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Fight the chill with the right tights, jerseys, jackets and more

Make sure you're ready for the cold temperatures with the right cycling clothing to keep you warm on the club run or the ride to and from the office.

We get asked all the time what clothing we recommend and seeing as we've tested hundreds of cycling garments over the years, we've put our heads together and collected some of our favourite cold weather clobber. This is the stuff that we still use regularly long after the review is published, so when we say it's good, we really mean it.

We've linked through to the full reviews on each product so you can read our full verdict on each, and via the headline, to somewhere you can buy it.

The best new winter warmers

Triban RC 100 Long Sleeved Cycling Jersey — £17.99

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Decathlon continues its theme of offering quality products at great prices with this Triban RC 100 Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey. Under 20 quid gets you a warm, well-cut top that is pretty good in the breathability stakes too.

Read our review of the Triban RC 100 Long Sleeved Cycling Jersey

dhb Aeron women's short sleeved Merino base layer — £38

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The dbh Aeron women’s short sleeved merino base layer is a great shoulder-season underlayer that washes well, dries quickly and has a soft feel against the skin. It retains its shape well too, though it's on the thin side for serious winter use.

The dhb (from Wiggle) baselayer is made from 160gms merino (65% merino/35%polyester) which proves the perfect weight to slip under a long sleeved outer on coolish days, or with a long sleeve and a waterproof when it's raining hard.

Read our review of the dhb Aeron women's short sleeved Merino base layer

Sportful BodyFit Pro Thermal Jersey — £90

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The classically styled Sportful BodyFit Pro Thermal Jersey may look simple, but with the inclusion of plenty of technical fabrics it delivers on both comfort and performance. It's very well made too, which goes a long way to justifying the asking price.

Sportful's BodyFit range is designed for performance riders, those who want close-fitting apparel with a great cut when on the bike, no flapping fabric or creases around the joints. And that is exactly what you get here with the Pro Thermal jersey.

Read our review of the Sportful BodyFit Pro Thermal Jersey

Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Shorts — £125

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The Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro bib shorts aim to keep you warm and dry no matter what the conditions throw at you. Italian for Flanders, the Fiandre have a lot to live up to, and after a month or so of testing, it would appear that the NoRain Pros are just as impressive in the UK's unpredictable weather as they are in Belgium and have been my shorts of choice for the majority of conditions.

Read our review of the Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Shorts

Lusso Aqua Pro Extreme Jacket — £164.99

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Warm, comfortable and water repellent enough to withstand all but the worst of days, the Lusso Aqua Pro Extreme Jacket does a lot of very sensible things very well indeed. Throw in a flattering fit and enough reflectivity and colour to make it highly visible without tipping over into garishness, and it's a real winner.

Read our review of the Lusso Aqua Pro Extreme Jacket

Sportful Fiandre Pro Jacket — £170

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Sportful's Fiandre Pro jacket commands a big price but it offers big performance for tackling horrible weather, protecting you from rain and wind well beyond the point other jackets would have succumbed to the elements, wrapped up with fit and comfort that has been refined over the years.

The key to the Fiandre Pro's performance when it's cold and wet is the use of Polartec Neoshell, a fabric Sportful first used in the Fiandre Extreme Neoshell jacket a few years ago, and updated last winter. Neoshell is a fabric that offers the protection of a rain jacket with the breathability and comfort of a softshell.

Read our review of the Sportful Fiandre Pro Jacket

Triban Long-Sleeved Merino Wool Bike Touring Jersey — £49.99

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The Triban Long-Sleeved Merino Wool Bike Touring Jersey from French sports giant Decathlon represents incredible value for money, harnessing all the qualities of the famous fine sheepswool and looking chic both on and off the bike.

Packing for a multi-day cycle tour focuses the mind like nothing else. The knowledge that you have to lug everything with you up all the hills forces you to think very carefully about every single item. Do you really need that pair of pants or can you 'go commando' in the evening? Should you wear flip-flops? Saw the handle off your toothbrush?

A single, reliable, super-versatile jersey that with some canny layering can be worn every day in all conditions takes out a lot of cycling kit-related guesswork. One that can all do that and double up as a pub jumper is priceless. The Triban merino jersey is one of those.

