Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with new picks for Winter 2017/18. You can find last year’s picks on Page 2.
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 an indoor trainer. This winter, fight those dastardly elements and show Mother Nature who’s boss. Body over weather! Pride over cowardice! Bike over couch!
Additional contribution by Michael Finn, AJ Powell and Matthew Ankeny.
If it’s just a little
too cold for a simple long-sleeved jersey, this is your kit. Pactimo
, a company that got its start in Colorado creating custom cycling gear for Olympians and everyday die-hards, makes a wide variety of warm- and cold-weather cycling gear; its Alpine series, which hit shelves this year, is warm but not stifling. Each piece is compressive and sweat-wicking, and the outerwear has integrated reflective patches. On chilly morning rides, wear the full kit; when the sun starts shining, peel off a few layers.
Alpine Thermal RT Bib Shorts Men’s by Pactimo $140
Alpine Thermal RT Arm Warmers by Pactimo $45
Alpine Thermal RT Knee Warmers by Pactimo $50
Alpine Thermal RT Leg Warmers by Pactimo $60
Winter Sock by Pactimo $18
Crosspoint Waterproof Knit Gloves by Showers Pass $45
S-Works Prevail II Helmet by Specialized $225
The first thing you’ll notice about UK-based Ashmei
is its overall aesthetic — refined, minimalist and tonal, sprinkled here and there with Ashmei’s characteristic polka dots. It’s among the best-looking cycling apparel available today. Beneath its good looks, though, Ashmei’s products are fantastically high-performance, built from the ground-up with only the finest materials and construction methods. This kit exemplifies that rare balance of form and function, and will keep you toasty warm down to 30-degrees Fahrenheit or so.
Neck Gaiter by Ashmei ~$39
Polka Merino Sock by Ashmei ~$18
Legwarmers by Ashmei ~$75
Merino Beanie by Ashmei ~$35
Armwarmers by Ashmei ~$65
Windproof Glove by Ashmei ~$53
Bib Short v.3 by Ashmei ~$276
Gilet by Ashmei ~$110
Long Sleeve Classic Jersey by Ashmei ~$139
Short Sleeve Base Layer by Ashmei ~$86
Z20 Helmet by Bell x Cadence Collection $230
Pro Team Arenberg Sunglasses by Rapha $220
Headquartered in the Swiss Alps, ASSOS is known for its stringent attention to quality control. All of its products are made in-house by a team of master designers, seamsters and passionate cyclists. Unsurprisingly, being a hard-ass about how a certain jersey or bib is made produces amazing products, evidenced clearly in ASSOS’ collection of sub-freezing cycling clothing. When the snow is falling sideways and the wind is blowing hard enough to stop school buses, this is your kit.
LS.SKINFOIL_WINTER_EVO7 by ASSOS $115
FUGUBOOTIE_S7 by ASSOS $169
LL.BONKATIGHTS_S7 by ASSOS $439
NECKPROTECTOR_S7 by ASSOS $49
FUGUSPEER_S7 by ASSOS $49
FUGUHELM by ASSOS $119
BONKAGLOVE_EVO7 BLOCK BLACK by ASSOS $129
IJ.BONKA.6 by ASSOS $339+
Overtake MIPS by Smith $203
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