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4/02/2011

Riding Gear For The Winter, Part 2: The Get-up

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." 
- Sir Rannulph Fienne

Going out for a ride and coming home freezing and numb in unfortunate places is a very popular excuse not to ride outdoors during the winter. Thankfully, many apparel companies offer such fantastic solutions to keep you warm that that cop-out has become a moot point.

Here are some shining stars of cold weather cycling apparel.

These are available in a mean’s and a women’s version. They’re windproof and breathable, which is a key combination to look for.

If something is windproof without being breathable, it will feel like you’re wearing a garment made of plastic. Your perspiration will have no way of evaporating. As a result, you’ll get clammy and very cold.

These tights don’t have a chamois, so they can be used for other cold weather pursuits as well.

Motorcycle-inspired styling and well thought out details make this jacket a must-have. Windstopper X-fast fabric is windproof and stretchy, making the feel simply amazing. The fit is designed for a cycling position and keeps you well covered without riding up in the back.

Made of the same Windstopper X-Fast fabric as the Primavera Jacket, and is completely windproof and water-resistant. The zipper is stubble friendly, and the storm flap is extremely effective at blocking a common place that wind penetrates many garments.

Please do share: what is your favorite winter riding apparel item?

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