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Best women’s winter cycling jackets: stay warm on the bike through the depths of winter

Best women's winter cycling jackets
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The best women’s winter cycling jackets are designed to help you stay warm while cycling through the colder seasons. Winter isn’t everyone’s favourite season, with its shorter days and mostly dark commutes, but if you want to cycle all year round then a good quality jacket is a worthwhile investment. 

If it's protection from the rain you're after, consider our guide to the best women's waterproof cycling jackets, comprising the lighter-weight packable options that are great for when the heavens open. 

However, for added warmth and all-day comfort, women's winter cycling jackets will usually comprise thicker materials and increased breathability. Women’s winter cycling jackets can come in various guises, from race-ready performance-cut to bulkier commuter jackets in an assortment of bright colours. Whatever your chosen discipline, you need to choose a winter jacket that meets the specific demands of your cold-weather cycling, and that means enough warmth to keep you comfortable, but some ventilation to stop you from ‘boiling in the bag’.

It’s especially important to look after your upper body during winter rides. Your legs will be doing a lot of the hard work, so they’ll generate some of their own heat. However, with your upper body remaining fairly still by comparison, it’s vital that you protect your core and arms from the elements. This isn’t just to keep you feeling comfortable but to also keep you safe and in control of your bike. 

Pairing your winter jacket with the best women's cycling jerseys, best women’s base layers and best women’s cycling gloves to keep you toasty and dry in the depths of the cold season. 

So, to help make the decision easier for you, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best women’s winter cycling jackets, but if you're unsure on how to choose the best for you, jump ahead to our guide on what to look for in a women's winter cycling jacket.

Best women's winter cycling jackets

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Endura Women's Urban Primaloft Flipjak II

A versatile and reversible insulating winter jacket

Pockets: 3 | Colours: 1 | Sizes: XXS-L | Fit: Relaxed | Weight: 420g | RRP: £119.99 / $184.99 / AU$239.99

Reversible construction provides two jackets in one
Windproof and showerproof outer
PrimaLoft Silver insulation for excellent warmth-to-weight ratio
No zip garage
Only one colour
No XL+ sizing

If you're looking for something that blends in when you're off the bike, the second iteration of Endura's Urban Primaloft FlipJak is a strong contender. In its very pretty mulberry purple colour, you actually get two jackets in one with the FlipJak's reversible design. One side is a loud and proud pink, while the other is a more subtle and dark purple. Switch it around to suit your mood.

Whichever way around you wear it, you get three pockets: two side pockets large enough to accommodate your hands, and a zippered chest pocket. The softshell outer (on both sides) features PrimaLoft Silver insulation, a synthetic fill that is water-resistant, soft and durable, and high-loft for an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. This makes it an ideal commuter jacket when pedalling through cold and damp weather conditions.

Women's winter cycling jackets

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Altura Women’s Nightvision Storm

A very stylish commute-friendly waterproof jacket

Pockets: 4 | Colours: 3 | Sizes: 8-18 | Fit: Loose | Weight: 332g | RRP: £79.99 / $112.00

Ample pockets for storing belongings
Very reflective
Casual fit and look for off the bike
Great value for money
Not the best option for constant heavy rain 

Another great option for commuters and urban cyclists, Altura’s Nightvision Storm is designed to keep you dry and visible when the sun goes down. The sleeves and side panels are covered with reflective dots that not only light you up like a Christmas tree when it’s dark out, but also pass for a stylish pattern in the daytime. You could quite happily walk around town in this jacket without it screaming ‘cyclist’ at the people around you (unless you opt for the hi-vis yellow colourway, of course).

Fully waterproof taped seams ensure that the majority of the rain stays out, while ventilation ports on the back and underarms help to shed heat and let your skin breathe. The fleece-lined collar and relaxed fit make it a highly comfortable jacket for most occasions, while the ample zippered pockets — two hand pockets, one chest pocket and one rear pocket — let you store all your essentials within easy reach.

At this price point, it offers exceptional value for money, though we would say that if you’re likely to be riding in persistent, heavy rain all day, you may want to spend a little more, as this jacket will reach its waterproofing limit.

Best women's winter cycling jackets

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dhb Aeron Deep Winter Women's Softshell

A lightweight and super warm softshell jacket

Pockets: 4 | Colours: 1 | Sizes: UK 8-16 | Fit: Slim | Weight: 489g | RRP: £80.00 / $106.00 / AU$146.00

360-degree visibility
Waterproof rating of 15,000mm
Rip-stop technology for longevity
Only one colour option
Larger sizes unavailable

For winter road rides you want something a little more form-fitting than the options listed above. Wiggle-owned brand dhb offers up its Aeron Deep Winter women's softshell, which is lightweight and very cosy. As part of the brand's Deep Winter wardrobe for cyclists, the Aeron jacket features a high-performance membrane that offers windproofing and water resistance. 

The stretchy softshell fabric feels comfortable to wear and allows you full freedom of movement both on and off the bike. At the back are three main pockets, plus a fourth zippered valuables pocket, providing ample storage space for snacks and essentials.

