7 Merino must-haves for winter riding
Don’t let the weather hold you back from what you love. With these beautiful merino pieces you’ll be bike-ready, whatever the temperature
You never see a Merino sheep moaning about missing a bike ride because of the weather. With its canny combination of insulating and breathable properties, merino is a true wonder material for cyclists, which is why more and more cycling brands are incorporating it into their performance clothing lines. Here, we pick out seven stellar examples that will serve you well whatever the weather.
On and off the bike, Findra have you covered with a host of colourful yet powerfully practical items. We particularly like this Betty merino neck warmer in cyan and dark navy stripes, which is just as good for a long winter ride as it is cruising the Christmas markets in the deep midwinter.
Pongo Navy Merino Socks £17.50
‘I think I’ve got enough socks,’ said no cyclist ever. Pongo is a London boutique brand and purveyor of fine foot coverings, many of which make a bold statement in any number of bright colours and patterns. These navy merino socks are more understated than much of their range, but no less awesome.
Chapeau design some of the loveliest British apparel money can buy and their merino fare is no exception. This snug, odour-resistant 100% merino base layer will become your best bud, providing all the effortless comfort you could possibly want on even the longest and hardest days in the saddle.
Determined to “outperform the best”, Ashmei provide some of the more colourful offerings in the merino market. Our personal favourite is the QoM jersey in bright red with its neat reflective polka-dot stripes and contrast rear pockets.
If you haven’t already, it’s high time you welcomed Nice natives Café du Cycliste into your life with the Claudette Merino Jersey. If you like what you see, there’s plenty more where that came from!
Rooted deep in London’s beating heart – AKA an office in Peckham – we love the simple and functional styling of Svelte's long-sleeved jersey. A marriage of fabrics, this long-sleeved jersey features the breathability and body temperature regulation of merino wool, while benefiting from the strength and resilience of a synthetic fabric.
Rapha’s minimalist New Zealand merino cap features lightweight and breathable ear flaps to keep the sting at bay and the peak holds off the low winter sun. We like. A lot.