Read our review of the Triban Long-Sleeved Merino Wool Bike Touring Jersey
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Madison Avalanche gloves — £29.69

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Madison's Avalanche gloves are great mid-weight all-rounders that will see you through wet, chilly rides from autumn to spring, and for a very reasonable price. Living in the UK, there's not much point buying winter gloves that aren't waterproof as well as windproof, and the Avalanche combines both these attributes in a glove that isn't too bulky, meaning you get enough feel on the bar and sufficient dexterity to grab zip pulls.

The fact that they really are waterproof bears emphasis because not all gloves live up to this claim. We've worn these in sustained torrential rain, and got home five hours later with hands still totally dry inside, if a bit chilled. The outer was quite soggy – proving that the 100% polyurethane membrane does its job – but a hot radiator soon solved that.

Read our review of the Madison Avalanche gloves

Endura Pro SL Primaloft Waterproof gloves — £49.99

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Endura's Pro SL Primaloft Waterproof Gloves are warm enough even for freezing temperatures without being bulky, and they live up to their billing by keeping the rain out. They became tester Mat Brett's favourite winter gloves last winter, the ones he used day in and day out and they never let him down.

For a start, they're warm, and you really don't want to make any compromises there. You know that person who always gets cold on a ride before everyone else? That's Mat, yet he didn't suffer numb fingers with these on and his hands have only felt the slightest bit cold in freezing temperatures. Being waterproof, they're also windproof so cold air can't blow through, and Primaloft Gold insulation keeps the warmth in.

Read our review of the Endura Pro SL Primaloft Waterproof gloves

Dissent 133 Ultimate Cycling Gloves Pack — £95

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The Dissent 133 Ultimate Glove Pack really is just that, and will easily see you through an autumn, winter and spring of road and commuter riding. We never found conditions where these couldn't be used, making them excellent value compared with the three sets of gloves you'd otherwise buy.

Read our review of the Dissent 133 Ultimate Cycling Gloves Pack

Kalf Club Men's Softshell Jersey — £80

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You can buy a lot of softshell tops these days, most of which claim to be weather resistant, and good across a range of temperatures. I'll wager you can't buy many better than this Kalf Club Men's Softshell Jersey, though. It really does do an excellent job and I can highly recommend it.

The eVent membrane within the jersey is charged with stopping the wind, keeping the external moisture (ie rain) out, and letting the internal moisture (ie sweat) through. A lot of the time those all seem like mutually exclusive goals, so it's always a wonder to me that membrane fabrics work at all, let alone so well. I've had good experiences of eVent membrane fabrics in the past and this is no exception: the Kalf Club jersey is really impressive in its ability to regulate moisture and temperature.

Read our review of the Kalf Club Men's Softshell Jersey
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Morvelo Kuler Thermoactive long sleeve jersey — £38

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Morvelo’s Thermoactive jersey is a warm long sleeve autumn to spring jersey that will become part of your essential cycling wardrobe very quickly. On its own, with a base layer, under a windproof or a waterproof or with a gilet it’s a hugely versatile jersey which works hard to keep you warm.

In many ways, it’s just a classic cold-weather jersey with its stretchy soft fleece lining and a high collar which immediately feels snug when you put it on. However, it is Morvelo’s attention to the fit that has made it so practical. The sleeves and cuffs are close fitting to prevent excess material flap, increase warmth and to help you wear it under other shell garments. The material is an undisclosed Italian fabric which is sewn into a multi-panelled construction that copes extremely well with moving heat away from your body and keeping you warm however you wear it.

Read our review of the Morvelo Kuler Celeste Thermoactive long sleeve jersey

Pactimo High Country Wool Jersey — £84

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The Pactimo High Country Wool Jersey is a stylish bit of kit that's worth investing in if the bike is your number one mode of transport and you are a bit of a sucker for the retro look.

Pactimo has combined three different fabrics (merino wool, Coolmax polyester and nylon) to create a pretty versatile jersey. The wool content keeps you warm while the polyester and nylon add durability and give it a more lightweight feel.

Read our review of the Pactimo High Country Wool Jersey

dhb Aeron LAB All Winter Polartec Jacket — £180

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LAB is the high-performance range from dhb and this new Aeron LAB All Winter Polartec Jacket is designed for you to continue racing and riding hard throughout the winter months. A trio of fabrics keeps the elements at bay really well; it's not the perfect winter softshell, but it's pretty close.

dhb has chosen fabrics from Polartec to deliver the kind of properties needed for exercising hard through the winter weather. The front, shoulders and the outer arms (basically all of the blue bits) are made from NeoShell, which is a waterproof and windproof softshell material. It's placed in the positions on your body that are most likely to take a battering from the rain when you are crouched over in a race position.

