Right then, TT massive, I’m after some decent winter outdoor riding kit, after spending yesterday 3 hours in the rain and cold.
Specifically, decent bib tights, overshoes and gloves for wet / cold winter riding
Been looking into ‘rainproof’ bib tights like the Castelli Tutto Nano.
And decent waterproof gloves, anyone? Are the planet X crab ones that are a tenner any good?
As with any outdoor activity where you’re ‘active’ you have to accept that you’re not going to stay completely dry, so the priority is warmth. Temperature management.
Windstopper bib shorts/tights are a must imho. I have some Gore Next2Skin bib shorts I wear with windstopper leg warmers when it’s wet/cold. I wear Sealskinz socks with neoprene or rainproof overshoes. I put the tops of the booties under the tights, but even then your feet are going to get soaked, unless you wear a drysuit! So all about warmth.
I love Castelli WS stuff, and if it’s wet/mild, I just wear a Perfetto Light/Gabba with base layer and warmers. If dry and cold, I wear an Alpha Light jkt as I run hot.
As far as rain shells, I’m yet to find the perfect one. I have an expensive Endura Pro SL, but it has no ventilation, a short back and I sweat like hell in it. So I bought a Sportful UK Rain Jacket on eBay for £20 and it’s way better!
Money no object? I’d like to try the Assos Sturmprinz jacket with some Equipe RS Winter bib tights. But that’s a near £700 combo.
My friend had the insulated gilet on, I had the windbreaker version.
I also had the windbreaker jersey.
My Strava says 2 degrees, but weather app said feels like minus 3. It was RIDICULOUSLY cold. I wasn’t a happy bunny, but…I WAS WARM!
Today’s kit list:
Pro Team LS mesh baselayer
Pro Team LS Polo neck baselayer
Brevet Windbreaker jersey and gilet
Pro Team Winter bib tights (with the fleece lining)
Merino glove liners
Rapha Classic overshoes.
Brevet is more long distance and comfort.
I’ve tried on the insulated Brevet and it’s properly plush…the Pro Team stuff is the same Polartec lining, but a race fit. Not great when not on the drops.
I want the Brevet Insulated, but I already have the blue/pink colour way and the brown is truly hideous.
The nice bright yellow sold out in the archive sale, so I’ll need to pray they have it at the Bicester Outlet if I ever go back to work on the Northampton office again
I’m in Castelli Perfetto/ROS Alpha tomorrow.
That’s probably better than Rapha for warmth, but the quality in the Castelli stuff is massively variable.
I’ve sent a few items back to Wiggle for replacement. But Wiggle are no nonsense returns on most stuff within a year
Evans also do Castelli and will price match Wiggle, so you can try on and buy in Evans…if you’re in Tier 3?
Get yourself one of these!
Pro Team polo neck base layer.
Santa brought it for me - the textured inside keeps the warmth in.
You can pull the polo neck right up over your face, which is awesome for nipping into garages without taking your gloves off to put a mask on