The days are short, nights long. Mornings are frigid. Evening is worse. If there is a hell for cyclists, the whole of the Northern Hemisphere above the 37th Parallel is being dipped into it for a three-month swim. This is when a nice ride can go from a simple excursion circa-September to a 30-minute preparatory ordeal in January, and even then, misery greets us at the garage threshold. Misery we love to embrace with the company of Q36.5.
Specification: Extremely comfortable long-sleeve baselayer designed to first wick sweat away from the core and arms, helping to keep the body’s core temperature stable at 36.5 Celsius, or for us in the United States, 98.6°F.
Conditions: Any time a long-sleeved outer layer is appropriate.
Pairs with: Hybrid Que Thermal Jersey, Termica Jacket.
Specification: Versatile winter jacket with wind and water resistant front panels, internal barbers collar to block cold and moisture in the riding position, and thermal fleece back panel to keep core temperatures regulated during hard efforts.
Conditions: Under 55°F and inclement weather.
Pairs with: Base Layer 3, Base Layer 4, Vest L1 Essential.
Specification: Wind and water resistant packable vest with outstanding insulation properties. Rear access slits provide excellent access to jersey/jacket pockets. Integrates well with Q36.5 jerseys and jackets, condition dependent.
Conditions: 0-30°F with Termica Jacket, 40-50°F with Hybrid Que Thermal Jersey.
Pairs with: Termica Jacket, Hybrid Que Thermal Jersey.
Specification: Full tights constructed of same front panel as the Vest L1 Essential with silver-threaded wind and water-resistant thermal fabric. Semi-compressive, thin, single-panel construction that does not bind but fully molds to the rider’s body.
Conditions: 35-60°F, inclement conditions.
Pairs with: Termica Jacket, Hybrid Que Thermal Jersey, Plus Socks, Termico Overshoes.
Specification: Similar construction to Salopette L1 Essential Tights but with additional thermal insulation beneath wind-resistant layer for added protection in exceptionally cold conditions.
Conditions: Below 35°F, wind/rain/snow.
Pairs with: Termica Jacket, Plus Socks, Be Zero Socks, Termico Overshoes.
Specification: Lightweight thermal sock constructed of Merino wool/silk blend. Uses similar construction technique as the vaunted summer Ultralight sock, but with excellent insulation properties. Extremely breathable with great warmth.
Conditions: 40-70°F, and wet conditions.
Pairs with: Termico Overshoes, Copriscarpa Overshoes.
Specification: Heavy deep-winter thermal sock with similar Merino/silk design as the Plus sock with additional insulation. Features a tighter weave in the base of the sock to prevent heat loss through sole of the shoe and cleat mount.
Conditions: 0-50°F, inclement conditions. Excellent in crisp weather without an overshoe, and the first line of defense in frigid temperatures with an overshoe.
Pairs with: Termico Overshoes.
Specification: Temperature-versatile shoe cover with windblocking and water-resistant properties. Offset zipper prevents chafing at zip on the back of the ankle, and stretch thermal fabric makes putting them on easy.
Conditions: 0-60°F, inclement conditions.
Pairs with: Plus Sock, Be Love Zero Sock.
Specification: Minimalistic cold-weather glove that utilizes many of the same textiles as the Termica Jacket. Allows for exceptional finger dexterity while providing superior thermal protection to freezing temperatures. Wind and water resistant.
Conditions: 35-60°F, inclement weather.
Pairs with: Hybrid Que Thermal Jersey, Termica Jacket, Base Layer 3, Base Layer 4.
Specification: Deep winter glove with Primaloft thermal lining and water/wind resistant outer shell. Like the Termico Glove, exceptionally protective for its weight.
Conditions: 10-40°F, inclement weather.
Pairs with: Termica Jacket, Base Layer 3, Base Layer 4.
Specification: Provides thermal protection with under the helmet with elastane fleece, and keeps ears cozy in biting conditions. A no-brainer in cold to cool conditions.
Pairs with: Anything.