Our whole M.O. here at Performance is to ride bikes as often as possible. But as winter approaches and that temperature starts to drop, sometimes it’s hard to convince yourself to do so. Enter cold weather gear. Having the appropriate apparel will not only help keep the chill factor down – it can mentally prepare, and motivate you, to stay physically active during the off season.
This year, our apparel division went all out and produced some of our finest fall clothing to date. From eye catching, hi-vis colors, super integrated reflectivity, jackets with unbelievable versatility, and innovative fabric enhancements, this fall I can definitely see more rides on the horizon.
Reflectivity & Hi Vis Colorways
Cyclists across the globe have been calling for better visibility and we couldn’t agree more. This year we’ve added new hi vis colorways and an abundance of reflectivity – with reflective graphics, logos, and piping to ensure optimal visibility.
The Elite Krio III and Elite Neve II thermal jerseys are ideal for moderately cold weather or work great as part of a cold weather layering system too. These jerseys feature updated colors, 3 back pockets, one sweatproof zipper pocket, reflective elements, full zipper for maximum ventilation, and a silicone gripper at the hem and raglan sleeves for a comfortable, secure fit.
The one piece that has garnered quite a bit of attention this year, is the aptly named, Performance Reflective Jacket. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary lightweight wind jacket. But upon closer inspection, you will notice a silver print pattern that covers the entire garment. This silver print will basically light up like a Christmas tree with reflected light. If you’re looking for a wind jacket that offers 360 degrees of visibility – this is it.
This jacket also packs down small, so it’s the perfect carry along for when you don’t quite know what to expect weather-wise.
Waterproof & Water Resistant
There’s water resistant and then there’s waterproof. Most jackets offer water resistance, usually in the form of a water resistant coating (DWR = Durable Water Repellent). The coating repels water from the surface and keeps it from penetrating the fabric, but only to a certain degree.
Waterproof, on the other hand, while technically can never truly be called waterproof, provides a better barrier from heavy rain. With features like taped seams, waterproof zippers, and a waterproof rating of 10,000mm or more, it’s a safe bet that your jacket will hold up against some pretty nasty weather.
A quick note on water-proof ratings: the numbers in millimeters represent how much a 1″ x 1″ square piece of fabric can withstand a specific volume of water before it begins to leak through the fabric. In this case, the 10,000mm measurement is the height of water that fits in a 1″ x 1″ tube.
Here’s a general breakdown of the rating system
|0 – 1,500mm||Very light rain|
|1,500mm – 5,000mm||Light to average rain fall|
|5,000mm – 10,000mm||Moderate to heavy rainfall|
|10,000mm – 20,000mm||Heavy rainfall|
This year, our most waterproof jacket is the Impasse Rain Jacket. This jacket has a 10,000mm rating, with a 2.5-layer fabric that is both waterproof and windproof, a brushed fabric liner at the collar for comfort, action back for increased mobility while riding, removable hood, and reflective properties to keep you visible.
The Performance Adventure Jacket is a new addition to our Fall apparel, and it’s inspiring everyone around here to get outside and ride. The Adventure Jacket is designed to be a casual, everyday cold weather jacket, but with cycling specific features that make it comfortable to wear on and off the bike; an ideal jacket for mountain bike, gravel, or adventure riders.
The jacket is water-resistant, and the seams are fully sealed. The fabric features a four-way stretch technology that allows for better mobility on the bike. There’s a drop shape to the back hem for added coverage and a hidden, lightweight hood conveniently stored in the back of the collar (with a zipped closure). The heavy duty, full YKK zipper and front snap closure locks in the warmth and keeps the chill out; front, hand-warmer pockets keep your mitts warm when off the bike, and provide some extra, storage security when on the bike.
The Elite Zonal and Flurry are our men’s and women’s softshell riding jackets. One of our bestsellers. These are made from a bonded jersey fabric that’s water and wind resistant, with a soft, brushed interior fabric for warmth. The jacket breathes well and has excellent wicking properties to stay dry. Other features include a full YKK zipper, storm-cuff sleeves, drop-down flap and reflective graphics. There’s also a dual-entry kangaroo back pocket for easy access to riding essentials, and a hidden zip pocket on the left for additional storage.
We wanted to create the ultimate race fit jacket for cyclists looking to stretch their training rides into the colder seasons. Strategically placed thermal insulation panels and laser cut micro perforations are some of the fabric enhancement features that separate this year’s Performance Ultra SL Jacket from the rest of the pack. The insulation panels provide warmth in all the core areas without adding unnecessary weight. The micro perforations provide that extra breathability and moisture control. Other highlights include 360 degrees of reflectivity, sweat-proof zippered side back pocket, forward-set sleeves, storm-cut sleeves, and a DWR finish to block both wind and water.
All Performance brand clothing is designed and tested in Chapel Hill, NC.
How do you prepare for riding in cold weather? Let us know in the comments below.