Read our review of the dhb Aeron LAB All Winter Polartec Jacket

Galibier Mistral Foul Weather Jacket — £54.76 - £72.76

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Galibier's Mistral foul weather jacket will cover off nearly all of your winter rides if you like to work up a sweat. It's windproof, waterproof, breathable, close fitting and exceptional value.

It's a decent-looking top, all told. The fit is for road riding: tight sleeves, short front, dropped back. It's excellent on the bike, with very little flapping even at high downhill speeds, and plenty of length in the arms even for an ape like our tester Big Dave.

Read our review of the Galibier Mistral Foul Weather Jacket

Endura Pro SL Thermal Windproof II jacket — £142.49

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The Endura Pro SL II is a warm, very slim-fitting and extremely protective winter jacket that looks built to last - and an absolute godsend on horrible winter days. A redesign of the original Endura Pro SL, it features an excellent high collar, intelligent use of panels and a sleek yet stretchy fit that will never slow you down.

Endura recommend this as an outer layer on dry days between -5 and 12C, and a mid-layer beneath a waterproof once it worsens. That seems accurate, though you won't find much room beneath it for baselayers unless you size up. We didn't want to fit more than two (one tee, one long sleeve), and that combo was warm enough down to around zero. Any lower and we'd recommend an outer layer, however.

Read our review of the Endura Pro SL Thermal Windproof II jacket
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Assos Mille GT Ultraz Winter Jacket — £265

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The Assos Mille GT Ultraz Winter Jacket offers fabulous cold weather performance, requiring very little to be worn underneath, with the inner being exceptionally soft. The attached snood is more hinder than help, but overall this is an excellent bit of kit.

The Mille GT Ultraz has been designed to let you tackle the worst that winter can throw at you, but at a more affordable price point than Assos' Bonka jacket. A wide range of meanings of 'affordable' are in play here, this is still £265 (the Bonka is £370!). If you've not got that kind of cash, there are plenty of great alternatives at a much lower price, but if you can afford the Mille GT Ultraz then it's worth every penny.

Read our review of the Assos Mille GT Ultraz Winter Jacket
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Gore C3 Women Thermo Bib Tights+ — £99.99

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The Gore C3 Women Thermo Bib Tights+ really do perform well in cold, dry conditions and are exceptionally comfortable. The two-zip system at the rear is also great for speedy, hassle-free pee-stops.

Tester Emma says " I am religious about protecting my knees when I am riding; they are in the direct line of airflow and are being forced to work overtime while riding. No surprises then that I love the double-layer panel that extends from the middle of the shin to the lower quad; it's a winning ingredient. The tights are not waterproof and don't incorporate Windstopper fabric in the legs, so the double layer goes a long way to protect knees from the cold air as well as splashes and road spray that can quickly penetrate a single layer."

Read our review of the Gore C3 Women Thermo Bib Tights+
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Pearl Izumi Pursuit Hybrid Cycling Bib Tights — £114.34

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The latest version of Pearl Izumi's Pursuit Hybrid winter bib tights have had some subtle alterations, and with Mike raving about the previous versions in his review almost two years ago, we were pleasantly surprised to find that, if anything, they've got even better. The added PI Dry technology on the back of the legs prevents you getting soaked from spray, they're super-stretchy and flexible so you can use them on hard training sessions too, and the padding is really comfortable – they're among our very favourite bib tights.

The Pursuit Hybrids are supposed to be optimal for temperatures ranging from -5C to +5°C, although from our test rides we'd say you can definitely get away with using them in temps up to 10°C as long as you don't go too overdressed on top.

Read our review of the Pearl Izumi Pursuit Hybrid Cycling Bib Tights
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Rapha Women's Shadow Tights — £270

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With the Women's Shadow Tights, Rapha has combined its finest technologies to create "unparalleled" weather defence and performance – and added a price tag to match. Leaving no stone unturned from cosiness to safety, it has created a reliable and stylish pair of bib tights to keep you on the road, even when the mercury plummets.

