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Six things I learnt when testing waterproof cycling jackets

Six things I learnt when testing waterproof cycling jackets

(Image credit: Will Jones) I’ve spent a lot of time recently checking the weather forecast. You may well have been doing the same in order…

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(Image credit: Will Jones)

I’ve spent a lot of time recently checking the weather forecast. You may well have been doing the same in order to avoid the worst weather, but I’ve been doing my best to time all of my riding with any rain that passes over wherever I happen to be at the time, in order to bring you a thoroughly comprehensive guide to the best waterproof cycling jackets .

My shoes, both my road and gravel ones, have genuinely remained permanently soggy, I have accidentally submerged my bottom bracket misjudging puddles, and on one memorable ride I managed to destroy a brand new front light in under an hour, such was the level of spray coming off my front wheel.

Through this testing, I’ve been able to bring you some recommendations for what I think of as the best option for specific use cases, but I’d like to share with you some more general learning points so that you can have a better time while riding in the rain, whichever jacket you opt for.

Without further ado then, here are six lessons that I’ve picked up while becoming borderline amphibious. If you’re going out for a power hour, just use a softshell (Image credit: Josh Ross) 1. For an hour of hard riding, just use a softshell

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