Capo Pursuit Thermal Jacket, $200 Capocycling.com
Best for: reliable warmth on longer rides
Key feature: unique materials used through the arms and torso make the jacket surprisingly warm and windproof
While the Capo Pursuit Thermal Jacket appears to be little more than a long sleeved thermal jersey, there is so, so much more to this piece. To start, the Pursuit has many of the features that we generally look for in a standard outer layer—three rear pockets, a high neck and a performance cut that allows for a perfect fit while riding. The front of the jacket is a multi-layer Brick windproof membrane, which not only protected from cold temperatures, but also blocked a surprising amount of wind. The rear of the jacket, as one would hope, is a much thinner fleece that allowed for excellent temperature regulation and overall breathability. All these features add up to the holy grail of winter cycling apparel: warmth without bulk. The functionally sporty fit still allows the piece to easily be layered with other clothing, making it a virtual must-have in any triathlete’s winter clothing collection.