When you’re on the trails, the weather can turn at a moment’s notice. Bringing along a versatile MTB jacket can make your ride much more comfortable. With so many cycling jackets on the market we’ve handpicked our favourites for you here.
A key feature to look for in any MTB jacket is waterproofness. The nature of off-roading means you’re exposed to the elements. Even just a rain shell can make a big difference to your enjoyment when the clouds part. Being windproof is also another plus, especially when you’re tearing down singletrack in mid-winter.
Mountain biking speeds are much slower that road cycling, so a focus on breathability and venting is more important for an MTB jacket than road jacket. Plenty of airflow helps to stop you from the dreaded ‘boil-in-a-bag’ feeling.
You’ll also want a jacket with a looser cut to give you plenty freedom to move while riding. Extras such as a hood, waterproof pockets and reflective elements are good to look for in any cycling jacket.
Hi-viz Reflective Piping
Pockets 1 Rear
Best For Quick Rides
The Endura Laser 2 is lightweight, portable and easily stashed away in its own rear pocket. The collar and hem drawcords and cuff adjusters make sure the rain stays out and the two-layer fabric is waterproof but still breathable.
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.
There's plenty of reflectivity on the pocket, shoulder prints and piping to stand out in the dark. The perfect choice to keep a little bit drier when faced with an unexpected downpour.
A well-thought out jacket that can be easily stashed away.
Hi-viz Reflective Piping
Pockets 1 Rear
Best For On & Off The Bike
The Outeredge Sports Waterproof Jacket will help turn an unpleasant rainy ride into a much nicer one. Constructed from waterproof, breathable anti-rip fabric, it will look just as good off the bike as on.
There are great features including sealed seams for comfort, a fleece lined collar for warmth and back and pit vents for cooling down. The large pocket is ideal for carrying supplies and the reflective piping adds extra visibility.
Does exactly what it says on the tin - good price and good features.
Hi-viz Reflective Decals
Pockets 1 Chest, 1 Rear
Best For Weekend riding
The Altura Nevis waterproof cycling jacket may be big on value for money but it's definitely not small on features. Reflective trim helps with visibility, a fleece lined collar keeps your neck warm and vents will prevent overheating.
The jacket is made from strong two-layer fabric which is waterproof to keep the rain out while still being breathable. The Altura Nevis lets you ride in comfort and style without breaking the bank.
Best in class at its price point. Light, waterproof and very breathable
Pockets 2 Chest, 1 Rear
Best For Year Round Trail Riding
The Madison Zenith waterproof jacket is a tough outer layer which is equally at home on a commute or exploring the trails. It's made from highly breathable and waterproof stretchy fabric which will keep you warm, dry and comfortable.
Plenty of adjustability gives you a perfect fit and a good selection of pockets will help you stash away your essentials close at hand. Technical, comfortable and full of features, the Zenith is a firm favourite for all kinds of riding.
Very stylish all season commuter jacket with quality features.
Hi-viz 100% Reflective
Pockets 1 Chest, 2 Hand
Best For Torrential Downpours
The Madison Flux was voted ‘Best Packable Jacket’ by MBR (Jan 2016) and it’s easy to see why. This jacket is very lightweight with an unrestrictive fit whilst offer a solid barrier from the elements – all year round.
The stats are impressive. Constructed from 4-way stretch (fully seam sealed) fabric the Flux boasts a huge 20,000mm waterproof rating and a 30,000gms breathability rating. It’s these ratings and technical performance of the fabric you’re paying for.
The Flux is comfortable (and not tacky) against your skin. An adjustable, fitted ninja hood will fit neatly under your helmet. Fully waterproof chest pockets and hand pockets will keep your ride essentials safe. Everything you want from a mountain bike jacket.
An ultra-lightweight and packable jacket with impressive waterproof & breathability ratings.