What makes them so special? Are they really cut from a different cloth? Well, yes. Rapha calls it 'Shadow fabric' – a tight weave material with stretch and a special coating for breathable weather defence. The Shadow Tights are developed with a greater focus on foul conditions – and not just to survive them, but to thrive in them.

Read our review of the Rapha Women's Shadow Tights

DexShell Ultra Dri Sports Socks — £24.99

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The Dexshell Ultra Dri Sports socks work really well to keep your feet warm and dry. With a waterproof breathable Porelle membrane construction, high calf cuffs that grip your shins and repel water as well as can be expected, and a merino inner for warmth, they're a great option for sodden cold days.

A proper three-layer waterproof sock, the inner cushioning is 3/4 merino, 1/4 nylon, for warmth and a great feel against the skin, dry or wet. Inside the cuff is a slick layer of what feels like a very supple vinyl. It acts as a sort of seal, preventing the worst of water getting down from your leg. Of course it's not going to be completely watertight, but it does a very good job.

Read our review of the DexShell Ultra Dri Sports Socks

Showers Pass National Geographic Waterproof Socks — £34

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The Showers Pass National Geographic Waterproof Socks are genuinely waterproof, ideal for the worst possible conditions although understandably not as breathable as some, and expensive.

We've seen loads of pieces of kit come through our door that are claimed to be waterproof but in reality let water in after an extended shower. However, we can safely say that these socks are genuinely waterproof.

Read our review of the Showers Pass National Geographic Waterproof Socks
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Caratti Neoprene Windproof Toe Warmers — £5

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 Caratti's Neoprene Windproof Toe Covers are the perfect riding companions as the transition from winter to spring takes place. They cover the vents of your summer shoes first thing in the chilly morning and slip easily into your jersey pocket when things warm up a little.

The Caratti toe warmers have quite a few uses. This time of year, they are a nifty solution for those early morning rides when you know that the temperature is going to warm up while you are out, or when things are really brutal – think snow and freezing temperatures – they can be an extra layer above or beneath a pair of traditional overshoes.

Read our review of the Caratti Neoprene Windproof Toe Warmers

dhb Aeron Lab Neoshell Overshoes — £35

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dhb's Aeron LAB Neoshell overshoes offer excellent waterproofing, breathability and a lightweight feel with a solid underside that makes the £50 price tag a bit more bearable.

The worst weather that these saw was three hours of falling rain and plenty of standing water. These kept out everything so we really can't fault them for normal rain. Maybe the heaviest stuff would get through and deep standing water might flood the cleat holes, but for normal riding, these are as good as we've tried.

Read our review of the dhb Aeron Lab Neoshell Overshoes

Classic warm winter gear

Morvelo Stealth Stormshield Knee Warmers — £28

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Morvelo Stealth Stormshield Knee Warmers keep your knees luxuriously warm down to about 3-5 degrees in foul weather. They are water repellent, stay up well and the plain black material means they will work well with most of your other riding kit.

They're made from a thick Roubaix material for warmth and a windproof and highly water repellent fabric, ­­called Stormshield, to block out the elements. It’s a highly elastic fabric with four-way stretch and has the ability to move moisture away from your skin while blocking incoming water which makes it ideally suited bad weather riding.

Read our review of the Morvelo Stealth Stormshield Knee Warmers
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Assos LL.habuTights_s7 bib tights — £265

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Winter cycling is made much easier with high-quality clothing that provides excellent insulation and comfort, and the LL.habuTights_s7 from Swiss masters of cycle clothing Assos are a case in point. With a thermal fabric and double layer over the knees they'll keep your legs toasty warm meaning you're fresh out of excuses to cancel a ride because it's too cold. They offer just the right amount of warmth for typical British conditions, which at the time of writing has included a sustained period of sub-zero temperature that has certainly made riding the bike more testing than usual.

Read our review of the Assos LL.habuTights_s7 bib tights
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Lusso Termico Repel bib tights — £99.99

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If you want a pair of tights that'll protect you from pretty much everything the winter can throw at you, then the Lusso Termico Repel Bibtights are a very good option. Thermal, water repellent, with a comfortable pad and blocks of subtle reflectives, they're ideal for dark, dank rides throughout the off season.

Read our review of the Lusso Termico Repel Bibtights

Lusso Windtex Stealth Over Boots — £30

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The Lusso Windtex Stealth overboots offer a large working temperature range across a myriad of different weather conditions. And don't let that Windtex name fool you – these booties will also keep the rain at bay for way longer than you'd expect of a fabric this light and thin.

