In this blog I’m going to give you my list of the best men’s thermal cycling jackets.
My guess is you already know the benefits of such a cycling garment, or else you wouldn’t be looking to get one for yourself.
So you know that a high-quality thermal cycling jacket adequately prevents the loss of body heat in cold weather riding conditions.
And it does so with multi-layered fabrics that combine windproof, and water-repellant characteristics, with high breathability, and moisture-wicking features.
The most well-known of those was created decades ago and goes by the name of Gore-Tex. But many other brands have created their own specific version that basically does the same.
There are many options to choose from. I could basically almost list the entire catalog from both Castelli and Gore Wear. I’ve tried to trim it down a bit, and have created a table at the end of the article. This way you can compare and see what’s best for you.
So let’s head over to my top picks for the best men’s thermal cycling jackets.
Troy Lee Designs Descent cycling 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Gore Wear GORE-TEX Paclite cycling jacket
The Gore Wear GORE-TEX Paclite cycling jacket is a lightweight cycling jacket with a relaxed fit.
Made from GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus it easily enables multi-layering for added insulation should the temperature drop significantly, turning this garment into a great winter cycling option.
Durable, water- and wind resistant with fully taped seams for the best protection against riding through heavy rain.
Large reflective elements on the back and arms, alongside brightly colored options ensure you’re clearly visible in low-light conditions.
Water resistant zippers and a single zippered back pocket underline its road riding pedigree.
But roadie or not, if you want a lightweight winter cycling jacket to get you through the worst of weather conditions, look no further.
Gore Wear C3 GORE-TEX Thermo cycling jacket
The Gore Wear C3 GORE-TEX Thermo cycling jacket is a versatile, quality offering from this behemoth in cycling apparel.
With a rather loose fit, there’s more than enough room for multi-layering underneath the already great GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER. If you’d do so you could very well ride down mount Everest in the depth of winter, because the cycling jacket itself is also already fleece lined.
It’s not the priciest and that’s a good thing. But be aware of the fact the jacket offers ample insulation and is truly meant for very cold temperatures. And it does so without being waterproof. Both features detract a bit from its flexibility.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for one of the more affordable option when you don’t want to freeze on your bike, this one falls squarely in that category.
Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Active cycling jacket
The Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Active cycling jacket is a minimal, performance-oriented, and very lightweight waterproof option.
As the name implies, the jacket is made from GORE-TEX Active fabric, which is extremely breathable, yet still waterproof.
With a single zippered back pocket the jacket can be stowed away inside itself, and can be carried around inside another jersey.
For those who want premium quality garment that can be easily carried with you.
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 Hummvee Lite II cycling jacket
The Endura Hummvee Lite II cycling jacket combines a loose-fit design with excellent weather protection.
A 2-layer polyester ripstop with sealed seams and mesh liner means you get a windproof and waterproof cycling jacket, that allows for enough room to layer up.
This means it’s a flexible jacket for a variety of temperatures and weather conditions in an affordable package.
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.
Fox Racing Ranger Fire cycling jacket
The Fox Racing Ranger Fire jacket is a premium soft shell jacket.
A brushed fleece interior lines a durable polyester shell providing protection from the elements in the form of being both windproof and water-repellant.
2 zippered hand pockets are located on the sides. Like many garments from MTB-oriented brands, reflective elements are lacking.
In combination with a minimal droptail, the jacket feels and looks more casual than your traditional cycling soft shell jacket.
Fox Racing Defend 3-Layer Water cycling jacket
The Fox Racing Defend 3-Layer Water cycling jacket is the brand’s most durable, premium, waterproof cycling jacket.
Made from 3-layer polyester with tough Cordura panels and taped seams, they basically packed everything they could think of in a jacket made to withstand everything you can throw at it.
It has to pockets with water-resistant zippers and a helmet-compatible hood, which can be tightened with draw strings.
