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Just because summer is here doesn’t mean the rainy days aren’t. Sure, it’s hot, but in many parts of the country the chance of rain lingers, ready to turn this sunny day into a wet and sticky one without warning. When you’re riding on a trail, nothing can make you crave a cold shower more than getting caught in a wet rain.
Fortunately, rain covers for cyclists exist, and not all of them are designed for the coldest seasons. Protecting yourself from the rain doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing lightness and layering. Rugged technical fabrics can help wick that moisture away quickly, while waterproof and breathable synthetics will keep you dry and comfortable whether you’re on the bike or not.
So if you need some new gear that can help you beat the heat when riding in the rain, check out one of these clever tech pieces, all of which are on sale on Amazon right now. From jackets and backpacks to shorts and jerseys, these products will help you stay cool and shed rain while doing it.
Looking for more gear designed to withstand the rain? Check out the best rainwear for cyclists and our guide to cycling in the rain.
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Men’s EvaPOURation Rain Jacket
A jacket isn’t usually the first thing you reach for when it’s wet and humid, but this piece from Columbia helps solve that trapped-in-a-sauna feeling of wearing one on a hot day.
First, it’s equipped with Columbia’s exclusive Omni-Tech technology, which waterproofs while allowing air to escape from its shell. It also features Omni-Wick technology, which distributes moisture evenly throughout the jacket so it can wick it away faster.
Finally, two underarm zipped vents allow for better airflow and a chance to let trapped heat escape. With such a lightweight jacket, it’s an easy choice for summer rides. Take it in men’s sizes S-2XL.
To stay hydrated while staying dry
Need a backpack that will hold your stuff and keep it dry? Stay hydrated and carry it all with this popular bag from CANWAY. Although the exterior is only splash proof, it comes with a packable waterproof cover to clip onto the backpack before venturing out in the pouring rain, ensuring your pack is fully protected during that you are on the move.
Its spleen can hold up to 2 liters of water, while the bag’s compartments offer plenty of room for your phone, snacks and keys, with 15 liters of space.
For easy coverage
Ultra-Lite2 Rain Poncho
It’s never a bad idea to wear a poncho on your commute, especially when it’s raining. Here is a waterproof, breathable, windproof and lightweight one. It packs into a small carrying case that you can easily store in your backpack, and it’s available in green, navy, khaki, and black to match your aesthetic.
Reviewers say they wore it while biking on their commute and had no issues with the poncho snagging on their chain or getting caught on the pedals. Pull on this one-size-fits-all poncho and zip it up at the hood to stay dry on your ride, and simply pack it away when the skies clear.
Rain protection and reflective elements
Men’s Escape Quest Shorts
If you’re looking for padded cycling shorts, this pair from Pearl Izumi is ideal. While not completely water resistant, these Escape Quest cycling shorts can quickly wick away moisture, distributing it evenly and helping it evaporate faster.
These shorts have a smooth chamois for chafe-free comfort, and they’re also equipped with reflective elements to increase rider visibility. If you get caught in a short rain shower, you’ll dry off in no time in a pair of these.
Men’s Standard C3 Short Tights+
Gore Wear, a clothing brand from the makers of the hugely popular Gore-Tex, has a reputation for creating structurally impressive fabrics and garments in the market. Its C3 Shorts Tights+ are no exception. These bike shorts, available in men’s sizes XS to XL in the black hue pictured here, feature a tight, tailored fit and seams that don’t invite chafing.
They also feature a comfortable chamois cushion that allows airflow during your ride, thanks to its open cell foam construction, helping to prevent chafing and moisture buildup.
An easy to wear top that dries quickly
Women’s Hakka Jersey
If you’re looking for a cycling jersey that’s easy to wear on hot days when there’s an imminent risk of rain, consider this one from Gore Wear. With a fitted collar and full zip closure, this cycling jersey is designed to fight both heat and humidity.
Breathable and airy, this form-fitting jersey has an elasticated hem to keep out excess moisture and wind. Get it in women’s sizes XXS-L.
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