MCN’s top 5 winter jackets

By Marc Abbott -

Leathers, jackets & suits

 14 January 2011 10:06

MCN staff put their kit through the sternest tests, day-to-day, to help you decide which biking products to buy.   

The five winter jackets we’ve featured here have all received the highest ratings from their testers, for many reasons. So if you’re buying these from the MCN Shop we’re confident you’re making the right decision.   

Spidi T-Combat

Spidi T-Combat
MCN says: “The original reason for my getting this very ‘European’ jacket was so I could wear it when I’m testing scooters for our website, but it’s so comfortable and warm I’ve taken to using it every day on my winter commute through town. Despite getting caught in heavy rain it hasn’t let in any water and the lovely thermal liner has a chunky down-filled collar that’s like a duvet for your neck, so it’s super toasty. It’s easily the most comfortable bike jacket I’ve ever owned – despite being CE armoured in the shoulders and elbows it feels as comfy as any casual winter jacket, so I wear it off the bike, too.”

 

Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex

Alpinestars Adventure Gore-Tex
MCN says: “Easily the warmest, comfiest winter jacket I’ve had and thanks to what seems like the longest winter in living memory it’s been my biking comfort blanket when out riding on road tests. It ticks all the boxes. It’s long enough not to let in drafts at the back, plus it zips into the Adventure trousers for added wind-proofing. It’s waterproof, has shoulder and elbow body armour and the cuffs zip up nice and snugly over your gloves. What more do you want?”

 

Hein-Gericke Hi-Viz

Hein-Gericke Hi-Viz
MCN says: “It’s my only winter suit, and after two washes (yeah, I know it needs another one) it remains waterproof and warm-ish. The trousers (not shown) are black with a bib-and-braces set-up, and the whole thing fits snugly. Velcro bicep tags minimise flappage and keep mirrors unobscured. Dayglo yellow, in theory at least, makes car drivers mistake you for a copper and get out the way.”

 

Dainese Planet Gore-Tex

Dainese Planet Gore-Tex
MCN says: “Despite years of use it still doesn’t let in a drop water even in prolonged torrential rain. Surprisingly warm in winter – warmer than some full-length jackets I’ve tried -yet cool enough for summer once thermal lining is removed. Body armour and tough-feeling outer provide reassurance, though I’ve luckily never tested its crash protection. Stylishly understated. Loads of pockets. Possibly my favourite piece of biking kit ever."

 

Hein Gericke Tuareg Rallye GTX III

Hein Gericke Tuareg Rallye GTX III 

MCN says: “Chuck the waterproof, insulated lining in and it will keep you toasty warm in sideways rain and sleet. I wore it on a ride from Silverstone to Cornwall and the only reason I stopped was for petrol, it’s that warm. Take out the lining and you’ve got a pretty serious bit of off-road kit thanks to the armour. The jacket has been worn on more than a few ‘spirited dismounts’ off-road in Wales and I am still alive. The pockets are good too, the one in the back has just enough room to store a pair of jeans in."