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 into a stuff sack or pack away into a pocket 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 I manage to squeeze mine into a bottle cage!)
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Altura are another brand renouned for making great all year round cycling kit, designed for British weather. One thing I like about their Airstream jacket is that it has a navy blue option which is more subtle if your child is wanting to wear it off their bike too.
They also do brighter pink and yellow options if you prefer (and I do find it easier to spot my Sprogs when they ride off ahead of me on the trail when they’re in hi-viz!)
Altura claim that the jacket is lightweight with a relaxed fit which is repellant to both wind and rain whilst offering high levels of breathability. The Altura Darkproof tech with reflective child friendly print offers a level of hi visibility to keep your kids safe and seen.
The jacket packs away into an integral pocket with zipper closure, similar to the Polaris jacket.
Endura FS260-Pro Adrenaline Womens Race Cape II
This jacket is a great choice for older girls (and mums!) – especially those who race their bikes, as the fabric is designed to show your race number through it. But you don’t need to be racing to wear this jacket – the lightweight, waterproof and breathable ExoShell20ST™ fabric has a built in stretch which anyone moving about a lot on their bike will appreciate.
It comes with its own stuff sack and has reflective trip for extra visibility if you’re out after dark.
Sizing starts at XXS which equates to UK size 6/8, and the jacket is available in a choice of 4 colours.
Endura FS260-Pro Adrenaline Race Cape II / Waterproof Jacket
Dads and older sons don’t worry – there’s a male version of this pack away cycling jacket too! It’s the same specification of the women’s version, but with a cut designed for the male body.
In terms of sizing, the male version starts at an XS, which Endura say will fit a 89-94cm chest and 74-79cm waist. There’s a choice of 5 different colours in the male sizing.
Another spring and summer weight cycling jacket that fits into a stuff sack is the Funkier Storm Stowaway. The jacket has mesh underarms to keep the rider cool on those muggy, rainy summer days. The fabric is see through, so useful if you’re wearing team kit and need your logo to be seen through it – either during or before/after racing.
This jacket comes in larger sizes than some of the other kids ranges making it ideal for those older kids who aren’t yet big enough for adult kit (biggest size is 14 years) It packs down into a rear pocket. Sizings are given as:
8 years (Chest 70cm / Hips 74cm)
10 years (Chest 74cm / Hips 76cm)
12 years (Chest 78cm / Hips 80cm)
14 years (Chest 82cm /Hips 84cm)
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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 served both our boys really well over a number of years when they were younger.
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 were packing very light.
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)
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