The Best Winter Mountain Bike Jackets of 2020

Winter jackets that are fit for adventure and the trail ahead


Winter Mountain Bike Jackets

It can be hard enough finding the motivation to get outside during the winter month. That can be tremendously hard if your fighting to stay warm with lesser gear. We’ve tested and these jackets in the coldest and harshest winter conditions out there and came up with a concentrated list of the best winter cycling jackets around. No matter if you ride in the woods or spend your base time on the road – these jackets will keep you warm and stylish over the cold months.

Bontrager Velocis Sub-Zero Jacket

A warm jacket packed into a thin unassuming package. The Bontrager Velocis Sub Zero uses cutting edge fabric and strategically placed water/windproof paneling to keep in moisture and expel sweat.  A perfect jacket for riders who don’t like the bulky look of winter gear and prefer a closer fit.  The softshell fabric is wind- and water-resistant for inclement weather protection while the soft ribbed material at wrists and collar add warmth allowing easy layering.  There are three generously size open-back pockets with built-in stretch for easy access while wearing gloves.  For security, there are an additional rear zippered security pocket stores valuables. Thermal inserts under arm allow excellent breathability and movement is road and mountain rides. 

Price: $219.00

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45NRTH Naughtvind Jacket

One of the warmest cycling jackets were ever worn is the 45NRTH Naughtvind. The jacket is crafted to handle winter’s worst, with Schoeller Softshell making up the body and keeping your core insulated while concentrating on the ride at hand. Schoeller combines weather protection with generous stretch to move with you while you ride, while breathable fibers wick away sweat, actively managing moisture so you don’t get bogged down. If the weather heats up or you need some extra venting the Naughtvind jacket is equipped with underarm zips for boosting ventilation and overlapping back vents that expel heat on the regular.  45NRTH equips the Naughtvind with black reflective panels on the elbows and back of neck to boost your visibility under headlights, while still keeping aesthetics sharp. In front, it features a full-length zipper with an offset collar designed to reduce irritation to your chin, and offer enough room to layer in a balaclava for extra warmth. Finally, the jacket is finished off with three deep back pockets to store cycling essentials, and one zippered pocket at the chest that allows for safekeeping while you ride, and easy access, should you be riding with a pack.

Price: $295.00

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Endura MT500 Waterproof Jacket

This award-winning cycling jacket has been the undisputed go-to garment for pro riders like Danny MacAskill as well as your trail weekend warrior. It has earned legendary status in the mountain bike scene for its endurance and waterproofing. Now in its third generation, it continues to impress and expand on the offerings. The MT 500 employs ExoShell60 3-Layer waterproof fabric which boasts a monster 60,000 gm/m2/24hr breathability as well as being powerfully waterproof. Not only that, but it is environmentally friendly, containing no PFC’s.  The jacket incorporates stretch paneling where riders need it most, while backpack compatible venting ensures that airflow around the body isn’t compromised by wearing a pack. All zippers are YKK and highly rain-resistant – the hood has been developed to wear either over or under a helmet. Multiple pockets ensure that essentials can be stowed away and the chest pockets even double as venting.

Price: $299.95

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Specialized Therminal Deflect Jacket

A combo of puff, warmth, and style – the Thermal Deflector jacket from Specialized is perfect for on the road on in the woods. The warm, quilted core fleece insulation over the entirety of the jacket will keep your core nice and warm. A wind-resistant Deflect layer over the chest cuts wind chill— like wearing a vest over a thermal jacket. Our favorite detail on this jacket is the freedom of movement it enables. Whether on the road, gravel or hucking off icy drops this jacket is nimble and does not inhibit shredding. Other features that make the Therminal Deflect Jacket a winter hit include; reflective details for increased visibility, a single super large zippered rear pocket, and a trim fit that prevents flapping. 

Price: $200.00

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7mesh Industries Guardian Jacket 

7mesh Industries knows that some riders are down to get out in almost any conditions, so the Guardian Jacket is here to make it more comfortable. This waterproof, breathable jacket features 3-layer Gore-Tex Active that seals out water while allowing vapor to escape—keeping precipitation from dampening your spirits as you crank out the miles. The 20-denier nylon construction withstands hard rides and abrasive trails so you can focus on riding your best. A helmet-compatible hood has three adjustment points to help you find the perfect fit, while the drop-tail hem and elastic cuffs ensure coverage even in your most aggressive stance. The front closure and torso pockets feature watertight zippers which seal out rain to keep you and your gear dry throughout your ride.