Read our review of the Lusso Windtex Stealth Over Boots

Kalf Club Thermal Men’s Bib Tights — £100

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The Kalf Club Thermal bib tights are supremely comfortable, nice and warm yet lightweight, and really well constructed. The reflectivity on the calves actually looks good, and the fit is excellent. They were tester jack Sexty's my go-to bib tights last winter, except for near-zero temperatures for which they're not quite warm enough.

Read our review of the Kalf Club Thermal Men’s Bib Tight
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Gore Men's Windstopper Soft Shell Jacket — £149.99

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A quality softshell is one of the staple requirements in any cyclist's winter wardrobe where versatility is key to shrug off the wind, light rain and ice cold temperatures. Gore knows a thing or two about keeping the elements out and that's shown here with its Power 2.0 Windstopper Soft Shell. You can go cheaper but can you go better?

Read our review of the Gore Men's Power 2.0 Windstopper Soft Shell Jacket
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Kalf Winter Merino Socks — £15

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The Kalf Winter Merino Socks are comfortable and warm even when the mercury drops below freezing. With generous reflectives on the back for visibility, it's hard to imagine much better winter socks.

Read our review of the Kalf Winter Merino Socks
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Prendas Ciclismo Meraklon arm warmers — £4.99

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The Prendas Meraklon arm warmers are basic but they do a good job and come at an amazingly cheap price.

They're essentially tubes of polypropylene (58%), nylon (40%) and elastane (2%) with a ribbed top and a more tightly woven cuff section at the bottom. A little more air gets through than with fleecy Roubaix fabrics but they're warmer than skinny Lycra warmers – they split the difference between the two. We found them a good option for typical spring/autumn conditions.

Read our review of the Prendas Ciclismo Merkalon Special Edition arm warmers

dhb Aeron Rain Defence Arm Warmers — £17.50

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Warm, very water-resistant and extremely well-priced for the quality, these are probably the best arm warmers on the market at the moment.

Featuring the mid-weight style of the Aeron Rain Defence range, these arm warmers are well up to the task of insulating you from the cold. The rain resistance they offer is very impressive, while the thickness of the fabric provides insulation even if water manages to seep through, which it did on one occasion in a fantastic 20-minute deluge.

Read our review of the dhb Aeron Rain Defence Arm Warmers

Gore Element Urban Windstopper Soft Shell Pants — £107.76

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Gore's Element Urban Windstopper Soft Shell Pants are an interesting and practical set of casual commuting trousers. As windproof and waterproof as you would expect from Gore, with several practical, high-vis elements, they're very good – once you've found the right size.

Wearing Lycra doesn't suit every situation. Try walking into a proper London pub, going to a football match or going clubbing in bib shorts – you get strange looks. So having a set of trousers that can do most of what Lycra can but without the social stigma that the 'uninitiated' put on it is nice. Step forward the Element Urban Windstoppers.

As you might suspect from the name, the trousers are designed to be both windproof and waterproof. Given that these are a Gore product, it's not surprising to hear that they excel in these areas. The rain beads against the material and the wind batters it but nothing gets through.

Also in camo for £107.95 - £116.33.

Read our review of the Gore Element Urban Windstopper Soft Shell Pants

Road Rags Holborn leggings & skirt combination — £90

The Holborn skirt/leggings combo from Road Rags is possibly the most comfortable item of clothing I've ever worn. The Holborn takes the best aspects of lycra tights - stretchy, form fitting and moves with you - and transforms them into something that you could genuinely enter a pub in without looking like a cyclist.

Read our review of the Road Rags Holborn skirt/leggings combo

Madison Sportive PU Thermal Overshoes — £22.99

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Madison's Sportive PU Thermal overshoes are a great option for wet weather riding, with the added thermal benefits providing some much-appreciated insulation. Although described as a mid-weight overshoe by Madison, they don't struggle when the temperature gets down to low single figures.

