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Fight the chill with the right tights, jerseys, jackets and more

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.

Morvelo
Stealth Stormshield Knee Warmers — £40

Morvelo Knee Warmers

Morvelo Stealth Stormshield Knee Warmers keep your knees luxuriously warm
down to about 3-5 degrees in foul weather. They are water repellent, stay
up well and the plain black material means they will work well with most
of your other riding kit.

They're made from a thick Roubaix material for warmth and a windproof and
highly water repellent fabric, ­­called Stormshield, to block out the
elements. It’s a highly elastic fabric with four-way stretch and has the
ability to move moisture away from your skin while blocking incoming water
which makes it ideally suited bad weather riding.

Read
our review of the Morvelo Stealth Stormshield Knee Warmers

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Assos
LL.habuTights_s7 bib tights — £265

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Winter cycling is made much easier with high-quality clothing that
provides excellent insulation and comfort, and the LL.habuTights_s7 from
Swiss masters of cycle clothing Assos are a case in point. With a thermal
fabric and double layer over the knees they'll keep your legs toasty warm
meaning you're fresh out of excuses to cancel a ride because it's too
cold. They offer just the right amount of warmth for typical British
conditions, which at the time of writing has included a sustained period
of sub-zero temperature that has certainly made riding the bike more
testing than usual.

Read
our review of the Assos LL.habuTights_s7 bib tights

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dealer

Lusso
Termico Repel bib tights — £99

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If you want a pair of tights that'll protect you from pretty much
everything the winter can throw at you, then the Lusso Termico Repel
Bibtights are a very good option. Thermal, water repellent, with a
comfortable pad and blocks of subtle reflectives, they're ideal for dark,
dank rides throughout the off season.

Read
our review of the Lusso Termico Repel Bibtights

Shimano S-Phyre
Windresistant Jersey — £160

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Shimano's top-end S-Phyre Windresistant Jersey represents performance
perfection. The fit is tight but well proportioned, with well-thought-out
features. Wind resistance is excellent, with the jersey also keeping out
rain for a while. It's very effective at stopping wind and the brushed
internal fabric provides the perfect amount of warmth.

Read
our review of the Shimano S-Phyre Windresistant Jersey

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Lusso
Windtex Stealth Over Boots — £30

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The Lusso Windtex Stealth overboots offer a large working temperature
range across a myriad of different weather conditions. And don't let that
Windtex name fool you – these booties will also keep the rain at bay for
way longer than you'd expect of a fabric this light and thin.

Read
our review of the Lusso Windtex Stealth Over Boots

Kalf
Club Thermal Men’s Bib Tight — £100

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The Kalf Club Thermal bib tights are supremely comfortable, nice and warm
yet lightweight, and really well constructed. The reflectivity on the
calves actually looks good, and the fit is excellent. They were tester
jack Sexty's my go-to bib tights last winter, except for near-zero
temperatures for which they're not quite warm enough.

Read
our review of the Kalf Club Thermal Men’s Bib Tight

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Shimano
S-Phyre Winter Gloves — £99.99

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Shimano's S-Phyre Winter gloves they truly deliver excellent performance.
The dexterity is sublime, they're perfectly warm at 2°C and the grip from
the palm is perfect. They're certainly expensive, but they work
flawlessly.

Read
our review of the Shimano S-Phyre Winter Gloves

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Gore Men's Power 2.0 Windstopper Soft
Shell Jacket — £83.34 - £109.16

Fluoro yellow version — £91.95
- £116.08

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A quality softshell is one of the staple requirements in any cyclist's
winter wardrobe where versatility is key to shrug off the wind, light rain
and ice cold temperatures. Gore knows a thing or two about keeping the
elements out and that's shown here with its Power 2.0 Windstopper Soft
Shell. You can go cheaper but can you go better?

Read
our review of the Gore Men's Power 2.0 Windstopper Soft Shell Jacket

Find a Gore
dealer

Kalf
Club Thermal Men's Long Sleeve Jersey — £75

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When you see the word thermal in a jersey's title you expect it to have a
certain amount of weight and thickness about it. The Kalf Club Men's
Thermal Jersey doesn't have either of those things, in fact it barely
feels any heavier than most summer tops, but boy is it ever warm – even
with the thinnest of layers beneath it.

Read
our review of the Kalf Club Thermal Men's Long Sleeve Jersey

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Kalf
Winter Merino Socks — £15

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The Kalf Winter Merino Socks are comfortable and warm even when the
mercury drops below freezing. With generous reflectives on the back for
visibility, it's hard to imagine much better winter socks.

Read
our review of the Kalf Winter Merino Socks

Find a Kalf dealer

Prendas
Ciclismo Meraklon Special Edition arm warmers — £7.99

Prendas Meraklon Special Edition Armwarmers 1

The Prendas Meraklon arm warmers are basic but they do a good job and
come at an amazingly cheap price.