To cool down when you need to, two waterproof zippers under the arms allow for some much-needed ventilation.
For those who look for maximum protection any which way you can.
Fox Racing Ranger 2.5 Water cycling jacket
The Fox Racing Ranger 2.5 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 Flexair Water cycling 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.
Fox Racing Barricade Softshell Fleece hoodie
The Fox Racing Barricade Softshell Fleece hoodie is a well-put-together cycling jacket.
As a break from tradition it actually partially uses cotton in combination with polyester, which is your go-to fabric to create cycling jackets. This feels more comfortable while still maintaining high levels of protection against wet conditions in the form of a DWR treatment.
It has hoodie in its name, so there’s one, which differs from the ones found on jackets that are compatible with helmets. Making this garment more casual than stricly meant for hitting trails during your next autumn ride.
2 zippered hand pockets with a single zippered breast pocket provide the necessary cargo space. And as a lot of MTB-oriented jackets show us, there isn’t any reflective element to speak of.
POC Mantle Thermal hoodie
The POC Mantle Thermal hoodie is a great in-between cycling garment as summer moves into autumn and the temperature plummets.
Made from a double-layered 15K polyamide with fleece lining the hoodie features above-average stretching abilities into an already loose-fit. That means this hoodie feels fantastic and will give you all the freedom of movement you’ll need for tricky and technical trails in cold weather conditions.
Nylon also is more durable than polyester, the fabric of choice for many competing products.
And with a DWR treatment on top of tightly woven 15K fabric you don’t have to fear getting soaked because the garment has fantastic water-repellant characteristics.
Yes, unfortunately it comes only in black, which is a missed opportunity on POC’s side if you ask me, because I would’ve loved to don one of these with a color matching one of my bikes (blue, red, and orange please).
POC isn’t known for making cheap cycling apparel and this hoodie is no exception. And while last-you-a-lifetime might be a bit too much, this hoodie will surely last you longer than most.
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 Quest AmFIB cycling jacket
The Pearl Izumi Quest AmFIB jacket is a premium soft shell cycling jacket with a loose fit.
Ample coverage in the rear droptail and long sleeves make sure heat stays put, while the DWR treatment makes this jacket windproof and water-resistant.
You can close up the jacket even more with integrated waist adjusters, and a zippered pocket in the rear adds some storage capacity.
Small reflective logos add some degree of increased visibility.
I’m more a fan of hand pockets, but otherwise this 3-layer fleece brushed soft shell jacket in an assortment of colors is exceptionally well made.
Pearl Izumi PRO AmFIB Softshell cycling jacket
The Pearl Izumi PRO AmFIB Softshell cycling jacket has a sleeker fit and better protection than its non-PRO cousin.
The 3-layer AmFIB softshell fabric uses Pearl Izumi’s propriatary PI Dry technology. To provide a 360 water-repellant protection, the stuff from which the fabric is created is treated beforehand, instead of applying a finish afterwards.
Besides this excellent protection, the cycling jacket provides a sleek, aerodynamic fit with a single zippered back pocket en the prerequisite reflective elements for hightened visibility.
The quality of the added protection is undeniable, but you do pay a hefty sum for this technology.
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.
Giro Stow H2O cycling 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 waterproof cycling jackets.
Leatt MTB AllMtn 5.0 V22 cycling jacket
The Leatt MTB AllMtn 5.0 V22 cycling jacket is the most no-nonsense cycling jacket I’ve come across.
With a 30K 3-layer Hydradri fabric and taped seams it’s a jacket with a singular purpose of keeping you dry in the most extreme trail riding conditions you can think of. There is no other jacket with a more capable fabric to withstand the rigors of mountain biking.
All that protection does mean you run the risk of overheating, and to prevent such a thing from happening two huge zippers gain access to adjustable ventilation. That’s a good thing, but it comes at the cost of normal zippered pockets found in other jackets.
Their ride-adaptive hood system is helmet-compatible and offers multiple intuitive options to protect your face.
