Cold temperatures don’t mean you have to relegate yourself to Soul Cycle classes or an indoor training stand for your bike. With the right gear, winter biking can be the best workout you’ll get all year. The fact that trails are completely empty once a little snow starts to fall doesn’t hurt either. Read on for our favorite gear for riding in cold temperatures.
Since putting on a Forefront for our very first training rides last summer, it has been our helmet of choice. The Aerocore construction makes it lightweight but protective. Add in a new MIPS liner for 2016, and you’ve got the best mountain or fat biking helmet on the market.
Norrøna is a brand that is not well known here in the United States, and that needs to change. Born in the outdoors world of Norway, everything they build is extremely high quality, and the Fjora softshell pants are no exception. We wear this down to zero degrees without issue on our bikes. The softshell material sheds light rain and snow, and thigh zips help you dump a little extra heat when you’re working hard on the uphill. The slim fit through the calves is welcome on a bike, as we don’t have to worry about snagging a seam on our or cassette.
Featuring an assymetrical zipper, the Stratos H20 is the perfect jacket for bad weather riding. A 3-layer membrane from 37.5 fabric not only wicks sweat, but fights odor so you can pedal all day without worrying about getting too smelly to hit your favorite bar on the way home.
The Flanders base layer is biometrically mapped not only to help you lock in warmth when you’re riding in the winter, but also strategically dump heat and wick sweat. Mesh underarms target areas of excess sweat and body heat, keeping you climate controlled whether you’re bombing downhill singletrack or cruising across town.
The Impacts are our favorite shoes for 4-season riding here in Utah. Whether it’s spring red rock in Moab or winter snow lines in the Wasatch, the steal rubber soles stick to our pedals with ease. While not truly an insulated winter shoe, we find that when we’re pedaling hard, the last thing we need is extra warmth. This high top version adds a little needed ankle support for steering serious fat and enduro bikes over gnarly terrain.
This three finger design may make you look a little like a ninja turtle, but there is a method to the madness. We found that having two fingers bundled together helped ward of extreme cold. Having that little extra dexterity comes in handy when it is time to shift gears too.