The Finchdean bib tights from Wiggle are aimed squarely at winter riders, and will keep you warm through those chilly days in autumn and spring too, making them ideal for commuting, training and early season sportives.
I’ve got thin blood, so in the depths of winter I wear big fat windproof mountain-bike tights, even when I’m out on the road. But once the icy winds disappear around early March, I need something a bit more slim-line, though still nice and warm, and the Finchdeans do just the job.
Dhb’s Finchdean is a shapely and beautifully tailored jersey cum jacket for temperatures between -2 and +12 degrees so ideally suited for cold, early season rides. However, for all its considerable charm you’ll need to stash a waterproof shell in one of the three rear pockets to keep you singing in the rain, sizing excludes smaller riders and its at the absolute limit of what I’d be prepared to pay for a Polyester derived garment.
dhb’s Rogate make fine foul weather companions so long as you’re not fussy about warm, soggy hands. They’re made from medium weight neoprene, the stuff of diver’s wet-suits so insulate against the chill rather than keeping hands dry and these properties have kept my fingers remarkably warm in icy conditions too thanks to close fit and marginally longer cuffs.
Designed as a waterproof winter road glove, Dhb’s Amberley is more accurately described as very very water resistant and continues the brand’s reputation for great value, nicely designed cycle clothing that delivers. The Amberley offers great protection without compromised dexterity for winter commuting or training rides and for most of us will more than do the job, but those fond of more extreme winter conditions: mountain bikers, off season crossers and rough stuff tourists will want even greater waterproofing protection.
We tested dhb's Wickham eVent jacket last year and gave it high praise; dhb's Droxford uses the same cut but swaps the excellent eVent fabric for a more workmanlike 2.5 layer breathable, knocking £30 off the price in the process. The resulting shell is a versatile, no-frills outer layer that's good for commuting and training.