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The top 12 best women’s packable cycling jackets

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best women’s packable cycling jackets.

When it comes to packable cycling jackets you have to consider the specific riding condtions you’ll want to use them in. Roughly there are 3 categories.

All packable cycling jackets offer protection against the wind. Some are water-resistant, which means the fabric has been treated, but will not withstand prolonged exposure to the rain.

And the last category are waterproof packable cycling jackets, which are jackets tightly woven to prevent water from seeping through, while at the same time providing high levels of breathability.

In general, the more protection, the more expensive the jacket. With the most expensive jackets packing the most protection in the lightest packages.

So with that out of the way, let’s head over the overview of the best women’s packable cycling jackets.

Castelli Aria Shell W cycling jacket

Castelli Aria Shell W cycling jacket
Castelli Aria Shell W cycling jacket

The Castelli Aria Shell W jacket is an extremely lightweight packable cycling jacket, which can be folded and packed into itself.

With minimal protection against the rain and very lightly insulated it’s meant as the first protective layer when temperatures begin to drop. Temperatures can vary with the time of the day or with the altitude. Being able to take this with you means you stay warm, but enjoy the flexibility of not having to ride with a jacket.

Weighing just over 100 grams, this jacket is as minimal as they come.

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.

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.

Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry cycling jacket

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

Gore Wear Ambient cycling jacket

Gore Wear Ambient cycling jacket
Gore Wear Ambient cycling jacket

The Gore Wear Ambient jacket is made from the GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER fabric, making it both windproof and water-repellant.

At just over 100 grams, that protection against sudden showers and the cold doesn’t weigh much.

For a waterproof jacket you need to look for Gore’s Shakedry version, but if you’re not the ride-any-condtion type, but still want the protection against short rain showers, this is a perfect jacket.

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

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

Fox Racing Ridgeway cycling jacket

Fox Racing Ridgeway cycling jacket
Fox Racing Ridgeway cycling jacket

The Fox Racing Ridgeway jacket is a packable jacket which is actually insulated with Polartec Power Fill.

It looks the least like a cycling jacket, which some of you might appreciate. And 2 zippered hand pockets further add to its flexibility in terms of usage.

It’s water-resistant, not waterproof, so prolonged use in wet condtions will see water seeping through.

Flylow Davis cycling jacket

Flylow Davis cycling jacket
Flylow Davis cycling 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 cycling jacket

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

Giro Stow cycling jacket

Giro Stow cycling jacket
Giro Stow cycling jacket

The Giro Stow jacket is a windproof and water-resistant packable cycling jacket made from Nylon ripstop fabric with a DWR treatment.

Clean-looking and affordable, it offers 1 zippered breast pocket and reflective logos.

An allround great companion on chilly trail rides.

Giro Stow H2O cycling jacket

Giro Stow H2O cycling jacket
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 cycling jackets.

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.

The most affordable packable cycling jacket to keep you warm and offer some protection against the rain and wheel spray.

Specifications women’s packable cycling jackets

NamePriceMaterialWeather ProtectionPocketsReflectivenessPackableRemovable SleevesBuy at Amazon
Castelli Aria Shell W cycling jacket140 USDWindproof woven microfiber frontwindproofnonenoneyesnolink
Troy Lee Designs Shuttle cycling jacket89 USDTLD Wind Resistant Ripstop Fabricwindproof1 lower back zippered pocketnoneyesnolink
Leatt MTB AllMtn 2.0 V22 cycling jacket90 USD5K water-resistant fabricwindproof, water resistant2 zippered hand pocketsnoneyesnolink
Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry cycling jacket280 USDGORE-TEX SHAKEDRYwindproof, waterproof1 lower back stow pocketreflective logosyesnolink
Gore Wear Ambient cycling jacket170 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPERwindproof, water resistant1 lower back zippered pocketreflective logoyesnolink
Endura Women’s FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II cycling jacket110 USDExoShell20ST 20K fabricwindproof, waterproofnonereflective logos w. stripingyesnolink
Fox Racing Ridgeway cycling jacket140 USDCordura ripstop fabric w. DWR finish and Polartec fleece insulationwindproof, water resistant2 zippered hand pocketsnoneyesnolink
Flylow Davis cycling jacket130 USDIntuitive S/G Lite nylon ripstop fabric w. DWR-free PFCwindproof, waterproof1 zippered breast pocketnoneyesnolink
POC W’s Signal All-Weather cycling jacket350 euros20K ripstop fabricwindproof, waterproof2 stow hand pockets and 1 zippered back pocketnoneyesnolink
Giro Stow cycling jacket90 USDNylon ripstop fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistant1 zippered breast pocket3M reflective logosyesnolink
Giro Stow H2O cycling jacket160 USD15K 2.5-layer polyester w. DWR treatmentwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pockets3M reflective logosyesnolink
Giro Chrono Expert Wind cycling jacket65 USDNylon ripstop fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistantnonereflective strip on backyesnolink