If you're looking for full mudguards that you can slip on and off at will then the SKS Raceblade Long is about as good an option as you've got right now. They're not perfect but they're certainly a class above most clip-on 'guards.
SKS Urban Velo 42 Urban mudguard won't make you irresistible to the opposite sex when powering through town on your fixer, cut your personal best by ten seconds or offer unparalleled protection through a monsoon. They might keep you dryer and cleaner though, being a slightly different take on the humble-clip on guard for cost-conscious short-haul commuters wanting to arrive at the office without the unbecoming tell-tale racoon stripe. However, mounting hardware isn't to the brands' traditionally high standards and careful bike prep is a must to avoid scratching pretty paintwork.
How to win friends and the respect of your fellow rider(s) (a) Buy a round of tea and cake at the caf' stop (b) sidestep conversations of a political, religious, sexual and doping nature (c) Invest in a set of SKS Longboard full coverage mudguards. Long by name, longer by nature they deliver superlative rider protection while safeguarding cranks, mechs and similarly intricate parts from the onslaught of silt and spray.
Crud products are perhaps better-known in the off-road world, but the Roadracers are - as the name implies - mudguards designed for road bikes. More specifically they're designed for road bikes that won't take conventional mudguards, either because of tight clearances between frame and wheel, or because there are no mudguard eyes on the frame - and usually both.
If your road bike doesn't have eyelets then winter riding means one thing - a thick stripe of cack up your back. Round these parts that cack is distinctly organic, with a hint of nervous cow. Not so great, unless you're a big fan of e-coli, which is where snap-on guards like these DeFenders from Topeak come in.
Heard of Curana? Maybe not, but the Belgian accessory makers have big plans. We read on their website that their "innovation strategy is 100% offensive", we're not sure if that's a good thing or not but hey, it's a bold claim. These C-Lite mudguards are stylish, robust, easy to fit... and a little bit short.
SKS Race Blades have spawned a host of arguably competent imitators but few can match the superior materials, precision fit and legendary build quality backed by a five year warranty. Sure, they’re not comparable with the full- length type in terms of weather protection (for the bike at least) but they weigh a good deal less and will certainly win brownie points with the chain gang.
The commuter guards are among my favourite designs: simple, high quality PET construction and stainless fittings are just what you need from day to day mudguards. The 38-45mm hybrid width might seem a little broad for close clearance training frames but they were just slender enough to accommodate short reach callipers.
Judging by our test pair, the Toretec Reflectors are serious contenders in the full- length mudguard hall of fame… if there is such a place.
The original... and still the best? Well certainly one of the best. The Crud rear Raceguard has has a bit of an overhaul this year (review coming soon) but the Crud Catcher got only a few minor tweaks, testament to the fact that there's not a lot that's broke about it. Okay it's not as effective as a full guard but sometimes you don't want (or can't fit) one of those, and it's an excellent solution for many bikes.