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Jan

11

2016

Time Tested Gear: Cold-weather Biking

Some of the gear we can’t live without.

Kitsbow Alpha Snap Jacket

Kitsbow Alpha Snap Jacket

Field Test: I’ve actually ridden a mountain bike in this midweight on a cold morning in November, but the Snap Jacket is more of a café cruiser item: It’s technical, but casual. The Polartec Alpha breathable insulation keeps you warm without overheating. The jacket/shirt styling means I wear it—probably too much.
Why It’s Timeless: Schoeller fabric on the forearms boosts durability. And because the insulation is contained inside the face fabric, there’s less shedding of fibers. $390; kitsbow.com  —Marc Peruzzi

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Kitsbow A/M Jersey

Field Test: I swear by wool. I also swear by style, but not enough to sacrifice function. The Kitsbow A/M jersey has it all in just the right amounts. The wool blend and  sleeves keep the chill out on cool days. The keyhole closure on the sleeves and Henley styling gives it a bit of tailoring for après.
Why It’s Timeless: Wool wears like new for years. $195; kitsbow.com  —Sydney Fox

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Giro Wind Guard Hoodie

Field Test: With Polartec fabric on the sleeves and back, but a nylon windproof panel on the chest, the jacket (pictured in the women’s version) retains heat better than you’d imagine, yet I can’t sweat it out—even during high exertion activities. It’s soft next to the skin, and, true to Giro form, the fit is spot-on.
Why It’s Timeless: I’ve logged over 200 days in the Wind Guard, and there’s no sign of wear. Cross-country ski, fat bike, mountain bike, drizzly summer day, this is my go-to jacket. $130; giro.com  —Nick Truitt

From the Deep Winter 2016 issue.

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