Is there no off-season anymore? With the advent of advanced, all-weather cycling clothing that can carry you in comfort through even the worst days of winter, the answer is a resounding no. From thermal pieces that actively help regulate your temperature to featherweight rainproofs and wind-blocking outer layers, equipping yourself for the season ahead has never been easier. And with our fall/winter Q36.5 men’s bike clothing drop now available in-store and online, we’re ready to help you meet your edge in whatever weather you find yourself riding in.
There’s a lot to get into this season, so we’ll walk you through some of our favorite pieces by real-world ride conditions and detail why we rate them so highly.
Q36.5 for Cold Rides
The Winter Road Jacket
Riding through winter calls for a bike jacket that can keep you warm from the first mile and temperature-balanced even during hard efforts. If your season doesn’t stop when the temperature drops, the Interval Termica Jacket is the perfect outer layer to combat the challenging conditions ahead. It's thermal, exceptionally breathable and windproof. And it comes with an internal zippered vest for even greater protection from the elements.
The Gravel Grinder’s Godsend
When your wheels leave the road, bike apparel turns towards adventure. And with adventure in the name, you just know that Q36.5’s Adventure Winter Jacket is going where the wild things are. First, it’s fully waterproof. Second, it’s very warm, thanks in no small part to the Italian brand’s UF Air thermal fabric. And third, it’s light. At only 285g, it’s very light indeed, especially considering how warm and dry it will keep you.
The Thermal Jersey
The road to winter isn’t always paved with ice. For the season’s crisp, cool days of fall (and spring), Q36.5’s Woolf Long Sleeve Jersey boasts a thermal tech-merino fabric and smart tailoring to protect the neck and wrists from onrushing air. With a solid assortment of pockets and pared-down looks, the Woolf stands out as a sterling second layer. Pair it with a lightweight jacket for extra versatility.
Q36.5 for Rainy Rides
The Emergency Layer
As long as you don’t get wet, it doesn’t really matter if it’s raining or not. If you’re warm, you’re riding. To that end, there’s the R.Shell Protect X Jacket, a featherlight outer layer that boasts absolute water protection and top-tier breathability. Tipping the scales at little more than the weight of an energy bar, the Protect X packs down into a jersey pocket with ease, ready to deploy when heaven’s open.
Q36.5 for Windy (and Cold) Rides
The Classic Italian Wind Shell
Depending on the weather report, most of the Q36.5 jackets we’ve talked about so far, bar the exceedingly warm Termica, can easily handle double-duty in spring. And that’s certainly the case with the Q36.5 Air Shell Jacket, an astonishingly light classic wind shell that no rider should leave home without - in any season. Fully windproof, courtesy of its high-density stretch-woven fabric, the Air Shell features Q36.5’s typical attention to detail and rider-centric fit. Whether you wear it from home or reach for it when the wind picks up or a fast descent beckons, it’s an essential piece for any roadie’s wardrobe.
The Bib Short that Does More
Bib shorts aren’t just for summer. Some, like Q36.5’s Wolf, have ambitions beyond September. The Italian brand’s leftfield addition to their shorts line boasts a water repellant treatment, a wind-resistant high-density weave fabric and a plush inner fleece. And it works very well indeed, helping to keep you warm and dry through the changeable days of fall. Pair it with the Woolf arm, knee or leg warmers and no ride is out of bounds.
The Tight for All Seasons
Well, possibly not all seasons. But the Q36.5 X L1 Bib Tight excels by knowing what most riders want out of a bib tight. And that’s a superb fit, minimal seams, a chamois built for the big miles, a wind-protective fabric and a reinforced seat for durability. It’s not Termica-warm, so fans of the white stuff should ride on by, but for almost everyone else, it’s the ideal fall/winter tight.