Gore Bike Wear 2011
The Countdown AS Lady Vest (there's also a male version) is a lightweight gilet designed specifically for cycling and one of the few available in a women's specific cut. Gilets are particularly handy in the UK's challenging climate. It's great to have something along on a ride that's pocket sized that'll bestow a hefty wallop of protection and warmth for its size and weight.
Described by Gore as “a trendy and light attractive all-round and tour jacket” the Countdown Active Shell available in both men's and women's versions is an unusual proposition. It’s not often that you see a seriously insulated (using incredibly effective synthetic Primaloft insulation) jacket aimed squarely at the cyclist, rather than the more general outdoor user.
These mid-weight Countdown III gloves are the most expensive in Gore Bike Wear’s range and they do a good job of keeping your hands dry in wet weather.