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The top 18 best women’s road cycling jackets

In this article I’m going to provide a list of the best women’s road cycling jackets.

In general road cycling jackets have a tight fit and are basically insulated versions of the traditional long-sleeve jersey.

By adding extra layers you create a barrier against the cold and the rain, but still maintain an element of breathability depending on the fabric used.

To further protect you against bad weather, things like water-resistant zippers, taped or sealed seams, longer sleeves with double cuffs or straps, and reflective elements are all a factor of a high-quality raod cycling jacket.

There are of course many types of weather that necessitate different garments to protect against. So on this list you’ll find ultra-lightweight, minimal, and packable road cycling jackets besides multi-layered, waterproof versions.

Since there are many options to choose from I’ve added a handy table overview at the end of the blog for your convenience.

It truly depends on what you see yourself doing now that those nice, hot summer rides are over. But whatever you choose to do, you’ll be able to find the perfect riding companion with one of these perfect women’s road cycling jackets.

Castelli Alpha RoS 2 W jacket

Castelli Alpha RoS 2 W jacket
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 Aria Shell W jacket

Castelli Aria Shell W jacket
Castelli Aria Shell W 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.

Castelli Dinamica jacket

Castelli Dinamica jacket
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 C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry jacket

Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry jacket
Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry 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 Stream jacket

Gore Wear Stream jacket
Gore Wear Stream jacket

The Gore Wear Stream 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 Ambient jacket

Gore Wear Ambient jacket
Gore Wear Ambient 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.

Gore Wear Phantom jacket

Gore Wear Phantom jacket
Gore Wear Phantom 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 Tempest jacket

Gore Wear Tempest jacket
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.

Endura Women’s Windchill Jacket II jacket

Endura Women's Windchill Jacket II jacket
Endura Women's Windchill Jacket II jacket

The Endura Women’s Windchill Jacket II jacket is a high-quality, well-made, well-designed cycling soft shell jacket.

It’s warm enough for cold winter riding, but still provides a certain degree of protection from the rain with a DWR treatment.

3 stow pockets in the rear and a zippered one up front provde the carrying capacity you need for essentials like keys and your phone.

If the heat builds up, increased ventilation under the arms can be zipped open. And with reflective trimming on both sides and the rear logo, safety is increased in low light conditions.

It’s not the cheapest soft shell out there, but you sure get a quality garment for the money.

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

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

Inbike Outdoor jacket

Inbike Outdoor jacket
Inbike Outdoor jacket

The Inbike Outdoor jacket is an affordable yet well-made allround soft shell cycling jacket.

Featuring reflective elements, and 2 zippered hand pockets, this jacket will protect you from the cold and light rain.

A large droptail design makes it perfect for cycling in general and road cycling in particular.

You either hate or love the bright color scheme, but you can be sure that you increase your visibility when the sun goes down.

POC W’s Signal All-Weather jacket

POC W's Signal All-Weather jacket
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 Quest Barrier Convertible jacket

Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier Convertible jacket
Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier Convertible jacket

The Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier Convertible jacket can be quickly turned into a warm cycling vest.

Made from durable Barrier ripstop fabric it’s been treated with a water-repellant coating, making it windproof and water-resistant.

Unlike other cyclng jackets with detachable sleeves, this one enables you to remove both ones which snap off and on.

There are multiple storage options with 2 hand pockets and a large rear back pocket to put the loose sleeves into.

When the sleeves are removed the rear back reveals a large mesh panel for increased ventilation.

Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier jacket

Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier jacket
Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier 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.

Pearl Izumi BioViz Barrier jacket

Pearl Izumi BioViz Barrier jacket
Pearl Izumi BioViz Barrier jacket

The Pearl Izumi BioViz Barrier jacket is one of the most unique reflective cycling jackets.

Made from polyester ripstop fabric w. PI Dry technology, the jacket is windproof with strong water-repellant characteristics.

The entire surface of the jacket has a diamond-shaped reflective pattern made from BioViz reflective material. It basically is your standard reflective material made into a pattern.

The pattern is hardly noticeable in daylight but works like a charm at night.

Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Convertible jacket

Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Convertible jacket
Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Convertible jacket

The Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Convertible jacket is the brand’s performance cycling jacket with detachable sleeves.

Featuring their ELITE Barrier fabric, this jacket offers loads of ventilation options to keep you warm or cool depending on either your ride- or weather conditions. The jacket is windproof and offer light shower protection as well.

The cycling jackets offers a 2-way zipper, with 2 zippered hand pockets, and a zippered back pocket to easily stow away your sleeves.

The back features a mesh panel with a horizontal slit for increased ventilation.

The jacket has a cinched waist for a body-hugging look and has elastic cuffs and hems to prevent any fabric from flapping in the wind.

Giro Chrono Expert Wind jacket

Giro Chrono Expert Wind jacket
Giro Chrono Expert Wind 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 road cycling jackets

NamePriceMaterialWeather ProtectionPocketsReflectivenessPackableRemovable SleevesBuy at Amazon
Castelli Alpha RoS 2 W jacket370 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER w. 3D insulation-layer fabricwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsreflective laser-cut drain holes in rear pocketsnonolink
Castelli Aria Shell W jacket140 USDWindproof woven microfiber frontwindproofnonenoneyesnolink
Castelli Dinamica jacket230 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER X-Fastwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsReflective panels on front with reflective labels on backnonolink
Gore Wear C7 GORE-TEX Shakedry jacket280 USDGORE-TEX SHAKEDRYwindproof, waterproof1 lower back stow pocketreflective logosyesnolink
Gore Wear Stream jacket200 USDGORE-TEX PACLITE Pluswindproof, waterproof1 zippered back pocketreflective strips on arms and backnonolink
Gore Wear Ambient jacket170 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPERwindproof, water resistant1 lower back zippered pocketreflective logoyesnolink
Gore Wear Phantom jacket200 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPERwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsreflective strips on armsnoyeslink
Gore Wear Tempest jacket170 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER w. fleece backwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsreflective strips on armsnonolink
Endura Women’s Windchill Jacket II jacket160 USDsoftshell w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistant1 front zippered pocket w. 3 rear pocketsreflective logosnonolink
Endura Women’s FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II jacket110 USDExoShell20ST 20K fabricwindproof, waterproofnonereflective logos w. stripingyesnolink
Inbike Outdoor jacket65 USDsoftshellwindproof, water resistant2 zippered hand pocketsreflective logo and strips on backnonolink
POC W’s Signal All-Weather jacket350 euros20K ripstop fabricwindproof, waterproof2 stow hand pockets and 1 zippered back pocketnoneyesnolink
Pearl Izumi Quest Barrier Convertible jacket130 USDBarrier ripstop fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistant2 zippered hand pockets and 1 zippered back pocketBioViz stripingnoyeslink
Pearl Izumi Zephrr Barrier jacket100 USDPolyester ripstop fabric w. PI Dry technologywindproof, water resistant1 zippered back pocketBioViz stripingnonolink
Pearl Izumi BioViz Barrier jacket130 USDPolyester ripstop fabric w. PI Dry technologywindproof, water resistant1 zippered back pocketBioViz printnonolink
Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Convertible jacket125 USDELITE Barrier fabricwindproof, water resistant2 zippered hand pockets and 1 zippered back pocketreflective logosnoyeslink
Giro Chrono Expert Wind jacket65 USDNylon ripstop fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, water resistantnonereflective strip on backyesnolink