Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For The Cold Weather Warrior

Holiday Gift Guide

For some cyclists, the coming of winter is a time to put away the bikes and tackle other outdoor pursuits. For others, these colder, darker days are simply one more two-wheeled challenge. If you’re shopping for someone not afraid of Jack Frost nipping at their nose, check out these great holiday gift ideas for the Cold Weather Warrior.

Gore Soft Shell Lobster Gloves

The lobster cut of these cold weather gloves keeps fingers toasty, but still allows for enough tactile touch to assure that shifting and braking ability are not compromised. Highlights include elongated wrist cuffs with elastic for better seal, PrimaLoft insulation inside, Windstopper material outside, and soft, absorbent material on the thumbs for wiping away perspiration (or a runny nose).

MSRP: $79
More Info: www.goreapparel.com

Rapha Winter Jersey

Rapha combines the top traits of a winter weight jersey and jacket into one do-it-all cold weather top. Thick, merino-rich fabric is enhanced with windproof chest panels to keep you warm, while zipped vents below the arms enable easy temperature regulation if you heat up too much. A reflective armband increases visibility during low-light rides. Ample rear pocket space (plus a smaller zip pocket for valuables) makes cargo carrying a snap.

MSRP: $240
More Info: www.rapha.cc

Rapha LS Merino Mesh Baselayer

Underneath the winter jersey, we’ve been running this all-season, long sleeve base layer that utilizes a proprietary, merino-blend fabric that incorporates a lightweight mesh structure for better ventilation and enhanced moisture management. Flatlock seams eliminate chafe. A drop tail design improves on-the-bike comfort.

MSRP: $85
More Info: www.rapha.cc

Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Wool Sock

Nothing beats wool socks for those cold, wintertime rides. And who doesn’t love to find a nice pair in their stocking. Pearl Izumi’s winter weight Elite Thermal wool sock is taller than the standard cycling sock to cover more skin, and has extra cushioning under the foot for enhanced comfort.

MSRP: $18
More Info: pearlizumi.com

Bellwether Coldfront Bib Tight

Perhaps the most essential piece of cold-weather riding gear is a good pair of tights. The Bellwether Coldfront has a wind stopping 3-layer soft shell that provides cold weather protection and insulation while maintaining breathability. Front panels are windproof, water resistant and stretchable elastic for a better fit. Thermal fabric on the elongated back panel improves heat retention. Stirrups at the ankles keep everything securely in place.

MSRP: $140
More Info: www.bellwetherclothing.com

2013 RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guides:

Cold Weather Warrior »
Cyclocross Fanatic »
Digital Cameras For Cyclists »
For The Cyclist Who Has (Almost) Everything »
Gear For The Endurance Junkie »
Gear For the Gravel Grinder »
Great Gear For Under $50 »
Presents for the Urban Jungle »
Repurposed Gifts for the Green Cyclist »
The Newbie Road Rider »
Type A Crit Racer »
When Money Is No Object »

2013 Mtbr Holiday Gift Guides:

For The Beginner Mountain Biker »
For The Tech Geek Rider »
Gifts for that Special Angry Singlespeeder in Your Life »
Mtbr’s All-Mountain Brown Friday »
POV Video Cameras and Electronics »
Stocking Stuffers for Mountain »

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 in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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