibility.
Besides the standard 3 rear pockets, the cycling jacket also has 2 hand pockets. So there’s more than enough cargo space to be found.
Is it worth this kind of money. Probably not, but it’s unmistakenly one of the best winter jackets for road cyclists.
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.
Castelli Dinamica jacket
The Castelli Dinamica jacket is one of the most stylish premium cycling jackets worth your money.
Form-fitting and flattering, this performance-oriented cycling jacket will keep you warm and dry in sub-zero temperatures.
Made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER X-Fast fabric, the jacket offers extreme levels of wind protection and insulation, with more than adequate protection against the occassional rain shower.
3 rear pockets helps you carry around the things you need, and large reflective panels on each arm the front and rear helps you be seen in low-light conditions.
Available in more colors than your standard black, it’s one of the best-looking, high quality, premium cycling jackets on the market.
Gore Wear Tempest jacket
The Gore Wear Tempest jacket is a great-looking winter cycling jacket to keep you riding while temperatures are dropping below zero.
The cycling jacket is made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER and has a fleece back for increased insulation. And the fleece-lined close-fitting collar prevents air from sapping away heat.
With a road cycling oriented fit, the garment sits close to the body and aids a posture riding in the drops.
3 rear pockets is reminiscent of this style of cycling jackets, as are reflective strips on both arms and the rear.
In terms of functionality for deep winter riding in a relative affordable package, it ticks all the boxes.
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
Specifications best women’s winter cycling jackets
|Name||Price||Material||Weather Protection||Pockets||Reflectiveness||Packable||Removable Sleeves||Buy at Amazon|
|Castelli Alpha RoS 2 W jacket||370 USD||GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER w. 3D insulation-layer fabric||windproof, water resistant||3 rear pockets||reflective laser-cut drain holes in rear pockets||no||no||link|
|Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket||240 USD||3-layer allover reflex fabric||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||reflex fabric||no||no||link|
|Castelli Dinamica jacket||230 USD||GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER X-Fast||windproof, water resistant||3 rear pockets||Reflective panels on front with reflective labels on back||no||no||link|
|Gore Wear Tempest jacket||170 USD||GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER w. fleece back||windproof, water resistant||3 rear pockets||reflective strips on arms||no||no||link|
|Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket||130 euros||R360 fabric w. REPREVE mesh||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered breast pockets w. 2 zippered hand pockets||R360||no||no||link|
|Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket||304 euros||Elite 3-Layer ripstop fabric w. DWR-free PFC||windproof, waterproof||1 breast pocket with audio port w. zippered back pocket||3M reflective strips on arms and arms||no||no||link|
|Showers Pass Syncline CC jacket||149 euros||Artex 2.5-layer fabric||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||3M reflective strips on front and back||no||no||link|
|Fox Racing Ranger 3L Water jacket||200 USD||10K 2.5-layer ripstop fabric||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||none||no||no||link|
|POC W’s Signal All-Weather jacket||350 euros||20K ripstop fabric||windproof, waterproof||2 stow hand pockets and 1 zippered back pocket||none||yes||no||link|
|Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket||150 USD||Performance 2-layer 10K fabric w. DWR treatment||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||BioViz striping||no||no||link|