They're essentially tubes of polypropylene (58%), nylon (40%) and
elastane (2%) with a ribbed top and a more tightly woven cuff section at
the bottom. A little more air gets through than with fleecy Roubaix
fabrics but they're warmer than skinny Lycra warmers – they split the
difference between the two. We found them a good option for typical
spring/autumn conditions.

Read
our review of the Prendas Ciclismo Merkalon Special Edition arm warmers

dhb
Aeron Rain Defence Arm Warmers — £25

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Warm, very water-resistant and extremely well-priced for the quality,
these are probably the best arm warmers on the market at the moment.

Featuring the mid-weight style of the Aeron Rain Defence range, these arm
warmers are well up to the task of insulating you from the cold. The rain
resistance they offer is very impressive, while the thickness of the
fabric provides insulation even if water manages to seep through, which it
did on one occasion in a fantastic 20-minute deluge.

Read
our review of the dhb Aeron Rain Defence Arm Warmers

Gore Element Urban Windstopper Soft
Shell Pants — £107.95

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Gore's Element Urban Windstopper Soft Shell Pants are an interesting and
practical set of casual commuting trousers. As windproof and waterproof as
you would expect from Gore, with several practical, high-vis elements,
they're very good – once you've found the right size.

Wearing Lycra doesn't suit every situation. Try walking into a proper
London pub, going to a football match or going clubbing in bib shorts –
you get strange looks. So having a set of trousers that can do most of
what Lycra can but without the social stigma that the 'uninitiated' put on
it is nice. Step forward the Element Urban Windstoppers.

As you might suspect from the name, the trousers are designed to be both
windproof and waterproof. Given that these are a Gore product, it's not
surprising to hear that they excel in these areas. The rain beads against
the material and the wind batters it but nothing gets through.

Also in camo for £107.95 - £116.33.

Read
our review of the Gore Element Urban Windstopper Soft Shell Pants

Road Rags Holborn
leggings & skirt combination — £90

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.

Read
our review of the Road Rags Holborn skirt/leggings combo

Madison
Sportive PU Thermal Overshoes — £12.99

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Madison's Sportive PU Thermal overshoes are a great option for wet
weather riding, with the added thermal benefits providing some
much-appreciated insulation. Although described as a mid-weight overshoe
by Madison, they don't struggle when the temperature gets down to low
single figures.

Read
our review of the Madison Sportive PU Thermal Overshoes

dhb
Classic Thermal Bib Tights — £65

dhb Classic Roubaix Bib Tights - riding

Wiggle's in-house clothing brand, Dhb brings fantastic value to its
Classic Roubaix bib tights, teamed with top performance. At their £55 RRP
these bib tights are knocking around the bottom rungs of the cost ladder,
but punch way above their weight for comfort, warmth, chamois quality and
fit. Most importantly, the Roubaix fabric is constructed of a mix of 86%
polyamide and 14% elastane for the entirety of the tights. It's extremely
comfortable, flexible and warm – easily capable of dealing with
temperatures close to freezing.

Read
our review of the dhb Classic Thermal Bib Tights

Endura
Pro SL Bib Tights — £151.99

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Endura's Pro SL Biblongs are excellent: they're windproof, fit superbly,
and the pad comes in three widths, offering a little customisation.

At the core of the longs is the four-way stretch windproof, breathable
fabric with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish front and seat panels.
This panelling of fabrics gives the longs a very comfortable fit. On the
bike, they fitted me perfectly with no bunching of material at the back of
the knee.

Read
our review of the Endura Pro SL Bib Tights

Find an Endura dealer

SealSkinz
Mid Weight Mid Length Socks — £37

Sealskinz Mid Weight Mid Length Sock

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.

Read
our review of the Sealskinz Mid Weight Mid Length Socks

B'Twin
900 Warm Long Sleeve Jersey — £34.99

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Decathlon's in-house cycling brand B'Twin rarely fails to deliver on the
whole bang for buck ratio, and it's the same story here. For the
performance and quality you get with the 900 Warm Long Sleeve Jersey
(previously known as the 700 jersey), you'd probably expect to pay much
more.

The 900 Warm is a pretty simple jersey. You get a fleece-lined fabric
that's warm enough in the spring and autumn down to say 5-6°C with a
simple baselayer beneath, and if things drop towards freezing it's thin
enough that you can layer it up easily under a jacket.

Read
our review of the B'Twin 900 Warm Long Sleeve Jersey

​Gore Power Windstopper long sleeve
jersey — £91.95 - £116.08

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Gore Bike Wear offers a somewhat bewildering choice of jerseys and
jackets, but if you're after a lightweight, slim fitting top that offers
wind and rain protection with excellent breathability for three-season
use, the Power Gore Windstopper Long Sleeve Jersey is a top pick.

