Fall for Layers

The autumnal equinox is this Saturday, marking the point in our calendar at which the light of day is gradually outmatched by the darkness. While we still have plenty of good riding days left, we can’t help but notice that those early more rides are starting off at brisker temperatures than we’re used to. In fact, some mornings it’s been downright chilly!

We’re not ready to pull out the Bar Mitts but fall presents the perfect time for those transitional cycling clothing items. Clothing that can be easily layered or removed while riding or clothing that protects the body where it is met by wind can ease the transition through temperatures while riding.

Higher Gear’s fall and winter clothing is arriving in our stores now. It’s never too early to stock up on winter items. For those of us who aren’t ready to think about snow, here are a few recommendations to keep you covered this fall:


Sugoi Versa Jacket

You’re heard us rave about this jacket before. A versatile layering piece – going from a jacket to a vest and back again, using magnets. The breathable lightweight fabric and three pockets make Sugoi’s Versa Jacket the ideal jacket for Chicago unpredictable weather! The Argon fabric provides a woven ripstop barrier between the wearer and the elements. With a high air permeability rating and water resistance, Argon will keep the wearer warm and dry while the microfiber construction allows for warm vapours to escape quickly. 3M Reflective piping on front, side and back for added visibility, perfect for riding in the shortening days. Great for riding and running. Available in men’s and women’s sizing.


Sugoi HydroLite packable foldable lightweight rain JacketSugoi HydroLite Jacket

Hmmm. Lots of rain in the forecast for this week. But sometimes the weathermen get it wrong. That’s why we prefer a lightweight, packable rain jacket that really blocks the rain while remaining breathable. Sugoi’s got your covered here. The featherlight and breathable Ultra Aero fabric is a dimensionally-constructed knit with a dimpled surface to create less friction and superior aerodynamics when moving through the air. Even the little details are attended to – like the elastic bound cuffs and the soft brushed inside collar. 3M Sctochlite reflective accents increase visibility.


Sugoi Hot Shot long sleeve Jersey red blackSugoi Hot Shot Jersey

For those who have given up on short sleeves, Sugoi has a long sleeved jersey that is an essential cold weather piece. We like how sharp this jersey looks with a superb fit and great details – like the three elastic back pockets and Sugoi’s signature grip elastic at the hem. You can’t go wrong with this jersey. It makes a great gift for the hard-to-buy for cycling man in your life.


Specialized Arm Warmers EX

Some of us like the option of removing sleeves as the morning chill gives way to the rising sun. Arm warmers allow quick on-the-go adjustments. Specialized’s new EX Arm Warmers feature a full, 360-degree wrap of Therminal, their super soft, proprietary fabric that offers warmth and comfort. They are also less bulky, allowing for full articulation and making them a great layering piece. In sizes small through extra-large in cyclist-specific proportions, they fit well. Spandex cuffs with internal and external silicone print gently holds them in place.Specialized Women's Awareness Arm Warmer EX


Specialized Women’s Awareness Arm Warmers EX

All the features mentioned above in a stylish Breast Cancer Awareness print for her.


Specialized Toe Warmers neopreneSpecialized Toe Warmers

We’ve got time before a full shoe cover is needed but toes can get a little chilly in the early morning hours. Toe warmers offer a quick and easy extra degree of coverage to protect toes from an uncomfortable wind chill. The tops of these Toe Warmers are neoprene, offering adequate insulation and a snug fit. The sole is made of a durable synthetic leather. These Toe Warmers make a nice addition to a cyclists fall wardrobe.

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