The best cycling clothing to keep you warm this winter
A roundup of the best gear to fight the chill
It's getting chilly out there and it'll only get colder as winter rushes our way. Now is the time to make sure you're ready for the cold temperatures with the right cycling clothing to keep you warm on the club run or the ride to and from the office.
We get asked all the time what clothing we recommend and seeing as we've tested hundreds of cycling garments over the years, we've put our heads together and collected some of our favourite cold weather clobber. This is the stuff that we still use regularly long after the review is published, so when we say it's good, we really mean it.
We've linked through to the full reviews on each product so you can read our full verdict on each, and via the headline, to somewhere you can buy it.
Wales-based howies are on good form at the moment, knocking out some really nicely designed and reasonably priced cycling clothing. The long-sleeved version of the Cadence jersey is another case in point. It's a really comfortable and versatile cycling top for Autumn and Spring temperatures, or as a layer under a softshell or waterproof shell the weather is chillier.
Vulpine's Men's Cotton Rain Trousers are a well made, superbly thought through pair of trousers that will keep you dry on the bike and looking stylish off it. They are available in a men and women's version.
The Holborn skirt/leggings combo from Road Rags is possibly the most comfortable item of clothing I've ever worn. The Holborn takes the best aspects of lycra tights - stretchy, form fitting and moves with you - and transforms them into something that you could genuinely enter a pub in without looking like a cyclist.
If you suffer with cold feet in the winter months, these are for you: Caratti's Deep Winter Overshoes are among the most insulated we've tried. Their waterproofing and build quality is impressive too.
With a comfortable insert, excellent fit and ideal insulation for cold temperatures, Mavic's Sprint Bib Tights are good winter legwear but the price puts them at the top-end of the bib tights market.
Sealskinz Mid Weight Mid Length Socks are a good thing to have in the drawer once the cold and wet weather draws in. There are some UK conditions that will breach any foot fortifications, but these socks are a great last line of defence.
Like a posh bodywarmer, the insulated vest from Giro's New Road range is a pretty flexible piece of gear that I found works well for casual use but is also an effective and packable layer for longer rides.
A mid-weight long-sleeved jersey is one of those wardrobe staples, and the Vermarc Strada is up there with the best of them. Perfect for those spring and autumn rides, the Strada offers warmth, breathability and above all comfort, all at a cracking price.
Designed for those rides when you don't want to wear bib shorts, these Rapha Women's Tights are made from a comfortable high-stretch fabric. You honestly wont feel you even have them on.
The Bontrager B2 long sleeve baselayer is an ideal choice for those milder rides where you still need a layer next to the skin under your jersey. This base layer combines Profila Dry 37.5 fabric with merino wool on the back and arms to provide the balance between moisture transfer and keeping the rider warm.
Rapha's Pro Team jacket combines a supremely good fit with a softshell material that fends off bad weather with ease. For cyclists who like to ride hard and fast all the time, the breathability and protection of this jacket is outstanding.
Showers Pass Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves will keep your hands dry and toasty even in a hard winter.
Sportful's new R&D Long Sleeve Wind Jersey makes use of Polartec Alpha, a synthetic down material with a windproof outer that provides impressive insulation for cold rides with fantastic breathability, all wrapped up with an excellent fit and smart attention to detail.
When you want high quality cycle clothing for the winter, Swedish brand Craft is one company that always stands out for us. They make excellent cold weather clothing that generally fits really well and works superbly in the chillier conditions of autumn and winter, and these Storm gloves are no exception.
Leg warmers aren't just for winter, well not in Britain anyway and a good pair are worth their weight in gold, these Castelli Thermoflex Leg Warmers something of a bargain.
Sealskinz' Belgian Style Cycling Cap is too toasty for temperatures above 10°C, but really comes into its own when temperatures drop to single figures. It was a vital companion last winter, and the latest version is reflective for gloomy-conditions visibility at no extra cost.
Vulpine's Ultralight Quilted Thermal Jacket is the kind of coat you can live in once the mercury drops a bit. It's fantastically comfortable to wear and great for everyday use. It's not the kind of thing you're going to be heading to the chaingang in, but for round-town commuting and errands and easy paced leisure riding in cold weather it's just the ticket. It'd be a handy item of clothing for touring too.
Lusso's thermal skull cap is a no-nonsense, close-fitting black hat that fits under your helmet and keeps your head remarkably warm considering it's not windproof. It doesn't cost much either.
The Madison Sportive Men's Softshell Jacket offers a good fit, generous warmth for the chilliest winter rides, looks smart and is reasonably priced. A windproof and water resistant fabric is used for the front, side panels and shoulders, with a thermal Roubaix back panel. It's a combination that provides good insulation for cold rides while keeping the wind out. It does a good job of keeping the rain out too. It's not ideal for prolonged downpours, but get caught in a short shower, and you'll be just fine.
The Ashmei Cycle Softshell Jacket is a very high-quality top that's particularly suited to spring and autumn days, and it comes with a multitude of excellent features. It's an incredibly well designed piece of kit.