When selecting a cycling jacket, you should consider the following aspects: warmth and dryness. The jacket you select for winter riding in Chicago will probably be different than the one you'd use for spring. Also take into consideration that you'll warm up from exertion during your ride. Cycling jackets that offer maximum warmth will protect you against the wind and offer insulation mostly in the front and arms.
Men’s Jackets and Gilet Vests
Riding in cold weather elements doesn’t have to be unpleasant if you have the right jacket or vest! Aero Tech Designs is proud to present our selection of riding jackets and vest to keep you riding longer and feeling stronger. We offer various weights of jackets from extremely cold weather riding to light weight, windproof jackets for cool spring mornings. We also offer various jackets to defend against the elements such as wind or rain. Having a great jacket that fits well and for the correct elements will make all year riding possible!
Selecting a jacket
When selecting a jacket or outer layer, there are many ways that’s riders select a jacket, but the rider should consider the temperature they will be riding and if moisture will be present as number one reasons to buy a riding jacket. A rider in the northeast Vermont during March would be looking for a different jacket compared to a rider in Portland during the same period. Another major element that jackets outer layers protect from is Wind. Besides the main benefits of wearing a jacket riding, warmth and dryness, there are features on each jacket to help protect you from the elements, keep you safe on the road, and to provide you with an ease of accessing your other gear and ridding supplies.
Each jacket can come with one or two of these features while others can come with tons of great features. Depending on the riders needs, some features on the jacket are more important than others. Features include safety reflective, specialized pockets, heavy duty and windproof zippers, special fabrics and fabric treatments, attachable hoods, and many more!
Pockets are very underrated when it comes to determining if a jacket will suit your needs a cyclist. If a rider is on longer rides and needs that extra storage for food or gear, then pockets are a necessity. If the cyclists are from a very wet location, then the jacket should have zippered pockets to protect the items inside. Zippered pockets also add security, so items don’t fall out. Pockets can be located on the sides of the jackets, on the front breast, on the lower back, and some even on the sleeves. Some jackets can have specialized pockets for Phones or other devices.
The jacket layout and design can range depending on rider need. Some jackets have two parts that can be removed as the weather changes to warmer or colder, such as removable hoods or sleeves. Other jackets have on the fly adjustments built in for when the weather changes on the ride. These features can include a two-way zipper, Draw Cords, and adjustable cuffs. Some jackets come with breathable vents, primarily on rain jackets, to prevent the trapping of moisture. These can be located on the back or under the arms.
Jackets, Vest, and outer layer are available in various types of fabric and styles to keep the body warm and moisture in control. Fabric used for jackets are usually one of four different types. These outer layers are available in a Waterproof, Water-Resistant, Wind-resistant, Durable Water Repellent, and Thermal. The types are detailed Below
When a jacket’s fabric is water repellent, this means that the water rolls off the garment, which isn’t the same as a fabric being water-resistant. Water-resistant is an overall assessment of its ability to prevent water penetration.
Reflective elements on jackets provide safety to the rider. Most of the time when it is raining, visibility is lower for passing cars. Having highly reflective elements on a jacket gives motorists a heads-up on and keeps riders safer. All cycling jackets have a reflective element.
Important things to know about jackets
As a cyclist who rides in all weather conditions, you will be battling the elements and it is very important to know how to layer your clothes to stay comfortable on the saddle to Ride Longer and Feel Stronger. If you properly layer your clothes your body will not waste energy trying to regulate your body temperature.
There are three main levels in proper layering. Some are not necessary depending on the conditions and temperatures. The layering levels are, the base layer, which is underneath everything to keep control moisture, followed by the middle layer, which can be is normally used to insulate the body, and lately the outer layer to protect from the weather elements.
Be sure to follow all washing instruction located inside the jacket or vest. This is often overlooked when purchasing and caring for a jacket. The specialized fabric or coating that is on the jacket may need special care or have a unique set of washing instructions. If you have any questions on the how to care for your jacket, please contact us
Types of Jackets Types of jackets and outer layers