The best kids winter cycling jackets
Now the dark and colder months are here, your thoughts naturally turn to keeping your child safe, warm and dry whilst cycling.
A good quality kids winter cycling jacket will make them visible to traffic in low light conditions, dry on rainy days and ensure that they enjoy their cycling year round.
This article looks at different kids sized winter cycling jackets to cover a range of scenarios and ages.
We've got everyday kids winter cycling jackets and coats which are great to wear on the daily ride to school. There's some lighter weight jackets to put on over other clothing if it starts raining, plus some technical jackets designed for winter off road riding if you're heading out for a day in the hills.
The all have some kind of additional features to help your child be visible to traffic.
Kids winter cycling jackets and coats
When choosing what to buy, you need to think if your child is going to wear it exclusively on the bike, or if they're wanting to use it at other times too.
You'll need to decide if they also need to be big enough to fit additional layers during very cold weather.
If your child cycles in the dark, you'll be looking for something with 360° reflective visibility. If they only cycle during daylight then brightness of fabric will be more important.
If you're kitting out your kids for winter cycling, you might like our children's winter cycling gloves page too.
Ti-Go kids cycling jackets
Ti-Go have 3 kids winter cycling jackets available which are all superb quality and come highly recommended for keeping your child protected on their bike what ever the weather.
This brand is a particularly good choice for winter cycling jackets for toddlers and really small children, with sizing starting from 2 years old.
Ti-Go "Now You See Me" lightweight jacket
Age: 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 years
The Ti-Go Now You See Me lightweight jacket is great for little ones being seen in low light levels. It's a generous fit, so can be worn over their other clothing, and put on when required.
The fabric is wind and waterproof, and it has elasticated sleeves and has reflective strips as well as high vis material for safety on dark mornings and evenings.
Ti-Go Totes Dry jacket
Age: 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 years old
For year round cycling you want your little one to be protected from the elements. The Ti-Go Totes Dry is a fully waterproof jacket.
The long back to the jacket stops them getting a wet bottom, the seams are all taped to prevent water ingress and there's a storm flap on the zip.
Despite being black, the jacket is also good for riding in the dark, as there are reflective elements that will catch in a driver's headlights.
Ti-Go Softshell jacket
Colour: Black & Orange
Age: 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, 5-6 years old
We've included the Ti-Go Softshell jacket for those kids that like to cycle on really cold days. It's a thermally insulated soft-shell jacket, which is great for keeping your Cycle Sprog warm from the wind and cold in the depths of winter.
It's got three pockets at the rear for snacks, additional layers etc, and can be worn over other layers if needed. There's a some reflective trim too for additional visibility in the dark.
This jacket isn't waterproof, so can be worn as an outer garment on cold but dry days, or you can layer with the "Now Yo See Me" jacket on wet days.
Btwin kids cycling jackets
Btwin are Decathlon's own range of kids cycling products. They do a great range of kids cycling jackets which are aimed at ages 7 years and over.
They also have a good range of adult cycling jackets if you need one for yourself.
Btwin 100 kids waterproof jacket
Age: 7-8, 8-9, 10-11, 12-23 years old.
If you're planning on cycling with your child on dry and mild winter days, then you're probably hoping you won't get too wet. However, it's always handy to have something on hand in case the weather changes.
The Btwin 100 kids waterproof jacket will keep your child dry during a brief shower, and will be good for the rest of the year too.
Age: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years old
This jacket is great for providing protection from the elements in winter as well as providing visibility in the dark.
The Btwin 500 kids cycling jacket has got a hood that is large enough to fit over a cycling helmet, which is a really useful feature.
The fabric is windproof, and is designed to be 100% waterproof for 2 hours of cycling in the rain.
In terms of visibility, the jacket has been certified by an external Finnish laboratory according to EN175353 standard. The neon yellow provides excellent visibility during the day, and at night the powerful reflective patches to their business. The standard also requires 360 degree visibility which means your child will be visible to drivers from all angles.
Age: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
If you're heading out on the mountain bike trails this winter, you'll want to make sure your child is warm. This jacket is designed for cycling in cold temperatures of between 3 and 10 degrees.
The Btwin 900 kids cycling jacket is windproof, which is so important for keeping core body temperature high as your child is moving at speed, ad there are two ventilation vents to stop them overheating when they're going up hill.
The fabric is water repellent, which means the water will bead on the surface during light drizzle. Anything heavier and you'll need to add a waterproof layer.
Price: From £49.99
Colours: Blue, Navy, Grey, Green or Orange
Age: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 years old
The Endura Kids MT500JR jacket is a waterproof and breathable jacket for kids, featuring a full front zip with internal storm flap, reflective trim (making it a great option if your child cycles in the dark - it's very important they are visible).
