Unfortunately for superstitious cyclists, the groundhog saw his shadow earlier this month, which means we haven’t seen the last of winter. But there’s hope for cyclists looking to rack-up some cold weather training miles, as apparel companies continue to develop cycling products better able to withstand the cold.
“In the good old days, you’d slap a newspaper under the front of your jersey for warmth and wear a cape made of cheap, rigid plastic when it rained,” says Ted King, a native New Englander and former professional cyclist who spent 10 years competing in some of the sport’s toughest races (often in terrible weather). “But the breathability and protection offered by clothing these days is incredible—not to mention the priority being placed on comfort and style.”
And there are plenty of options. Here’s a run-down of some of our favorites.