Brisk mornings, variable winds and precipitation potential. The diehard outdoor enthusiasts among us know that layering is essential to continuing rides outdoors in the fall and winter.
The large outerwear pieces are important, but we all know that a ride is going to miserable with cold fingers or toes. Once you’ve committed to riding outdoors in the winter weather, keeping your extremities warm is critical if you don’t want to call it quits early.
Fortunately for you, Specialized and Endura offer great products to keep your bits toasty in the subzero temps.
A comfy, cosy baselayer is a winter must – whether you’re heading outside to make a snowman or toughing out a cold weather ride.
BaaBaa Merino Long-sleeve Baselayer
Have you ever seen a cold sheep? No? That’s because Merino wool insulates even when wet. Endura’s cycling-specific BaaBaa Baselayer is crafted from naturally insulating, machine washable, silky soft Merino for amazing comfort and temperature control. Its anatomically cycle-specific fit is longer in back, for full coverage even when riding in the drops. This excellent layer is naturally odor resistant.
“A great-performing, quality lightweight Merino base layer”
– MTB Magazine Review
“Merino is a very popular choice for base layers, being extremely soft next to the skin, with natural odour beating properties. Even when damp it’ll keep you warm and in the case of the good-value BaaBaa, just this and a waterproof jacket will be enough on mild days.”
Arms & Legs
For chilly fall rides, pair your Specialized Therminal Bib Shorts with full leg- or knee warmers. When it’s not quite cold enough for long sleeves for the entire ride, consider insulated arm warmers.
Specialized Therminal 2.0 Warmers
Specialized’s Therminal 2.0 Leg, Knee and Arm Warmers keep you riding through the fall. Soft, fleece-backed Therminal fabric cuts the wind, conserves warmth and provides UV protection. Silicone printing on the cuff keeps them in place, and the articulated fit makes them super comfortable while you’re riding. Reflective accents increase your visibility in low-light riding conditions.
Fingers & Toes
These extremities are typically the first to get cold. Keeping your fingers and toes warm can make the difference between a pleasant ride and a miserable one.
Endura BaaBaa Merino Socks
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
Keep your feet warm when winter rears its frosty head. Specialized’s 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 Toe Covers
You’ll ride right through the shoulder seasons with Specialized’s Element Windstopper Toe Covers on your shoes. Wind- and water-resistant soft shell fabric shrugs off the chill, and the abrasion resistant toe and bottom panel keeps the durability high. These shoe covers work with any style of cleat and the included reflective elements help keep you visible in winter’s low-light riding conditions.
Specialized Deflect Gloves
Specialized Deflect Gloves offer a wind-resistant softshell upper with a hydrophobic Ax Suede fit palm. Padded palm reduces hand numbness during long rides. Wiretap touch screen compatibility means that you don’t have to remove your gloves to check your smartphone screen. High-visibility reflective details help keep you visible in winter’s low-light riding conditions.
Endura Thermolite Roubaix Glove
Endura’s Thermolite Roubaix Gloves offer breathable warmth in their Teflon-coated Thermolite fabric. Great for in-between temperatures, these gloves deliver excellent warmth, dexterity, and control thanks to the water-repellent material, extended cuffs, and grippers on the palms and fingers. You also get Terry panels to wipe your face and reflective accents for enhanced visibility.
“Endura’s new status as World Tour team clothier (Movistar) shows in the quality of it’s outfit… The Thermolite Roubaix gloves are tough but forgiving with great dexterity and.. insulate well. There’s a full thumb wipe and great grip from the silicone-printed microfibre palm.”
“Very thin winter gloves, almost a ‘second skin.”
Specialized Element 1.5 Gloves
Specialized Element 1.5 Gloves offer a Gore Windstopper upper with 100g Thinsulate insulation. The Windproof-brushed Microwipe thumb wiper is a winter necessity. The high-grip palm allows for maximum control in wet weather. Wiretap touch screen compatibility means that you don’t have to remove your gloves to check your smartphone screen. High-visibility reflective details help keep you visible in winter’s low-light riding conditions.
Specialized Element 3.0 Lobster Gloves
The same attention to details that are in the 1.5 version, the Specialized Element 3.0 Lobster Gloves provide even more protection from the winter elements. The Thinsulate insulation is upgraded to a thicker 200g. The Lobster version means that you’ll retain more heat inside your gloves, while still having comfortable access to your shifters and brakes.
Come in to Higher Gear to try on a pair of Specialized Deflect or Element Gloves.
Bar Mitts pretty much negate any need for winter cycling gloves. They offer so much protection from the wind and cold, we recommend combining with only a light winter or liner glove.
Bar Mitts are an accessory for your bike – available in two designs to accommodate road/drop bars and mountain bike handlebars. They keep hands warm and comfortable in the cold, rain, snow and wind.
The windproof neoprene “mitts” stay secure on your handlebars, providing a protective layer for your hands while riding, braking and shifting. You can easily slide your hands in and out for shifting and breaking, while the mitts stay secured on the handlebars.
Bar Mitts are ideal for those who suffer from Raynaud’s Disease.
“There are very few cycling products that I really love. Not gear that just performs, but gear that excels, above and beyond anything else; a category killer, if you will. When it comes to keeping your hands warm in winter, Bar Mitts perform better than anything else you’ve ever tried; gloves, warmers or liners.”
Your mom was right, without keeping your head warm, you’ll lose heat more quickly. Top everything off by keeping your head warm underneath your cycling helmet.
Endura Thermolite Headband
Endura’s Thermolite Headband keeps your head and ears warm when the weather turns cool. Made from Thermolite for insulation, this comfortable headband also wicks fast, repels water, and fits easily under a helmet.
Specialized Element Windstopper Hat
Stop the wind before it goes to your head! The Specialized Element Hat is made with Gore Windstopper Soft Shell wind/water resistant and breathable knit fabric. This hat offers full ear coverage. It’s also engineered to fit comfortably under your cycling helmet. High-visibility reflective elements help keep you visible in winter’s low-light conditions.
Specialized Element Windstopper Balaclava
The 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.
Layer up and stay warm this winter!
Don’t wait until you’re ready to face the elements. Go into this winter prepared. Visit Higher Gear’s online store to start shopping for these and other great winter accessories or stop in Higher Gear today to try them on for size.