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By Nicki Giles – 03 September 2021
Discover how Sportful’s Autumn Winter collection will see you through chilly, foul and cold weather to let you keep training during the dark months.
Sportful sees its job as being to provide the tools cyclists need to do, see and achieve whatever they want to. In autumn and winter, that means offering a variety of lines so that, whatever conditions the British winter throws up – be that howling wind, driving rain, freezing temperatures or unexpectedly mild weather – there will be a piece of Sportful clothing designed to cope with it. We’ll walk you through the merits, materials and designs of the ‘must have’ picks that we want to mix and match ourselves this season.
Combat foul weather with Sportful’s Fiandre range
The fan favourite Fiandre line has been crafted for all weathers. Sportful has aimed for the sweet spot between achieving an aerodynamic race fit, incorporating the tough materials needed to keep you warm and dry when it’s parky, and creating a garment that won’t need to be constantly taken off and put on again with small shifts in the weather. You’ll therefore find a wide range of materials and weights under the Fiandre umbrella, making the line a consummate all-rounder.
Ease into winter with the Fiandre Medium Jacket
The Sportful Fiandre Medium Jacket, available in both men’s and women’s cuts, is a high quality ‘gateway jacket’ for those looking to dip their toes into winter cycling. Its weatherproof features include hardy Gore-Tex Infinium material on the front, a water-resistant treatment at the collar, cuffs and tail, and pockets that are handily perforated to let rain flow out.
However, the jacket is intentionally not fully waterproof, as the brand wanted to ensure that wearers could still train hard without feeling restricted or overheating. So, its back is constructed from breathable fabric with a NoRain water repellent coating that will keep off the worst of the moisture while letting sweat escape. It will be one of the most versatile pieces of kit in your dual-season wardrobe.
Keep out the chill with the Fiandre Bibtight
Forget road-testing the idea of riding your bike at all seasons – you’ll move deeper into the realms of winter cycling when you purchase the Sportful Fiandre Bibtight. It has a thick Polartec Neoshell membrane over the lower leg and knee, providing serious warmth and windproofing, but the use of lighter fabric with a NoRain treatment on the top half ensures that there’s room for a jacket over-top. The result is that you’ll feel protected without being restricted.
Cross seasons with the Bodyfit Pro Thermal Jersey
The Sportful Bodyfit Pro Thermal Jersey is a mid-season garment that dials up the technicality compared to those we’ve mentioned so far. Having been designed for racers in consultation with the brand’s World Tour riders, its performance guarantees it a spot in the pro riders' wardrobes.
Why? Because it has sleeves and side panels constructed from wonderfully smooth brushed fabric for comfort and a close, aerodynamic fit. It also has silicone gripper elastic at the bottom back to prevent too much body warmth from escaping, so that it can be worn either as a toasty, breathable layer on its own when it’s cold or layered under a thicker jacket when it’s freezing.
Crank the heat with the Bodyfit Pro Thermal Bibshort
The Bodyfit Pro Thermal Bibshort is another technical garment designed by World Tour riders with winter racing in mind. As you head into the chilly morning air for training, you’ll find your front is cocooned in luxurious, soft brushed fabric, with stretchy patches to hug and protect the knees.
Meanwhile, the back and straps are constructed of medium weight fabric with perforations for breathability, along with pockets to hold your gloves, snacks and sundries. To add to your general feeling of serviceable comfort, a TC Pro Pad offers extra cushioning for long journeys, while four-needle stitching ensures you won’t find an uncomfortable seam anywhere.
Go to extremes with the Infinium Bibtight
If you’re wanting to ride with full protection against freezing conditions, then look no further than the Infinium Bibtight. The warmest of Sportful’s collection and suitable for freezing conditions, it’s constructed fully of Gore-Tex Infinium fabric, so it offers total wind protection and the highest possible level of water repellence.
It also includes the excellent Bodyfit Pro seat pad, developed with professional cyclists to maximise long distance comfort through its careful shaping, strategic distribution of padding and seamless construction. Reflective seams will keep you visible if your ride should run long.
Full winter protection with the Super Jacket
The pinnacle of Sportful’s range of jackets when it comes to fighting the cold, the Sportful Super Jacket should be your winter riding staple. Thanks to being fully crafted from Gore-Tex Infinium, with a double layer of stretch fabric at the wrists to keep them firmly sealed, it is breathable, water repellent, windproof and warm all at once. In a final protective flourish, Sportful’s designers have added reflective strips to the bottom of the jacket at the back and the pocket flap at the front, then added reflective logos front and back for good measure. After all, you not only want to enjoy your ride but finish safely.
Carry on riding in all weathers with Sportful
Choose your cold weather cycling wardrobe carefully, since it'll make all the difference between a run of unbroken training and an enforced seasonal retreat. With careful layering and a few key pieces from the Autumn-Winter Sportful 2021 collection in your kit bag, you’ll be able to push through to next summer without resorting to weeks indoors hammering the Zwift.
If you find selecting the right gloves to match the day’s forecast a chore, why not go for a pair that offers sufficient weather resistance, dexterity and warmth to see you through most eventualities?