Commuting to work by bicycle can be a stimulating and centering experience. Hopping on your two-wheeled steed and riding to and from work every day is one of the best ways to get in shape and leave the workday behind. But even though biking to work is fun, invigorating, and great for mental clarity, it presents challenges. First of all, you’ll need to shield yourself against the elements—and that calls for one of the best commuter jackets around.
Bike commuting puts a lot of demands on a jacket. For one thing, you’re gonna expend lots of energy. You’ll probably sweat, too. And throwing on a rain jacket to protect against inclement weather will trap all that sweat against you, turning your work clothes into a soggy mess.
Thankfully, many new active commuter jackets feature either lightweight, breathable fabrics that repel rain. Other active commuter jackets are designed to be waterproof first, offering full protection with plenty of ventilation. All incorporate details like reflective elements and longer lower back portions.
We’ve tested the best commuter jackets on the market this year. Pull one on and make your active commute a pleasant endeavor—no matter what the weather throws at you.
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