Don't buy a new waterproof jacket this autumn unless you've tried treating your old one

Over a third of waterproof jacket wearers don't bother to treat their garment - do that before you buy a new one

cyclist in rain jacket
Treat your waterproof jacket properly and it'll stay good as new for much longer
(Image credit: Jesse Wild)

Most riders have been there: you’ve invested an unspeakable amount of money in a waterproof cycling jacket that was meant to “keep you pedalling all year round,” proving there’s “no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” - and then a year later, droplets are breaching the fabric and you’re ready to hurl the seemingly overpriced fabric into the nearest ditch. 

However, research completed by (you guessed it) a waterproof treatment brand suggests that over a third of wearers don’t bother to re-treat their clothing.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.