5 Star Winter Cycling Products

We love customer reviews here at Merlin, they are a great way to get the opinion of others before committing to buy. Here’s our pick of ten 5 Star rated products, ideal for making winter riding much more bearable.

Vittoria Zaffiro IV Tyres

Big capacity tyres can make rough roads much nicer to ride on. Zaffiros are available in 25, 28 and 30mm (check frameset tyre clearance to ensure they will fit your bike). Vittoria have upgraded the aramid compound to improve wear resistance in this great value training tyre.

Castelli Squadra ER Jacket

Winter weather calls for emergency flexibility with your clothing. The Squadra ER jacket is a very packable, lightweight shell jacket. It’s ideal for stuffing in your back pocket until needed. It will keep the worst of the wind and showers at bay, on those unpredictable ‘weather roulette’ days. Castelli’s renowned quality and use of high-end materials ensures its long term reliability.

Moon Meteor-X Pro & Comet X Light Set

The Moon Meteor & Comet offer a long list of features – considering it’s a great value light set. Fully recharged in 2 hours via USB, the front light features three settings 150, 300 and 600 lumens – offering settings ideal for a wide range of night riding scenarios, as well as a day-time flash mode for extra visibility. The lights are waterproof to IPX4 standard – great for UK riding, and have battery status indicators to help make the lights more practical and easy to use. The lights come with fittings which fit all bikes.

Sealskinz Waterproof Heated Gloves

The ultimate glove for warm hands! With a rechargable battery zipped into the cuff, Sealskinz Waterproof Heated gloves are the best option for those who suffer badly from extreme cold while riding. The gloves feature 3 layer construction and a layer of primaloft gold insulation. Heat levels can be adjusted to dial in the ideal setting for your ride comfort.

SKS Speedrocker Gravel Road Mudguards

Love riding your gravel bike in winter, but getting tired of getting home looking like an unidentifiable swamp creature? SKS Speedrocker mudguards will reduce the amount of filth which you attract on your gravel bike ride. Designed to give coverage for tyres from 32mm – 42mm, the Speedrocker Gravel mudguards add just over 400 grams to your bike and are built to withstand the rigors of riding on demanding trails and tracks.

Merlin Malt G2 Claris

The entry level, do-it-all gravel bike is also a strong contender for a great cost effective winter bike. With its refined geometry, carbon forks and thru axles, the G2 would be very much at home battling the elements on the tarmac, as well as gravel tracks this winter.

For more details check out out blog on the G2 Claris.

Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Socks

Cold wet feet ruin rides! Proper winter socks, such as these from the specialists at Sealskinz, make a huge difference to winter ride enjoyment. These socks are very comfy to wear whilst also hardwearing, warm and waterproof, they feature hydrostop technology which creates a barrier to water ingress. Hand made in the UK, where we (let’s be honest) do love a great pair of socks.

Castelli Flanders Warm Base Layer

The Castelli Flanders features an extended neck (neck warmer) and warm, soft fleece fabric. Designed for chilly days in wind-swept Flanders, the base layer would be the ideal garment for any cold-day ride from autumn to spring. Produced with Castelli’s usual attention to detail and style, the Flanders features flatlock stitching at the seams which makes it less bulky and smoother fitting under mid layers.

Dare2Ride Smart Trainer

The Dare2Ride smart trainer features a 5.7kg flywheel for a realistic ride feel and is very quiet in terms of operating noise with only 52db at 30kph. The trainer simulates climbing up to 20% and can generate up to 2500 watts of resistance. It also offers instantaneous changes of load on Zwift, making for a realistic riding experience.

Read Bex’s full review blog here.

Endura BaaBaa Merino Tech Multitube

The Endura BaaBaa is a great option for keeping your neck warm and keeping you more comfortable on winter rides. Sheep never complain about being cold in winter, that’s because they have their own natural version of the BaaBaa to keep them toasty while out on the snowy fells. As with other neck tubes, the BaaBaa can be pulled higher and used as a warm face mask or even bandana.