It’s finally warming up, and with the change in seasons comes an influx in folks looking to return to their bike for the daily commute. But what about those unexpected spring rain showers, or dreary days begging you to retreat to your car or subway? We say stay strong! These three well-designed rain jackets will both keep you protected from the elements and looking good.
Search and State S1-J Riding Jacket
We’ll just say it, the S1-J Riding Jacket ($265) is the top dog on the list. It’s perfectly minimal, made with legendary Schoeller C-Change fabric for superior waterproofness and breathability, and cut just right so it performs on the bike but doesn’t look out of place around town too. Plus it’s made in NYC. What more do you need to know?
POC AVIP Rain Jacket
While we’re always partial to all-black outfits, when it comes to city riding being highly visible is always a plus. The AVIP Rain Jacket ($244) from Sweden’s POC is a nice option if you agree. Fully taped seems, extra large cuffs and drop hem for hand and lower back protection, and under arm venting round out the details. Reflective logos on the back and sleeve will surely remind drivers to share the road, in the off chance the bright orange color doesn’t already. (Learn More about POC here)
Rapha Packable Waterproof Jacket
It’s pretty much a given Rapha made the short list. The British brand is long been a leader in the aesthetically-driven cycling apparel world, known for making attractive and functional gear. And the new Packable Waterproof Jacket ($140) is just that. Made of three-layer nylon fabric that’s highly breathable while also water and windproof, with reflective branding tucked under the collar and on the button-down cuffs (which can be hidden when not needed), the lightweight, ultra packable jacket is a pleasant option for around town travel in all types of weather.