The Art
of Layering

Dress for success. We’ve heard that for years, but it is not always as easy as it sounds. Whether you are heading to the office or heading out on a winter’s morning ride, you need to have the right gear. We at Isadore believe in riding year-round in all kinds of inclement weather. To help make that possible, we have developed our collection around high-quality kit that you can use to mix and match to find the best combination for the weather conditions according to the intensity level of your ride.

Performance Lifestyle

High intensity. A real lactate feast from the first pedal stroke. You are going out to hammer yourself and the key to this is that if you are not staying warm enough, then you are probably not riding hard enough.

Leisure Lifestyle

Lower intensity, friendly pace. At this speed, you want to feel comfortable and take time to enjoy the surroundings. You are not trying to get your heart rate up as high as possible, but rather want to enjoy the effort, and take time to soak up the scenery.

0/+5°C

Deep winter

Temperature

Temperature: starting at +5° and going down to when your ass freezes off

Weather

Cold, cloudy, with a chance of sleet or even snow, this is hardcore stuff, and will require you to take care to keep your core warm.

Performance

Deep winter

Peter

Peter's Tip

“Choosing the perfect baselayer is key. Keeping your core temp balanced will be essential. Then take care to keep the extremities like your fingers, toes, forehead and ears as warm as possible. Those parts are furthest away from the engine room and more likely to be exposed to the cold.”

Leisure

Deep winter

Martin

Martin's Tip

“It’s still cold out there, but you will be determined to enjoy some crisp winter weather. Of course, layering is key so you will be in a position to ventilate as required. If you decide to stop for a coffee or snack, take off the first top two layers to give them a chance to dry. And it will help prevent you feeling a shock of cold when you kick off again.”

+5° to +15°C

Mild winter

Temperature

Still quite brisk, hovering just above zero and up to 15°C.

Weather

The days are short and the temperature can drop very quickly especially when there is limited or no sunshine. Watch out for plunging temps after sunset.

Performance

Mild winter

Peter

Peter's Tip

“It’s best to start out feeling slightly cold at the beginning of the ride. Then you can count on your body to generate the required heat when you are working hard. Don’t overdress or you will sweat yourself into a chill.”

Leisure

Mild winter

Martin

Martin's Tip

“Don’t underestimate how many calories you need. Your body uses more energy to keep warm when riding in the cold, so be sure to fuel up. Dress warmly, anticipating a slower pace. Be sure you can ventilate as required to keep your neck and chest warm, and as dry as possible.”

+10° to +20°C

Early spring

Temperature

More sunny days, strong winds, changing weather fronts cause unpredictability.

Weather

You can almost taste the spring weather coming, but rapid changes in conditions will necessitate excellent planning. Everything from sunny and warm to blustery and snowy conditions can meet every ride.

Performance

Early spring

Peter

Peter's Tip

“Don't let yourself be surprised by sudden changes in weather. Keep a jacket or gilet always with you in order to be able to protect yourself. Even if you are leaving for a ride in sunny conditions, rain and even snow may be just around the next bend.”

Leisure

Early spring

Martin

Martin's Tip

“Even if you have tried to ride through the winter, early season form may still be short. Start the new season steady, and dose out the length and speed of your rides carefully to avoid overdoing-it. Once the weather gets warmer, you can happily peel off some outer layers.“