Trust the recommendations of a New Hampshire native.
As a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, Polartec cyclist Dylan McNicholas knows a lot being outside the cold. He also knows which Polartec fabrics to choose for winter training rides.
Here are a few of his tried-and-true picks for making winter riding comfortable when the thermometer dips below freezing. Any of these would make an excellent gift to your favorite cyclist!
Insulated with 300 gram Polartec® Alpha®, Polartec®’s heaviest weight of breathable insulation, this pair of 45NRTH gloves punches above its weight. It’s designed for days below 15 degrees, which in certain parts of the country, aren’t infrequent. An exterior wind and water resistant fabric protects your hands from stormy weather.
The second edition of Giro’s Ambient glove is perfect for those living in less than arctic conditions or for anyone that prefers a less bulky glove for late fall racing. Water resistant Polartec® Windbloc® softshell keeps hands dry, while the brushed fleece interior keeps your digits cozy. This is the perfect glove for long rides in cold air.
Polartec® Power Wool™ is the answer to any cyclist’s prayers. A bi-plated fabric, Power Wool™ puts soft and naturally wicking merino wool next to your skin while durable, fast-drying polyester faces the elements (or your next layer). This one-of-a-kind fabric works exceptionally as a base layer, as in this full-zip jersey for Garneau.
Wet winter rides can question your dedication to the sport. This jacket from Garneau helps you stay the course. Polartec® NeoShell® is waterproof yet breathable, making it the right choice for aerobic activities in challenging weather. Plus the fabric’s stretch and softness keeps you comfortable even when it’s not precipitating.
This warm and packable vest from Rapha is the layering solution for long rides with changing conditions. Lightweight breathable Polartec® Alpha® active insulation gives you that extra touch of warmth without the complications that come from quickly overheating. Originally designed for the U.S. Special Forces, this is the insulation you want when conditions are variable.
Trust a Canadian company to keep your extremities warm. Garneau uses a lighter version of Polartec® Wind Pro® for the perfect combination of weather protection and range of motion. The four-way stretch, wind-breaking and breathable hard-face knit is exactly what you want on cold days for the pre-race warm-up or long ride.
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