Choosing a sports jacket for wet weather can be challenging. The issue of water protection vs. breathability remains the main question when selecting a rain-resistant sports jacket. Many options for a rainy day sports jacket are available in waterproof/breathable fabrics, but the waterproofing and breathability fall into two basic categories:
- Laminates: Laminates (such as Gore-Tex) usually have slightly more breathability than coatings. This type of sports jacket is recommended for cyclists, runners, cross-country skiers, kayakers, and hikers.
- Coatings: Coatings (such as Hyvent) usually have a bit less breathability and more waterproofing. This type of sports jacket is recommended for travelers, birders, and fitness walkers.
The Rainshield O2 Cycling Jacket is an example of a laminate-style jacket that’s ideal for cyclists. The jacket features a drop tail to provide extra protection from road spray on a rainy day, but the fitted, aerodynamic style won’t slow you down. In addition, a stand-up collar keeps the wind and water from running down your neck, and the jacket stuffs into its own sack for when the rain ends.
Visit a Sun & Ski Sports shop in your area for expert advice and to try on sports jackets and other cycling clothing for rainy weather.