Essential cycling kit to keep riding this Autumn and Winter


As the nights draw in and the temperature begins to drop it can be tempting to hang the bibshorts up for the rest of the year, or worse take on the dreaded turbo trainer. But at Polaris we live by the mantra that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad kit choices. To help you avoid any such bad choices, we’ve put together a list of essential cycling kit to help you ride often and ride far this Autumn and Winter.

Waterproofs

A waterproof jacket is often the difference between arriving home comfortable and relaxed rather than a frozen, soggy mess. Even on seemingly the clearest of winter days, it takes a brave soul to hit the road or trails without a waterproof in hand. 2.5 layer waterproofs such as the Fuse and Summit are perfect for the really wet days where you’re expecting to tackle wall-to-wall rain. A lightweight ‘stowaway and throw on’ jacket like the Strata, that can easily be packed into itself, is the ideal choice if there are risks of sudden sharp showers.

Gloves

There are some in the cycling fraternity that take a perverse pleasure in tackling the trails deep into winter without any sort of hand wear. Then there are the rest of us, unable to change gears or properly grip the brakes because our hands are frozen stiff. Fortunately there are plenty of glove options to suit, from the waterproof RBS Torrent with its additional reflective detailing, to the more lightweight Windgrip, ideal for milder day rides.

Overshoes

You’re only ever as warm as your coldest extremity, and even the best prepared rides can be ruined by cold and/or wet feet. Whilst waterproof socks are an excellent addition to a winter ride, they can end up collecting as much water as they keep out without a good pair of overshoes. The neoprene Thermatek Overshoe is a personal favourite, keeping your feet toasty warm in even the harshest of conditions. For a fully waterproof option, you won’t go wrong with the Evolution.

Fluo Gear

Fluo clothing is perfect for cycling in low light conditions, particularly in urban areas. Our RBS range offers a great range of jackets and accessories to keep you seen all the way through autumn and winter. The RBS gloves, with their additional reflective detailing are particularly useful for catching other road users’ eyes.

Something to cover your legs

Not the most precise category but just as essential. Whether you prefer leg warmers or tights is entirely a matter of personal preference but if you still want to be rolling come December you’ll need one or the other. Plus overshoes and bare legs would just look ridiculous. The Surge Waterproof Overtrousers are also an excellent emergency option for sudden downpours.

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