2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Ultimate cold weather gear and apparel

Great gift ideas for the cyclist who’s not afraid to battle the elements

Apparel Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Don’t let Old Man Winter or Jack Frost take a nip out of your gift getter’s winter riding season. Instead help outfit them with gear and apparel that will make the next snow day a great day on the bike.

Bontrager Gnarwhal Tire

Bontrager Gnarwhal Fat Bike Tire

When bite and traction matter above all else, the 3.8” Bontrager Gnarwhal tire will keep you rolling through the roughest terrain and deepest snow. Tubeless ready construction means easy tubeless setup and puncture protection, while a unique Inner Strength casing provides lightweight sidewall protection that’s supple and strong. They’re also stud ready for truly arctic adventures. Price: $120 ($225 with studs) | More info at www.trekbikes.com

Pearl Izumi Glove

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. AmFIB Super Glove

When the temperature hovers between frosty and frost bite, you need a super pair of gloves. The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. AmFIB Super Glove is just the ticket. Whether battling wintertime chill on a fatbike in Minnesota, or tackling a frigid Colorado cyclocross race, these hand warmers are up to the task. The combination of a P.R.O. Softshell outer, waterproof Outdry lining, and 170g Primaloft Gold insulation make this Pearl Izumi’s warmest winter glove. And warm doesn’t mean clumsy. The glove employs a novel finger construction design that’s part mitten, part glove, so your index and middle fingers remain free to manipulate shifters and brakes. Price: $120 | More info at shop.pearlizumi.com

Bar Mitts

Bar Mitts Extreme Mountain Pogies

When even the best gloves can’t defeat Jack Frost, it’s time to install a pair of Bar Mitts Extreme Mountain Pogies on your fat bike. Utilizing waterproof, 6mm thick neoprene with fleece on the inside and nylon lamination on the outside, these hand protectors beat back winter’s chill like no stand alone glove can. Removable velcro cuffs make for easy in-and-out access with no drawstrings to fumble with. And an expandable bar end plug keeps the mitts stiff and in place, while a zipper can be opened for ventilation and temperature regulation. Price: $125 | More info at www.barmitts.com

Voler Jersey

Voler Black Label Wool Jersey

Voler’s Black Label designation has a well deserved reputation for quality, and this top-of-the-line merino wool jersey is no exception. Features include a silicon gripper at the waist, quick-drying Merino wool fabric, durable single needle stitching, and a robust full-length zipper so you can easily adjust venting on the fly. Wear this jersey over a base layer as part of the ultimate winter biking outfit. Price: $139 | www.voler.com

Bontrager Old Man Winter Shoes

Bontrager Old Man Winter Shoes

Winter is for fat biking, not hibernating. The Bontrager Old Man Winter shoe keeps Jack Frost from nipping at your toes with a removable fleece-lined Thinsulate insulated bootie and 100 percent waterproof OutDry upper. Other features include a waterproof main zipper with two-strap hook and loop closure system and a roomy inForm Tundra last fit that opens up the toe box for thicker socks. Stiffness index is 6 for solid power transfer and off-bike comfort. Price: $300 | www.trekbikes.com

Pactimo Vest

Pactimo Breckenridge WX-D Vest

The best pieces of cycling clothing are the ones you reach for over and over. Count Pactimo’s Breckenridge WX-D Vest as one of those products here at Mtbr. Whether it’s a cool summer morning, brisk fall day, or arctic night ride, this well-built vest will help keep your critical core area warm. An oversize zipper pull makes it easy to adjust without taking your gloves off, three ample rear pockets are great for storing extra layers, cash or your smartphone, and subtle reflective accents help keep you visible in low light conditions. Price: $100 | More info at www.pactimo.com

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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