Winter Gear

Garneau Solano 2 and Pearl Izumi Elite AmFIB® Tights

GarneauSolano2Tights.WEBBoth the Garneau Solano 2 and Pearl Izumi Elite AmFIB tights (men’s and women’s) are ideal for winter cycling. The strategically placed fabric panels keep you warm and dry on cold rides. The tights I tested did not have a chamois, allowing me to use them for hiking, running or skiing. Both are right around $100, which  is a reasonable price point for these high-performing tights. If your intent is to extend your riding season, stay out a little longer and enjoy winter road or trail riding in comfort, either would make a good choice.

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SealSkinz Halo Cycling Gear

SealSkinz.NeopreneShoeCovers.WEBThis review covers four separate products, SealSkinz Halo Neoprene Shoe Covers, Halo All Weather Gloves, Waterproof Cycling Cap, Waterproof Cycling Socks. Three of the four received 4.5-star ratings from our reviewer, who found the Shoe Covers to "have excellent build quality, durability, and provide excellent water protection and heat retention.  These have become my go-to wet/cold weather shoe covers, and I highly recommend them. The Halo lighting system is an added bonus that improves visibility out on the road and makes these great shoe covers even better."

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SealSkinz Windproof Skull Cap, Highland Gloves

SealSkinz.Windproof.SkullCap.WEBThe SealSkinz skull cap and Highland gloves did not disappoint. I enjoyed a number of chilly, windy winter rides thanks to these fine products. The windproof, waterproof and breathable materials made for more comfortable rides. I’ve even found myself using the gloves for hikes and errands. I’d recommend checking out the full line of SealSkinz products. Their attention to detail and unique durable fabrics definitely help you endure cold, wet, windy weather.

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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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