20th January 2016

Sub-Zero Rides: Cycling clothes for winter

winter cycling

Ready for anything: Calum on Duke’s Pass, the Trossachs, Scotland

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It’s perfectly understandable to stay off the bike when the weather looks uninviting.

But when you do steel yourself to take to the roads or trails, dressed for the conditions, you’ll be amazed how comfortable you can be on sub-zero rides.

Head

Sugoi Zap Skull Cap £22.49 RRP £24.99

sugoi zap skull cap

Snug enough to fit under a helmet, this fleecy rain-resistant cap does a great job of keeping head and ears warm, while its extra-wide reflective band helps you get spotted from afar.

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Endura Thermolite Headband £8.54 RRP £8.99

endura headband thermolite

This more minimal piece of headgear might be all you need to keep lugs and forehead snug. It therefore conforms to the cycle clothing ideal – all you need and no more.

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Gore Balaclava £29.99

gore balaclava cycling

When needs must, this Gore Windstopper Soft Shell head, face and neck warmer is the ultimate.

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Torso

Odlo Evolution Warm L/S Crew £55

odlo evolution cycling base layer

Thanks to Odlo’s near-seamless knitted process, this second-skin top offers extra thermal protection where most required and faster wicking panels where most appropriate. Quite a few of us have been trying out this base layer over the past month and would rate it even warmer and more comfortable than our previous favourite merino undershirts.

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Hands 

Gore Road Gloves GTX £59.99

gore road gloves gtx

Made for road biking, Gore Road Gloves are lighter in weight and feel compared with previous versions, but be assured they fulfil the famous Gore-Tex promise – ‘guaranteed to keep you dry’.

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Sealskinz Highland XP Glove £55

sealskinz highland xp gloves

As waterproof as SealSkinz’ very wearable waterproof socks (a staff favourite) Highland XP Gloves stand out for their exceptional Climashield hollow fibre insulation, which keep hands warm in sub-zero conditions while maintaining breathability when the temperature rises.

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Feet 

Endura Freezing Point Overshoe £37.99 (RRP £39.99)

endura overshoe freezing point

Trust our Scottish neighbours Endura to create an especially well-insulated pair of wetsuit-inspired neoprene cycling overshoes for the coldest weather.

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