Huez* looks at this year’s must have winter cycle gear
At Huez we know all
But maintaining an optimum mix of style and substance in the winter is the hardest task of all. We don’t have to contend with snow storms like our Northern European
To help you out, we’ve considered some of the most technical, durable and stylish options on the market and recommended our
Stay warm: Hat and gloves
Much of our body’s heat is lost through our extremities, and their exposed positions make them the first areas to suffer in a chilling wind. Despite this, many vendors of decent bike equipment neglect the importance of a good winter hat and
SealSkinz Winter Cycling Gloves, however, tick all the boxes for the discerning urban cyclist. They’re rugged, technical and suitable for sub-zero conditions. They’re also waterproof, windproof and most importantly breathable - with added insulation and extended cuffs for added heat in the early morning commute.
Specialist cycling manufacturer ‘This Is Cambridge’ are our go-to cycling hat supplier when the temperature starts to drop. The 100% merino wool Omloop Winter
Stay smart: Shirt, jumper and jacket
It’s often said that ‘layering’ is the best approach to keeping warm when riding and we don’t disagree - as long as you choose the right layers. For rural winter rides a wicking base layer is a must, but
Brands catering for performance conscious commuters are aware of this, and at Huez we’ve created a range of performance clothing that keeps riders warm and dry without requiring a wardrobe change. Our Ease Back Shirt looks great at the office or in a social setting, but is crafted from cotton and
Stay dry: Winter-proof
Good outer layers hold a strong cycling set up together, and quality
A cyclist’s sky-facing thighs are the hardest area of the body to keep dry, but ‘Rainlegs’ innovative rain protectors offer a great solution. The upper leg guards are constructed from wind and waterproof ripstop nylon and leave the back of the leg open to prevent a build up of condensation. Wearers can be confident of dry legs without the need to change, and at 140 grams the trousers can be shaken off and packed away at a moments notice.
Choosing a suitable trouser is particularly challenging in winter when even urban roads can become muddy. So pair these with a good set of mudguards, such as Brompton’s own, and you can ensure a clean and dry ride even in the worst conditions.
Stay sharp: Accessories
There is nowhere better to flaunt your style than your accessories - but finding quality kit suitable for inclement conditions isn’t easy. The Brompton O Bag mixes quality and durability to great effect. The fully waterproof bag was designed by Ortlieb, one of the most respected names in cycling luggage, with a 20l capacity to ensure practicality. With 8
All the products mentioned above share our philosophy that no part of a rider’s attire should compromise on quality, durability, performance or style. A ‘one size fits all approach’ is not acceptable for premium sports clothing - particularly when the cold sets in.