The Aeron Deep Winter softshell jacket also comes with dhb's Flashlight Technology, which denotes multiple reflective trims and logos on the front, back and sleeves, in order to help you stay visible from all angles.

Women's winter cycling jackets

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Castelli Women’s Alpha ROS 2 Jacket

A great waterproof jacket for most weather conditions

Pockets: 4 | Colours: 4 | Sizes: XS-XL | Fit: Slim | Weight: 454g | RRP: £280.00 / $369.00

Taped seams for waterproofing
Warm in all conditions
Two-layer construction
Loose shoulder fit

The ‘RoS’ in the name stands for ‘rain or shine’, meaning that this waterproof layer from Castelli is designed to see you through most inclement weather, including during those awkward between-season stints where everything is unpredictable.

The two-layer construction of the jacket — literally meaning it has an outer barrier and inner insulated layer which are fastened independently of each other — means that the Castelli Alpha Ros 2 will keep you warm in pretty much any weather, and allow you to regulate your body temperature by unzipping the outer layer if you overheat.

Constructed with Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper fabric, you can be sure that not only will this jacket protect you from rain and windchill, but it’ll breathe as well. There are ventilation points at the back to help the heat escape, while three main pockets alongside a zippered one will keep your belongings stashed away securely.

The Alpha RoS 2 jacket is designed to be worn for long periods of time on the bike, and is made with stretch fabrics and what Castelli calls ‘advanced patterning’ to create a slim fit that should stay put throughout your ride. The only quibble we have is the fact that the neck and shoulder area may feel a little baggy for some.

Best women's winter cycling jackets

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Rapha Women's Classic Winter Gore-Tex Jacket

Incredibly durable with Gore-Tex Infinium technology

Pockets: 3 | Colours: 2 | Sizes: XXS-XL | Fit: Relaxed | Weight: 302g | RRP: £270.00 / $370.00 / AU$465.00

Waterproof and windproof
Two-layer cuffs
Pockets are quite shallow

Rapha's Classic Winter Jacket is designed for rides that begin and end in challenging weather conditions. The three-layer Gore-Tex Infinium fabric is both wind- and water-resistant, which helps protect you from the elements without compromising on breathability.

This jacket is best used as part of a layering system, and has a relaxed cut, providing plenty of space for a jersey and base layer underneath. A nice touch is the two-layered high-stretch cuffs on the sleeves, which not only seal away the cold, but also work well with winter gloves.

Other ways to keep the cold out include a high collar and an adjustable draw cord at the hem, so you can finetune your fit. Meanwhile, no Rapha jacket is complete without the brand's signature armband. In this instance, it's fully reflective to heighten visibility during darker times of the year, and other reflective details can be found on the shoulders and pockets.

Best women's winter cycling jackets

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Velocio Signature Softshell jacket

A versatile winter softshell inspired by touring motorcycle jackets

Pockets: 4 | Colours: 2 | Sizes: XXS-XXL | Fit: Slim | Weight: Unpublished | RRP: £248.00 / $299.00 / AU$365.00

eVent membrane fabric
Trim, flap-free fit
Pre-shaped sleeves and articulated shoulders
Inclusive size range
Pricey at RRP

When price is the only criticism we can think of, you know this is actually a very good garment to invest in. Velocio's Signature Softshell jacket was inspired by the curved back, articulated shoulders and pre-shaped sleeves of touring motorcycle jackets. The resulting silhouette is one that effortlessly slots into the optimal riding position, and this is something Velocio has emulated in its Signature Softshell.

Partnering with eVent, this jacket is constructed from Velocio's proprietary three-layer softshell that incorporates the high-performance membrane leader's Direct Vent stretch membrane. This features a PrimaLoft performance yarn backer and a durable stretch-woven outer with DWR treatment. 

Velocio's Signature Softshell jacket was designed for freezing temperatures and, thanks to its 10,000mm waterproof membrane, all but torrential downpours. The resulting garment is breathable and comfortable to wear on all-day rides, making it an idea winter solution for many road cyclists.

Best women's winter cycling jackets

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Isadore Sector Jacket

A sub-zero-ready jacket with some very nice touches

Pockets: 4 | Colours: 3 | Sizes: XXS-XL | Fit: Slim | Weight: Unpublished | RRP: £250.00 / $330.00 / AU$443

Windtex heat regulation
ThermoRoubaix insulating fabric
Extra 'bomber' pocket on sleeve
Suitable for sub-zero temperatures
Pricey at RRP

Another premium jacket that requires an investment but is worth every penny, the Sector Jacket from Isadore is a versatile garment that will keep you feeling snug and warm on the coldest of rides. It feels suitably rugged and thick, without feeling bulky.

It blends two high-performance fabrics - thermoregulating Windtex softshell membrane fabric and smooth, water-repellent ThermoRoubaix - to create an outer layer that feels soft to the touch and delivers excellent results. The Windtex membrane makes a good barrier to the elements, blocking windchill and rain from entering. The ThermoRoubaix, meanwhile, has a lovely brushed fleece interior that feels cosy and luxurious.