So as far as cycling jackets go, this one is the most hardcore, but a bit less flexible than other options.
Specifications men’s thermal cycling jackets
|Name||Price||Material||Weather Protection||Pockets||Reflectiveness||Packable||Removable Sleeves||Buy at Amazon|
|Troy Lee Designs Descent cycling jacket||189 USD||3-layer breathable 10K waterproof fabric||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||none||no||no||link|
|Castelli Transition 2 cycling jacket||210 USD||GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front w. fleece back||windproof, water resistant||3 rear pockets||rear vertical reflective strip||no||no||link|
|Castelli Mortirolo VI cycling jacket||220 USD||GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front||windproof, water resistant||3 rear pockets||reflective back panel||no||no||link|
|Gore Wear Endure cycling jacket||230 USD||GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered front pockets||reflective logos||yes||no||link|
|Gore Wear Phantom cycling jacket||200 USD||GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER||windproof, water resistant||3 rear pockets||reflective strips on arms||no||yes||link|
|Gore Wear Torrent cycling jacket||230 USD||GORE-TEX Active w. fleece lined collar||windproof, water resistant||1 zippered back pocket||reflective details||no||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|
|Gore Wear GORE-TEX Paclite cycling jacket||200 USD||GORE-TEX PACLITE||windproof, waterproof||1 zippered back pocket w. 1 zippered breast pocket||reflective details||yes||no||link|
|Gore Wear C3 GORE-TEX Thermo cycling jacket||170 USD||GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER w. fleece lining||windproof, water resistant||3 rear pockets||reflective details||no||no||link|
|Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Active cycling jacket||220 USD||GORE-TEX Active||windproof, waterproof||1 back stow pocket||reflective logos on both arms, chest and back||yes||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 Hummvee Lite II cycling jacket||140 USD||2-layer polyester ripstop w. sealed seams and mesh liner||windproof, waterproof||1 zippered breast pocket||reflective logos front and back||yes||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|
|Fox Racing Ranger Fire cycling jacket||170 USD||3-layer polyester softshell w. brushed fleece lining||windproof, water resistant||2 zippered hand pockets||none||no||no||link|
|Fox Racing Defend 3-Layer Water cycling jacket||275 USD||3-layer polyester w. Cordura panels and taped seams||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||none||no||no||link|
|Fox Racing Ranger 2.5 Water cycling jacket||120 USD||10K 2.5-layer ripstop fabric||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||none||no||no||link|
|Fox Racing Flexair Water cycling jacket||230 USD||10K 2.5-layer ripstop fabric||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||none||no||no||link|
|Fox Racing Barricade Softshell Fleece hoodie||120 USD||3-layer polyester and cotton fabric w. DWR treatment||windproof, water resistant||2 zippered hand pockets w. 1 zippered breast pocket||none||no||no||link|
|POC Mantle Thermal hoodie||150 euros||15K 2-layer polyamide w. fleece lining w. fluorocarbon-free DWR treatment||windproof, water resistant||eyewear holder w. zippered lower back pocket||reflective elements||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 Quest AmFIB cycling jacket||130 USD||3-layer AmFIB softshell w. DWR treatment||windproof, water resistant||1 zippered back pocket||BioViz striping||no||no||link|
|Pearl Izumi PRO AmFIB Softshell cycling jacket||225 USD||3-layer AmFIB softshell w. PI Dry technology||windproof, water resistant||1 zippered back pocket||BioViz striping||no||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|
|Giro Stow H2O cycling jacket||90 USD||15K 2.5-layer polyester w. DWR treatment||windproof, waterproof||2 zippered hand pockets||3M reflective logos||yes||no||link|
|Leatt MTB AllMtn 5.0 V22 cycling jacket||250 USD||30K 3-layer Hydradri fabric w. taped seams||windproof, waterproof||none||reflective elements||no||no||link|