For a large part of the UK, we appear to be having an Indian summer. October’s come around with an ever so slight chill, and yet the bike brands are getting their Winter collections out in time for the cold snap.
Performance clothing technology has come a long way over the years, especially when it comes to cold weather riding. Rather than layering up every jersey, glove and pair of socks you own, brands are ever developing more capable blends of fabric.
Each year there will be a number of cyclists who pop the bike away for hibernation, and turn to alternative forms of training. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to keep pedalling throughout the Winter months if you have your bike, and your body ready for it.
I’ve been out road testing the new thermal and weather-proof garments from Stolen Goat. With their somewhat retro design, I was all too excited to climb onto my bike and pedal it out.
Stolen Goat Thermal Long-Sleeve Jersey
Founded by Tim Bland in 2012, Stolen Goat aims to cater for all cycling lovers with a variety of clothing and accessories. Their new Autumn/Winter collections include tights, bibs, jerseys and jackets. Everything you need to see you through to Spring.
When the long sleeved thermal jersey arrived at my house, I was drawn in by the retro 70’s style design. Not that I’m a 70’s girl, but I love the stripy blocks of colour. The jersey feels really soft in the hand, threaded and woven to form a high-quality fabric.
The fit is really nice as well. It’s shapely enough to taper to the body, but allows enough room for a base-layer underneath. Although the cuffs are finished with a stiff elastic, and not something I particularly like the feel of, they do well to ensure wind and rain won’t go shooting up your sleeve.
Underarm ventilation keeps the air flowing, and the large rear cargo pockets allow for maximum stashing of supplies. There’s a smaller zipped stash on the side also, which I found to be perfect for keys and monies as it’s lined with water resistant material.
The thermal properties of this garment lie within the thread used in construction which has a hollow core. Accompanied by the roubaix lining, this jersey is thermal compliant and ensures a warm breathable ride.
Sizes: X.Small – X.Large