Gearing Up For Cold Weather Riding

MC Picks 10 new base and mid layers to take the chill out of your next ride.

MC Picks New Base and Mid Layers
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When winter rolls around, that comfy unlined jacket you’ve been wearing all summer suddenly seems a bit thin. You can add the bulky zip-in liner, but most riders prefer a snug-fitting base- or mid-layer shirt or jacket to help keep the cold and wind at bay. Here are 10 ways to take the chill out of fall and winter riding.

AGV Sport thermal
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AGV Sport Thermal Shirt
The AGV Sport Shirt is ergonomically designed for a good fit and has a partial front zipper for easy entry. The front of the shirt and the sleeves feature a warm and wind-resistant fabric, and the sides, back, and backs of the arms are made of a breathable moisture-wicking stretch fabric. Flat-seam construction eliminates chafing. (XS-XL, $79.00, www.agvsport.com)

Alpinestars
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Alpinestars Tech Jacket
The Tech jacket has a unique blend of polyester fleece and Windstopper fabric to block wind and retain body heat. There are stretch panels for comfort, zippered pockets in the chest and bottom, and seamless Lycra cuffs with thumb loops. It's designed to be worn under uninsulated jackets or by itself while off the bike. (S-3XL, $139.95, www.alpinestars.com)

Dainese D-Core
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Dainese D-Core No-Wind Thermo LS Shirt
The D-Core is made with an elasticated and breathable No-Wind membrane and features a seamless build for superior comfort. Armor Pad is included on contact areas, and there's also 3D frame armor for added thermal insulation. The material is tear resistant, anti-pilling, bacteriostatic, hypoallergenic, and anti-odor. (XS-XL, two colors, $149.95, www.dainese.com)

Firstgear TGP
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Firstgear TGP Base Cold Top
The TPG Base Top's inner layer is made with 7 percent Spandex for a snug and comfortable fit. The outer nylon shell has a wind- and water-resistant front panel, a breathable middle membrane, and inside fleece lining. The front zippers on the neck and chest let you regulate body temperature. (S-3XL, $69.95, www.firstgear-usa.com)

Forcefield Tornado Advance
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Forcefield Tornado Advance Shirt
The Tornado Advance is made of windproof Defender fabric with Thermolite thermal insulation. Flat-seam construction improves comfort. The material is antibacterial, lightweight, and fast drying. (XS-2XL, $129.00, www.forcefieldbodyarmour.com)

Klim Yukon
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Klim Yukon Pullover
The Yukon has an all-new main body fabric that's more durable than previous Yukons. There's a convenient chest pocket with a low-profile flat-lock stitching accent. There are also overlays in abrasion zones for seamless integrating between layers. (S-3XL, two colors, $129.99, www.klim.com)

Rev'It Radiant
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Rev'it Radiant Jacket
The Radiant has an outer shell made of Rev'it WindBarrier material that's water-repellant, windproof, and highly breathable. Laminated reflective material improves visibility, and the fit runs tight for the best insulation. A wind-catcher is used behind the front zipper, and there's a slit pocket in the chest. (S-3XL, two colors, $239.99, www.revitsport.com)

Rukka Armaxis WS
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Rukka Armaxis WS Softshell Jacket
The Armaxis WS is a mid-layer addition to add to your winter outer layer. It can also be used as a standalone when off the bike. It's made of three-layer Gore Windstopper stretch fabric and includes four pockets. (46-62, $175.00, www.rukka.com)

Sedici Close Thermic
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Sedici Close Thermic Base Layer
The Sedici Close is 100 percent windproof to keep your core temperature up, and water resistant to keep you dry. It has an antibacterial treatment to help neutralize odors, and moisture-wicking material to pull sweat away from your skin and maintain the right temperature. Microfiber collars, cuffs, and waist are included for added comfort. (M-2XL, $39.95, sedici.com)

Vanson Streamliner
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Vanson Streamliner
The Streamliner has removable sleeves with underarm vents. It's reversible, with a highly visible day-glow green lining and a reflective strip circling the lower torso. Its insulation is 10 times warmer by weight than standard quilt lining and less bulky. A zipper at the bottom of the jacket gives access to a compartment to store the sleeves. (32-62, $299.00, www.vansonleathers.com)

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