AUTUMN KIT TESTED
We ride a variety of kit options to keep you pedalling through autumn’s fickle weather
From bib shorts and knee warmer combinations, three-quarter bibs, gilets to jerseys, we’ve got your essential autumn wardrobe sorted.
As the days draw in and we head into autumn the British weather is unpredictable at best. This can make clothing choice difficult. Fortunately, there has never been such a wide range of kit suitable for these variable conditions to keep you riding whatever the weather hurls your way.
The secret to dressing at this time of year is to have kit that’s versatile. Layering is a good option because it offers flexibility. That said, some modern jerseys with jacketstyle features have helped to reduce the number of layers required.
Another good example of flexibility is shorts and knee warmers. Many brands offer shorts designed for cooler riding, which use a thermal Roubaix fabric for added insulation. When combined with knee warmers they offer flexibility across a variety of weather conditions. Threequarter bib knickers are another. While they’re less flexible they are extremely warm and comfortable. You’ll be shocked how much use they get once you own a pair.
There’s also a wide range of options for the upper body. For warmer days, a jersey and arm warmers might be all you need As temperatures drop a long sleeve jersey will be a better option. These range from thinner, more traditional jerseys through to jacket-like tops, which might feature windproof panels and waterproof coatings for cooler, damper conditions.
For additional warmth and wind protection a gilet is a welcome wardrobe addition. These range from lightweight packable windproofs through to more substantial waterproof versions. Bright colours and reflective finishes are useful for commuting and training duties.
After a summer of turning your body into a finely-tuned machine there’s no excuse not to carry that fitness through into autumn. We test 16 different options to keep you on the road.
1 BIBS Whether it’s shorts, three-quarter knickers or tights we recommend going for bibs, which are the upper section and shoulder straps. These hold everything up and keep the internal chamois pad in place. They also provide warmth around the midriff. 2 BREATHABILITY 2 1