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The top 20 best men’s cycling jackets for cold weather

In this blog I’m going to list some of my favorite men’s cycling jackets for cold weather.

In my mind, cold weather doesn’t mean sub zero temperatures. In my mind, cold weather cycling jackets are jackets you need to dust of as soon as your long sleeve jersey can’t keep you warm anymore.

That means these cycling jackets are a first barrier against chilly temperatures as summer turns into autumn, or deep winter turns into spring. They protect you from the wind and rain, but are lightweight, possibly packable, and highly breathable.

Some cycling jackets are definitely more pricey than others, but I’ve added jackets from the entire spectrum.

Whatever you choose, these jackets will help keeping you warm as you keep pushing your personal boundaries and finish epic journeys.

So here’s the list of the very best men’s cycling jackets for cold weather.

Troy Lee Designs Shuttle cycling jacket

Troy Lee Designs Shuttle cycling jacket
Troy Lee Designs Shuttle cycling jacket

The Troy Lee Designs Shuttle jacket is a high-quality yet affordable packable cycling jacket.

As casual fitting jacket for both men and women, it provides the first layer of protection against colder temperatures, but is not water-resistant, let alone waterproof, which is reflected in the price.

The jacket has a single pocket located at the lower back. Ventilation openings at the underarms and back.

Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light cycling jacket

Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light cycling jacket
Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light cycling jacket

The Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light cycling jacket is up there with the most premium cycling jackets for roadies.

As always, I try to make clear, what that hefty price sum get’s you, so you can actually make the decision whether the added benefits are truly worth the money.

As far as this jacket goes it packs some extra ventilation in the back in the form of a GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front and Nano Flex Xtra Dry back panel. That’s nice if you tend to overheat and sweat a lot.

But the real difference resides in the fact that the jacket offers a separate inner layer, which, according to the manufacturer, should improve ventilation even more, while adding more insulation because of the barrier between layers.

The rest of the jacket is pretty stock, with 3 stow pockets in the rear and your usual reflective elements.

Apart from the fact that the thing looks nice, it certainly offers a lot of protection in a package that’s, admittedly, has a standard weight of about 400 grams. Is that extra layer worth the added cost, or could you layer up yourself? I’ll leave that up to you.

Castelli Transition 2 cycling jacket

Castelli Transition 2 cycling jacket
Castelli Transition 2 cycling jacket

The Castelli Transition 2 cycling jacket is a lightweight cycling jacket meant to extend your riding season.

It has a breathable and water-repellant GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front with a fleece insulated back. This provides extra protection from wind chill, short rain showers and low temperatures.

It has 3 stow pockets in the rear, alongside a large reflective banner on the back as well as the front for optimal visibility.

There are many colors to choose from, which is a nice touch in a sea of black.

Castelli Mortirolo VI cycling jacket

Castelli Mortirolo VI cycling jacket
Castelli Mortirolo VI cycling jacket

The Castelli Mortirolo VI cycling jacket is a road cycling oriented jacket for mild cold weather rides.

It offers GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER fabric, but only at the front, where you can make the most use of it. That means the rest of the cycling jacket offers above-average ventilation, hence its mild temperature usage.

Castelli is one of the brands that certainly scores points in the design department, and this jacket, available in a variety of colors, is just as nice as the rest of their lineup.

At over 400 grams it’s not a particular lightweight, and it’s a bit surprising that that’s not reflected in a lower price. E.g. their a much lighter jackets, with the same level of protection, that are cheaper.

Gore Wear Endure cycling jacket

Gore Wear Endure cycling jacket
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 Phantom cycling jacket

Gore Wear Phantom cycling jacket
Gore Wear Phantom cycling jacket

The Gore Wear Phantom jacket is one of the best cycling jackets with detachable sleeves, if not the best.

For decades Gore has dominated the tech-fabric industry, and this jacket also features their most recent innovation. The jacket is made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER fabric, which is extremely breathable, water-resistant, and windproof.

The cycling jacket has 3 rear stow pockets, and reflective strips on the arms, which can be quickly removed, effectively turning this jacket into a warm cycling jersey, not a sleeveless vest.

The design of this jacket hasn’t changed in over 2 decades, and I can clearly see why. It’s a clear case of not fixing that’s never been broken in the first place.

Gore Wear Torrent cycling jacket

Gore Wear Torrent cycling jacket
Gore Wear Torrent cycling jacket

The Gore Wear Torrent cycling jacket differs from most of the rest of Gore’s lineup in that it uses their Active fabric.

