The best kids cycling jackets that fit in a stuff sack
Don’t you just love those days? The ones where you’re hoping to get out for a cycle ride with the kids, but you’re not quite sure whether it’s going to rain or not. Do you take their waterproof jacket? Where do you store it if they get too hot to ride in it? Suddenly you’re carrying a large rucksack full of “just in case” items. This is where waterproof kids cycling jackets that fit in a stuff sack come into their own.
Lightweight but offering good protection from the elements, these cycling jackets pack down small and discreet. They can be carried in a small rucksack, a saddlepack, around the waist on a belt or in a rear jersey pocket (and some people have been known to squeeze them into a bottle cage!) Here’s our pick of the best lightweight kids cycling jackets currently available – the first two are suited to year round riding, the second two are better for warmer rainy days.
The best kids cycling jackets that fit into a stuff sack
Endura Luminite Hooded Kids Cycling Jacket II (A/W 2017)
Endura are renowned for making quality cycling clothing, designed to keep you warm and dry whilst out on your bike. The Endura Kids Luminite Jacket II is their 2017 model. Made from 100% polyester, if offers good protection from the rain. Breathability is provided via a vent on the back so the rider shouldn’t get too sweaty. The autumn/winter version of the jacket has a hood, which makes this a more versatile jacket for on and off the bike. The hood can be rolled down and secured with velcro so it doesn’t get in the way while cycling. Some people like this, others prefer a jacket with no hood, so it can’t obscure their vision.
There is also a spring /summer version of the jacket which comes without the hood.
The Endura Luminite jacket has an LED loop so you can fit a light for night time riding if needed. Whilst on that topic, the 360 degree reflective chevrons will ensure your child is visible when the light fades.
The jacket compacts down into a mesh stuff sack which should help prevent the build up of those wiffy damp jacket smells that sometimes occur if you leave them packed away slightly damp in a plastic sack.
The Endura Endura Kids Luminite Hooded Jacket II has an RRP of £44.99 and is available in ages 7-8 years, 9-10 year and 11-12 years. The jacket is stocked by Tredz and Wiggle and comes in green or pink.
The spring / summer version comes without a hood and has an RRP of £39.99. At the time of writing the 2016 model was still available via the Tredz website.
Polaris Junior Aqualite Extreme Kids Waterproof Cycling Jacket
The Polaris Junior Aqualite Extreme Cycling Jacket is, as you’d expect from Polaris, both lightweight and waterproof. The jacket is designed for winter cycling, yet still fits down into a small stuff sack. The jacket has fully adjustable cuffs, collar and waist to ensure a really snug fit.
The Polaris Junior Aqualite jacket doesn’t come with a hood, but it is possible to buy one that attaches to the jacket. Whilst this increases the cost it does make this a more flexible jacket. It should appeal to those who don’t want the bulk of a hood around their neck, or the risk of it flapping around and obscuring vision, when it’s not required.
Finally, the Polaris is available in smaller sizes than the Endura model, making it more suited for younger riders.
The Polaris Junior Aqualite is available in two fluorescent colours – yellow and orange – and four different sizes:
Small = 5-6 years (116cm height)
Medium = 7-8 years (128cm height)
Large = 9-10 years (140cm height)
Extra Large = 11-12 years (152cm height)
The Polaris Junior Aqualite Extreme kids cycling jacket has an RRP of £37.99 and is available from Evans Cycles and KidsRacing.co.uk
The Junior Aqualite Hood has an RRP of £26.99 but can sometimes be found on half price sale at Amazon. It’s also available at Tredz
Summer weight kids cycling jackets that fit in a stuff sack
Pere Performance Kids Rain Jacket
If you’re looking for a really lightweight and compact cycling jacket that not only fits into a stuff sack but can be worn around the waist of your child, then the Pere Rain Jacket may be what you’re looking for. This is more of a late spring, summer, early autumn jacket, and has served both our boys really well over a number of years.
It’s handy because it folds down into the rear pocket and comes with a waist belt small enough that your child can wear the jacket round their waist for the rest of the bike ride. Great for those rides where you’re trying to keep weight and luggage to a minimum! We’ve also used it on non-cycling trips away where we’re packing very light.
You can read our review of the Pere Rain Jacket here
The Pere Performance Rain Jacket is also suitable for younger riders, as sizing starts from age 5 – 6 years (56 – 61cm chest) and goes through to ages 11-12 Years (74 – 79cm chest)
The Pere Performance Rain Jacket has an RRP of £54 (although it’s often on sale for much less) and is available from The Little Bike Company and Amazon.
Funkier Kids Storm Stowaway Cape/Jacket
Another spring and summer weight cycling jacket that fits into a stuff sack is the Funkier Storm Stowaway. The jacket has mesh under arms to keep the ride cool on those muggy, rainy summer days.
This jacket comes in larger sizes than the Pere Jacket, making it ideal for those older kids who aren’t yet big enough for adult kit (biggest size is 12-14 years) It packs down into a rear pocket, but unlike the Pere Jacket doesn’t come with a waist strap.
With a retail price of £29.99 it’s available from Tredz and KidsRacing.co.uk in grey and yellow. Sizings are 6-8 years, 8 – 10 years, 10 – 12 years and 12 – 14 years. There is helpful sizing chart on the Funkier website to help you choose the right size
Winter weight kids cycling jackets that fit in a stuff sack available on Amazon:
Summer weight kids cycling jackets that fit in a stuff sack available on Amazon:
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