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What To Wear, When

Knowing what cycling gear to wear in different weather can be a challenge even for the most experienced cyclist.

Nothing extends your pre-ride FAFF more than changeable weather conditions so you need items that you can layer and jackets and gilets that you can easily carry.

This will give you more options over the seasons as you add and remove layers - for example adding or removing Summer or Winter base layers and wearing or carrying packable gilets and jackets.

Once the weather turns cold and wet, then you need a good jacket and either one or two layers, plus the addition of a neck doo dah and thermal skull cap if it's really chilly.

Here's a guide to our gear and the type of weather to wear it in.

JACKETS and GILETS

Gilets

Temperatures are a guide – you may run hotter or colder and will need to adjust your layering. If you’re wet on the inside of your jersey, you have too many layers on.

  • Spring/Summer/Autumn or as an additional layer in Winter
  • Particularly good on changeable days as it packs into a pocket
  • Essential for windy days and will also keep off a bit of drizzle

Tor Jackets

Temperatures are a guide – you may run hotter or colder and will need to adjust your layering. If you’re wet on the inside of your jacket, you have too many layers on.

This jacket has a similar fit to our wind and water resistant jackets and is designed to layer up and down from Autumn, through Winter and into Spring.

It is made from a mid weight fabric and has a lightly brushed inside so it is thermal. It is made from a 3 layer membrane so it's wind and water resistant as well as breathable and has a high level of stretch making it very comfortable to wear.

As it's a warm jacket, you won't need as much layering during Autumn and Spring as you would in our other jackets. It has three pockets and a high storm collar, plus zipped vents on the front to help regulate your temperature.  

  • Autumn/Winter/Spring
  • 9 degrees and below depending on layering
  • On cooler Spring and Summer days wear with a thin summer base or short sleeve jersey (9 degrees)
  • For colder days layer with a thermal base or long sleeve jersey (4-8 degrees)
  • Thermal cap and neck doo dah also recommended
  • Under 3 degrees you will likely need an additional layer e.g. thermal base plus long sleeve jersey. Thermal cap and neck doo dah recommended

Wind and Water Resistant Jackets

Temperatures are a guide – you may run hotter or colder and will need to adjust your layering. If you’re wet on the inside of your jacket, you have too many layers on.

This jacket will comfortably fit over a long sleeve or base layer and is made from a 3 layer membrane which is wind and waterproof as well as breathable and effective at wicking sweat.

The lycra side panel allows for additional ventilation and ensures a comfortable fit. This part is not waterproof and the jacket doesn’t have bonded seems so is not sold as a waterproof but is much more breathable than a waterproof jacket so a good option to wear every day.

The jacket has elasticated sleeves and a zip valuables pocket and will roll up to fit in a jersey pocket. This is a great jacket for Spring to Autumn and perfect for changeable weather conditions or to put on at the cafe stop.

  • Spring/Summer/Autumn/early Winter
  • Particularly good on changeable days as it packs into a pocket
  • Essential for windy / showery days
  • 5+ degrees degrees depending on layering
  • For colder days layer with a thermal base or long sleeve jersey (below 10 degrees)
  • Also possible to wear with 2 layers (6 degrees)

Waterproof Rain Cape/Jackets

Temperatures are a guide – you may run hotter or colder and will need to adjust your layering. If you’re wet on the inside of your jacket, you have too many layers on.

This is a generous jacket which will fit over several layers. It has a drawstring hem so you can pull in the jacket to fit your specific shape.

It is made from a wind and waterproof fabric and has bonded seams so it is waterproof - this means it isn't as breathable as our other jackets so depending on how hot you run, you may need to shed some layers to avoid overheating. It has elasticated cuff, ventilation holes under the arms, a high storm collar and will scrunch up to go into your jersey pocket.

  • Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter
  • Particularly good on changeable days as it packs into a pocket
  • Essential for windy /wet days

JERSEYS

Windproof Jerseys (aka Jackseys)

Temperatures are a guide – you may run hotter or colder and will need to adjust your layering. If you’re wet on the inside of your jersey, you have too many layers on.

The windproof jersey has a fleece back and wind and water resistant front so it keeps the wind out and a bit of drizzle off but it's not a waterproof.

This is a great training top as it is a tad cooler than the heavy weight fleece but once you get going it's plenty warm enough. It can be worn next to the skin but ideally you would need a summer base layer or a short sleeve jersey underneath, just for comfort. It can also be layered up with a thermal base layer to give you extra warmth on colder days. Again this is a super versatile option and in our opinion one of our best technical items.

  • Spring/Summer/Autumn/early Winter
  • Particularly good on windy days and will keep off a bit of drizzle
  • 5-14 degrees depending on layering
  • On Spring and cooler Summer days, wear with a thin summer base or short sleeve jersey (11+ degrees)
  • For colder days layer with a thermal base or long sleeve jersey (below 10 degrees)

Fleet Long Sleeve Jerseys

Temperatures are a guide – you may run hotter or colder and will need to adjust your layering. If you’re wet on the inside of your jersey, you have too many layers on.

This heavy weight fleece jersey is warm and thermal so it's a cool weather jersey and you can layer it with a lightweight summer base layer, short sleeve jersey or a Winter base layer as the wear turns colder. It also makes a good thermal layer in cold weather and can go over a base and under a Winter jacket on really cold days.

It’s not windproof, so in windy weather you would benefit from a windproof gilet or a packable windproof jacket.

  • Spring/Summer/Autumn/early Winter
  • Slightly warmer than the windproof jersey but doesn’t offer wind or water protection
  • 5-11 degrees depending on layering
  • On Spring and cooler Summer days, wear with a thin summer base or short sleeve jersey
  • For colder days layer with a thermal base (below 9 degrees)

Mid Weight/Nesh Long Sleeve Jerseys

Temperatures are a guide – you may run hotter or colder and will need to adjust your layering. If you’re wet on the inside of your jersey, you have too many layers on.

The mid weight long sleeve jerseys offers a lot of layering options and is therefore one of our most versatile pieces. These are a good option on their own for cooler Summer days or layered up as the weather turns colder. This can also be worn as an extra layer over a base and under a jacket on a really cold day. There is no wind protection so on breezy days you would benefit from a windproof gilet or a packable jacket.

  • Spring/Summer/Autumn
  • 5-15 degrees depending on layering
  • On Spring and cooler Summer days, wear with a thin summer base or short sleeve jersey
  • For colder days layer with a thermal base or long sleeve jersey (below 10 degrees)

Thermal Leggings/Tights

  • Autumn/Winter/Spring
  • Cooler to cold temperatures

 Arm Warmers

  • Spring/Summer/Autumn
  • Cooler Spring and Autumn days
  • Early mornings/late evenings

Thermal Skull Cap

  • Autumn/Winter/Spring
  • Cooler to cold temperatures

Cycling Cap

  • All year
  • Will help absorb sweat in Summer and help to keep you warm in Winter.
  • Not thermal or insulated so in very cold weather a thermal skull cap is a better option

Neck Doo Dahs

  • Autumn/Winter/Spring
  • Multifunction item can be worn as a hat, neck tube, scarf depending on the temperature and your mood!