If you need new cycling gear to stay warm and comfortable on the bike this winter, check out these 10 new items.
For a lot of cyclists, winter riding means bundling up in tons of layers. However, the Ultraz is a stand-alone piece that requires very little to be worn beneath it. The Neos Light tri-layer softshell outer is waterproof, breathable and does a terrific job of keeping cold air out. Inside, the RX fabric is warm and cozy and can easily be paired with either a jersey or baselayer for minimalist comfort. The integrated internal neck collar, which rises above the collar of the jacket to keep the chill out, is a feature you’ll appreciate on those really chilly days. The Ultraz is also durable, fits well and is constructed with a high level of craftsmanship, ensuring it will be a staple in your cycling wardrobe for years to come.
Quality accessories for the head and feet are critical for riding in colder temperatures. For winter overshoes, most options are bulky, heavy and not all that fun to wear. This option from Assos feels more like an aero shoe cover than a winter overshoe, and has been reworked with its zipless construction to fit better and maintain solid aerodynamics while still being incredibly warm and comfortable.
Following this same line of thinking, the winter cap uses a special yarn known as LanaProppy that minimizes bulk while protecting against the fiercest winter weather. It also breathes well, fits easily under your helmet and features RX fabric internally to make it soft and cozy.
Fluctuating temperatures can make it difficult to find the balance between staying warm and overheating. The insulated Brevet Jacket offers weather-resistant insulation in an ultra-thin package, making it easy to pack in a jersey pocket when temperatures start to rise during a ride. But, unlike a lot of other lightweight waterproof options, the highly breathable Polartec Alpha material provides excellent warmth without being susceptible to overheating during high-intensity efforts. It’s also stylish, well-fitting and built to take a beating.
Snow, rain, sleet, rough roads and debris are just a few of the challenges you’ll have to deal with in poor weather conditions. These tubeless tires not only do an excellent job of protecting against flat tires, but they also provide excellent traction and performance no matter what winter throws your way. The tire is reinforced with Kevlar to improve thickness while maintaining its light weight. It also comes in sizes up to 28mm to improve comfort, grip and handling on slick surfaces.
With limited daylight and gray skies, you’ll need to be as visible as possible to stay safe. While hi-vis clothing can definitely help, a great set of lights is where you should start. This set from Bontrager is compact, features multiple flash patterns, and can be seen during the daytime from up to 2km away. They’re also incredibly easy to mount on nearly any seatpost or handlebar and connect with Bontrager and Garmin ANT+ devices for wireless control on the go.
CASTELLI BOA GLOVE
Whether you need to take a jacket off or open a wrapper for an energy bar, there will be times when you’ll need to remove your gloves during a ride. The Boa Glove from Castelli features an ingenious design with the same dial found on many of today’s high-end shoes, making it extremely easy to put them on or take them off when your fingers are a little colder than usual. As for the glove itself, OutDry technology keeps your hands protected during a downpour while fleece lining keeps them toasty on the inside despite freezing temperatures.
While we definitely like our beverages cold during the summer, having something warm to drink when it’s freezing out is a must, too. Luckily, this water bottle from Under Armour does both thanks to its vacuum-insulation, protecting the temperature of your beverages for up to 12 hours. A silicone grip allows for easy handling when your hands are wet, and the one-hand, push-button operation makes it simple to operate on the bike. The Dominate bottle fits most standard-size bottle cages and features a leak-resistant lid.
One of Smith’s lightest sunglasses to date at just 27 grams, the new Reverb offers excellent protection with a maximum coverage lens. The new PivLock arm attachment is one of the easiest and quickest we’ve tried when a lens switch is needed, and the two included lens options makes it possible to have one for bright sunlight in the summer and a second for the low-light conditions in winter. ChromaPop lenses also have hydroleophobic coating to repel dirt, dust, water and road grime that’s common in adverse weather conditions.
Similar to the company’s award-winning bibshorts, these redesigned thermal tights provide excellent warmth without feeling overbuilt or limiting movement. Fleece lining keeps you comfortable in colder temps, while compressive Thermoroubaix Power fabric breathes well and keeps the wind out. Other notable features include DWR treatment to protect against water and the company’s patented zipper-less FlyFree design to simplify pee breaks.
Whether you have a gravel, mountain or road bike, these easy-to-install fenders are compatible with just about any frame. The secure tool-free mount fits seatposts ranging from 22mm–35mm and downtubes ranging from 20mm–50mm. The simple, lightweight construction provides a wide width to prevent mud and water from splashing up your backside, and the rubber pads do a good job of protecting the frame from scratches during installation.