Read our review of the Madison Sportive PU Thermal Overshoes

dhb Classic Thermal Bib Tights — £49

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Wiggle's in-house clothing brand, Dhb brings fantastic value to its Classic Roubaix bib tights, teamed with top performance. At their £55 RRP these bib tights are knocking around the bottom rungs of the cost ladder, but punch way above their weight for comfort, warmth, chamois quality and fit. Most importantly, the Roubaix fabric is constructed of a mix of 86% polyamide and 14% elastane for the entirety of the tights. It's extremely comfortable, flexible and warm – easily capable of dealing with temperatures close to freezing.

Read our review of the dhb Classic Thermal Bib Tights

Endura Pro SL Bib Tights — £159.99

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Endura's Pro SL Biblongs are excellent: they're windproof, fit superbly, and the pad comes in three widths, offering a little customisation.

At the core of the longs is the four-way stretch windproof, breathable fabric with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish front and seat panels. This panelling of fabrics gives the longs a very comfortable fit. On the bike, they fitted me perfectly with no bunching of material at the back of the knee.

Read our review of the Endura Pro SL Bib Tights
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SealSkinz Mid Weight Mid Length Socks — £21

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Sealskinz Mid Weight Mid Length Socks are a good thing to have in the drawer once the cold and wet weather draws in. There are some UK conditions that will breach any foot fortifications, but these socks are a great last line of defence.

Read our review of the Sealskinz Mid Weight Mid Length Socks

Triban RC 500 Warm Long Sleeve Jersey — £34.99

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Decathlon's in-house cycling brand Triban rarely fails to deliver on the whole bang for buck ratio, and it's the same story here. For the performance and quality you get with the RC 500 Warm Long Sleeve Jersey (previously known as the 900 jersey), you'd probably expect to pay much more.

The 900 Warm is a pretty simple jersey. You get a fleece-lined fabric that's warm enough in the spring and autumn down to say 5-6°C with a simple baselayer beneath, and if things drop towards freezing it's thin enough that you can layer it up easily under a jacket.

Read our review of the B'Twin 900 Warm Long Sleeve Jersey

​Gore Power Windstopper long sleeve jersey — £77.18 - £111.53

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Gore Bike Wear offers a somewhat bewildering choice of jerseys and jackets, but if you're after a lightweight, slim fitting top that offers wind and rain protection with excellent breathability for three-season use, the Power Gore Windstopper Long Sleeve Jersey is a top pick.

Made from Gore's iconic Windstopper fabric, the Power jersey is ideal at dealing with the constantly changing weather conditions of spring, summer and autumn. Wear it over a lightweight baselayer and it can cope with a really wide band of temperatures, from nudging zero up to high teens. That versatility makes it easy to dress for virtually any ride, so you can spend less time making tricky clothing decision and more time pressing the pedals.

Read our review of the Gore Power Windstopper long sleeve jersey
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Rapha ¾ women's tights — £150

Designed for those rides when you don't want to wear bib shorts, these Rapha Women's Tights are made from a comfortable high-stretch fabric. You honestly wont feel you even have them on.

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B'Twin RR 920 Windproof Long Sleeve Baselayer — £29.99

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Want a technical winter baselayer that will allow you to keep the other layers off? B'Twin's 920 Windproof Long Sleeve Cycling Baselayer could be the answer.

Baselayers – generally speaking – tend to be thin layers of fabric that help provide a passage for sweat to move from skin to the outside, and as a result perform a key function in keeping the body warm when needed, and cool when not.

B'Twin's 920 baselayer (previously known as the Aerofit) is a technically constructed top with a race cut that's designed to do the former and help you resist the cold thanks primarily to its slightly thicker construction and front windproof panel. Putting it on is like donning body armour – genuinely making the cold outside seem a little less hostile compared with thin merino-blended baselayers and giving you the confidence to shed a layer when heading out.

Read our review of the BTwin 920/Aerofit Windproof Long Sleeve Baselayer

Showers Pass Men's Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves — £69

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Showers Pass Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves will keep your hands dry and toasty even in a hard winter.

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Craft Storm Gloves — £17.50

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When you want high quality cycle clothing for the winter, Swedish brand Craft is one company that always stands out for us. They make excellent cold weather clothing that generally fits really well and works superbly in the chillier conditions of autumn and winter, and these Storm gloves are no exception.

Read our review of the Craft Storm gloves
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Castelli Thermoflex leg warmers — £45

Leg warmers aren't just for winter, well not in Britain anyway and a good pair are worth their weight in gold, these Castelli Thermoflex Leg Warmers something of a bargain.

