The Best Winter Cycling Gear of 2019


Keep riding long after everyone else has put their bike away for the season

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(Charles Dustin Sammann)

Rapha Cargo Bib Tights ($325)

The Cargo is everything you want in deep winter. It’s cut high enough in front to forestall cold seep, offers full coverage in back for extra insulation, and features big reflective hits on the calves and lower back for visibility. Best of all, two waterproof pockets are large enough to stow everything from heavy gloves to a puffy.

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(Courtesy Velocio)

Velocio Zero+ Gloves ($79)

Thanks to so-called spacer soft-shell fabric, which traps warm air in the polyamide-elastane material, the Zeros are incredibly warm without the dexterity-killing bulk. We’ve worn them below 30 degrees without even a sting in the fingertips.

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(Courtesy Salsa)

Salsa Cycles EXP Series Fat Frame Pack ($149)

A triangle bag like the EXP Series, designed to fit Salsa’s new Bear­grease (see page 90), is a must. It allows you to skip a sweaty, cold-inducing backpack and stow spare tubes, a pump, food, water, lights, and warmies on the bike.

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(Courtesy Velocio)

Velocio PowerWool LS Base Layer ($119)

Polartec bonded merino to a polyester face fabric for improved durability and moisture transfer, creating PowerWool. This base layer from Velocio makes good use of it in a soft, form-fitting, odor-resistant package.

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(Courtesy Bontrager)

Bontrager Barbegazi Tires ($120)

We mounted the Wide Rides with the mid-tread, behemoth Barbegazis. The 4.7-inch tires provide a massive contact patch for impressive flotation in fresh snow.

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(Charles Dustin Sammann)

7Mesh Outflow Hoodie ($330)

The Outflow is ­smaller and thinner than a stan­dard puffy, featuring DWR-treated double-weave nylon (tight on the outside for protection, textured inside for moisture transfer) filled with PrimaLoft Gold. Translation: you can go hard without overheating.

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(Courtesy Assos)

Assos Mille GT Winter Ultraz Jacket ($349)

Weather-tight protection in a lightweight package. Fabrics include proprie­tary fleece insulation and a water- and windproof-breathable membrane up front and in the arms. There’s even a built-in neck gaiter.

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(Courtesy Smartwool)

Smartwool PhD Nordic Medium Socks ($24)

If you want to come home with all your toes intact, don’t scrimp on socks. Not only are the PhD Nordics ridiculously warm for how thin they are, but the special-weave merino doesn’t pill or bag out.

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(Courtesy Light and Motion)

Light and Motion Rando 500 and Vis Micro II Lights ($80 and $50)

The diminutive, USB-rechargeable Rando blasts enough light for riding singletrack on a moonless night, while the Vis Micro II pumps out 60 daylight-visible lumens and has amber side lights for safety.

Rando 500 Micro II


Fatback Wide Ride 80 Wheels ($1,850)

The Wide Rides are the most innovative fat-bike wheels we’ve seen. The reason: 80-millimeter rim beds with sloped sidewalls allow tubeless tires to stay inflated even at pressures as low as 3 psi, should you wish to vent air for better traction.

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