CREATE A WEATHER BARRIER
The outer layer forms a barrier against the cold
MAINTAIN CONTROL AT THE LEVERS
air outside and traps body heat inside. There are a
wide variety of jackets available in varying thick-
nesses and materials, depending on how much air
flow or insulation you need. For cool tempera-
tures, a light windbreaker or even a wind-blocking
vest will suffice. When riding in wet conditions,
look for waterproof fabrics that will still allow
air to pass through without letting water in. For the
coldest situations, an insulated soft-shell jacket will
provide plenty of warmth while maintaining mobility.
Cold hands aren’t just uncomfortable, they’re also dangerous because they make controlling your bike more difficult.
In cold weather, don’t go overboard with big and bulky
gloves. Instead, look for standard full-finger gloves with less
ventilation than a summer glove. You don’t want to have
to take off your gloves because they are too hot and lose the
protection they provide. For very cold situations, choose a
heavily insulated option that feels more in line with snow
skiing gloves than cycling gloves.
For the coldest conditions: For very cold but dry conditions,
Cold Weather Apparel
softshell jackets like Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. 180 jacket will pro-
vide plenty of warmth and ventilation while still allowing for
movement. When paired with a base layer and jersey, this
setup will keep your torso comfortable in some pretty
Warmth with lever feel: Choosing a glove comes down to both temperature and the style of riding that you are doing. The coldest-temperature gloves are great for comfort but can be tough for feeling your controls. If control is at the top of your list, try using
hand-warming packets with a slightly thinner glove.