Read our review of the Castelli Thermoflex Leg Warmers
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Sealskinz Belgian cap — £19.99

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Sealskinz' Belgian Style Cycling Cap is too toasty for temperatures above 10°C, but really comes into its own when temperatures drop to single figures. It was a vital companion last winter, and the latest version is reflective for gloomy-conditions visibility at no extra cost.

Read our review of the Sealskinz Belgian Style Cycling Cap
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Lusso Thermal Skull Cap — £9.00

Craft Thermal HatLusso's thermal skull cap is a no-nonsense, close-fitting black hat that fits under your helmet and keeps your head remarkably warm considering it's not windproof. It doesn't cost much either.

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Madison Sportive Men's Softshell Jacket — £79.99

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The Madison Sportive Men's Softshell Jacket offers a good fit, generous warmth for the chilliest winter rides, looks smart and is reasonably priced. A windproof and water resistant fabric is used for the front, side panels and shoulders, with a thermal Roubaix back panel. It's a combination that provides good insulation for cold rides while keeping the wind out. It does a good job of keeping the rain out too. It's not ideal for prolonged downpours, but get caught in a short shower, and you'll be just fine.

Read our review of the Madison Sportive Men's Softshell Jacket
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Ashmei Men's Ultimate Softshell Jacket — £238

Ashmei Men's Softshell Cycle Jacket

The Ashmei Cycle Softshell Jacket is a very high-quality top that's particularly suited to spring and autumn days, and it comes with a multitude of excellent features. It's an incredibly well designed piece of kit.

Read our review of the Ashmei Men's Softshell Cycle Jacket

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Luv2ride [135 posts] 2 years ago
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I think these articles are pretty pointless when they refer to items that are no longer available to buy.  The Caratti deep winter overshoes are a case in point.  Am sure I read the same article a year or so ago, might have been topical and relevant then, but possibly not now...

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dafyddp [471 posts] 2 years ago
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Sure its a great bit of kit, but the design of that Rapha top (with its six go-fast stripes) doesnt half look a bit, well... Crane-by-Aldi.

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BehindTheBikesheds [3322 posts] 2 years ago
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Lots of choices for people on bikes in all the price ranges.

the hard bit is knowing what to wear as starting out you are relatively cold and those new to winter cycling think they need to pile on the layers even in relatively mild conditions. Whilst avoiding being cold is a good thing having to take a layer off and not having anywhere to store it is a bane and there are times when even experienced cyclists get it wrong.

Big changes in temperature/weather conditions don't help but that's the UK for you.

Personally I love winter riding

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salokin [26 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm still flumuxed as to why a pair of socks cost £42 (!!!!) and a waterproof jacket is close to £250. When are cyclists going to start pointing out to companies that they're ripping people off?! It's ridiculous to pay this price for those products. Even £22 for some bluddy arm warmers...have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous, they're arm warmers damit, not a shirt?!!

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alexn [43 posts] 2 years ago
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Companies will continue selling these products at those high price point as there are plentzy of cyclists that are happy paying those prices. For those who are not prepared to pay those price points, then there are plenty of cheaper options!

 

salokin wrote:

I'm still flumuxed as to why a pair of socks cost £42 (!!!!) and a waterproof jacket is close to £250. When are cyclists going to start pointing out to companies that they're ripping people off?! It's ridiculous to pay this price for those products. Even £22 for some bluddy arm warmers...have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous, they're arm warmers damit, not a shirt?!!

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srchar [1667 posts] 2 years ago
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As BTBS says, the hard bit is choosing what to wear.  At the moment, I leave the house in a fairly chilly 6-8°C, but ride home in a balmy 16-18°C. A short-sleeved merino top means a bit of a chill for the first ten minutes in the morning, and a bit of a sweat on during the ride home. Despite various clothing companies' claims to the contrary, I've never found a single garment that works in the British autumn.

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John Stevenson [466 posts] 1 year ago
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Luv2ride wrote:

I think these articles are pretty pointless when they refer to items that are no longer available to buy.  The Caratti deep winter overshoes are a case in point.  Am sure I read the same article a year or so ago, might have been topical and relevant then, but possibly not now...

Fair point. There were a couple items I didn't notice had run out last time I updated this article. They've been replaced, and at the time of writing everything here is available, with the exception I think of one size of the B'Twin baselayer.

