The Best Cold-Weather Biking Gear of 2015

Fast, comfortable, and warm essentials.

Aaron Gulley

(Inga Hendrickson)
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Fast, comfortable, and warm essentials.

Aaron Gulley

Bell Star Pro helmet

It was designed as an aero road lid, but the Star Pro ($280) is a champ in cold temps. Open the vents when you get hot; close ’em when it starts snowing. The removable Carl Zeiss shield (not pictured) offers eye protection without the fogging issues common with goggles in winter.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


45North FasterKatt shoes

Unless you live in Alaska, most winter bike shoes are overkill. Enter the FasterKatt ($225), which is fully weather sealed with a zip-front upper and a chunky lugged sole for stomping through the muck, but is still light and cool enough that your feet won’t sweat.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Whisky 70W Carbon Fat rim and 45North Van Helga tire

Because this ultra-light (1.2 pounds) carbon-fiber rim ($600) was developed in tandem with 45North’s Van Helga tire ($125)—which has chunky, siped knobs for Velcro-like traction on ice-crusted trails—it sets up tubeless without Gorilla tape or any worry of blowouts.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Assos LS.skinFoil_earlyWinter top

This base layer is much warmer than its weight suggests, thanks to careful body mapping that puts extra insulation in the chest and less in the back. Underneath the Castelli Thermosuit, it kept us toasty in temps down to zero degrees. $160, assos.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Giro 100 Proof gloves

The lobster-claw cut is the warmest configuration for freezing-cold days, the waterproof exterior sloughed off rain and snow for hours at a time, and the Prima-Loft and Thinsulate insulation kept our digits cozy down to 
ten degrees. $85, giro.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Light and Motion Urban 800 Fast Charge light

Problems can compound quickly in winter, so we never head out without a backup light. The bar- or helmet-mounted Urban ($180) is smaller than a mini pump, but it straps on quickly in a pinch and throws out a blaze of 800 lumens, which is more than enough for negotiating the frigid backwoods.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Sugoi RSX NeoShell jacket

Made with Polartec NeoShell fabric, the RSX ($300) breathes better than any other jacket we’ve found, yet it 
still kept us happy and dry in three-hour sleet and snow downpours. The stowable hood easily fits over 
a helmet.

bell star pro helmet 45north fasterkatt shoes whisky 70w carbon fat rim and 4 assos lsskinfoil_earlywinter to giro 100 proof gloves Light and Motion urban 800 fast sugoi rsx neoshell jacket castelli san remo thermosuit
(Inga Hendrickson)


Castelli San Remo Thermosuit

This winter onesie takes the guesswork out of layering. The fleece-lined tights are plenty warm for single-digit days, while the attached jacket—with Windstopper fabric up front, airtight cuffs, and a collar—protects down to 15 degrees. $350, castelli-cycling.com

bell star pro helmet 45north fasterkatt shoes whisky 70w carbon fat rim and 4 assos lsskinfoil_earlywinter to giro 100 proof gloves Light and Motion urban 800 fast sugoi rsx neoshell jacket castelli san remo thermosuit
(Inga Hendrickson)

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