Winter Gear

Garneau Course Wind Pro® LS Jersey and Elite 2 Bib Tights

LouisGarneauCourseWindProJacket.womens.front.WEBLouisGarneauElite2BibTights.womens.back.WEBFor winter riding, this kit is a good option for keeping the elements at bay. While I give the Course Wind Pro® LS Cycling Jersey a near-perfect rating, I feel the bib tights come up a little short. I really feel that the mesh bib design shouldn’t be carried down to the lower back and abdomen on a winter garment. However, with that said there are still some very nice elements to the bib tight that makes the jersey and bibs a very fashionable, high-performance, warm winter kit.

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Louis Garneau Cove Hybrid Jacket

LouisGarneauCoveHybridJacket.Front.WEBIf you are looking for one jacket this winter that will keep you warm on and off the bike, the new Cove Hybrid from Garneau is the one. As the “hybrid” name implies, this jacket is designed for multiple winter sports uses, including cycling, hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. In both men's and women's versions, it is fashionable without screaming cycling gear; the versatility extends to many non-sports uses as well. It’s ideal for running errands, trips to the gym, or outings with friends.

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Louis Garneau Course Power Shield Jersey

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Representing a new wave of more “weather resistant” short-sleeve jerseys, the Course was actually designed by Polartec for Garneau. The material is a technical mélange that features Polartec’s Power Shield Pro to help block 99% of the wind, Heatmaxx to retain body heat, and Super Lite Dry as a water repellent.

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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Series 3/4 Bib Tight

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. 34 Bib Tight.web I’m of the genus of cyclists who prefers wearing bib knickers vs. knee warmers to cover my knees on “just cool enough to need something” rides. I also prefer knickers to full-length tights on cold rides when overall leg warmth is an issue. So I have a mix of “knicks” to do the job.

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Pearl iZumi Women's P.R.O. Softshell 3x1 Jacket

Pearl Izumi 3x1 winter jacket.web If you want a cold-weather cycling jacket that can go the distance no matter what the weather throws at you, the P.R.O. softshell 3x1 jacket is it. Pearl iZumi calls the jacket a "cold-weather system." They sure got that right. The P.R.O. softshell 3x1 jacket comes in two parts, an outer softshell jacket and an inner liner jacket.

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Hincapie Gradient Softshell Jacket

hincapie gradient jacket front.web The Hincapie Gradient jacket is impressive on first sight, with a look of quality and purpose. The outer part of the fabric is smooth to the touch, with Hincapie claiming water-resistant protection. Inside is a comfortable fleece lining which feels good against the skin. The overall look and feel highlights the technical nature of the jacket.

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Do Wrap SweatVac Winter Beanie & Winter Stubby

If you can keep your head, hands and feet warm, you can ride in nearly any winter condition. And of these three sensitive areas, your head is arguably the most important, thermostatically speaking. The scalp is laced with blood vessels, so heat loss is particularly rapid. Of all the helmet liners I've tried over the years, Do Wrap's Winter Beanie and Winter Stubby come closest to perfection.

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Showers Pass Elite Winter Jacket

The Elite jacket is designed for inclement winter weather, and I also wore it on numerous cold but precipitation-free rides. The goal was to see if it would work as an all-round winter jacket. That would be ideal -- one jacket that does it all, no problem if a dry ride turns wet or vice versa.

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Joneswares Cycling Baselayer

I have several years of experience with Merino wool products, and I don't need tea leaves to predict the future for the Joneswares shirt. It will soon be in heavy rotation as part of my winter wardrobe, both on and off the bike. And I'll not be surprised when that heavy use robs it of its shape.

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Boure Merino Wool LS Base Layer

Boure deserves a nod for several details. The shirt tail was longer in the back. That's clearly a cycling-specific design to keep it tucked in when you're in the drops. With cuffs, a crew neck and a ribbed design, the shirt resembles a classic crew-neck sweater. Got a few errands to run around town on a chilly day? Go ahead, pull it on. you'll be glad you did.

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Wabi Woolens Long-Sleeve Jersey

Mother Nature came through with the perfect testing conditions -- a cool North Carolina weekend with a century ride on tap. At our 9 a.m. start the temperature was in the low 40s (6C) with chilly, damp air. We had fog and occasional light drizzle until the clouds lifted in the afternoon. I wore a vest early but stripped it off as we warmed up on rolling hills.

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