by Marcus Leach
As the nights begin to draw in, the leaves gather on the floor and the weather becomes a little less favourable for outdoor activities cyclists have one of two choices; put the bike away for a winter of hibernation, or get out the winter clothing and keep riding regardless of the elements.
Luckily for those who are not fair-weather riders we will, over the coming weeks, be reviewing a wide range of clothing that will see you through the harsh winter months. First up this week is an offering from Tenn, designers and manufacturers of advanced performance cycle clothing, and their waterproof solutions for keeping dry on your bike.
This high performance rain jacket is fully waterproof, wind proof and breathable making it the perfect top layer to ensure you stay warm and dry. It features a specific cycle cut so is longer at the back and has heavy reflective detailing to ensure you will be seen in the dark. Unlike some jackets, which claim to be waterproof, this really is. The lightweight fabric has a waterproof and breathable membrane, which together with the fully taped seams and waterproofed zips will keep you dry and comfortable in the wettest of conditions.
Verdict: We have ridden using this jacket in both the rain, as well as just using it as a top layer on a cold morning ride, and we are pleased to report that it stood up to the elements on both occasions.
Blaze Waterproof Leggings
Only the hardiest, or should that be foolish, make do with just a waterproof jacket and as such these leggings are the perfect addition to the Whisper jacket. As with the jacket they feature a waterproof and breathable membrane that’s bonded between the inside and outside facing layers, which helps draw perspiration out of the micro pores, whilst stopping rain droplets from penetrating. The ergonomic cut and pre-shaped legs give the leggings a close, comfortable, performance fit which doesn't impede riding in the slightest.
Verdict: A snug fit combined with a micro fleece lining make these leggings incredibly warm and comfortable to ride in. It is worth noting that they are unpadded, but can easily be worn over the top of a pair of padded shorts.
We have also been using a Tenn compression fit base layer on our recent rides and, as with the above products, it is a great quality garment that ensured we stayed incredibly warm throughout our rides. We were particularly impressed with the high wicking fabric that ensured we stayed dry despite putting in some serious effort around Richmond Park.
Further details on all of these products, as well as an option to buy them, can be found on the Tenn Outdoors website.