Zoot Sports Ultra Team Cycle Thermo Jacket, $160 Zootsports.com
Best for: base layer on cold days, or single layer on temperate ones
Best feature: material weight makes it versatile
This piece from Zoot Sports can do double-duty as an outer piece on cool spring days or as an insulating layer during the harsher months. Three rear pockets provide enough storage for nutrition and spares to last a training ride of any length, while a silicon band below the pockets keeps the jersey firmly in place while riding in an aero position. We found the brushed fleece thermal material to be an excellent insulator that provided enough breathability and moisture wicking to keep a rider comfortable for hours—just don’t count on it as a sleet-busting shell. A flap of material over the top of the zipper protects the neck from rubbing even when fully zipped up.
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