1. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: Assos early Winter Interactive base layer
Taking base layer technology one step further the long sleeved body insulator increases warmth around the neck area with a high collar while the Push-Pull effect from the material fends off sweat from direct contact with the skin. The Bacteriostatic fabric also means you are not carrying that 20 mile odour when you get back home or into the office.
Price: £82 | Wiggle
2. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: Castelli Estremo Winter Overshoe 2012
Adding a layer of crucial foot protection, the windproof and weatherproof booties feature a micro injection covering to keep in the heat. Secured by a waterproof zipper to quickly throw them off when you get home, the rugged durable sole ensures they will also stand the test of time.
Price: £90 | Sigma Sport
3. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: 66° NORTH Snaefell Jacket
The water proof shell jacket made of elastic Polartec NeoShell is more breathable than some Gore-tex jackets. The Snaefell features all the detailing you’d expect on a top-level hardshell such as adjustable hood waterproof two-way zippers and velrco cuffs, and will keep you warm and dry this winter.
Price: £280.00 | Blacks
4. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: DHB Windtex skull cap
Designed to fit underneath your cycle helmet, the slim fitting cap hosts a wind barrier membrane to help fend off the chill and absorbs any last traces of warmth. The soft stretch Italian fabric ensures it sits comfortably on your head and with the reflective DHB logo increases visibility on the road.
Price: £17.99 | Wiggle
5. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: Endura Baa Baa Merino Winter cycling socks
Made from a cosy Merino blend, the ankle length socks offers warmth even when damp and has a Pique upper for optimal breathability. Extra arch support is featured on the outsole while the Terry sole means it should add a little more comfort while you are powering the pedals.
Price: £9.99 | Evans Cycles
6. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 SO Padded Bib Tight
This all in one number uses a soft polyester fabric with a windstopper membrane to keep you warm and features reflective piping on the back and the sides for night time rides. Riders will also be glad to know that the crotch area is protected with abrasion resistant tape to stop things getting too sore...
Price: £157.49 | Evans Cycles
7. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: Le Col B3 Winter Jacket
Understated but with all the visibility you need to be seen on the road, the waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket incorporates fluo coloured fabric in key areas like the wrists and zips and with a fleece lining will adds warmth during your ride
Price: £249.99 (jacket) | Le Col
8. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: Louis Garneau Windtex Eco Flex 2 Gloves
Helping you keep a firm grip on the handlebars during the cold these ultra-light gloves are wind-proof and include padding to reduce numbness when the chill sets in. Moisture wicking helps maintain dryness while reflective piping subtly adds more visibility.
Price: £34.99 | Evans Cycles
9. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: Pearl Izumi Men's Elite thermal cycling tigh
Fending off the wind and rain to keep the lower body warm, these Thermal Fleece tights pay particular attention to the front and rear quad area and knees using wind-resistant panels to stop precious heat from escaping while the lower leg zipper should make it easier to get them off once you're off the bike.
Price: £89.99 | Pearl Izumi
10. Best Winter Cycling Gear 2012: Shimano MW81 Gore-Tex Winter SPD Boots 2013
Providing ultimate protection against the elements, these winter proof boots feature a Gore-Tex lining to protect against water and Polar Fleece insulation to generate warmth. Durable enough to tackle off-road trails, the Neoprene ankle cover combined with a water resistant splash guard also helps to prevent any unwanted water or mud getting inside.
Price: £134.99 | Evans Cycles
11. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Canterbury Cold Hooded baselayer
Best for known for its rip-proof rugby attire, the tight fit long sleeved top is part of Canterbury's Cold baselayer range and helps regulate body temperature using ‘moisture management’ technologies. Flat seaming on the arm holes prevent chafing, while the hood means you can keep your head warm and show off some council estate chic.
Price: £35.99 | Canterbury
12. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Nike Vapor Flash Jacket
With a laminate surface producing a massive 400-candlepower reflectivity, you'll be easily spotted at any time of day. Additionally, the jacket is reversible and has a matte silver finish on the other side so you don't always have to run around blinding people left right and centre.
Price: £200 | Nike
13. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Asics Leg Balance Tights
When braving it in shorts is no longer an option, the running tights uses breathable fabric technology to battle sweat add warmth and uses reflective detailing to aid visibility. They also have great recovery benefits supporting key areas that come under most strain when pounding the pavement helping to improve running posture and movement.
Price: £55 | Asics
14. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Adidas adiViz top
Essential for late night runners and early morning risers, the long sleeve top delivers maximise visibility thanks to reflective and glow in the dark piping. CLIMAWARM materials also keep the body warm and insulated which should save you having to dig out another spare t-shirt from the washing basket.
Price: £34.20 | Pro Direct Running
15. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Asics Nimbus Men’s Running Socks
The ankle length socks use thin knitted ventilation areas for increased breathability and moisture transport to keep feet dry. The Nano Glide yarn on the toe and heel areas will help combat running-related irritations like blisters while reflective yarn on the heel just above your shoe adds extra visibility at night.
Price: £9.99 I Pro Direct Running
16. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Revolution Stomatex Gilet
It may look like an eighties disco uniform, but the Revolution Stomatex gilet is designed to keep you both warm and cool you down when required. The dome-shaped vapour chambers act as micro-pumps, circulating air faster as your activity level increases. Made in the UK to order.
Price: £95 | Revolution running
17. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Osprey Talon 2 11 Rucksack
Of course, you can run with any old rucksack, but once you load up this offering from Osprey you'll find out what you've been missing. Ideal for trailrunning and commuting alike, it's light, has plenty of accessible pockets for bottles and gels, a hydration bladder space and a hip-belt that works.
Price: £64.99 | Osprey
18. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Fitted Dri-FIT Max
Adding another layer of warmth in the battle against the elements, the long-sleeve figure hugging top uses Dri-FIT Max fabric to keep sweat off the skin and help to minimise the chill factor. Nike Shield technology will also keep the lower arms dry when the heavens decide to open.
Price: £50 | Nike
19. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Under Armour CG Liner Gloves
Whether worn on their own or underneath more heavy duty mitts the durable, these wind-resistant gloves use ColdGear fabric to wick away moisture build up and keep hands dry and warm. The grippy design on the palms will make it easier to keep hold of your water bottle while nose wipes come in handy when something else starts running.
Price: £14.99 | Pro Direct Running
20. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Under Armour Blustery Beanie
To go with the gloves the soft, snug fitting microfleece for your head features Under Armour’s EVO ColdGear lining to trap much needed warmth. The 4-Way Stretch design also means when it gets damp, you should be able to restore to its former look sooner rather than later.
Price: £12.00 | Under Armour
21. Best Winter Running Gear 2012: Nike Free run+ 3.0 Winter shield trainers
Offering a barefoot running experience but with more cushioning and underfoot protection, articulated flex grooves on the soles promote a more natural stride, while a reflective upper aids visibility. Most importantly, specialised mesh aims to keep feet dry when you jump straight into an unsighted puddle.
Price: £85 | Nike
22. Best Winter Running Gear 2012:Yaktrax Run
If you are comfortable in your current runners but they lack the traction to tackle snowy and ice conditions, the metal coil grips and removable spikes fit on the bottom of your running shoes while the rubber core wraps around your running shoe to promote a natural running style on more testing surfaces.
Price: £35.00 | Snow and Ice Grips