The travel kit list: essential winter cycling gear for 2022

The changeable conditions of British winter can make for exhilarating bike rides — if you have the right kit. Stay warm, dry and visible whether you’re hitting country lanes, mountains trails or city roads.

By Nora Wallaya
Published 8 Feb 2021, 08:00 GMT, Updated 8 Feb 2022, 16:27 GMT
Clockwise from top: Montane, Dart Thermo Zip Neck T-Shirt; Megmeister, L8 Winter Thermoroubaix Bib Tights; Castelli, Perfetto ...

Clockwise from top: Montane, Dart Thermo Zip Neck T-Shirt; Megmeister, L8 Winter Thermoroubaix Bib Tights; Castelli, Perfetto RoS Gloves; Le Col, Snood.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller

1. Montane, Dart Thermo Zip Neck T-Shirt

Winter adventures call for a reliably warm base layer — and this zip-neck T-shirt is a great companion. At 210g, it’s light enough to stow away and, thanks to the fabric’s insulating properties, an invaluable heat conserver when needed. Moisture wicking keeps sweat away from the body. Partially made with recycled nylon. RRP £50.

2. Megmeister, L8 Winter Thermoroubaix Bib Tights

Crafted from high-quality, water-repellent roubaix fabric, these tight-fitting bib tights will keep your legs and midriff insulated against any road splashback, while a shock-absorbing integrated chamois provides excellent saddle support, even over long distances. This set is lightweight and breathable, too — with a perforated back panel for improved air flow. RRP £189.95.

3. Castelli, Perfetto RoS Gloves

There’s no added bulk or rigidity with these thin, neoprene winter cycling gloves — they’re flexible enough to allow for high dexterity and movement but, thanks to Gore-Tex protection, solid enough to keep out the wind and cold, too. They’re also touchscreen-friendly, have shock-absorbing padding at the palms and strips of silicone for enhanced grip. RRP £75.

4. Le Col, Snood

Beautifully soft, this snood has a thicker-than-usual fleecy lining — a snug wrap for your neck that you’ll never want to take off. A waved hem means more skin’s covered where you need it, such as the bottom of your throat or pulled over your mouth, and soft seams at either end means there’s no chafing. RRP £25.

Clockwise from top: Vango F10 Project Hydrogen Tent; EDZ, Merino Wool Helmet Liner; Sealskinz, All Weather LED Cycle Overshoe; Proviz, Reflect360 Plus Jacket.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller

5. Vango F10 Project Hydrogen Tent

Inflatable tents have been rising in popularity; with no awkward poles or lines to contend with, there’s no fuss involved in their pitching. And after a long, hard day of riding, something that’s quick to erect, pull down and pack the next day is an invaluable asset. That’s why this tent, weighing just 680g, has the bikepacking community enthralled. You can even pump it up with your bike pump. Waterproof to 5,000mm. RRP £600.

6. EDZ, Merino Wool Helmet Liner

Fitting snugly beneath a helmet, this all-season liner will help regulate your head’s temperature whatever the weather. Made from merino wool, your scalp and ears are protected from the cold in winter, while it effectively wicks away moisture when it gets too hot. RRP £16.99.

7. Sealskinz, All Weather LED Cycle Overshoe

Providing weather protection for your feet as well as helping to add longevity to expensive cycling shoes, these neoprene overshoes are 100% waterproof and keep feet well insulated in cold weather. The shoes have integrated red LED lights on either heel — a nifty safety addition with a visibility range of 500 metres and 240 hours of battery life. RRP £55.

8. Proviz, Reflect360 Plus Jacket

This jacket is functional, comfortable and dazzling to behold — both on and off the road. Fully reflective, the outer is a shimmering silver that’s waterproof to 10,000mm, windproof and seam-sealed. A cotton mesh inner, plus ventilated back, shoulder and armpit panel make the jacket wonderfully breathable. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles, too. RRP £119.99.

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