Some years we get winter weather in June. Some years we get June weather in January. At the rate we’re going it’s quite possible that this year we’ll get both!
When the weather turns chilly or – like happened this past weekend – a warmer day rears its head, it’s often difficult to know exactly how to dress.
Some people avoid that problem altogether by choosing to pedal indoors all winter. Others of us will turn to layers so that we can head outdoors.
Cycling presents unique challenges when gearing up for colder temps. First of all, the “windchill” factor is increased by the speed at which you’re riding. You are, in effect, creating your own wind – above and beyond any existing wind conditions.
Then there’s the sweat factor. When you’re putting a decent effort into cycling, your body is going to sweat. That sweat, if not properly wicked away, serves to cool you down, not something you want in the winter temps.
Add to this the accessibility factor – you want cold weather gear to keep you warm but you still need to be able to move. You need your fingers to brake and shift. You need clothing that moves with you and works for you.
Here are some great options that we have in store and in stock so that you can be prepared to ride in any weather, any day. (Helpful Hint: remember to let some air out of your tires when conditions are slick.)
Endura Stealth II Waterproof Jacket is a Eurobike award-winning and first ever fully waterproof, breathable soft-shell cycling jacket. The externally seam-sealed waterproof breathable soft-shell fabric with stretch fabric front collar, underarms and side panels create a superbly well-fitted garment. The stretchy fleece-backed material provides warmth offers a close fit with ultrasonically welded seams that create a smooth internal surface for comfort. Flexible ventilation via side and underarm zip vents is accessible even when wearing a back-pack.
Endura Luminite II Jacket is the ultimate commuter cycling jacket. This cleverly-designed waterproof, breathable jacket a red LED light strip integrated into the rear pocket that gives you 50 hours of flashing light. Emblazoned with high visibility 360 degree reflective safety chevrons, you’ll light up the night from any angle, especially in the high-visibility colors, but even the black is extremely high-vis when in a headlamp. A single-layer waterproof, breathable shell features a bonded and laser-cut double storm flap, to keep the wind and rain from getting in.
Endura Windchill Biblongs are the perfect solution to keeping your legs warm on windy, chilly days. Pull these insulated bibs over your cycling shorts to keep out the wind and cold. Teflon HT treated Thermolite provides insulation and comfort while the membrane on the front legs, ankle and crotch keeps the wind out while offering the breathability Endura is known for. The ankle features rear-facing reflective detail and a slimline zipper with a snapdown zipper pull.
Endura Thermalite Tights are ideal for those who prefer tights to bibs. The Thermolite fabric was designed for ultimate cold weather comfort and durable water repellency. Double layer over the knees for added warmth where your legs meet the wind. Fully flatlocked seams for added comfort. Details include a slimline zipper with a snapdown zipper pull, ergonomic body paneling and reflective logos on the thigh and rear, making this a great tight to pull over your cycling shorts or even one you can wear for cold weather running.
Endura Superlite Overtrousers are perfect for commuters who want to minimize the clothing they have to carry to the office. To make yourself invincible to the elements, throw these Overtrousers on over your work or cycling pants. The perfect choice for commuters who risk unforeseen weather and need layering pieces they can travel with. The fully seam-sealed fabric keeps the rain and wind out. The lightweight fabric means they get compact enough to stow in their own rear pocket.
Endura Baa Baa Merino Long Sleeve Baselayer and its fine-guage natural merino wool offers natural insulating properties and doesn’t hold in the odor like synthetic materials. MTB Magazine found that Endura’s Baa Baa Merino wool “provides a superb natural layer that’s itch-free, unlike most normal wool jerseys.” Soft, comfy and it’s great at wicking sweat away. “Where it beats synthetics is that if it gets wet it stays warm.” The fitted cut makes it a great layering piece and the flatlocked-stitched seams means that, even with added layers or a backpack, there’s no rubbing.
Endura’s BaaBaa Merino Socks are made from soft Merino wool for excellent warmth, breathability and comfort. These naturally odor-resistant socks feature a high-density Merino blend and a seamless anatomic fit with stretch arch support. These natural fiber socks are a true winter essential.
Specialized Element Windstopper Shoe Covers feature soft shell fabric that cuts the wind and seals in the heat. A rear zipper closure makes getting them on and off a breeze, and the abrasion-resistant toe and bottom panel add extra durability. These shoe covers boast a universal cleat opening and visibility-enhancing reflective accents for winter’s low-light riding conditions.
Specialized Element Windstopper Balaclava offers the same details as the hat, with Gore Windstopper Soft Shell wind/water resistant and breathable knit fabric. It is ergonomically engineered face and neck fit, with a dual-position face mask for versatility. It also features laser-cut breathing vents, to help prevent your cycling glasses from fogging up. Ladies, the balaclava also features Specialized’s hairport, so that your long hair has a comfortable escape.
Come in to Higher Gear to check out the Specialized Element Windstopper Hat and Balaclava.
We offer a great selection of ways to keep your extremities dry and warm during winter cycling.
Come in to Higher Gear for a great selection of winter cycling gloves, socks, shoe covers and more.
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