Winter Gear

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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Joneswares 'Interval' Midweight Wool Turtleneck

For me, they sewed a turtleneck to their standard Cycle Midweight Baselayer and lengthened both the tail (already longer than the front) and the snug, cuffed sleeves. These tweaks accommodate my long torso and arms and provide full coverage from my chin to the middle of my butt, with sleeves too long to ever ride up my wrists when I reach for a water bottle. I'm happily sealed against uncomfortable drafts. 

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Specialized BG Pro RBX Knickers

Why are knickers better than knee warmers? Knickers can't slide down as you ride, so your hinges remain toasty. They can't get lost, but one or both warmers can slip out of your jersey pocket, or you could misplace one during a road trip. And knickers don't have an elastic gripper around the upper thigh that can irritate skin.

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