As the cold weather carries on, the need to get our and ride our bikes increases. Here are ten items that can help keep you warm and motivated on even the coldest of days.
BONTRAGER RXL WINDSHELL JACKET
Made from Bontrager’s Profila Wind fabric, the RXL Windshell jacket is a windproof, thin garment that is highly packable and ideal for cool-weather riding or as an extra layer for cold excursions. The jacket’s full-length zipper features a two-way design that allows for a bit of customizable airflow, while a lengthy drop tail at the rear offers plenty of coverage from water splashing should you find yourself in wet conditions. Mesh panels under the arms and at the neck ensure you don’t overheat, while plenty of reflective logos and details keep you visible in low-light situations. Available in white or black and in sizes S to XXXL.
GIRO NEW ROAD WATERPROOF JACKET
Part of Giro’s line of New Road clothing featuring more relaxed fits than traditional Lycra cycling ensembles and inspired by understated casual wear, the Waterproof jacket is made from Pertex fabric to keep out the rain. It’s a relatively soft, supple material that is also highly breathable. Giro added hidden zippered shoulder vents for extra ventilation, and an offset, front, full-length zipper offers some extra comfort by keeping the zip tab from rubbing on your chin while riding. A small zippered pocket on the left sleeve gives you quick access to a phone or other gadget, while a large vertical zip at the back gives you access to any rear storage worn underneath the waterproof jacket. Available in gray, white and green colors and in sizes XS to XXL.
CAPO LEGGERO JACKET
Capo Cycling is a California-based company that produces all of its garments in Italy. The Leggero wind jacket is comprised of no less than three different proprietary textiles for durability, breathability and warm protection against the wind. The Leggero also sports a high visibility yellow motif with some stylish accent details and reflective areas for added safety. Three rear pockets, a full length zipper and a soft collar round out a solid cold-weather riding essential.
RAPHA PRO TEAM JACKET
Rapha’s Pro Team jacket blends the performance-oriented fit of a thermal long-sleeve jersey with the protection of a soft-shell jacket. The panels on the front and shoulders are crafted from a Polartec windproof material to keep out the chill of moderate winter temperatures,while the side panels and back are made from a breathable polyamide blend. There are three standard rear pockets, plus an additional hidden rear zippered pocket. The Pro Team also features a soft, thermal-lined collar, full-length front zipper, and plenty of reflective details. Available in sizes XS to XXL.
PRIMAL WEAR PARADIGM JACKET
Developed from harsh-weather testing near Primal Wear’s headquarters in the Colorado mountains, the Paradigm is an all-purpose jacket designed for carrying you through all your winter rides. The Paradigm is crafted from Primal Wear’s signature HXT thermal fabric, which contains a one-way membrane that pushes airflow away from the body while preventing moisture from coming in. A single zippered rear pocket provides a modest amount of storage space, hidden zippers underneath the sleeves can provide extra ventilation, and a drop-tail rear design adds some extra coverage during wet-weather riding. Available in sizes XS to XXL.
MAVIC SPRINT H20 JACKET
Mavic’s latest rain jacket is ideal for keeping you dry during wet-weather rides. The nylon Sprint H20 jacket features fully sealed seams to prevent water leakage, Mavic’s signature Ergo Ride cuffs with hook-and-loop closures, along with reflective piping and details through the piece. A large, horizontal rear zippered pocket conceals two interior mesh storage pockets, while a single vertical zippered pocket on the chest provides access to a gadget. Available in whiteblackand blue-white and in XXS to XXL.
LOUIS GARNEAU COURSE SPEEDZONE VEST
The polyester Course Speedzone vest from Louis Garneau features a windproof membrane on the front area and over the shoulders to keep out the chill. But, it’s the Speedzone’s back that sets it apart from other vests. It utilizes a unique cutaway that gives the rider complete access to the rear pockets of his jersey worn underneath. The hem of the Speedzone is held together with an elastic band. Available in S to XXL.
BELLWETHER SHIELD GLOVE
The Shield glove is made from a wind-resistant nylon material and features reflective details. The palm and underside of the fingers are made from a silicone-impregnated faux leather, which is designed to help grip in wet conditions. The interior is fleece-lined for warmth and comfort. Available in sizes S to XXL and comes in either black or yellow.
SUGOI RSE NEOSHELL JACKET
The RSE Neoshell jacket from Sugoi is made from Polartec’s proprietary Neoshell fabric. Designed as a no-compromise solution for activities that demand both ventilation and weather-resistance, Neoshell is an ideal choice for wet-weather riding. The RSE sports a standard cut, as well as a fulllength zipper, hook-and-loop closures at the wrists and a drop-tail rear hem to provide some extra coverage from rear-wheel spray. It also features two zippered rear pockets for a bit of storage, plus chrome colored logo details and reflective accents. Available in two colors-cyan and black-and in S to XXL.
CURVE, INC. PANDANA
The Pandana from Curve, Inc. is also known as a buff or snood in some circles. Curve’s seamless design makes it a comfortable choice for cyclists in cold-weather conditions who can use it as a piece of headwear or neckwear, giving them a little extra respite from frigid conditions. Curve also makes custom Pandanas for clubs or charity organizations, and their printing technology allows for complex logos.
Price: Starting at $16
PEARL IZUMI P.R.O. SOFTSHELL LITE GLOVES
Pearl Izumi’s line of cool-weather gloves includes the P.R.O. Softshell Lite, which is comprised primarily of the brand’s signature Minerale fabric, a water- and wind-resistant textile. The palm is made from supple Pittards WR 100X natural leather to give you a superior grip on the hoods or handlebar. A simple slip-on design eliminates the need for a strap. Available in three colors and six sizes.