Cold winter weather is here, and to continue riding through the chill, you need the proper clothing. The definition of winter can be very different between Minneapolis and Miami, so we have compiled a list of new cold weather gear to choose from. Whether you need protection from the chill or the wet, there is clothing out there to help you continue cycling through the darker months.
Click into the post to see wool jerseys from Rocky Mountain, water repellent jackets from Rapha and Huez, and a new line of look-good clothing from Twentyeightco…
Rocky dug way back to find the original logo, then worked with Cima Coppi to embroider it to a wool jersey. Finished by hand in Vancouver, the $220 jersey (in long sleeve). Designed to be a slimmer fit than a standard club cut, its also longer than normal so that people wanting a slimmer fit can size down. Grab it here.
- Raglan cut, short & long sleeve available
- Cut slightly longer in the back
- Medium weight, 100% European merino wool
- Made in Canada 8” YKK zipper
- 3 elasticized back pockets with reinforced seams
- Special Edition, limited availability
- Handmade in Vancouver, Canada by Cima Coppi
Rapha spent 14 months developing and testing the new Classic Softshell Jacket, and at the end travelled to Iceland with pro rider Jimmy McCallum. Already having worked through six different fabrics and many hours of ride testing, they came through with a jacket that is the top performer in foul weather conditions.
Rapha says the Pro Team Softshell Jacket is the race-bred evolution of the Rapha Classic Softshell Jacket. The details and cut are specific to racing, and the materials give breathability in wet weather, so they say it is the most advanced jacket they have ever offered. The fabric is made of two thin layers, separated by a membrane, to create a jacket that is breathable, water resistant and insulating. The seams are taped to insure water resistance throughout the garment. Finally, the inner layer is a soft 100% polyester to make sure it is comfortable against the skin.
Available in grey and red, and in sizes XS-XXL, the slim fit jacket sells for $295.
Twentyeightco is a brand made in London by cyclist Daniel Prempeh. He saw problems with regular clothing while on the bike, so he decided to create a full line of clothing designed specifically for cyclists. Designed to look just as good off the bike, they make casual garments such as bamboo fabric t-shirts, microfiber coats and stretch denim jeans. Focused primarily on style, they want to make sure that cyclists look good.
Twentyeightco has a very robust product line for a startup, including a cycling jacket, slim fit t shirt, stretch denim trousers, and leather messenger backpack. All the items will be made in London.
Check out their Kickstarter campaign for the full details. Products will be ready and shipping my March.
Made from Japanese and Swiss fabrics, the Starman Storm Jacket is breathable and has 4-way stretch. Heralding from the United Kingdon, Huez is a newer brand delivering style and performance together. The jacket is just one of their offerings, and it features a dual function zipper guard, fully taped seams, and hidden vents. Checking all the requisite boxes for a cool or wet weather jacket, it also adds reflective tabs at the rear, elastic cuffs with velcro adjusters and an internal mesh pocket that can store the entire jacket when not in use. Available in Small through XXL, the Starman jacket sells for £235.