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Adventure, Cycle / January 22, 2017

What you need to bike all winter

Written by: Roxanne Trujillo

Here in Colorado, good winter gear is essential—especially if you insist on making your 18-mile commute by bike every day of the year.

do insist…even when the temperature dips below zero. So I’ve developed a pretty idea what cold weather clothing I need to keep riding year round.

Here’s what I wear:


Gloves: Gore-Tex Countdown

love these gloves. They’re built from lightweight fabric, but their Gore-Tex membrane makes them waterproof AND windproof.

The gloves are designed for cyclists—the padding is placed where the hands meet the handlebars. And they’re insulated enough to qualify as extreme cold weather gear. I’ve worn these gloves on rides when the temperatures reached -3 and they’ve held up.

The gloves sell online for $89.95.


Beanie: 45NRTH Greazy

A cold weather cycling beanie needs to be warm, of course, but it also must be thin enough to fit under a helmet.

This one fits that bill. Its designed for specifically for winter mountain biking, and it holds its warmth even in seriously bad weather. It also has ear flaps, which are extremely important.

The beanie sells in retailers for $40. You can find a nearby retailer on the company’s website.


Sunglasses: Ryder Eyewear Thorn

Many brands of goggles and glasses claim to be fogproof. These live up to the hype… and they’re pretty nice sunglasses, too.

The Thorn’s lenses have a hydrophobic coating, so moisture beads right off of them. They’re also chromatic: they provide varying levels of shade when the light changes. And they’re scratch resistant. And comfortable.

The Thorn Cycling Glasses sell online for $79.99


Jacket(s): Mavic Ksryium Pro Thermo 3 in 1

This is the only winter cycling jacket you will ever need… because it’s actually three pieces of outdoor wear in one.

The Pro Thermo’s outer layer is a windproof and waterproof shell, which includes Warmwick ST T technology, which draws sweat away from the rider’s body and toward the jacket’s outer surface. The outside of this layer has a storage zipper and two jersey-style back pockets. Sewn into this, the jacket’s midlayer is made from Primaloft insulation.

A polyester base layer can be zipped into that outer jacket for extra warmth, and can be on its own on warmer days.

The jacket sells in men’s and women’s sizes for $200-300. The company doesn’t sell online in the U.S., but you can find a nearby dealer on their website.


Pants: Gore-Tex Countdown

These pants were designed with the cyclist in mind. They offer more room in the knees than most winter pants, so they allow for efficient pedaling. They also have ankles that can be zipped up to prevent contact with the bike chain.

The fleece-lined pants have a soft shell, which allows for comfort and mobility. And they’re decorated with reflective logos for visibility. I wear them with an added base layer on extra cold days.

The pants sell online from $179.99.


Shoes: Lake MXZ 303

These boots are amazing. They’re designed to provide protection from cold, wind, and water, and to lock in your body’s natural heat. The boot’s outer layer is made from breathable, durable leather, and the toe box is insulated with Thinsulate. A removable aerospace insulation protects the Vibram sole.

They’re rated to -10 degrees. In my experience you’ll want to wear a pretty thick pair of socks if it gets that cold, though.

The MXZ 303s sell online for $299.99 a pair. I’ve found the sizes run a little small, so I recommend getting them in a size larger than your casual shoes.

Do you have a go-to piece of winter gear that should have made this list? Email us at [email protected] to let us know!

about the author

Roxanne Trujillo

Roxanne is a Coloradical single track slayer, crux seeking, pow loving, thrill taking mom of a child that's comparably wild. Armed with enthusiasm and good coffee, she devotes herself to the outdoors and keeping pace with her adorable and energetic daughter. She is an ambassador for RaceFace, a V-something climber and goes by Birdy. She fantasizes often about throwing herself, daughter, friends and bikes in a Sprinter wrapped in #canvasthetoddler and peeling out to chase the mundo hermoso.

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