The Endura jacket also features front pockets doubling as vents and sleeve pocket.
This jacket offers great protection from the elements.
Price: From £39.99
Colours: Lime, Black or Blue
Age: 5-6, 7-8, 9-1-, 11-12 years old
Altura make some of the most popular winter cycling jackets around (both myself and Chris have worn them for years). It's great to see they are continuing their youth cycling range with the Altura Spark kids jacket.
It's waterproof and breathable with a DWR coating to repel water, the jacket also features zipped hand pockets. The trim is highly reflective - it shows up very well when car highlights shine on it. The jacket is designed for 360° visibility, so is highly recommended if your child is cycling home in the dark.
Proviz Reflect360 waterproof cycling jacket
Colours: Grey/Reflective white
Age: 5-6, 7-8, 10-12 years old
The Proviz REFLECT360 is a fleece lined waterproof kids cycling jacket. It acts as two jackets in one - during the day it's a grey, fleece lined, waterproof jacket and by night it's illuminated and reflective by lighting (such as car headlights).
This is a great choice of jacket if you want to keep your child dry and visible when cycling in the dark.
Colours: Fluorescent yellow, Pink or Blue
Age: 5-6, 7-8, 10-12 years old
The Proviz Nightrider kids cycling jacket is fleece-lined and is highly fluorescent during the day and reflective during the night due to the reflective grey panels.
As well as being waterproof, the Nightrider is also windproof and fleece-lined to ensure your child stays warm on those colder days. It features an elasticated waistband and cuffs and has two zip up pockets on the front.
Age: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years old
Dhb's kids winter cycling jacket is a lightweight and showerproof jacket with compact construction, featuring elasticated sleeve openings to prevent wind from entering up the sleeve of the jacket. It packs down into a handy carry pouch when not in use that can fit in a jersey pocket or saddle bag.
Sizing wise it's tight fitting, which makes it more suited for junior road cyclists who want a compact option to put over their jersey if the weather turns inclement.
Fox waterproof youth MTB cycling jacket
If your Cycle Sprog is more into shredding the trails than riding on roads, they may turn their noses up at some of the styles on offer.
The Fox waterproof Youth MTB cycling jacket is a really stylish piece of MTB clothing, that also just happens to be waterproof, windproof and breathable.
It also has a hood that will fit over most helmets - great for keeping dry when you're waiting for your turn on the jumps.
Colour: Red or yellow
Age: 6-8, 8-10, 10-12, 12-14 years old
The Funkier Attack kids cycling jacket is lightweight and waterproof with reflective piping which is great for if your child cycles in the dark.
The jacket is made of 100% nylon and is available in two colours (red & yellow).
It features a full waterproof zipper, rear air opening (so your child doesn't get too hot/sweaty) and also a zipper on the armpit also for air opening.
It's another good choice for those dry days when you need something "just in case".
Polarn lightweight kids shell jacket
Colours: Grey patterned, Blue patterned, Burgundy patterned
Age: sizes ranging from 1 to 10 years old
This lightweight shell jacket is 100% waterproof and easily packable. Available in three funky colours, Navy, Pink floral pattern or a blue dinosaur pattern - there's sure to be one your child loves.
This shell jacket is perfect to take with you on-the-go and keep you dry during those unexpected showers.
Colours: range of colours
Age: 9 months - 12 yearas
If you're looking for a more traditional school coat, that's also very waterproof and has reflective detailing for additional visibility whilst cycling, then the Polarn O Pyret waterproof school coat is a great choice.
it's made by a Norwegian company who are used to keeping kids warm and dry in extreme winter conditions. This coat is designed to keep your little one dry in torrential downpours, and is highly resistant to getting damaged in the playground.
The hood is detachable, which is useful if your child doesn't like it flapping whilst cycling, and you can also buy a fleece to zip inside if you want additional warmth.
Alternatives to a winter cycling jackets
If your child is cycling, but is fashion conscious and doesn't want to hang round the school yard in hi-viz, then a possible alternative is to get them a cycling vest or gilet, (like the Polaris Hi-Vis) that can be worn over a standard waterproof jacket.
The only thing to remember is that their arms won't be visible, and if they are wearing a backpack the vest may well be obscured.
If you're looking for something to keep your child dry on weekend winter family cycle rides check out my post on kids waterproof jackets you can fit in a stuff sack. This seems to be where manufacturers are concentrating their efforts this year, and could also be a suitable option for the ride to school.
They're lightweight enough to scrunch down into a small pack, so are good for those days where a waterproof isn't always needed, or if your kid doesn't ride every day during winter.
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