This week the mornings had a little bit of Autumnal chill about them, while the afternoon’s have been a little warmer overall. It’s the time of year where warmers come in useful to keep those legs and arms a bit more comfortable. But because I can feel the chill in the air it sets my brain towards the middle of Autumn (Fall) and the gateway to winter.
I’ve already purchased some Slipstreams and Dura Gloves from DeFeet in preparation for the Fall. But what about the next chapter, when the weather gets colder or wetter. What options will I have to get the Fluroness up?
The full on late Fall/Winter piece is heavier in weight and uses Windstopper on the front and No Rain on the back. In this way you get the best combination of fabrics to offer the correct protection due to using a body mapping principals. The tail on that jacket is longer, so if you do get caught out in the rain it should help with protecting you from water spray, hence the No Rain on the back. If you find waterproof jackets too hot, and never set off when it’s raining this maybe ‘THE’ winter jacket for you. As the jacket has some press studs on the bottom you can store the long flap out of the way until required, or just leave it long and low.
So what about Overshoes and Gloves for Winter then if you’re looking to keep the Fluro theme going over the dark months that lie ahead. Gore Bike Wear seem to have a good offereing in this arena.The Windstopper fabric (as discussed on the blog before) is ‘technically’ waterproof as the water column inches you can put on top of this fabric outstrips many waterproof jackets on the market. Because Gore have super high standards this isn’t enough and they only pass their own waterproof test once these garments have gone through the black triangle test. Due to the fact that the garment isn’t taped across the seems (where it has been stiched together) it would fail. The same principal applies to the Gloves from Gore Power looking like the best option for me personally.
Looking through @cazz_griffin photos on her feed I reckon I’ll end up sporting a similar look this winter, just as they are moving into Summer in Australia. I think it works both on mass (gloves, jacket and overshoes) or in a limited way by throwing in some overshoes, just to add that little bit of pop on a cold morning to attract any passing drivers attention.
It seems that no longer Fluro is Euro, as Fluro is for everybody and all riders. Safety and Style have never been such happy bedfellows.