The ultimate guide to choosing the perfect cycling jacket, by Alex Ryder, pro cyclist
To the untrained eye, a jacket is just a jacket. However, for those of us who've experienced the varying temperaments of the road, we know that a cycling jacket is a shield, a comforter, and sometimes, our most trusted companion.
I stumbled upon the MAAP collection of cycling jackets during a particularly challenging Alpine ride, where the weather swung from sunny to stormy in the blink of an eye. Their meticulously designed jackets with technical fabrications were an absolute lifesaver.
Key features to look out for
Breathability: Vital to ensure you don't get soaked from the inside out due to sweat. Look for materials that wick moisture away.
Waterproofing: Essential for those unexpected downpours. Many jackets use a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating.
Fit: A streamlined fit reduces flapping and drag, crucial for those aiming for speed.
Visibility: Opt for jackets with reflective elements, especially if you ride in low light conditions.
The importance of layering
A jacket is just one component. Beneath it, you have base layers. I've been particularly impressed with MAAP's cycling base layers – they provide that extra insulation on colder days, yet are breathable and wicking.
Going beyond the basics
Your choice of cycling jacket can make or break your ride. While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, understanding your needs and being aware of what to look for can guide you to the perfect fit. As I often tell fellow riders, invest in a jacket that can brave the journey with you – through every uphill climb, downhill thrill, and unexpected rain shower.
Stay protected and pedal on!