Having a wardrobe with the right pieces of cycling gear is essential to getting the most out of your riding this spring. The right apparel will allow you to ride longer and more comfortably while the air still has a chill to it.
The Garneau Course Nordic jacket has one large pocket at the back, which is easy to get into with gloves on. The side zippered pockets are a little higher than usual so they are clear of belt-bag or backpack straps. This jacket is the thing for your big early-spring adventures.
The Garneau Course Elite cycling bib tights are made with a fabric called Super Lite Dry, which keeps water out and lets sweat out, too. The knees have extra protection from the wind. There’s a zipper at the waist to make pit stops as quick and easy as possible.
The Bontrager B2 neck warmer mixes old and new technology. Merino wool and 37.5 polyester particles work together to get rid of moisture.
The POC AVIP Ceramic sleeves have a pre-bent shape that works when your hands are on the tops or in the drops. A 3-cm-wide elastic with silicone grippers holds each sleeve in place, even with your skinny cyclist’s biceps. (But you’ve been doing some core and arm work this winter, right? Right?!) There are reflective logos near the wrists.
The POC AVIP Ceramic legs have many of the features of the sleeves, plus crashproof panels at the knees.
The MEC Drencher gloves prove that fingers work better in teams. The lobster claws have waterproof, breathable nylon on the outside and work well with a separate liner glove underneath. There’s fleece on the back of the thumbs to manage drips from your schnozz.
The MEC Firestarter gloves have wind-resistant, abrasion resistant palms. On each glove, a reflective strip below the knuckles bounces the light of headlights back toward motorists. You can wear the gloves when you check your smartphone, but you should probably keep it in your jersey pocket and enjoy the ride.
The Biemme B-Rain shoe cover keeps the water out with its durable waterproof fabric.