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Chris Hayes [468 posts] 1 year ago
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I'll be wearing a house for the next few days! 

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Luv2ride [135 posts] 1 year ago
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John Stevenson wrote:
Luv2ride wrote:

I think these articles are pretty pointless when they refer to items that are no longer available to buy.  The Caratti deep winter overshoes are a case in point.  Am sure I read the same article a year or so ago, might have been topical and relevant then, but possibly not now...

Fair point. There were a couple items I didn't notice had run out last time I updated this article. They've been replaced, and at the time of writing everything here is available, with the exception I think of one size of the B'Twin baselayer.

...and now Caratti seem to be back on the scene: http://www.caratti.cc/cycle-clothing/

Including their deep winter overshoes!

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iandusud [203 posts] 1 year ago
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This list is incomplete without the Galibier Mistral jacket. This is without a doubt the best bit of cycling clothing I've bought in over 40 years of regular cycling. 

https://galibier.cc/product/mistral-foul-iv-weather-jacket/

Ignore the price and read the reviews and believe them.

My only criticism is the colour choice or lack of it. 

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jaysa [160 posts] 1 year ago
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Second that. Galibier's Mistral is like a Gabba, but works over a wider range.

Also Galibier's Barrier Deep Winter gloves at £23 are great if you're skinny and get cold hands like me ...

 

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Freddy56 [447 posts] 1 year ago
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Third that. Their bib tights got me thru last years festive 500 with the only issue getting them washed and dried each night.

I have Sportful and Castelli Sorpasso and neither comes close to insulation and windproofing.

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bechdan [267 posts] 1 year ago
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Absent from this list is a neck tube / buff/ face warmer. Either a standard neck tube or something like the weatherneck system is very useful with magnetic fastener.

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jamieem [1 post] 1 year ago
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salokin wrote:

I'm still flumuxed as to why a pair of socks cost £42 (!!!!) and a waterproof jacket is close to £250. When are cyclists going to start pointing out to companies that they're ripping people off?! It's ridiculous to pay this price for those products. Even £22 for some bluddy arm warmers...have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous, they're arm warmers damit, not a shirt?!!

 

Well things are rarely priced based on what they are actually worth in a competitive retail environment.. There will always be brands that will aim their products at the higher end of consumer purchasing on the basis of wanting to be perceived as either a highly technical product or a luxury product depending on what you are selling. In the minds of many consumers, more expensive = more reliable, better materials, better after sales support etc, whilst this does not always stand up to product testing scrutiny and customer experience. Also, the less of something you manufacture, the more you have to sell it for based on econmies of scale, and some product numbers are kept deliberately low so as to be perceived as more exclusive and desireable.

 

And with cycling being a sport that attracts some of the most dick waving alpha male types, being seen in what is considered the most expensive and professional gear is huge - marketers have done an amazing job with this over the years, especially Rapha, more recently. At the end of the day, if people were not prepared to pay these prices they wouldn't exist, but many, many people are and do.

 

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alex1987 [10 posts] 2 months ago
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Looking for a softshell jacket/jersey that's windproof and does well in the rain - does the Mistral run warmer than the Perfetto or Gore Power WS?

 

I've used my Gore Power WS short sleeve with Sportful NoRain arm warmers down to 4 or 5C and was about ok, but would love something that's long sleeve and similar in weight/warmth. The Fiandre range looks good too, but with quite a few choices for similar uses! Ultimate 2 currently selling around 100 quid at many retailers and seems a candidate...

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iandusud [203 posts] 2 months ago
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alex1987 wrote:

Looking for a softshell jacket/jersey that's windproof and does well in the rain - does the Mistral run warmer than the Perfetto or Gore Power WS?

I'm afraid I can't compare the Mistral to the Perfetto or Gore Power as I've not used them but I can describe my experience with the Mistral. It's essentially what I wear November - April. In fact I wore it for the first time since earlier this year last Saturday. It was a bit of a chilly start (around 7°C) but I knew the temperature would rise to 12°C. However it will cope perfectly with that as it breaths very well. I would normally say it's for use up to about 10°C. I generally use it with a single thin base layer and at sub zero temperatures with the addition of a sleeveless base layer. It is without a doubt the best bit of cycling kit I have bought in 40 years of cycling. If you go to the Galibier website and read the reviews you may get a better idea of how it compares to the Perfetto as others have commented on this.