Made from Gore's iconic Windstopper fabric, the Power jersey is ideal at
dealing with the constantly changing weather conditions of spring, summer
and autumn. Wear it over a lightweight baselayer and it can cope with a
really wide band of temperatures, from nudging zero up to high teens. That
versatility makes it easy to dress for virtually any ride, so you can
spend less time making tricky clothing decision and more time pressing the
pedals.

Read
our review of the Gore Power Windstopper long sleeve jersey

Fine a Gore
clothing dealer

Rapha
¾ women's tights — £150

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.

Read
our review of the Rapha ¾ women's tights

B'Twin
920 Windproof Long Sleeve Baselayer — £29.99

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Want a technical winter baselayer that will allow you to keep the other
layers off? B'Twin's 920 Windproof Long Sleeve Cycling Baselayer could be
the answer.

Baselayers – generally speaking – tend to be thin layers of fabric that
help provide a passage for sweat to move from skin to the outside, and as
a result perform a key function in keeping the body warm when needed, and
cool when not.

B'Twin's 920 baselayer (previously known as the Aerofit) is a technically
constructed top with a race cut that's designed to do the former and help
you resist the cold thanks primarily to its slightly thicker construction
and front windproof panel. Putting it on is like donning body armour –
genuinely making the cold outside seem a little less hostile compared with
thin merino-blended baselayers and giving you the confidence to shed a
layer when heading out.

Read
our review of the BTwin 920/Aerofit Windproof Long Sleeve Baselayer

Showers
Pass Men's Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves — £52

Showers Pass Men's Softshell WP Gloves

Showers Pass Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves will keep your hands dry and
toasty even in a hard winter.

Read
our review of the Showers Pass Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves

Find a Showers Pass
dealer

Endura
FS260-Pro SL Shell — £74.99

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The Endura FS260-Pro SL Shell is an exceptionally breathable,
fully-fledged miserable-weather jacket with a host of features but no
excess faff. It's a cracker.

Endura has used a three-layer Exoshell40 fabric (in black or fluoro
green) of amazing thinness and only 70g per square metre (for reference,
even a thin merino baselayer is twice that). The fabric can apparently
breathe 60 litres of moisture per square metre per day, and has a
waterproofness measure of 18,000mm (meaning a tube of water 18m tall with
a patch of the fabric over the bottom wouldn't seep through). The whole
thing is fully tape-sealed – even around the small square stretchy panels
near the hip. It's a masterclass in detailing.

The price and link above are for sizes M and XL. If
you need an S, L or XXL, you're looking at paying £156.65
.

Read
our review of the Endura FS260-Pro SL Shell

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Craft
Storm Gloves — £24.99

Craft Storm Glove

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.

Read our review of
the Craft Storm gloves

Find a
Craft dealer

Castelli
Thermoflex leg warmer — £40

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.

Read
our review of the Castelli Thermoflex Leg Warmers

Find a
Castelli dealer

Sealskinz
Belgian cap — £21.95

Sealskinz Belgian cap

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.

Read
our review of the Sealskinz
Belgian Style Cycling Cap

Find
a Sealskinz dealer

Lusso
Thermal Skull Cap — £9.00

Craft Thermal HatLusso'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.

 

Read
our review of the Lusso Thermal Skull Cap

Find a Lusso dealer

Madison Sportive Men's Softshell
Jacket — £40.48 - £79.99

Madison Sportive Men's Softshell Jacket

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.

Read
our review of the Madison Sportive Men's Softshell Jacket

Find a Madison dealer

Ashmei
Men's Ultimate Softshell Jacket — £240

Ashmei Men's Softshell Cycle Jacket

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.

Read
our review of the Ashmei Men's Softshell Cycle Jacket

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Luv2ride [122 posts] 1 year ago
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I think these articles are pretty pointless when they refer to items that are no longer available to buy.  The Caratti deep winter overshoes are a case in point.  Am sure I read the same article a year or so ago, might have been topical and relevant then, but possibly not now...

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dafyddp [464 posts] 1 year ago
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Sure its a great bit of kit, but the design of that Rapha top (with its six go-fast stripes) doesnt half look a bit, well... Crane-by-Aldi.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2709 posts] 1 year ago
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Lots of choices for people on bikes in all the price ranges.

the hard bit is knowing what to wear as starting out you are relatively cold and those new to winter cycling think they need to pile on the layers even in relatively mild conditions. Whilst avoiding being cold is a good thing having to take a layer off and not having anywhere to store it is a bane and there are times when even experienced cyclists get it wrong.

Big changes in temperature/weather conditions don't help but that's the UK for you.

