Apart from proper accessories like high-visibility shoes, arm warmers, leg warmers and hi-vis trousers, all cyclists who frequently ride in low light and darkness should have a high-visibility jacket. Thanks to eye-catching colours and large reflective elements, you will stand out from the crowd so that other road users will see you better. For added safety!
We offer high-quality hi-vis cycling jackets in all common sizes for women and men, as well as road cyclists, mountain bikers and cycle tourers by renowned brands like ENDURA, VAUDE, ROSE and MAVIC. Shop for hi-vis jackets at ROSE Bikes now!
You’ve probably already experienced how hard it is to see pedestrians dressed in black in darkness. Thus, we offer a wide range of high visibility cycling jackets for improved road safety. These jackets stand out for their colours and reflective details. They are designed to make you stand out in the dark so that car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will see you sooner.
One important aspect for your safety is the colour of the jacket. A bright neon yellow or other fluorescent colours are perfectly visible in poor light conditions. Additional large reflective elements light up when hit by headlights. Wearing high-vis clothing makes you a safer cyclist, especially in the dark months of the year.
To make sure you don’t have to stay at home on rainy and/or stormy days, many technical jackets (also called hardshell jackets) feature an integrated membrane. You’ve certainly already heard of GORE-TEX, GORE WINDSTOPPER, SYMPATEX, TEXAPORE or CEPLEX. These are weather-resistant plastic sheets that are welded to the other layers of the garment. Thanks to micro pores inside the material, a membrane prevents rain droplets from penetrating – while allowing sweat in the form of water vapour to pass through to the outside. This additionally makes the membranes breathable.
Three-layer laminates consist of a weather-resistant membrane sandwiched between an outer fabric and lining. A two-layer laminate consists of a membrane that is laminated to the inside of an outer fabric and, where required, a loose mesh liner on the inside. Besides, there are 2.5-layer laminates that do not have a liner, but a thin protective layer. It’s up to you to decide how many layers you need or prefer.
No membrane is like the other – basically, you can distinguish between windproof, wind-resistant, waterproof and water-resistant membranes. A windproof membrane inside a windbreaker jacket primarily helps reduce wind chill. This effect makes the air temperature feel colder as the wind increases – for example: a temperature of -5°C and a moderate wind speed will easily produce a wind chill temperature of -18°C. Thus, you should choose a membrane that prevents the penetration of wind into the windbreaker jacket. Windproof membranes protect you from draughts and reduce the risk of overcooling. Some popular windproof membranes are for instance GORE WINDSTOPPER by GORE WEAR and VAUDE WINDPROOF membranes. Cycling jackets with a wind-resistant membrane cannot fully stop wind from penetrating, but offer light protection from cold air. This makes them perfectly suitable for windless days or days with only a slight breeze.
When cycling on rainy days or riding through a puddle, you should wear a cycling jacket with a waterproof or water-resistant membrane. According to the European standard DIN EN 343:2010-05 (protective clothing against rain), a fabric must have a water column of at least 800mm to be rated as “class 2 waterproof”. “Class 3 waterproof” fabrics must have a water column of 1300 mm. Everything below this magic limit is water-repellent, which means that the fabric absorbs water after a short time. Thus, you are well advised to choose a rain jacket with a high waterproof rating when riding in heavy rain. Some popular waterproof membranes for cycling clothing are for instance GORE-TEX by GORE WEAR, VAUDE CEPLEX and VAUDE SYMPATEX.
There’s no general answer to this question. If you for instance want to wear a backpack or ride in strong winds, it will be good to choose a higher water column. This is because strong winds and backpacks increase the water pressure on the fabric. What’s also important is that garments with a waterproof membrane have water-resistant seams and zippers. These are usually welded to make sure no water can penetrate. It is of course highly recommended to use a higher water column for activities in rain – here, the different manufacturers vie with each other with values of up to 30,000 mm. If you are not sure what you need, please reach out to us. We’ll be happy to help you find a cycling jacket in your size and price class.
Jackets made of a light softshell fabric are becoming more and more popular. The softshell fabric is especially elastic and has a high stretch content. Thus, softshell jackets offer high freedom of movement for cycling and daily life. The material feels comfortable on the skin and is breathable, water-repellent and wind-resistant. The only thing it doesn’t withstand is heavy rain.
High-vis softshell jackets are perfect for in-between seasons, as they offer high comfort and light protection from cold and wind. Thanks to bright colours and large reflective details, they additionally provide a high level of safety on your tours.
With these practical tips, it should be easy to find the right hi-vis cycling jacket for your next tour. If you are unsure which rain jacket is right for you or if you require further advice, our expert consultants will be happy to help. Just reach out to us!
We offer high-quality hi-vis cycling jackets in all common sizes and price ranges for women and men, as well as road cyclists, mountain bikers and cycle tourers by renowned brands like ENDURA, VAUDE, ROSE and MAVIC. Shop for hi-vis jackets for increased visibility at ROSE Bikes now!