(Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Cold-Weather Biking Gear of 2017

Inga Hendrickson

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Riding in winter doesn't have to be painful.


Rapha Pro Team Thermal Aerosuit

Think of this one-piece as a nordic skin suit for cyclists. It’s incredibly warm, courtesy of the windproof, water-resistant, waffle-weave fleece on the front. But you won’t overheat: the fabric’s lighter in back to let cool air in. 

Price $440

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Specialized/686 Tech Insulator Jacket

Supreme warmth and breathability: that’s what you get from the Tech Insulator, thanks to PrimaLoft insulation across the back and chest, and stretchy polyester-and-spandex panels along the sides.  

Price $125

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Smith Squad MTB Goggles

Most goggles fog in cold weather. Not the Squad. Credit goes to the clever vents, which dissipate heat and moisture.  

Price $60

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45Nrth Wölvhammer Boots

Wölvhammer’s laces and Velcro straps are easy to adjust with gloves on, while the leather uppers, lined with a waterproof-breathable membrane and Prima­Loft insulation, kept our feet warm on subzero days.

Price $325

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Lazer Dissent Helmet

Lazer borrowed from its ski line to create this ample-coverage lid, which has an insulated liner and removable brim. The top switch controls vents that make it easy to regulate temperature. 

Price $160

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45Nrth Sturmfist 5 Gloves

The Sturmfist’s secret to lightweight heat? The combination of aerogel pads in the palm, a thick layer of Polartec Alpha insulation out back, and a wool liner that stays warm even when wet. 

Price $100

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Superfeet MerinoGrey Insoles

A layer of merino wool on top adds warmth, while the arch support and other structural elements alleviate hot spots and help with knee alignment. 

Price $50

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Craft Active Extreme 2.0 Base Layer

Ribbing on the front of this polyester top wicks moisture, while lightweight mesh at the pits and in back boost ventilation, so you can wear it from 50 degrees down to ten. 

Price $80

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Bontrager Gnarwhal Tires

Tungsten-carbide studs on this 3.8-inch tubeless grip like miniature crampons even when plunging down corduroy.

Price $120

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From Winter 2017 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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