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Winter Riding Essentials

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Feb 1, 2012
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Photo: Nils Nilsen

Don’t get stuck on the trainer all winter. With the right clothing you can comfortably ride outside, even in frigid temps.

Giro Pivot gloves, $70, Giro.com
Thin, insulated and shielded with a weather-resistant layer, the Pivot gloves offer protection from the elements without the impediment typical of lobster-style semi-mittens that squeeze fingers together.

Gore Oxygen GT AS jacket, $250, Gorebikewear.com

In addition to the popular breathable and waterproof Gore-Tex material, the cycling-specific cut (men’s style pictured) is the Oxygen Jacket’s other defining trait. It fits tightly through the chest and shoulders and is cut in a way that pulls the arms slightly forward toward the bars. The jacket’s chest fits tightly when standing still, but once you drop into the aerobars, every section rests free of strain. It creates a reliable seal around the neck, wrists and waist, but lacks storage pockets. Use it as an outer layer on windy, rainy or snowy days.

Specialized Tech Layer short-sleeve, $50, Specialized.com
This highly breathable base layer with a snug, cycling-specific fit helps keep your temperature stable by wicking sweat away from your torso. A must-have for places with unpredictable weather, or for sweat-then-stop interval workouts.

Castelli Leggerezza 2 bibtight, $170, Castelli-cycling.com
The men’s Leggerezza 2 is the bibtight for days that keep most riders indoors. It’s lined with warm, soft fleece from the ankles to the ribs. The front of the legs are covered with a moderately wind- and water-resistant soft-shell material, and the back is more breathable. The chamois and tight create a little bulk between the rider and the saddle.

Pearl IzumiPRO Barrier WXB shoe cover, $50, Pearlizumi.com

Thin soft-shell outer material with a fleece lining stretches from the toe up over the ankle, but doesn’t cover the sole. This opening prevents the cover from wearing through while walking. The rear of the bootie opens to create a gaping hole for the foot that allows the cover to slip on and off with ease.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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