Although the weather here in the UK is deceptively sunny and pleasant at the moment, it would be unusual if winter didn’t return again for a spell – just like 2018! Always keen to encourage outdoors activity, here is a selection of the best winter cycling gear. It’s the top kit to keep you warm, visible and comfortable, so the only thing that will give up will be your legs – not frozen hands.
Proviz REFLECT360 cycling jacket. This jacket is touted as the first 100% reflective jacket on the market. The Proviz range is made from fabric with thousands of tiny glass beads embedded within it. The jackets look normal in daylight, but the glass beads will reflect light back from any source at any angle in the dark. From £80 from provosports.com
Rapha pro team winter tights. Although not cheap, for the serious cyclist (or the cyclist doing a long and regular commute) these tights come with all the bells and whistles. With a padded seat, water repellant front panels, wind blocking fabric and inner fleece lining they are very comfortable, weather-proof and warm. Possibly the best winter cycling gear you can get. £210 from rapha.cc
Northwave flash TH shoes. These durable and warm cycling shoes have a Thinsulate lining to keep toes toasty in even the harshest of conditions. They also come as ankle boots for those that prefer a higher cut and are reasonably affordable. From £92.99 from Chain Reaction cycles.
Specialized Deflect gloves. Lightweight yet with maximum wind protection these will keep the vulnerable fingers warm in all but the most extreme weather. They will also work with a touch screen as well as having a padded, water resistant suede palm. From £33.99 at Evans Cycles.
Showers Pass Transit waterproof backpack. Although less ergonomic than many rivals, the boxy shape means that more items (ands in particular documents and folders) will fit inside. It has welded seams just like a wetsuit so is totally waterproof, is very heavy duty and also has safety features: it has 4 LED lights and reflective strips. £199 from Showers Pass.