i need a rain jacket for bicycling, for...
i need a rain jacket for bicycling, for full-on rain (don't need a glorified windbreaker). What's your choice if price is no consideration, and what's a good choice if I want to keep the budget as low as possible?
Although it's not cycling specific and doesn't have quite as long a dropped back, in both cases I would go with the RAB Latok Alpine jacket (item# RAB0129). The eVent breaths well, holds out heavy rain exceptionally well, has an adjustable hood that will fit over your helmet, and stows away small. Hope this helps.
I recommend Gore's ALP-X 2.0 GT; I have this awesome light weight jacket that IS cycle specific AND water-proof (G.ore T.ex). It absolutely works, and very packable, easily fits in a pack for just in case. Plus, it has a detachable hood and a drop-down "tail" that snaps back out is sight when not needed! The arms are plenty long, too. Comes in some decent colors. Complete your commuter 'kit' with the ALP-X 2.0 GT pants, and you'll be good to go!
Hope this helps with your next jacket selection.
I have this jacket and would recommend it for full on rain. I wore in switzerland in severe downpour most of the day and kept me dry. Only caveat is that this jacket is cut like a racing jacket. Its not meant for touring at all. Its just a shell. No zips or pockets. Its full on race cape style.