Best commuter cycling jackets 2024: warm and waterproof outer layers that look good on and off the bike

The best commuter cycling jackets will keep you comfortable on your ride, without extra bulk

Male cyclist wearing one of the best commuter cycling jackets
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When looking for the best commuter cycling jackets, there are conflicting needs. You want a jacket that protects you from rain and cold winds, but also one that’s not too warm to use in a summer downpour.

Fortunately, like the best waterproof cycling jackets, the best commuting cycling jackets use technical fabrics that provide a high degree of water and wind resistance without sacrificing breathability. Along with a pair of the best waterproof cycling trousers, they'll keep out the weather if it's raining on your commute.

Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg