Sun is so last season and we're now getting excited about layering up for the first time in ages. There's something special about those frosty starts on the daily commute, or misty ascents in the peaks, and we're all geared up to fully embrace the worst of the winter weather. The number of layers out there is often a little overwhelming, so we've pulled together 15 essential layers that will help you keep warm and dry as the cooler weather starts to set in. Simply click on the Shop Now buttons below the products to buy them.
1. Craft Active Extreme Baselayer, £37.00
An excellent option for keeping you warm and dry, the Craft extreme baselayer is an extremely comfortable, well-fitting, lightweight layer. The polyester fabric is super versatile and will stretch to provide an exceptional close fit whatever your shape and size.
2. Endura Baa Baa Merino Baselayer, £37.99
When the temperatures plummet below zero, a merino baselayer is perfect for keeping the body insulated, and well, much warmer than any other baselayer fabric on the market. Merino is extremely breathable too, so it will still wick away the sweat nicely.
3. Giant 3D & Liv Long Sleeve Baselayer , £24.99
The men's 3D and women's Liv baselayer is the perfect baselayer to go under your jersey on a crisp, sunny day. Remember if you're layering for the very coldest conditions, don't rule out combining a shortsleeve or sleeveless with a long sleeve baselayer for extra warmth.
4. Etxeondo Biko Bibtight, £69.99
These could possibly be the most comfy pair of tights on the market. Etxeondo used a light, abrasion resistant fabric that insulates you from the cold and quickly transfers moisture away from your skin. The fabric is super soft against your skin and the double layer Chamois will keep you comfortable in the saddle for longer .
5. Altura Team Leg Warmers, £21.99
The British winter isn't always freezing cold temperatures and for days when the sun is likely to come out, a legwarmer, such as the Altura one above, can be a wise decision. Legwarmers can be worn with a pair of bibshorts to add a little more protection for an early Sunday morning start and can easily be removed when things start to heat up.
6. Gore Oxygen Windstopper Bibtight, £130.00
When it's bitterly cold outside, a brushed tight provides that little bit more insulation than your standard pair of tights. The Gore oxygen bibtight combines an brushed inner fabric with an outer windproof layer to prevent wind chill from penetrating into leg muscles.
7. Specialized RBX Long Sleeve Jersey, £29.99
Colder days require an additional layer of insulation between a baselayer and a top layer, such as a jacket. The Specialized long sleeve RBX jersey is made of a warm soft fabrict to help move the sweat away from your body, keeping it warm and dry.
8. Endura Roubaix Long Sleeve, £45.70
The Endura Roubaix jersey features a fleece-lining, which is an effective insulator against the cold, while its athletic fit makes it perfect for both on and off the bike. If you wear this over a baselayer, with a lightweight rain jacket over the top, you should beat all the elements.
9. Giant Race Day Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey, £58.49
The Giant & Liv Race Day long sleeve jerseys are made for high performance and to keep you warm whatever the weather. Featuring a full zip, a thermal fabric and a high collar neck design, these striking jerseys will keep you warm and looking good on the bike.
10. Etxeondo Lerro Windproof Jacket, £99.99
Your choice of external layer will depend largely on the prevailing conditions. When there's a stiff breeze outside, the Etxeondo Lerro is a high performing windproof jacket that keep your core nice and warm, thanks to windproof panelling and a fleeced inner lining. Abrasion resistant shoulders offer durability when carrying rucksacks.
11. Altura Vapour Jacket, £95.99
If you need to defeat the wind and the rain, then it can be difficult to find the right balance between staying dry and overheating. The Altura Vapour jacket is perfect for those really wet days as it is both waterproof and highly breathable. The jacket comfortably fits closely to other layers for effective moisture transfer.
12. Castelli Sottile Due Waterproof Jacket, £44.99
Early autumn can be a mixed bag, sweltering temperatures swinging to hail and rain. It's arguably the time of year when your wardrobe needs the most planning. With the Castelli Sottile jacket in your jersey pocket you've got it covered. Lightweight and packing up small, it allows you to pack it away when the sun starts to shine again and start topping up your tan.
Footwear & Accessories
13. Sealskinz Fairfield Glove, £21.99
This versatile, comfortable and dexterous glove features Sealskinz's Nanosealz technology that repels sleet, snow and water. The materials used maintain great breathability and are soft against the skin for great comfort whilst taking the cold off your ride.
14. Castelli Arm Warmer, £24.99
Castelli kept it simple with these lycra armwarmers, but they do the job they are supposed to do perfectly. They provide warmth, taking the chill off the early morning rides and offer superb UV protection from the sun. Gripper elastic is featured to ensure they stay in place.
15. Sealskinz Waterproof Overshoe, £29.99
There's nothing worse than cold, damp feet, so look for a heavy duty sock and a pair of overshoes to keep those digits nice and toasty. The Sealskinz Overshoe is a close fitting and sleek way to keep the grime, wet, and cold off your feet this autumn – it’s something that should be in the wardrobe of every cyclist.
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