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The top 10 best women’s winter cycling jackets

In this article I’m going to feature some of the best women’s winter cycling jackets for the money.

Ranging from performance-oriented tight-fitting road cycling jackets, to MTB softshells, and loose fitting commuter jackets, there’s something here for every discipline of riding.

These winter cycling jackets are the most feature-rich to protect you from the cold and rain, and enabling you to ride all through the year, even when temperatures start dropping below zero.

To keep you warm, they offer windproof and waterproof multi-layered, durable fabrics, which are moisture-wicking and insulated. Taped or sealed seams, close-fitting with droptail hems to protect your back from road spray. That’s what makes a jacket a true winter cycling jacket.

So with that out of the way, let’s head over to the overview of the best women’s winter 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 Commuter W Reflex jacket

Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket
Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket

As the name suggests the Castelli Commuter W Reflex jacket is one of the few commuter oriented cycling jackets from the Italian brand.

It means a more relaxed fit, longer droptail, and all-over reflective patterning for maximum visibility in busy urban environments.

The jacket features a 3-layer 20K waterproof fabric with fully taped seams, and 2 zippered hand pockets. That’s about as waterproof as you can make a cycling jacket.

It’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but the jacket does feature the best the Italian brand has to offer for everyday commuting use.

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 Lupra jacket

Gore Wear Lupra jacket
Gore Wear Lupra 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 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 Urban Luminite II jacket

Endura Women's Urban Luminite II jacket
Endura Women's Urban Luminite II jacket

If you value visibility you can’t go wrong with the Endura Women’s Urban Luminite II 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 REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket

Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket
Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor 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 jacket

Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket
Showers Pass Elite 2.1 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.

Fox Racing Ranger Windblock Fire jacket

Fox Racing Ranger Windblock Fire jacket
Fox Racing Ranger Windblock Fire jacket

The Fox Racing Ranger Windblock Fire jacket is a waterproof softshell with added insulation.

The insulation comes in the form of Polartec Windbloc fabric located on the entire front and upper back. It’ll keep you dry and warm, protecting you from chilly headwinds.

It’s a cleanly designed, MTB-oriented cycling jacket, with 2 zippered hand pockets and a tough and durable polyester outer shell.

Maybe not as feature-rich as some of the other winter cycling jackets, but sometimes less is more.

Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket

Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket
Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded 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 women’s winter 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 Commuter W Reflex jacket240 USD3-layer allover reflex fabricwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsreflex fabricnonolink
Castelli Dinamica jacket230 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER X-Fastwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsReflective panels on front with reflective labels on backnonolink
Gore Wear Lupra jacket180 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER front w. GORE selected fabrics backwindproof, water resistant2 zippered front pocketsreflective strips on armsnonolink
Gore Wear Tempest jacket170 USDGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER w. fleece backwindproof, water resistant3 rear pocketsreflective strips on armsnonolink
Endura Women’s Urban Luminite II jacket160 USDpolyesterwindproof, waterproof1 zippered breast pocket w. 2 zippered hand pocketslarge reflective pannelingnonolink
Proviz REFLECT360 Outdoor jacket130 euros5K R360 fabric w. REPREVE meshwindproof, waterproof2 zippered breast pockets w. 2 zippered hand pocketsR360nonolink
Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket304 eurosElite 3-Layer ripstop fabric w. DWR-free PFCwindproof, waterproof1 breast pocket with audio port w. zippered back pocket3M reflective strips on arms and armsnonolink
Fox Racing Ranger Windblock Fire jacket250 USDPolartec Windbloc fabricwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsnonenonolink
Pearl Izumi Monsoon WxB Hooded jacket150 USDPerformance 2-layer 10K fabric w. DWR treatmentwindproof, waterproof2 zippered hand pocketsBioViz stripingnonolink