Whether you’re at home or traveling, riding a bike in the rain and wind isn’t necessarily the top of ideal excursions. Weather happens, and if you’re active, you’re out in it regardless. But why not have gear for the elements no matter where you are?
One of the best overall pieces that mixes urban styling and advanced performance is the Arc’teryx Women’s A2B Hardshell Blazer.
My favorite thing about it is that I can take it on a trip to wear while cycling, walking in town, or going out at night. That means I don’t have to bring a jacket for everything, and can pack lighter.
The jacket’s fabric is N30s Gore-Tex, with Gore C-Knit backer technology, which is waterproof and windproof, and is also breathable—allowing moisture vapor to escape, helping regulate your temperature and keeping you comfortable no matter what your adventure.
The streamlined design makes it look stylish in urban settings (or really, anywhere), and the subtle snap closure helps keep you protected from the elements. The two hand pockets have laminated zippers, and the vented back helps prevent overheating. Cuffs and the underside of the collar have integrated, stow-away reflective surfaces, available when you need them. The collar’s lapel snaps closed and keeps water channeled away from the main opening. The multiple positions for the neckline completely transforms the jacket, adding to its utility in a variety of situations.
Take care of the jacket easily: machine wash in warm water and tumble dry on medium heat. No fabric softener or ironing necessary.
The Arc’teryx Women’s A2B Hardshell Blazer comes in black or boxcar (bottle green) and lists for $449 on the Arc’teryx site.