Price: $399.95

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Gore Wear C3 Gore Thermium Hooded Jacket 

Built to keep you warm on colder rides without having to resort to a heavy amount of layers, the C3 Gore Thermium Hooded Jacket from Gore Wear is a highly durable jacket. Constructed from GORE Thermium technology, it will keep you impressively warm with its insulating, lightweight fabric that also happens to be windproof, water-resistant, and breathable. Further adding to the insulating duties is its PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Active so those windy, overcast, and chilly days don’t stand a chance of keeping you off of the road or trail. And if things turn especially nasty, a hood with an integrated headband offers an ideal fit under the helmet and adds additional warmth. The adjustable cuffs and hood along with the waist’s hem serve as an effective barrier against the elements while the wave shape sleeves offer an ergonomic fit that pairs well with winter gloves. Upfront, the jacket features a full-zip with an under the flap to further keep out the elements and a zipper garage to keep it from rubbing and irritating your neck. Two front pockets with concealed zippers keep essentials close at hand and each zipper on this jacket gets pull tags for easy use with full finger gloves. Lastly, the reflective logo and print keep you a little more visible in low-light conditions.

Price: $299.96 

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Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Cycling Jacket – Women’s

Showers Pass bestselling Elite 2.1 cycling jacket uses Elite 3-Layer ripstop fabrics, body-mapped to maximize breathability and waterproof/windproof protection. When temperatures rise, Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket rises to the occasion with 6 venting options to keep you cool (2 core vents, 2 cuff vents, front zipper, and back vent). 3M Reflective trim keeps you visible from all angles. A large back pocket and chest pocket with audio port provide plenty of storage space for keys, flat repair kit, and energy bars. Long sleeves provide full wrist coverage and accommodate reach while on the bicycle. This jacket was designed with long-distance randonneurs and roadies in mind but has become a favorite training jacket of professional cyclists such as the Katusha Pro Russian Cycling team, everyday commuters, Kayakers, and Cross-country Skiers.

Price: $259.00

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 Pearl Izumi Quest Amfib Jacket – Women’s

When the cold wind starts blowing, one option is to hunker down inside with copious amounts of hot chocolate and marathon the latest show on your list, but that won’t serve you well when the spring miles hit. A better option is to don the Quest Amfib Jacket and take to the tarmac, burying yourself in the cozy warmth of the three-layer softshell while you keep toasty on the ride, braving sleet, cold gusts, and hail. It’s built with a little more room than most of Pearl’s road-ready lineup, offering the space you need to toss on a base layer and thermal jersey underneath when the temperatures plummet while keeping mobility a priority. Pearl employs its SELECT 3-Layer AmFIB softshell fabric on the Quest, offering protection against wind and water, while soft fibers inside wick away perspiration to keep you dry on the ride. The jacket is finished off with a zippered back pocket for stashing cards and keys, and reflective elements to help you stay seen in low lighting conditions.

Price: $130.00

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Terry Hybrid Jacket -Women’s

The Terry Hybrid Jacket is designed to do it all in one garment: full wind protection in front; moisture transport and temperature regulation in the rear; high visibility, coming and going. Stretch panels aid in on-bike mobility; full-length front zipper; elastic-free arms and hemline; flat-seam construction; 2 open rear pockets. Classic fit and classic look for the rider looking to ride on-road and off. 

Price: $259.00

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Women’s Deflect Jacket W/ SWAT

Relationships with the weather forecast can be touch and go—sometimes they’re correct, but oftentimes, well, not so much. For the times when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate with the forecast, we’ve developed the Women’s Deflect Jacket w/ SWAT. The fabric consists of a Pertex Nylon that’s breathable, wind-resistant, and when combined with a DWR water-repellant coating, water-resistant. To add to its mountain-capability, we’ve added abrasion-resistant panels to the arms of the jacket, to prevent rips and tears when your shredding single-track. Unlike many of our other SWAT products, this jacket doesn’t house a myriad of pockets. Instead, it has one—simple and clean. While it may seem like a normal stuff pocket, it’s actually been designed in a rectangle shape to fit into the downtube of our SWAT-equipped bikes. The Deflect Jacket w/ SWAT is sure to be your go-to variable weather jacket, both on and off the bike.

Price: $125.00

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About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.

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