Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with new products for winter 2016/17. You can still check out last year’s picks on the second page.
So you live in a cold-weather area, you ride bikes, and you don’t like being: a) lazy, b) sweaty, or c) claustrophobic on a trainer indoors. Us too. So this winter, we’ll fight those dastardly elements and show Mother Nature who’s boss — these legs, this heart, this mind! Body over weather! Pride over cowardice! Bike over couch!
And then it gets cold. And windy. And gray. And the couch and a hot cup of cocoa in the morning start to sound a bit more enticing than a buzzing alarm and the weather report of 20 degrees, stiff wind. That trainer in the corner doesn’t look too bad. A few re-runs of Le Tour could be good for the spirit, amiright? We’ve missed Phil Liggett, haven’t we? – Matthew Ankeny
No one does inclement weather like the Swedes. Stockholm-based POC’s line of Fondo gear is perfect for when brisk days turn into teeth-chattering ones. The Light jersey, when paired with the Splash jacket, breathes well but still keeps you toasty-warm without overheating. The AVIP Road headband is just enough to keep your ears warm while still letting heat escape out the top of your helmet. When it’s too cold for a simple long-sleeved jersey, this is your kit.
Multi D Thermal Bib Tights by POC $280
Fondo Light Jersey by POC $130
Fondo Splash Jacket by POC $170
AVIP Road Headband by POC $20
Raceday Socks by POC $20
Aero TT Glove by POC $60
Fondo Bootie by POC $50
Another killer winter kit from a Swedish brand? Yes, please. VOID is a small brand that seamlessly blends function with minimal Scandinavian design. Aside from looking absolutely tremendous, VOID has the performance chops to back up the good looks. The winter tights have more breathable material on the backs of the knees than on the front to aid in venting an area prone to overheating. The softshell jacket provides ample warmth while staying supremely stretchy. It also features the standard three-pocket design on the back with the addition of a zip pocket.
Winter Tights by VOID $175
Solid Jersey by VOID $120
Wind Vest by VOID $110
Softshell Jacket by VOID $175
Merino Buff by VOID $25
Bike Cap by VOID $20
Sock 14 by VOID $12
When the weather goes to complete shit but you’re still dedicated to getting your miles in, reach for Pactimo’s furnace of a winter kit. The brand, which is based in Colorado, makes its Alpine RT line for frigid temps, with reflective hits to keep you safe when riding at dusk or dawn. Base layers are highly underrated in cycling, and Pactimo’s long-sleeved version is perfect for your winter cycling repertoire. It’s made from Pactimo’s proprietary Transfer-C fabric, which is woven with carbon to help move heat and moisture more efficiently.
Alpine Thermal RT Bib Tights by Pactimo $155
Long Sleeve Base Layer by Pactimo $50
Alpine Thermal RT Jersey by Pactimo $125
Cascade RT Jacket by Pactimo $175
Winter Sock by Pactimo $18
Neck Gaiter by Pactimo Learn More: Here
Alpine Thermal Glove by Pactimo $30
Alpine Thermal Cap by Pactimo Learn More: Here
Oversock by Pactimo $20