Personally I love winter riding

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salokin [26 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm still flumuxed as to why a pair of socks cost £42 (!!!!) and a waterproof jacket is close to £250. When are cyclists going to start pointing out to companies that they're ripping people off?! It's ridiculous to pay this price for those products. Even £22 for some bluddy arm warmers...have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous, they're arm warmers damit, not a shirt?!!

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alexn [43 posts] 1 year ago
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Companies will continue selling these products at those high price point as there are plentzy of cyclists that are happy paying those prices. For those who are not prepared to pay those price points, then there are plenty of cheaper options!

 

salokin wrote:

I'm still flumuxed as to why a pair of socks cost £42 (!!!!) and a waterproof jacket is close to £250. When are cyclists going to start pointing out to companies that they're ripping people off?! It's ridiculous to pay this price for those products. Even £22 for some bluddy arm warmers...have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous, they're arm warmers damit, not a shirt?!!

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srchar [1142 posts] 1 year ago
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As BTBS says, the hard bit is choosing what to wear.  At the moment, I leave the house in a fairly chilly 6-8°C, but ride home in a balmy 16-18°C. A short-sleeved merino top means a bit of a chill for the first ten minutes in the morning, and a bit of a sweat on during the ride home. Despite various clothing companies' claims to the contrary, I've never found a single garment that works in the British autumn.

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John Stevenson [392 posts] 1 year ago
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Luv2ride wrote:

I think these articles are pretty pointless when they refer to items that are no longer available to buy.  The Caratti deep winter overshoes are a case in point.  Am sure I read the same article a year or so ago, might have been topical and relevant then, but possibly not now...

Fair point. There were a couple items I didn't notice had run out last time I updated this article. They've been replaced, and at the time of writing everything here is available, with the exception I think of one size of the B'Twin baselayer.

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Chris Hayes [376 posts] 10 months ago
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I'll be wearing a house for the next few days! 

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Luv2ride [122 posts] 4 months ago
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John Stevenson wrote:
Luv2ride wrote:

I think these articles are pretty pointless when they refer to items that are no longer available to buy.  The Caratti deep winter overshoes are a case in point.  Am sure I read the same article a year or so ago, might have been topical and relevant then, but possibly not now...

Fair point. There were a couple items I didn't notice had run out last time I updated this article. They've been replaced, and at the time of writing everything here is available, with the exception I think of one size of the B'Twin baselayer.

...and now Caratti seem to be back on the scene: http://www.caratti.cc/cycle-clothing/

Including their deep winter overshoes!

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iandusud [118 posts] 4 months ago
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This list is incomplete without the Galibier Mistral jacket. This is without a doubt the best bit of cycling clothing I've bought in over 40 years of regular cycling. 

https://galibier.cc/product/mistral-foul-iv-weather-jacket/

Ignore the price and read the reviews and believe them.

My only criticism is the colour choice or lack of it. 

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jaysa [108 posts] 4 months ago
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Second that. Galibier's Mistral is like a Gabba, but works over a wider range.

Also Galibier's Barrier Deep Winter gloves at £23 are great if you're skinny and get cold hands like me ...

 

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Freddy56 [361 posts] 2 months ago
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Third that. Their bib tights got me thru last years festive 500 with the only issue getting them washed and dried each night.

I have Sportful and Castelli Sorpasso and neither comes close to insulation and windproofing.

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bechdan [192 posts] 2 months ago
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Absent from this list is a neck tube / buff/ face warmer. Either a standard neck tube or something like the weatherneck system is very useful with magnetic fastener.

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jamieem [1 post] 2 months ago
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salokin wrote:

I'm still flumuxed as to why a pair of socks cost £42 (!!!!) and a waterproof jacket is close to £250. When are cyclists going to start pointing out to companies that they're ripping people off?! It's ridiculous to pay this price for those products. Even £22 for some bluddy arm warmers...have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous, they're arm warmers damit, not a shirt?!!

 

Well things are rarely priced based on what they are actually worth in a competitive retail environment.. There will always be brands that will aim their products at the higher end of consumer purchasing on the basis of wanting to be perceived as either a highly technical product or a luxury product depending on what you are selling. In the minds of many consumers, more expensive = more reliable, better materials, better after sales support etc, whilst this does not always stand up to product testing scrutiny and customer experience. Also, the less of something you manufacture, the more you have to sell it for based on econmies of scale, and some product numbers are kept deliberately low so as to be perceived as more exclusive and desireable.

 

And with cycling being a sport that attracts some of the most dick waving alpha male types, being seen in what is considered the most expensive and professional gear is huge - marketers have done an amazing job with this over the years, especially Rapha, more recently. At the end of the day, if people were not prepared to pay these prices they wouldn't exist, but many, many people are and do.