Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you only have to ride on the indoor trainer. By layering strategically you can still enjoy riding outdoors this winter. These essential cold-weather cycling gear items will help keep you warm as you put in those miles out on the road.
For shorter rides or cold-weather commutes, this quilted hoodie from Pearl Izumi features PrimaLoft Gold insulation to keep your core warm and a water-resistant shell keeps you dry if it happens to rain. It’s also surprisingly breathable, light without the bulk and looks just as stylish off the bike as it does on.
While not as versatile as the LG Spire, the Modesto 3 offers excellent value for a solid winter jacket. It’s water-resistant, windproof and highly breathable thanks to paneling under the arms. The cut is more forgiving than some other winter jackets, which gives you enough room to layer on those really chilly morning rides. Spacious rear pockets, reflective details and a storm flap are other features you’ll appreciate.
If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line pair of women’s winter tights, you won’t find many better options than these from Assos. Though the outer material is tough and durable, the fleece insulation is soft and extremely comfortable. Double layers of fabric are used on the knees, thighs and hips for extra protection from the elements, and the chamois insert is well padded and reduces friction between your body and the saddle.
With a fast-drying exterior and an ultra-warm interior, these compression shirts and tights are the ideal solution for cross-training or for an extra layer on the bike. The four-way stretch construction allows for freedom of movement, while the flat-lock seams won’t chafe no matter the activity you decide to undertake.
Rising to the mid-calf, this natural merino wool sock is warm, breathable and the perfect option under long tights and leg warmers. Merino wool also doesn’t retain odors if you do get sweaty, and can be worn well into spring without having to switch to a lighter weight option.
The warmest glove in Mavic’s lineup, the Primaloft insulation used in the Ksyrium offers superior protection on the coldest rides despite being on the thin side. Other notable features include a water-resistant outer shell, EVA foam padding in the palm and touchscreen compatible fingertips.
Wet feet can equal misery on the bike. These rain booties from POC keep you dry. They’re also super easy to get on and off, are reinforced at the toes for durability and feature a fluorescent design and reflective logos for additional visibility in low-light conditions.
Heat loss through the head can be a major factor for feeling cold during winter rides. This cap from Rapha is a favorite for its Polartec Alpha insulating layer and merino mesh lining, which provides warmth without the bulk so you can fit it easily under your helmet. The bill does a good job of keeping rain out of the eyes and the wool rib provides plenty of ear coverage without riding up.
As long as you don’t mind looking like a storm trooper, this creatively-designed commuter helmet from Giro is one of the warmest you’ll find. Freezing air, rain and snow are no match thanks to the Timberwolf’s Thermostat Control Ventilation that lets you control how much air you let in. It also features a brushed-fleece lining, removable ear pads and front ventilation to reduce fogging of your eyewear.
While it will keep your beverages icy cold during the summer, too, this vacuum insulated bottle from Camelback will keep your coffee, tea or other tasty treat hot for up to six hours on the bike. The angled, high-flow valve also makes it easy to drink and the stainless-steel design keeps it from getting beat up.