Sportful may not be the first name that springs to mind when thinking about cycle clothing, however the Italian brand has a long history of providing professional road racers with their kit. It's safe to say they know their gear.

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From their HQ in Fonzaso, nestled in the foothills of the Dolomites, the company boasts Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank WorldTour as one of the men's teams they produce kit for. Even Alberto Contador has been known to sport a Sportful logo or two.

We've been sent a collection of Sportful's Winter 2013 range to test, from bib tights through to base layers. It's a mere snapshot of what Sportful have to offer females; check out their website for more products from their vast collection.

Admittedly we jumped the gun last week, producing a review of the Sportful Ladies Hot Pack 4 Donna windproof jacket. We were impressed when Sportful's UK Distributor C3 Products got in touch to let us know the few points we'd raised had already been addressed for the 2014 jacket - great to see companies listening to feedback.

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Sportful take base layers seriously, devoting over 14 of their 100 page catalogue to the moisture wicking garments. With 5 collections; Thermic 250, Deluxe, Active 100, Windproof, and Mid, it's clear that Sportful understand that everyone's perception of temperature differs, offering so many levels of climate control.

We've been sent the Winter 2013 Long Sleeve W from the second to top range; Deluxe. The base layer boasts 2nd skin and Thermo Dynamic properties. In essence this means it fits like a glove, with minimal seams to help reduce bulk and wick sweat while keeping you warm.

Constructed from 85% Nylon Meryl Skinlife and 15% Polyester, the long sleeve base layer feels silky soft and incredibly stretchy. Inside there are no irritating labels, with the washing instructions included on the material of the hem.

With a 5cm collar, it's going to be interesting to see whether we overheat in this high-necked base layer. Let's hope the wicking properties are as effective as the literature suggests. It should definitely keep our kidneys warm, as the medium we've been sent is pretty long. From collar to the bottom of the hem at the rear, the base layer is 71cm (28 inches) long.

Sizes available: XS/S - M - L/XL

Colour options: White (pictured), Grey or Black

Price: RRP £53

More information: Sportful

[part title="Sportful Winter 2013 Long Sleeve Show Jersey"]

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There are two women's long sleeve jerseys in Sportful's Winter 2013 collection, we've been sent the cheaper, albeit only marginally, Show jersey. Apart from colour ways, there's not a lot between the Show and Vento jerseys. Perhaps the camlock full length zipper and being 5 grams heavier makes the Vento worth the extra RRP £5.

It's clear the Show Jersey is built for winter weather. Slipping the medium on to my size 10 frame, the fleece TDTxp fabric that lined the entire jersey was both warm and soft to the touch. Initially the arms felt too long for the length of the torso, but as I settled into the jacket, this fear was allayed.

The 100% Polyester long sleeve jersey feels incredibly stretchy and like the base layer is long in the body at 74cm (just over 29 inches) from collar to hem. The jersey also has a full length zipper and 3 external rear pockets. There's a smidge of reflective detailing on the sides of the rear pockets.

There is no silicone on the bottom of the jersey, however there is a band of elastic, so that should do the job of keeping it from exposing our derriere. We can't wait for a crisp autumnal day to test this long sleeve Show jersey out!

Sizes available: XS - XXL

Colour options: Black with Pink trim (pictured), White with Pink and Orange trim

Price: RRP £75 (Wiggle = £67.50)

More information: Sportful [part title="Sportful Winter 2013 Show Softshell Jacket"]

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Your eyes are not deceiving you, this jacket does look very similar to the long sleeve jersey we've just featured but trust us - it's very different. It feels more rigid as the fabric is thicker to help protect you from the wind, while at the same time the soft shell stretch material ensures that it's comfortable and easy to move around in while in the saddle.

Although the Show Softshell Jacket is touted as being windproof, the fabric does not boast the official Windstopper® technology, unlike it's sister model the Vento WS Jacket. This doesn't mean it lacks wind protection, but we'll report just how windproof it is in the indepth reviews.

The collar of the jacket is tall and covers most of the neck, being slightly higher at the back. Combined with a panel of material behind the full-length zipper, the wind will have a tough job penetrating this jacket.

Like with the jersey, other features include 3 external rear pockets, a band of elastic around the hem of the jacket instead of silicone grippers and reflective detailing on the back.

Just remember as with most Italian brands, sizes come up small, so for our UK size 10 model, the medium jacket fitted perfectly. In terms of length, from top of the collar to the bottom of the hem on the back, the length was 74cm (just over 29 inches).

Sizes available: XS - XXL

Colour options: Black with Pink trim (pictured), White with Pink and Orange trim

Price: RRP £125 (Wiggle = £112.50)

More information: Sportful [part title="Sportful Winter 2013 Dream Tight"]

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For those not keen to tackle bib tights in the cold weather, Sportful have developed the Dream Tight, also available as a 3/4 length 'Knicker'. Reasonably priced at £75, the fleece 'ThermoDrytex' material feels as through it will keep us nice and toasty and well insulated.

It's going to be interesting to see how the waistband feels in the test, as there is a thick band of elastic running through the material at the waist. Let's hope it's not so tight that we get gut ache or the dreaded muffin top.

The tight's chamois pad feels incredibly light and spongy, although not too dense. This is the basic 'Princess' pad that Sportful offer. They do have an 'Infinity' pad included in the Lady WS tight, although they are over double the price. We'll let you know how the Dream's Princess pad fares when we put it through its paces.

Other thoughtful features include reflective detailing on the back of the legs, ankle camlock zippers and a line of silicone round the hem to keep the ankles in place. Just to note, there are no pockets on the rear of the tights. Our size 10 model was sent a small to test, and these fitted her 5'4" frame well.

Sizes available: XS - XXL

Colour options: Black with white/red trim (pictured), Black with Pink trim, Plain Black

Price: RRP £75 (Wiggle = £67.50)

More information: Sportful [part title="Sportful Winter 2013 Betty Bibtight"]

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For just a tenner more you can feel warm and snuggly in a bibtight version of the Dream tights. The bib straps, like with most winter bibtights, are more of a top, with a zipper running down the front to just below the navel to help with access.

The bibtight's material is stretchy and the legs are easy to get on. Overall, the fabric feels warm and soft against the skin, with a fleece type lining. In terms of the chamois, the Princess pad has been used - 8mm at its thickest and promoted to be 'perfect for long training rides when comfort is a priority,' we'll report fully in our review.

Other thoughtful features include reflective detailing on the back of the legs, ankle camlock zippers and a line of silicone round the hem to keep the ankles in place. Our size 10 model was sent a small to test, and these fitted her 5'4" frame well.

Sizes available: XS - XXL

Colour options: Black with white/red trim (pictured), Black with Pink trim, Plain Black

Price: RRP £85 (Wiggle = £76.50)

More information: Sportful