The Jacket is our weather defence, our outer layer to protect us from the elements which affect our comfort and performance.
Cycling jackets can come in many different forms, they may be waterproof, tapping the stitched seams to protect us from rain. Others might be windproof, more breathable than the waterproof, designed to reduce wind-chill. Perhaps the jacket is lighter in weight and more packable or maybe it’s heavier and tougher.
Many jackets these days will use Softshell fabrics, materials which offer the comfort and freedom of movement of a mid-layer, but with the elemental protection of an outer layer. Depending on the fabrics used, some jackets will can be more waterproof and more breathable than others.