FALL CY­CLING CLOTHES

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

THE COOLER MONTHS TO­WARDS THE END OF THE YEAR DON’T NEED TO SIG­NAL THE END OF YOUR OUT­DOOR RID­ING. IN FACT, FALL CY­CLING CAN BE SOME OF THE BEST RID­ING YOU’LL EN­JOY ALL YEAR. THAT’S ESPE­CIALLY TRUE WHEN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT GEAR. WE HAD A LOOK AT SOME JACK­ETS AND TIGHTS THAT WILL SERVE YOU WELL AS YOU EN­JOY THE FALL COLOURS AND COOLER TEM­PER­A­TURES.

Garneau Tor­rent RTR Jacket

$225 There’s noth­ing worse than head­ing out in nice weather and sud­denly hav­ing some rain clouds roll in over­head. That sce­nario doesn’t have to be nearly as bad as it can be, though, if you split Garneau’s RTR jacket in your back pocket. The four­way stretch­able fab­ric in this wa­ter­proof jacket breathes nicely so you’ll stay dry. It’s wind­proof, too, so it’s also an op­tion as an ex­tra warm layer if the tem­per­a­ture drops and the wind picks up dur­ing your ride. The sealed seams and full-length wa­ter­proof zip­per keep the rain out, while the sil­i­cone zip­per at the back stops it from rid­ing up, even when you’re down in an aero tuck.

Castelli Es­presso 4 Jacket

$430 The folks at Castelli pride them­selves on rid­ing year-round and the Es­presso 4 Jacket will get you through the cold­est morn­ings or evenings. Gore Wind­stop­per con­struc­tion keeps you warm while also pro­vid­ing lots of breatha­bil­ity. There are chest ven­ti­la­tion zip­pers that open things up, too, pro­vid­ing a bit of cool­ing for those days where you start cold and warm up as the sun gets higher in the sky. The spe­cially de­signed neck and wrist clo­sures keep air out while keep­ing things su­per com­fort­able. The stretch in­serts in the shoul­der are per­fect for mov­ing down to the aero po­si­tion. Three rear pock­ets pro­vide lots of stor­age area for your gear, while the re­flec­tive pip­ing en­sures you’ll be vis­i­ble.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Bar­rier Light Jacket

$160 Per­fect as a backup jacket in case you’re wor­ried the weather might turn dur­ing your ride, the Bar­rier Light Jacket packs eas­ily into a back pocket. You get wind pro­tec­tion and a bit of rain pro­tec­tion in this jacket that uses soft­shell pan­els to give you a snug, com­fort­able fit. It has a full-length zip­per along with an elas­tic hem and cuffs to en­sure you’ll get max­i­mum cov­er­age, along with re­flec­tive el­e­ments to pro­vide some safety.

Scott RC Pro W/O Pad Tights

$160 We like the fact that Scott’s RC Pro tights are avail­able with­out a pad – it means you can wear your favourite cy­cling or tri shorts un­der­neath th­ese warm tights. The anatom­i­cal fit en­sures you’ll be com­fort­able in a rid­ing po­si­tion, while the sil­i­cone grip­pers en­sure noth­ing slips down or rides up. The fab­ric breathes nicely and there are mesh in­serts that help with ven­ti­la­tion so you won’t feel clammy if things heat up dur­ing your ride. A small back pocket pro­vides some room for a key or some cash as a backup for the ride and the re­flec­tive print helps keep you vis­i­ble.

Sport­ful Giro 2 Tight

$125 Sport­ful is a brand renowned for great value and the Giro 2 Tight is a per­fect ex­am­ple of that. While the com­pany isn’t very well known here in Canada (yet), it has been mak­ing clothes since 1945 and got into the cy­cling mar­ket in 1985. Th­ese tights are very com­fort­able and fea­ture a Com­fort Pro seat pad, flat­lock stitch­ing and re­flec­tive in­serts, en­sur­ing you’ll be com­fort­able and warm as the tem­per­a­tures drop.—km

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