This enables them to reduce the weight, while maintaining about the same level of cold weather protection. And as always with premium cycling products, as the weight goes down, the price goes up.

Light doesn’t mean it’s in the same category as a stowable rain jacket. It’s design is meant for multi-layering purposes.

But with a single zippered back pocket it still very much is a road cycling oriented cycling jacket; light, reasonably tight, minimal, and expensive.

Gore Wear Lupra cycling jacket

Gore Wear Lupra cycling jacket
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

Endura Hummvee Waterproof cycling jacket
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 Pakajak cycling jacket

Endura Pakajak cycling jacket
Endura Pakajak cycling jacket

The Endura Pakajak cycling jacket is a packable cycling jacket you can stuff into your jersey for quick use.

Without any pockets it’s a minimal cycling jacket especially made to provide protection from wind-chill and a possible light shower, so don’t expect to be using this in freezing temperatures. That’s not what it’s meant for.

With a mesh ventilation underneath the arms, and a water-repellant treatment it provides carry-with-you protection when the weather becomes fickle.

Endura FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II cycling jacket

Endura FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II cycling jacket
Endura FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II cycling jacket

The Endura FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II cycling jacket is as minimal as they come.

With a translucent, lightweight design and made from ExoShell20ST 20K fabric, the jacket is meant to do only one thing, which is offering on-the-fly protection from the rain.

Meant for road cyclist who want to travel light with a rain insurance that can be stuffed in a back stow pocket.

Proviz Nightrider 2.0 cycling jacket

Proviz Nightrider 2.0 cycling jacket
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

Proviz Reflect360 Outdoor cycling jacket
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.

Fox Racing Ranger Wind cycling jacket

Fox Racing Ranger Wind cycling jacket
Fox Racing Ranger Wind cycling jacket

The Fox Racing Ranger Wind jacket is an effective and stylish option to protect yourself against wind chill.

One of the more affordable options to obtain a cycling jacket, which is both windproof and protect you against light showers in the form of a DWR treated fabric.

2 zippered pockets ensure you’ve got the right amount of cargo space. And it’s lightweight and minimal enough to be stored in a jersey you can take this jacket with you as an insurance should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Budget-friendly, but still more than adequate enough to be a great allround option for cold-weather riding.

Fox Racing Ranger Tech Fleece cycling jacket

Fox Racing Ranger Tech Fleece cycling jacket
Fox Racing Ranger Tech Fleece cycling jacket

The Fox Racing Ranger Tech Fleece cycling jacket is a long name for this flashy camo jacket.

The tech-part comes in the form of TruDri fabric, which allows for enhanced moisture-wicking characteristics for those of us who sweat more than average.

With 2 zippered hand pockets and 1 zippered breast pocket you have more than enough cargo space.

The jacket is water-resistant, not waterproof, which means it falls in the light weather protection category.

In combination with the camo print, and tech fabric, you get a fashionable cycling jacket for cold weather trail riding.

Craft Essence Light Wind cycling jacket

Craft Essence Light Wind cycling jacket
Craft Essence Light Wind cycling jacket

The Craft Essence Light Wind cycling jacket is a portable windbreaker you can easily stow away.

This means its meant for roadies that need ad-hoc protection when facing strong and cold headwinds.

Made from a polyester ripstop with a DWR treatment, it’s a pocketless water-repellant and windproof non-insulated pocketless cycling jacket.

Cheaper than many of the garments that fall into the same category.

POC Motion Wind cycling jacket

POC Motion Wind cycling jacket
POC Motion Wind cycling jacket

The POC Motion Wind cycling jacket is flexible cold-weather, windproof cycling jacket.

Made from nylon spandex fabric it’s very durable and has an excellent fairly loose fit.

It sits between jackets meant for MTB and road cycling, but could be used for both as well as for commuting and bikepacking.

With a long drop tail, reflective elements front and back, and a helmet-compatible hood it’s the perfect allround option that doesn’t hurt your wallet much.

Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier cycling jacket

Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier cycling jacket
Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier cycling jacket

The Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier jacket is more than a simple windbreaker.

As do many other brands, Pearl Izumi has upped the ante by making this cycling jacket windproof and water-resistant. Using a polyester ripstop fabric w. PI Dry technology, you’ll be protected from anything but sub zero temperates and heavy rain.

A relaxed fit let’s you put your preferred layers underneath, and reflective striping and a zippered back pocket finish the overall great design.

