As the cold weather sets in, dedicated cyclists know the importance of having the right gear to stay comfortable on the road. A reliable cycling jacket designed for winter conditions can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying your ride instead of just surviving it.
In this article, we'll explore the key features to look for in the best winter cycling jackets and spotlight some top options from Shebeest, an apparel company specifically catering to women riders.
The Essentials of a Reliable Cold-Weather Cycling Jacket
When shopping for a jacket to wear through the winter months, there are a few key factors savvy cyclists consider. Water and wind resistance is essential. Look for jackets made with waterproof or water-resistant fabric to withstand snow, sleet, and rain while riding.
Functionality and Fit: What to Look For
Beyond material, functional design details transform an average jacket into winter cycling gear you’ll reach for every time the temperature dips. Zippered pockets and tail coverage will all lend added practicality on the road. And don’t forget to seek out jackets with articulated cuts made specifically for cycling, not casual wear. This anatomical design allows for full mobility while you ride.
Spotlight on Shebeest's Cold Weather Jackets
At SheBeest, we pride ourselves on creating pieces that don’t compromise style while still addressing the unique fit and performance needs of women cyclists.
Shadow Jacket: Contoured Fit for Performance
The Shadow Jacket from Shebeest is designed to fit and perform like a jersey while providing wind and water resistance. Its contoured fit hugs the body for excellent mobility and breathability. The 2.5-layer fabric with techno-coated backing helps block wind while allowing heat and moisture to escape. For visibility, this stylish jacket includes feminine reflective trim and piping.
Polka Dot Veneer Jacket: Classic Fit with Visibility
Shebeest's Polka Dot Veneer Jacket provides lightweight protection and packability. Made from 20-denier polyester with DWR mesh, this translucent shell slides right into a jersey pocket when not needed. It features a full-length zipper, front zippered pockets, and binding at the collar, cuffs, and hem for a secure fit. With 360-degree reflective scalloped trim, this classic-fit jacket offers visibility on early morning or evening rides.
Venetian Veneer Jacket: Packable Protection and Style
The Venetian Veneer Jacket from Shebeest packs protection and style with its 20-denier polyester shell and mesh fabric. Super lightweight and translucent, it stashes away in its built-in back pocket. This slim jacket blocks wind while allowing heat and moisture to escape. For visibility and security, it has a full-length zipper, reflective trim, and binding at the collar, cuffs, and hem.
How to Choose the Right Size for Your Cycling Jacket
At Shebeest, we aim to deliver an impeccably tailored fit not found in standard cycling wear. We offer size charts with detailed garment measurements for the bust, waist, hip, and inseam. Customers can compare these numbers against their own measurements for the ideal size selection. We also provide jersey and bottom fit guides describing how different items should feel when worn. Using these resources helps ensure the perfect fit.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I maintain the water-resistant quality of my cycling jacket?
To keep your winter cycling jacket water-resistant, wash it as little as possible using a technical wash made for performance fabrics. Turn it inside out when washing to protect the DWR coating. Wash it on cold and air dry it - skip the fabric softener. Reapply waterproofing spray if needed, especially if the water stops beading up. Storing it properly also helps it stay water-resistant.
Can I layer other garments under Shebeest's cycling jackets for additional warmth?
Yes, Shebeest's winter cycling jackets have room to layer garments underneath for extra warmth. Merino wool or moisture-wicking polyester base layers work great. Go for form-fitting over bulky layers that can bunch up. Try using multiple thin layers instead of one thick one. Size up if you're in doubt. With the right layers, Shebeest's winter jackets excel in cooler weather.
Are Shebeest's cycling jackets suitable for extreme cold conditions?
Most of Shebeest’s cycling jackets provide insulation and wind protection to keep riders comfortable in cooler weather ranging from 40-60°F. But for the coldest winter riding, seek out a winter jacket specifically engineered for low temperatures, or consider adding protective accessories like booties, gloves, and head coverings to prevent excessive heat loss in frigid conditions.