Cycle clothing to keep you warm on the bike this winter
A roundup of the best cycle clothing to keep you warm on the bike this winter
It's proper chilly out there and it's only set to 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 thought we'd put our heads together and show you 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.
Wales-based howies are on good form at the moment, knocking out some really nicely designed and reasonably priced cycling clothing. The latest Cadence jersey, tested here in long sleeve guise, is another case in point, it's a really comfortable and versatile cycling top for Spring temperatures.
Vulpine Cotton Rain Trousers £139.00
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 read on as Caratti's Deep Winter Overshoes are the most insulated I've tried. Their waterproofing and build quality is impressive too.
Mavic Sprint Bib Tights £155.00
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.
dhb's Blok Fluoro Long Sleeve Jersey is perfect for the autumn and winter cycling. For autumn, when it's too cold really for a jersey and arm warmers, it's a good top-layer, and for colder winter days it's an ideal mid-layer.
Rapha 3/4 women's tights £150.00
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.
Rapha Pro Team Jacket £200.00
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
The Meccanica Marl Casual Retro Cycling Jersey is the sort of jersey that you ride to work in and then do everything else in too. It's got enough bike features to make it practical to ride in, not so many that it looks stupid elsewhere, and it's among the comfiest garments I've ever had the pleasure of wearing.
Craft Storm Glove £32.00
When you want high quality cycle clothing for the winter, Swedish brand Craft is one company that always stands out for me. 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 cap £28.00
It's only recently become cold enough to wear Sealskinz' Belgian Style Cycling Cap as it's just too toasty for temperatures above 10°C. It's already obvious that this is going to be a vital winter companion, though.
Castelli Elemento 7x(Air) jacket £275.00
Castelli's new Elemento 7x(Air) is an innovative jacket for cold, dry winter weather. What you can't miss about this jacket are the ridged 'Windshear inserts' of the 7x(Air) fabric, used for about 50% of the panels. A women's version of this jacket is also available.
Craft Thermal Hat £15.00
The Craft Thermal Hat sets out to keep your head warm and achieves this with a 250gsm polyester and Lycra material that provides enough insulation for temperatures down to below freezing.
The Colombiere Defense jacket is part of Galibier's cold weather range and is designed to repel the wind on those long base mile training rides throughout the winter.
Vulpine Softshell Jacket £175.00
We tested the original version of Vulpine's Softshell back in 2012 and to say Jo Burt was impressed would be an understatement. That doesn't mean the London based outfitters have rested on their laurels though; there have been plenty of little tweaks along the way. Here's the Women's Harrington Rain Jacket.