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The 5 Best Commuter Cycling Jackets

Cycling to work is a great way to get fit and engage your brain ready for the day ahead. Living in our beautiful country means we can encounter all four seasons in one day. It’s essential choosing the right jacket to make your commute much more enjoyable. With so many cycling jackets on the market it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. That’s why we’ve chosen our favourite commuter cycling jackets and put them into this handy guide for you.

Unlike performance and club fit jackets, all the cycling jackets on this list are built specifically for commuting and daily wear. They have a slightly looser and more relaxed fit so you can fit under layers easily if the temperature drops.

The best commuter cycling jackets will be lightweight, have plenty of venting for if you get too hot, are waterproof (you really want this) and have lots of reflective elements to help you stand out. 


Madison Protec Waterproof Cycling Jacket

Madison Protec Waterproof Cycling Jacket
madison

£54.99



Quick look

Waterproof  Yes


Windproof  Yes


Hi-viz  Reflective Piping


Pockets  1 Chest, 1 Rear


Best For  Budget Commuters


Review

The Protec isn’t just a Winter jacket, you can easily wear this from Autumn through Spring. It also has good reflective elements all around the jacket helping to light you up on the roads, whilst not as in your face as the Night Vision Evo it is sufficient.

It’s not too thick or heavy and you can easily layer up underneath if the temperature drops. You’ll not overheat as quickly as you would with other jackets at this price, making for a more comfortable commute. 

This isn’t just a cycling jacket either. You could easily wear this off the bike and be comfortable too, adding more value to it. One small improvement would have been a front pocket for when you’re just meandering and recreational riding - to keep valuables.



Great multi-use commuter jacket when you're on or off the bike.


Altura Nevis II Waterproof Cycling Jacket

Altura Nevis II Waterproof Cycling Jacket
altura

£54.99



Quick look

Waterproof  Yes


Windproof  No


Hi-viz  Reflective Decals


Pockets  1 Chest, 1 Rear


Best For  Long Lasting Durability


Review

The Altura Nevis II is similar to the Madison Protec but with slightly more advanced features. It has the same rear pocket which is so useful for storing essentials. But, the Nevis has zip venting under the arms and on the back to help stop you overheating. This jacket is waterproof to a point. In serious rain it will eventually give up over time, but for quick commutes in heavy rain you’ll get to work dry.

The Ripstop fabric feels quality is nice to touch and improves the durability of the cycling jacket - it’ll take the abuse of daily wear and tear. For those wanting ultimate viz the day-glo yellow version of the jacket will get you seen during daylight. This could have been more reflective for night riding but it is enough. Having said that, the Nevis is light, breathable and easy to pack away, making it perfect for commuting.



Great all rounder jacket that keeps you dry on inside and out.


Endura Gridlock II Waterproof Cycling Jacket

Endura Gridlock II Waterproof Cycling Jacket
endura

£59.99



Quick look

Waterproof  Yes


Windproof  Yes


Hi-viz  Reflective Decals


Pockets  1 Chest, 1 Rear


Best For  Staying Cool While Riding To Work


Review

The Gridlock II is a Tredz favourite with the staff and our customers. It’s simply the best commuter cycling jacket under £65. To get an equivalent you’ll need to jump up a price point - it’s that good. While it’s not the most waterproof out there, the Gridlock will keep you dry on the way to work with no issues - even in heavy rain.

But where this cycling jacket comes into its own is with the thoughtful venting. Instead of just having vents under the pits, Endura have extended the zip under the bicep. This offers better airflow as the vent is directed forward to catch cool air. If you’re somebody that heats up fast, this is the jacket for you. 

Other great features are the LED loop on the rear to give you extra viz, the chest zip has a rain garage to stop water seeping through and damaging your phone or wallet. The black colour with a contrast blue zip looks great on or off the bike.



Best in class at its price point. Light, waterproof and very breathable


Madison Prime Waterproof Jacket

Madison Prime Waterproof Jacket
madison

£69.99



Quick look

Waterproof  Yes


Windproof  Yes


Hi-viz  Reflective Print


Pockets  1 Chest, 1 Rear


Best For  Commuting/ Recreational Riding


Review

Madison always take a lot of thought when developing their cycling jackets. If you’re navigating busy urban roads then the stylish reflective will help you get seen and the rear venting will help you to keep your cool. 

Where this jacket differs from some of the others are the little touches that just add next level quality and performance. For instance, the waterproof main zip comes with a garage (something the more expensive Evo doesn’t). Teardrop shaped cuffs and adjustable wrist straps keep your gloves tucked in nicely.

When you’re cycling to work in the same jacket everyday, it’s these features that’ll keep you comfortable. The fabric is lightweight yet will keep you dry in the rain, and thanks to extended underarm and rear venting you’ll not boil in a bag.



Very stylish all season commuter jacket with quality features.


Proviz Reflect 360+ Cycling Jacket

Proviz Reflect 360+ Cycling Jacket
proviz

£109.99



Quick look

Waterproof  Yes


Windproof  Yes


Hi-viz  100% Reflective


Pockets  2 Chest, 1 Rear


Best For  Reflectivity


Review

No guide on the best commuter cycling jackets would be complete without the innovative Proviz Reflect 360+. This cycling jacket is 100% reflective as the fabric will pick up any external light source to greatly improve your safety in low light conditions. This is the big brother of the Reflect jacket and comes with tiny glass beads to help sparkle.

Not just incredibly reflective, the Proviz jacket is built with a lightweight fabric that is waterproof and very breathable so you don’t overheat on the way to work. Shoulder and back vents help keep airflow unimpeded.

Raglan sleeves give you better freedom of movement on the bike. The casual cut allows for under-layers while multiple pockets will keep your ride essentials safe. Simply put, the Proviz is our favourite commuter cycling jacket.



You won't believe how reflective this jacket is.