2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Apparel for all seasons

Cycling kit for summer, winter, spring and fall, plus a suitcase to carry it in

Apparel Holiday Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

They say you have to dress for success. Well we haven’t worn a proper suit (or pants suit) in ages. But there’s no doubt that having the right apparel can make the difference between a great ride — and turning around early. Here are seven pieces of apparel (and one other item) that are sure to please this holiday season.

Bontrager Velocis Halo S1 Softshell Jacket

Bontrager Velocis Halo S1 Softshell Jacket

Two key to having fun on the bike: being warm and staying safe. Bontrager’s Velocis Halo S1 Softshell Jacket ticks both boxes thanks to a body warming waterproof fabric that’s infused with reflective pixels that make it easier for motorist to spot you in low light conditions. Three open back pockets, plus a pair of zipped pockets provide ample storage, and the cut is fitted so it won’t flap around in the wind. The S1 designation means its designed for temperatures of 30 degrees and above. If you need something warmer, check out Bontrager’s S2 offerings, which are geared toward days when the mercury stays below 30 degrees. Price: $300 | More info at www.trekbikes.com

Pactimo Summit Aero Jersey

Pactimo Summit Aero Jersey

Good looking, high level performance, and reasonable price don’t often end up in the same sentence when talking about cycling jerseys, But Pactimo’s Summit Aero bucks that trend. The lightest jersey in the Colorado company’s line-up features a sleek body-hugging fit, aero-enhancing “Euro-length” sleeves, mock collar, and three compact rear pockets that deliver that racy next-to-skin feel, but still provide space for fuel and a smartphone. Price: $125 | More info at www.pactimo.com

oler Simplicity Plaid Thermal Jersey

Voler Simplicity Plaid Thermal Jersey

What’s more fun than a plaid cycling jersey? The answer is nothing, obviously. But Voler’s made-in-the-USA top is more than just an attention getter. GeoTherm fabric is soft on the skin, breathable, and dries quickly. Warmth is enhanced by the jersey’s micro-poly fabric with fleeced backing. It also has a full YKK zipper, comes in five colors, and is on sale right now marked down from $89. Price: $75 | More info at www.voler.com

One Gore Thermium Jacket

One Gore Thermium Jacket

If you’d rather not pile on multiple layers, but still want to get out on the bike on cold days, Gore’s Thermium jacket has you covered. This durable weather buster utilizes proprietary lightweight fabric that maintains insulation without adding bulk. Notable features include two front zip pockets, a hood with integrated headband for additional warmth protection, wave-shaped cuffs to keep the cold out, and reflective print on the sleeves for better low light visibility. It’s also windproof and water resistant. Price: $400 | More info at www.goreapparel.com

Kitsbow Geyser’s Jersey

Kitsbow Geyser’s Jersey

Though high-end California-based kit maker Kitsbow is best known for its awesome mountain bike apparel, the Geyser jersey is sure to please even the most discerning road rider. Made from a 43% merino wool-57% polyester blend, this understated top is soft on the skin, breathes well, and does a great job wicking moisture away from your body. Reflective hits help keep you safe in low light conditions, while a gripper waist and longer sleeve cut provide function and style. It also has a full zip front, three traditional rear pockets, water resistant zipper pocket, and even a small chest pocket. Price: $169 | More info at www.kitsbow.com

Pearl Izumi Men's P.R.O. Speed Shop Bib Short

Pearl Izumi Men’s P.R.O. Speed Shop Bib Short

Wear what the pro wears and pull on a pair of Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. Speed Shop bib shorts. Developed through their in-house Speed Shop program for the BMC WorldTour team, these bibs use ultra compressive fabric to deliver fatigue-reducing muscle support. Raw edge leg openings enhance aerodynamics and reduce bulk, while a full silicone leg gripper keeps them firmly in place even during the hardest efforts. Price: $250 | More info at www.pearlizumi.com

Voormi Women’s Access Vest

Voormi Women’s Access Vest

Though not super well known in the cycling space, Colorado-based Voormi is one of our favorite up-and-coming outdoor sports apparel brands. All their products are made in the USA, and they recently announced an expansion of their manufacturing facility, which will boost the local economy. Of course they also make great stuff, including this versatile vest that’s made from their lightest and most breathable surface hardened thermal wool. It also utilizes durable water repellent treatment in combination with breathable mesh side panels to make it a great piece for all sorts of active adventures. Price: $129 | More info at voormi.com

Bontrager Provence 32” Roller

Bontrager Provence 32” Roller

Forget the ridiculous Louis Vuitton bag. If you or the cyclist in your life is looking to up their luggage game, check out the array of offerings from Bontrager. You read that right, Bontrager. The component arm of Trek has a small line of high quality suitcases, including the expansive Provence 32” Roller, which we dragged all over the world this past year. Inspired by the mountainous region in France that’s home to Mount Ventoux, this gear carrier is designed for cyclists traveling on 5-7 day trips. Features include a 90/10 clamshell design with three zippered compartments, quality telescoping handle that’s inspired by Bontrager’s Rhythm Plus grips, and an exterior-access gear pocket that allows for rapid stowage when you get to the airport. It also has a Choo-Choo strap, which allows linkage of multiple roller bags. Included with purchase are a cycling shoe and pedal bag, an integrated dopp kit, removable laundry bag, and mesh stuff sack. Size is 7513.24 cubic inches and weight is just 16.3 pounds, meaning you can stuff it with stuff without worrying about onerous airline overage fees. Price: $450 | More info at www.trekbikes.com

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift ideas and holiday guides, CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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  • Francis Chapman says:

    Take my money and get me this Pactimo Summit Aero Jersey! I think it perfectly matches my CONSPIRACY Standard Build from Morpheus.

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