Smart layering can be tricky to conquer with so many variables from temperature, wind chill and moisture to the changing conditions on a ride. So if you need a hand figuring out which pieces you should add to your kit wardrobe this winter, or when you should wear a thermal jersey versus a winter cycling jacket, this guide is for you.
Each section covers the different types of garments to consider, and the climate and conditions they’re designed for.
Winter Cycling Gear Key Considerations.
Staying dry when mother nature throws her absolute worst at you.
Using fabrics to regulate your body tempreture so you keep warm when the temperature drops.
Being flexible and allowing you to adapt to the changing temperature and conditions.
Base Layer & Transeasonal Accessories.
Loose layers allow the cold outside air to circulate around your body, loosing precious body heat quickly. Form-fitting technical layers hold insulating pockets of air near your body which is why it’s vital to start with a base layer for your core. Layers you can peel off like arm warmers and gloves are perfect for the time of year when the weather begins to cool. It’s also important to look for moisture wicking fabrics like merino, arguably the cosiest material for winter cycling socks.
Mid-layers are designed to balance insulation with comfort. When worn over a base layer, the below range and combination of garments provide insulation for most winter conditions down to almost freezing temperatures. They’re also light enough to pop a jacket over on days when it’s getting closer to 30-35° F/ (-)1-2° C, howling or just plain wet.
Bibs + Warmers.
For when you’re not ready to fully commit to winter, our Thermal Warmers – arm, leg and cap – are the ideal in-between solution, and bring versatility to the cooler months. Our Thermal Bibs and Warmers use fabric technology that regulates the microclimate between body and garment. So you can adapt to whatever conditions come your way. Perfect for finding the motivation to get out of the door. But stowable if you’re still riding when the sun and temperatures rise.
Take the sting out of freezing temperatures with the most robust and weather-proof garments in our Elements Collection. Designed to keep you pedaling as temperatures plummet. The below items are your packable and heavy duty outerwear items, designed to keep the wind and rain out. And look great doing so.
The first extremitites to feel the cold are always fingers and toes, that’s why choosing the best winter cycling gloves, thermal caps, headbands and oversock will keep you in the saddle for longer, and not a shivering mess by the end of the coffee stop. From our thermal headbands
to waterproof cycling gloves, the Elements Collection will keep you covered from head to toe.