2014 Men's Winter Jacket Buyer's Guide
Our take on options that can simplify your layering choices and help you train through the cold.
Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 AS Jacket
A windproof and water-resistant shell that ensures protection from the elements. It's also shaped to allow excellent freedom of movement. The Xenon is one of the lightest jackets in this selection and it packs easily into a jersey pocket.
Castelli Elemento 7x(Air) Jacket
The choice for high-output training and racing on dry, cold days. The 7x(Air) fabric used in panels throughout the jacket provides warmth to rival Castelli's other wind-stopping fabrics, but it's far more breathable and stretchy for exceptional moisture management and a close, race fit.
Assos RS.SturmPrinz EVO Jacket
Perhaps the world's most refined rain shell. The waterproof Triton V1 & V2 fabrics trap heat when you need it and become more permeable when moisture from your body has built up inside the jacket. The airVent system puts sealed vents in strategic zones to add even more breathability without sacrificing weather protection.
Search And State S1-J Jacket
A comparatively simple but perfectly executed design. Schoeller's C-Change fabric may be the best weatherproof fabric available for regulating body temperature. The RiRi Aqua zipper keeps moisture out and operates with unrivaled smoothness. The S1-J is made in NYC.
Mavic Equipe Jacket
The Equipe's zipper secures at the side of the neck, rather than at the front, to eliminate irritation and to create a more natural feel. Arm and pit zips allow you to dump excess body heat as needed.
Giordana FormaRed Carbon Jacket
Giordana's HD44 fabric has three layers: an aerodynamic and water-resistant outer surface, a wind-blocking membrane, and a soft inner surface to wick moisture away from the body. HD44 is lightweight and flexible, allowing this jacket to fit close for superior warmth.
Assos IJ.HaBu.5 Jacket
The iJ.HaBu.5 provides trademark Assos fit—it 'clicks' into place when you're on the bike. Assos' insulating and sweat-wicking Roubaix Q fabric is less bulky than standard Roubaix fabrics, but every bit as warm. Like all of Assos' options, the quality of the HaBu's construction is unquestionable.
Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Aero WxB Jacket
This jacket is seam-sealed and waterproof, making it an excellent choice for rainy conditions. It also breathes well and conforms to the body for an aerodynamic, race fit.
De Marchi Hard Shell Jacket
Schoeller's wind- and waterproof C-Change fabric reacts to changing temperatures by trapping heat when you need it and venting moisture after it's been produced. De Marchi gave this shell a tall collar and a subtle drop-tail hem for added coverage from the elements.