January 2024

No such thing as bad weather, just inappropiate clothing….


“No such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing”
Alfred Wainwright – 1973  
Seems very adept writing this as I look out the window…..
The weather in the UK is never the kindest to us in terms of riding conditions, particularly in the winter!  
We’ve always said that we would only stock kit that we would wear and use ourselves, and if you see Amy, Martin, Fergus or I out riding this winter, you’ll see this in action.  
So this week, we thought we’d put together a list of some of our winter favourites…
Lady having bike set up in workshop
  1. Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm Jacket and Trousers  
Let’s face it, you’re going to need full waterproofs here in the UK! Riding also generates lots of heat, so you’ll need a highly breathable, yet fully waterproof technical piece.  This jacket and trousers certainly deliver on that front, and also have full pit zips to be able to dump additional heat.  
Why we like Patagonia:  
Patagonia gear is all produced in a certified fair trade factory, and your money is also going towards combating climate change and protecting under developed land across the world. Yes, their kit is pricey, but it is actually in line with most other outdoor brands like Rab, Rapha etc.  

The cherry on top:
Yes it is an investment, but Patagonia also will repair your kit for free for the lifetime you own it, which we think is worth the money in itself!   

2.Troy Lee Designs Mathias Jacket  
Getting a good winter jacket is a tough balance. You want something to keep you warm, but you also don’t want to overheat!  This TLD jacket is the perfect balance.   It has primaloft gold in the body and back – this synthetic stays warm when wet which is vital. There is no insulation on the arms, which allows you to maintain the right body temperature in most conditions. It also has stretch panels on the side of the body, which allows the jacket to stay put and allow you the freedom of movement on the bike : )   See Gareth test riding the jacket!  
MTB rider riding around a big bend
 100% Brisker Gloves  
These gloves have an insulated back to keep your hands toasty down to freezing temps, with a standard palm, which allows you dexterity and comfort on the bike. Sub zero you may need to slip on an thin under glove, but for the majority of the UK winter, these are perfect. The best bit – they don’t even break the bank!   

So pop down to the store, and invest in some quality kit to help you make the most of riding this winter.    

Keep Shredding 

Gareth and the Team


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