You can fight the cold with the Biemme Ninja jacket A ($ 350, logica.ca). It has a built-in balaclava that not only covers your head and face, but keeps with wind from sneaking in past your neck. The piece that covers your nose and mouth is held in place by three magnets. If things start to warm up, you can unzip and remove the balaclava completely. For fine-tuning the airflow, you can also unzip the main outer zipper, while keeping the inner zip done up, which means you can maintain a good temperature if you’re climbing to a higher elevation.
The Garneau Thermal Edge DWR cycling jersey B ($ 110, garneau.com) keeps out the chill on brisk days. The full-length zipper and elastic waist ensure the jacket is snug and sealed. The brushed waffle interior does a good job of trapping heat, while the durable water repellent treatment on the outside can keep out some of the wet. Stow ride essentials in the standard three back pockets.
The Pearl Izumi Men’s PRO AMFIB shell C ($ 300, pearlizumi.com) keeps out the wind, a lot of the rain and lets moisture escape when you turn up the heat on your ride. The bonded neck, cuffs and waist keep the bulk down and increase your comfort. Stow what you need in the back pockets; the centre one has a solid zipper for extra security.
The Giordana Short Sleeve Ceramic base layer D ($ 110, unoimports.com) is made with Resistex Bioceramic. Giordana says that the ceramic mixed into the nylon, spandex and polyester will insulate you i n the cold and help to keep you cool in the heat. The all-seasons garment is silky soft.
Why cram everything in your jersey pockets? The Sportful Supergiara bib tights E ($250, sportful.com) have a mesh pocket on the left leg, giving you extra carrying capacity on your gravel rides. A thicker fabric at the knees helps to keep your j oints warm as they work to pump power to your pedals.