With winter closing in, here's our pick of four new winter jackets to keep you warm through into 2016
Gore Oxygen Windstopper Jacket – £189.99
Pretty much every cycling brand under the sun makes a winter jacket of some sort or another, but there are very few that can come close to matching Gore’s reputation for producing clothing for the very worst of conditions.
This Oxygen Windstopper Jacket isn’t the most bombproof jacket that Gore produces, but should be enough to keep your riding relatively comfortable through most of the British winter. As you can guess from the name, it features the company’s iconic Windstopper fabric that is used by so many other brands, which will certainly keep you warm through the winter months.
dhb Blok Meso Softshell Windslam Roubaix Jacket – £65
If it’s value for money clothing that you’re after, then you’re first port of call is likely to be the dhb section of the Wiggle website. This Blok jacket is the latest addition to dhb’s winter range, and carries the same look and colourscheme that flows throughout dhb’s kit for 2016.
Featuring a softshell design, the Blok Jacket uses dhb’s Windslam technology, which should mean that it’s completely windproof and also claims to offer a degree of water resistance. too, What’s more it comes with plenty of pockets for carrying all that food to get you through long winter rides, and a performance fit to make sure you can still cut through the wind when needed.
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Castelli Motirolo Reflex Jacket – £200
If you want the complete winter jacket, then you’re going to have to pay for it – and for that reason the Castelli Motirolo Reflex Jacket doesn’t come cheap. However for the price you get a completely windproof and water-resistant jacket that should keep you riding through the depths of winter.
The party trick of the Motirolo Reflex jacket is that despite its understated looks, the shoulders and lower back are actually covered in the 3M reflective material, making a huge difference to your visibility when lit up by car headlights after dark. As an added bonus, if the temperature does rise, then you’re unlikely to overheat thanks to the more breathable rear panel.
B’Twin 500 Cycling Jacket – £49.99
B’Twin has slowly been building up its reputation over the last few years, mainly through producing fantastic bikes such as the B’Twin Ultra 720 AF that offer outstanding value for money. With that in mind, we’re looking forward to seeing how the company’s winter kit stacks up over the colder months.
The 500 jacket sits close to the top of B’Twin’s jacket hierarchy, although you wouldn’t guess it from the price tag. The jacket comes with a windproof front and rear, complemented by vents under the arms to prevent overheating. It also has a slim-fit, and four rear pockets, one of which is also zipped and water-resistant.
Look out for full reviews of all of these jackets in the next edition of Cycling Active.