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What to Bring on Your Fall Ride – 7 Essentials

The Giro Fall 2018 Collection

When it comes to fall riding, you need to be prepared to face the elements: moisture, cold wind, mud, and whatever else Mother Nature throws your way. Don’t let inclement conditions ruin your ride. Whether you’re hitting sloppy trails for the first time this season or you’re trying to beat your own PR on wet roads you’ve ridden forever, gear up appropriately so you can get after your adventure in total comfort.

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Even though the minute you step outside you can see your breath, you should resist the urge to bundle up too much when heading out on the trails. If you do, you’ll end up uncomfortably overheating and feeling soggy. Wet, chilly conditions call for lightweight, solid performers that shrug off rain but stay breathable. Invest in a solid jacket that’s waterproof, stretchy, and windproof. Remember, details like waterproof zippers, packability, vent exhausts, and reflective details go a long way.


Staying dry is equally as important as staying warm. With a 15,000mm waterproof rating, waterproof zippers on the vent panels, and DWR coating, the Havoc H20 Short is the one to opt for when it comes to riding damp, gritty trails. Fit and feel also play an important role when it comes to your shorts. The Havoc H20 combines the fit of your favorite enduro-inspired riding shorts with a durable 2-way stretch 3-layer laminated material, and it offers 6,000g/m2 of breathability, so skin won’t feel sticky. Slip them over your knee pads or warmers to stay stoked (not soaked) this fall.


Temperature regulation and moisture management are critical to your performance and comfort in cold weather, and nothing beats high-performance layers to help with these components. When you wake up in the morning and it’s still dark out, you’ll get a sense of warmth and comfort when you readily slip on these skin-like fitting layers, especially the Chrono LS Base Layer. It features proprietary Wikpro fabric, a blend of polyester and nylon knit that enhances moisture transfer with an incredibly soft feel against the skin with exceptional stretch. Bonus: when you’re packing for your ski or snowboard trip, you can rely on these to layer under your outerwear for deep winter warmth.


Warm, working fingers are important for shifting, and braking and, well just about everything. Treat hardworking hands with a durable pair of gloves that will last season after season. We recommend picking out a couple for different occasions, so you’ll always be ready—whether you’re in need of a totally insulated waterproof glove that you can rely on in 20- to 30-degree weather, or whether your day calls for something a little lighter, like a lightweight windproof glove that’s water resistant with microfleece backing. You’ll also appreciate how all of the gloves in our Fall 2018 Collection have Touchscreen Technology, so you don’t have to take them off when accessing your mobile device. Now you’ll be ready to snap your buddy for the ‘gram when they finally get the courage to bunnyhop their first barrier.


When it comes to autumn riding, shoe covers are small product with a large reward. When the roads are wet, and water keeps spraying off your tires, shoe covers keep your pedal-pushing kicks clean and dry. The higher-performing shoe covers in our Giro Fall 2018 Collection feature a water- and wind-resistant exterior that’s been optimized with flex zones in key areas. Their super stretch neoprene minimizes the bulky feel without compromising warmth. Plus, added details like reflective detailing and durable walking pads make them a pedal above the rest.


We’ve all been there—out for a ride without a cap, face mask, or scarf and the winter wind comes to bite your ears, checks, and neck. Then your arms start to shake, and things get sketchy from there. Don’t fall ill-prepared, scoop up some merino winter caps, thermal fleece lined headbands, and balaclavas inside your riding bag so you have extra warmth on deck ready to go when you need it. At Giro, we try to think of every possible outcome. Which is why our balaclava is ponytail compatible, our Ambient Headband has reflective details and fits well when worn with a helmet, and our Seasonal Merino Wool cap has a shortened brim for better upper peripheral vision without the reducing the ability to block the elements.


Thermal arm, knee, and leg warmers are a staple for any serious rider because of their convenience and effectiveness at insulating the rider from the cold and wind when conditions demand it. Silicone grippers keep them in the right spot without slipping, while UPF 50+ protection protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. The secret construction ingredient that really keeps you warm, however, is the Italian Super Roubaix material. It provides insulation from with an articulated, 2-panel fit that’s just the right amount of cozy.


Last but not least, to make your ride even more enjoyable, make sure you don’t leave home without:

  • Fenders – The more coverage, the better. Fenders keep spray out of your eyes (and off your backside) when roads and trails have been exposed to rain or snow.
  • Wet chain lube – There is a difference for a reason. Wet chain lubes are water resistant, so it’ll stay on when riding through puddles.
  • Bike lights – Days are shorter. If you’re riding and it’s raining, lights keep you visible when you’re less likely to be seen through a rain-hitting windshield.

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