Giro Chrono Expert Wind cycling jacket

Giro Chrono Expert Wind cycling jacket
Giro Chrono Expert Wind cycling jacket

The Giro Chrono Expert Wind jacket is a solid choice if your looking for minimal protection you can quickly put away at any time.

Basically a packable water-repellant windbreaker, the jacket features nylon ripstop fabric with a DWR treatment.

The jacket doesn’t feature any pockets and needs to be stowed away into a separate bag.

The entire back is perforated, which is great for ventilation, but not so much to keep out the rain.

A great packable cycling jacket to keep you warm and offer some protection against the rain and wheel spray.

Leatt MTB AllMtn 2.0 V22 cycling jacket

Leatt MTB AllMtn 2.0 V22 cycling jacket
Leatt MTB AllMtn 2.0 V22 cycling jacket

The Leatt MTB AllMtn 2.0 V22 jacket is an affordable entry into a packable jacket with a decent amount of water resistance.

The 5K water-resistant fabric will keeps you dry through light and short showers, and has a hood you can pull over your helmet. The hood actually stays in place using a magnet.

2 zippered pockets let’s you take necessary items with you, like your phone and keys.

Offered in a single black version, it’s a clean-looking water-resistant and windproof jacket, which can fold into its own chest pocket.

Specifications men’s cycling jackets for cold weather

NamePriceMaterialWeather ProtectionPocketsReflectivenessPackableRemovable SleevesBuy at Amazon
Troy Lee Designs Shuttle cycling jacket89 USDTLD Wind Resistant Ripstop Fabricwindproof1 lower back zippered pocketnoneyesnolink
Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light cycling jacket310 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front w. Nano Flex Xtra Dry backwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsreflective laser-cut drain holes in rear pocketsnonolink
Castelli Transition 2 cycling jacket210 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front w. fleece backwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsrear vertical reflective stripnonolink
Castelli Mortirolo VI cycling jacket220 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER frontwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsreflective back panelnonolink
Gore Wear Endure cycling jacket230 USDGORE-TEX PACLITE Pluswindproof, waterproof2 zippered front pocketsreflective logosyesnolink
Gore Wear Phantom cycling jacket200 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPERwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsreflective strips on armsnoyeslink
Gore Wear Torrent cycling jacket230 USDGORE-TEX Active w. fleece lined collarwindproof, water resistant1 zippered back pocketreflective detailsnonolink
Gore Wear Lupra cycling jacket180 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front w. GORE selected fabrics backwindproof, waterproof2 zippered front pocketsreflective strips on armsnonolink
Endura Hummvee Waterproof cycling jacket125 USD2-layer polyester ripstop w. sealed seams and mesh linerwindproof, waterproof1 zippered back pocket w. 1 zippered breast pocketreflective stripes and logos on back, shoulders and frontnonolink
Endura Pakajak cycling jacket75 USDNylon ripstop fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistantnonereflective elements front and backyesnolink
Endura FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II cycling jacket110 USDExoShell20ST 20K fabricwindproof, waterproofnonereflective logos w. stripingyesnolink
Proviz Nightrider 2.0 cycling jacket100 eurosOxford polyester w. REPREVE meshwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsR360 pannelingnonolink
Proviz Reflect360 Outdoor cycling jacket120 euros5K R360 fabric w. REPREVE meshwindproof, waterproof2 zippered breast pockets w. 2 zippered hand pocketsR360nonolink
Fox Racing Ranger Wind cycling jacket85 USDCordura ripstop fabric w. DWR finishwindproof, water resistant2 zippered hand pocketsreflective logoyesnolink
Fox Racing Ranger Tech Fleece cycling jacket120 USDTruDri fabricwindproof, water resistant2 zippered hand pockets w. 1 zippered breast pocketnonenonolink
Craft Essence Light Wind cycling jacket90 eurospolyester ripstop w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistantnonereflective elementsyesnolink
POC Motion Wind cycling jacket140 eurosNylon spandex fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistant1 zippered breast pocketreflective front logo and back stripesyesnolink
Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier cycling jacket100 USDPolyester ripstop fabric w. PI Dry technologywindproof, water resistant1 zippered back pocketBioViz stripingnonolink
Giro Chrono Expert Wind cycling jacket120 USDNylon ripstop fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistantnonereflective strip on backyesnolink
Leatt MTB AllMtn 2.0 V22 cycling jacket130 USD5K w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistant2 zippered hand pocketsreflective elementsyesnolink