The Sector Jacket features several well thought-out details, including the extra pocket on the sleeve with a hidden zipper, lots of reflective areas for low-light visibility, and a logo badge on the right sleeve which adds to the military-esque style in a very subtle way.

Best women's winter cycling jackets

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Sportful Fiandre Pro W Jacket

A performance-focused winter jacket designed to tackle the wet and cold

Pockets: 3 | Colours: 3 | Sizes: XS-XXL | Fit: Race | Weight: 249g | RRP: £240.00 / $279.49 / AU$422.99

Comfortable ergonomic fit
Polartec Neoshell breathable waterproof
Not the warmest on this list - suitable for a minimum of 5 degrees C

Sportful's Fiandre Pro W jacket features Polartec Neoshell fabric, which has been perfected to meet the demands of intensive exercise - like cycling - in wet conditions. The waterproof membrane is also completely breathable, allowing sweat and heat to escape while sealing the rain outside.

In addition to this, Sportful designed the Fiandre Pro W jacket to tackle foul conditions without compromising on aerodynamic properties. The ergonomic cut of the garment tailors it to the body, allowing you to save precious watts for those last few efforts. Further to this, flat-lock seams are placed strategically to optimise the fit, while the dropped tail design limits your rear exposure to the elements.

With this combination of performance fit and premium technology, it's no wonder that the Sportful Fiandre Pro is the jacket of choice for many pros when they train in wet conditions.

How to choose the best women's winter cycling jacket

Windproof fabrics

During the summer the wind works with you to help you stay cool, but in winter it firmly works against you. Look for windproof fabrics, which create a barrier to block the wind from passing through the fabric.

While windproof fabrics used to equate to a layer of ‘boil in the bag’ plastic that left you drenched in your own sweat afterwards, technology has come a long way to offer a level of breathability so your jacket can both stop the windchill from getting in, and let the heat generated by your body to escape at the same time.

Not all women’s winter cycling jackets will come with the latest and greatest windproof technology, of course, and if you’re shopping on a budget, then you may need to look for alternative methods to solve this problem. Some brands will use panels of fabric that have varying levels of density, shielding your most vulnerable front areas with thick and heavy fabric, while using thin, perforated fabrics on the back.

If you’re still looking to spend less, then opt for a winter cycling jacket with a front zipper that can be easily adjusted on the go, to allow some air in when it’s needed, and seal out the cold quickly without stopping.

Water repellence

There’s a difference between water repellent and waterproof. If you’re after something that will keep you bone dry in constant rain, then you’re better off with a fully waterproof cycling jacket.

Water-repellent winter cycling jackets, on the other hand, are ideal for more changeable weather conditions, and will also provide thermal insulation and a comfortable fit. They’ll often have a softshell outer made from water-repellent fabrics, or be treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) that will cause water to bead on the surface and roll away.

This is where breathability becomes important. With DWR treatments and water-repellent membranes comes a lack of ventilation, which makes it tricky for your body heat — and therefore sweat — to escape. This is why the high-end modern fabrics that hit the sweet spot tend to be a bit pricier, but you’re paying for prime performance.


Like the rest of your cycling kit, you’ll need to think about how you want your winter cycling jacket to fit. Depending on your riding style and discipline, you may want something that is form-fitting and aerodynamic, or something with a more relaxed fit that allows you to layer up underneath and wear casually both on and off the bike.

While some jackets will try to do it all, nine times out of 10 a jacket will specialise in one specific type of usage. 

Most of the women’s winter cycling jackets we’ve listed here are suitable for road use, and therefore will have an aero fit to varying degrees. However we’ve also included some more casual and relaxed fit options that will work for commuter cyclists.

Reflective detailing or high-visibility colours

Whether you’re racing or commuting, if you’re riding through the winter then in all likelihood you’ll be riding in darkness at least some of the time. When light levels are low, it’s important to remain visible in traffic, so reflective detailing and/or hi-viz colours could be the deciding factor for you.

Some cyclists will prioritise safety over everything else and opt for the most brightly coloured and reflective jacket available, while others would prefer to be a little less lit up like a Christmas tree. Luckily, many brands offer a variety of colours that aren’t just fluorescent yellow, and have incorporated clever reflective details that are less visible in daylight.

Mildred Locke

Mildred is a Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews who enjoys everything from road cycling to mountain biking, but is a utilitarian cyclist at heart. Determined to do everything on two wheels, she's even moved house by bike, and can regularly be found pedalling around Bristol and its surrounding areas. She’s spent over four years volunteering as a mechanic and workshop coordinator at the Bristol Bike Project, and now sits on its board of directors. Her expertise comes from previously working in a bike shop and learning the ins and outs of the industry, and she's previously written for a variety of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. At home on slicks and knobblies alike, her ideal ride covers long distances through remote countryside, on mixed terrain that offers a bit of crunch, followed by a gourmet campfire meal and an overnight bivvy beneath the stars.