In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best men’s commuter cycling jackets.
I’m going to make a number of assumptions of what my experience of commuting is, and what elements should be present in a cycling jacket for just such a purpose.
First off, in general a commuter cycling jacket much have a loose enough fit to use something underneath, other than a tight fitting thermal shirt. This increases the flexibility of the jacket.
Since you might not want to travel as light as possible, a number of water-resistant pockets is also a great addition, and increases the garment’s usage.
I’ve chosen only fully waterproof cycling jackets with taped seams. That way, you can be assured you stay dry no matter what weather conditions you’re facing.
And bright colors and/or reflective elements also make sure you are high visible on busy hours on the road.
So with all that out of the way, let’s take a look at the overview of the best men’s commuter cycling jackets.
Gore Wear Endure cycling jacket
The Gore Wear Endure cycling jacket is a fairly lightweight, and packable waterproof jacket.
Made from GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus it features a durable outer shell, with a GORE-TEX membrane. In combination with water-resistant zippers and taped seams, it makes this cycling jacket waterproof.
The jacket packs into a tiny package, which makes it perfect to stow away in a pannier, bikepack, or backpack.
It’s hooded with enough space to cover an average-sized helmet.
It’s definitely not the cheapest but none of Gore’s products are. But its waterproof packability, makes this lightweight, breathable cycling jacket a serious contender for adventurous cyclists.
Gore Wear Lupra cycling jacket
The Gore Wear Lupra jacket is a high-quality, relaxed-fit option for a winter cycling jacket.
Made from a combination of GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER in the front and GORE selected fabrics in the back it’s a hooded option compatible with helmets.
The loose fit allows easy layering for increased insulation in an already durable and waterproof setup, with taped seams in the hood and shoulders.
Draw strings let’s you tighten the hood and hem to further protect you from the elements.
Long sleeves with pre-shaped elbows create the perfect fit when cycling and sit generously over your gloves. 2 zippered hand pockets finish this excellent design.
One of the best allround winter cycling jackets, flexible, versatile, and great-looking on and of the bike.
Endura Hummvee Waterproof cycling jacket
The Endura Hummvee Waterproof cycling jacket is a versatile, minimalistically designed, waterproof cycling jacket.
The garment has a 2-layer polyester ripstop with sealed seams and mesh liner. This means, it’s a non-insulated waterproof jacket for riding in cold weather temperatures.
A number of reflective elements, both front and back, aid in increasing your visibility while on the road.
The single zippered back pocket and easy-access zippered breast pocket, makes for an allround, great addition to your off-season cycling wardrobe.
Endura Urban Luminite II cycling jacket
If you value visibility you can’t go wrong with the Endura Urban Luminite II cycling 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.
Proviz Nightrider 2.0 cycling 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 Outdoor cycling 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 cycling 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 Transit CC cycling jacket
The Showers Pass Transit CC cycling jacket is more than your average pack-and-stow jacket.
With Artex 3-layer fabric and DWR-free PFC treatment you get all the weather protection you need, in a fairly lightweight package, that’s extremely breathable, and has enough pockets to put away your keys and the like.
A reflective droptail with reflective bars on cuffs means you’re seen in low-light condtions and underlines its excellent use for daily commuting and bikepacking.
Showers Pass Syncline CC cycling 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.
Inbike Rain Hooded Waterproof cycling jacket
In an industry where premium brands vie for making the most expensive cycling garments you can think of, the Inbike Rain Hooded Waterproof cycling jacket is a breath of fresh air.
For a decent enough price you get a 10K lightweight polyester shell with fully taped seams, which makes this an excellent waterproof addition to your cycling wardrobe.
It’s single downside is the hood is not fully compatible with your average helmet, which relegates this jacket to helmetless commuting or bikepacking (my hope is any trail rider wears a helmet).
2 zippered hand pockets and reflective striping finishes this otherwise pretty allround and great design for a waterproof cycling jacket.
POC Signal All-weather cycling jacket
The POC 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.
POC Haven Rain cycling jacket
The POC Haven Rain cycling jacket is one of the best high quality, waterproof, lightweight cycling jackets worth your money.
With a minimal 20K durable ripstop polyamide fabric the material itself won’t let the worst rain storm get through. The fabric is treated with a DWR coating and all seams are fully taped.
There’s a rule that sometimes the less product you get, the more expensive it is. That certainly goes for this premium rain cycling jacket. So be prepared to dig deep into your wallet to obtain this bit of Swedish high-tech weather protection.
Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB cycling 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 men’s commuter cycling jackets
|Name||Price||Material||Weather Protection||Pockets||Reflectiveness||Packable||Removable Sleeves||Buy at Amazon|
|Gore Wear Endure cycling jacket||230 USD||GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered front pockets||reflective logos||yes||no||link|
|Gore Wear Lupra cycling jacket||180 USD||GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front w. GORE selected fabrics back||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered front pockets||reflective strips on arms||no||no||link|
|Endura Hummvee Waterproof cycling jacket||125 USD||2-layer polyester ripstop w. sealed seams and mesh liner||windproof, waterproof||1 zippered back pocket w. 1 zippered breast pocket||reflective stripes and logos on back, shoulders and front||no||no||link|
|Endura Urban Luminite II cycling jacket||160 USD||softshell fabric w. DWR treatment and sealed seams||windproof, waterproof||1 zippered breast pocket w. 2 zippered hand pockets||large reflective panneling||no||no||link|
|Proviz Nightrider 2.0 cycling jacket||100 euros||Oxford polyester w. REPREVE mesh||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||R360 panneling||no||no||link|
|Proviz Reflect360 Outdoor cycling jacket||120 euros||5K 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 cycling jacket||298 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 Transit CC cycling jacket||239 euros||Artex 3-layer fabric w. DWR-free PFC||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets w. 1 zippered breast pocket||reflective droptail w. reflective bars on cuffs||yes||no||link|
|Showers Pass Syncline CC cycling jacket||146 euros||Artex 2.5-layer fabric w. DWR-free PFC||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||3M reflective strips on front and back||no||no||link|
|Inbike Rain Hooded Waterproof cycling jacket||109 USD||10K lightweight polyester shell w. taped seams||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||reflective shoulder stripes and elements on back||yes||no||link|
|POC Signal All-weather cycling jacket||350 euros||20K ripstop fabric w. jersey liner||windproof, waterproof||2 stow hand pockets and 1 zippered back pocket||reflective front and back logos||yes||no||link|
|POC Haven Rain cycling jacket||290 euros||20K ripstop polyamide fabric w. DWR treatment and taped seams||windproof, waterproof||1 zippered back pocket||reflective front and back logos||yes||no||link|
|Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB cycling jacket||125 USD||Performance 2-layer 10K fabric w. DWR treatment||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||BioViz striping||no||no||link|