This black and Bianchi-celeste-green jacket is made of windproof, water-resistant, and moisture-absorbing MantoVent fabric. It’s slightly stretchy, with a soft fleece lining and elastic hem. It has a full-length zipper (with wind flap and chin guard), three pockets at the rear (the middle one has a Velcro closure), a hidden side pocket at the seam, and reflective treatments throughout. You get a sporty fit with muted graphics and classic styling.
When the company’s original short-sleeved version of this top became its best-selling jersey, it seemed like a no-brainer to offer it with long sleeves. And now, it’s proving to be almost as popular—even with the and 'cross crowds. The Merino Perform Sportwool fabric makes it a great three-season base layer or outer. Versatility comes in the form of a full zipper, three reinforced pockets at the rear, one zipper pocket for valuables, and strips of color front and back that are as cheery as they are understated. Also available in black.
Hold this mid-layer autumn/winter jersey in your hands and you know it’s comfortable before you even put it on. Its straight cut flatters all shapes, its soft fleecy collar keeps your chin chafe-free and cozy, and its itch- and odor-free merino-rich wool fabric is just the right weight without feeling heavy. There’s no shortage of storage space here either: Two main pockets (one of which includes an interior pump pocket), a large, mesh-lined zippered compartment (with an easy-access o-ring pull), and a smaller zippered pocket all carefully share a common space at the bottom rear of the jersey. Also available in red and grey.
The waterproof and fully insulated Defroster uses the company’s Body Geometry technology to keep your feet warm and dry. A low-profile waterproof cover, seam-sealed upper, and snug-fitting neoprene collar lock out cold and moisture. The thermal fleece-lined BG footbed uses a barrier to trap heat around the foot, and a reflective heel accent makes you visible.
This classic wool jersey pairs old-school styling with new-school technology and fit. And it’s as subtle as it is functional. The two deep button-closure pockets across the back are low-profile yet roomy, and the embroidered scorpion logo on the left chest represents the brand without being over the top. This washable, 100-percent-wool jersey is best worn in temps that don’t dip below 53 degrees F or exceed 68. If anthracite (color shown) doesn’t excite you, the red Costante might. Fortunately, the soft acrylic Mare W headband (or neckwarmer, depending on how you wear it) looks good with both.
Price: $160 (jersey); $20 (headband)
What could be better during a commute on a cold morning than this 16-ounce travel mug filled with spicy hot chocolate? The Stanley Nineteen13 is designed to fit into a bottle cage, and its one-handed open/close operation makes taking a swig on the roll an easy task. The vacuum insulated body and thermal lid keeps beverages hot for about six hours (cold ones for 24). If that’s not hot enough for you, the allspice, cinnamon, ground ancho chili peppers, and smoked chipotle chili peppers in Wicked hot chocolate will turn up the burn. Jacques Torres uses only real chocolate, never cocoa powder. Take that, Swiss Miss.
Price: $18/18-ounce can (hot chocolate); $28 (mug)
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In cool to cold conditions, the Incite’s fleece-backed BodE Thermal Tek stretch-knit fabric keeps you warm, and the ribbed lining pulls moisture away from your skin. An offset zipper and seamless neckline increase comfort around the neck area, a bonus when wind is whipping against your chilly chin. There are reflective treatments on two of the three rear pockets and on the zippered chest pocket. The smooth and soft Hincapie Gel-Grip at the base of the back keeps the jersey from riding up. Increase your toastiness factor by pairing it with the wind- and waterproof fleece-lined Alpe cap, which fits nicely under a helmet.
Price: $130 (jersey); $40 (cap)
Sixteen panels, six fabrics, and 16 other components make up the LL.uma, which is tailored to fit a woman’s body when it’s in a tucked cycling position. Unique features include the company’s single-suspender design that uses a mechanism with which the front-center suspender can be locked into one of three positions, making adjustability a snap, and the minimal pleating at the knee, which reduces friction and irritation. Assos’s airBlock membrane windproof fabric at the knees, hips, and thighs keeps your body warm in temps as low as 32 degrees F.
Comfort is the key word for this jersey’s fit. Its stretchiness, fleeciness, and grip are in all the right places. A blend of roubaix fabrics regulate your body’s temperature to keep you warm, and a hidden and lockable full-length zipper lets you regulate your temperature on your own. There are three open pockets, plus a zippered one at the rear, and strategically placed reflective treatments throughout, including the creative use of a reflective Capo logo at the upper back.
Here’s what’s in this embrocation: shea butter, almond oil, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, chili seed oil, jojoba oil, essential oils of camphor, wintergreen, cajeput, black pepper, ginger, clove, and cassia. Here’s what’s not: chemicals, silicones, thickeners, and anything petroleum based, which can clog pores. If you want to warm your muscles (in temps from 32 to 45 degrees F) without dipping your fingers into the goo, get the hands-free stick, which has even fewer ingredients.
Price: $9 (2.5-oz. stick); $15 (4-oz. jar)
Be warm and be seen: These overshoes combine Textran, a double-stretch water- and windproof material, and IQseen, a silver reflective material that can be seen up to 160 meters.
Start with the thin, lightweight, soft, and breathable base layer, with ergonomic fit and flatlock seams that follow your body’s every move. Then layer it with this four-pocket, bike-specific thermal top, with a brushed-fabric interior for extra warmth, a preshaped collar, a two-way front zip, a silicon-printed hem to keep the jersey in place, and the same freedom of movement as the layer that’s beneath it.
Price: $125 (top); $70 (base layer)