Yanto's Pro Guide: What to wear for Autumn
Autumn is all about changeable weather and temperature - days that start cold and get warm as the sun comes up, rain that sweeps in unexpectedly, and darker evenings which leave you finishing your ride in cooler conditions, in lower light. There’s a lot to think about in autumn, and finding the right combination of kit to keep you warm, dry and comfortable is no mean feat.
One of the main things that autumn kit needs to deliver on is versatility. Versatility is a key consideration in our design process, as we think about how to design a garment that can be removed and carried easily at different times on the same ride. Things like; arm warmers, leg warmers, gilets, Therma jerseys, Therma shorts and rain capes - they all need to be packable and light at the same time as thermal and waterproof.
With that in mind, here are the five key items I’d recommend for your wardrobe this autumn:
1. Therma Jersey
I love this jersey. I have raced many cold races in it and I always feel like it’s got my back. It keeps my core cocooned in a little warm protective capsule, even in the harshest conditions, while at the same time not making me overheat.
This jersey was designed to be fully thermal and waterproof using our special 4 way stretch bonded Leonard (therma tex) material. This means this garment can keep you warm while remaining thin enough to fit easily in your standard jersey pocket – ideal if you need to take it off mid ride.
Recommended: the Le Col Therma Jersey here.
2. Long Sleeve Jersey
A long sleeve jersey is perfect for autumn mornings when you know it’s set to stay cooler for most of the day. Those kind of days mean that you can put on a long sleeve without a fear that you might overheat. In our Aqua Zero long sleeve, the material is very breathable, soft and warm on the inside, so it works with your exercise intensity to balance temperature out during the course of a ride.
A long sleeve Jersey can be used in combination with a number of other garments like short or long-sleeved undervests, Gilets and Therma jerseys - to cater for more inclement weather. It’s also a good idea to select a long sleeve jersey which has large pockets, so that you can carry everything you need on long varied climate rides.
Recommended: The Aqua Zero Long Sleeve
3. Therma Gilet
A gilet is designed to be a simple solution to keeping the core of your body warm. If it’s made of thermal and waterproof fabric (like our Therma gilet), then it’ll be perfect for trapping heat where you need it most, while remaining a light and packable garment.
I’d recommended that you never leave the house without either a gilet or something like a Therma jersey, as they will just give you that extra level of security during rides that you may find colder or wetter than planned.
It’s perfect for the start of a ride, while you’re warming up and building your body temperature. Or equally it’s a great item to pull on at the top of a climb, to keep the body temperature even as you descend. It then can re-packed into your pocket for the rest of the ride.
Recommended: The Therma Gilet
4. Rain Cape
This is a serious bit of kit. A good rain cape is designed to be waterproof, and should feature fully waterproof (not showerproof) and breathable material, taped seams, high neck, long sleeves and a long drop-down tail to guard against road spray.
Including these kinds of features mean that some brands design a product too bulky to fit in your pocket, but the reality is you rarely use a rain cape for an entire ride, especially in the autumn when rain is less of a serious concern – so it’s important to buy a rain cape that can be packed away.
Our version of the rain cape, has all the above considerations and can be folded up to fit in your pocket when not needed.
5. Arm and Leg Warmers
Arm and leg warmers are an important set of items in anyone’s wardrobe, and especially at this time of year. They are perfect to take on and off throughout a ride, and can be easily stowed when not in use.
They can be worn with summer jerseys, Therma jerseys and also used in conjunction with long sleeves and jackets when the weather gets even colder. Contrary to what you may think, arm warmers can be worn very effectively with winter jackets to help keep your hands warm when it gets colder in deeper winter. For now though, they are a great transition garment for autumnal climes.
I hope that's helped you make a few wardrobe decisions for the season ahead,