Can multisport athletes get away with owning just one jacket for all outdoor adventures?

Is a single multi-purpose jacket the way forward when it comes to selecting new bike kit?

Cyclist in the snow in adventure kit (left), cyclist in assos jacket (right)
(Image credit: Future)

A decent waterproof but breathable jacket is a 'must have' item for most cyclists. However, as 'hybrid training' (enjoying more than one sport) becomes a more and more popular approach, is the perfect jacket for cycling - actually - not one made for cycling at all?

Participation in 'outdoor recreation' has been growing healthily in both the USA and UK, and with this brings a natural cross over between other outdoor activities. 

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.