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The Grateful Eight: Hunt for the Best Cold Weather Gear

We went looking for some of the best clothing, gadgets and gear for commuters of all kinds to stay safe and warm when it’s cold out. They had to be things that worked for bikes and kick scooters, and come highly recommended.

Here’s the best cold weather gear we found…

Kryptonite's gravity-powered wheel locks#1 Stop wheel theft with this basic axle nut that’s anything but. Made by Kryptonite, these gravity-powered wheel locks work when the vehicle is right side-up. Paired with a couple U-locks, you may have the perfect security set up. If you’re curious about those kinds of accessories and how exactly to use a U-lock on a folding bike or scooter, we’ve got an article for that.

Cold weather commuter gear#2While we’re on the subject of safety, have you heard of the stealthy rear-view camera by Fly6? We hadn’t either until we started looking. This awesome gadget is straight from the future and doubles as an LED light. The camera itself records footage at 720p on a two-hour loop. Another amazing feature of this tool? It’s accident-triggered to save the last hour of footage and record the next hour after impact.

45NRTH's Wolvhammer winter boots#3 When you get stuck out in the cold rain and snow, you don’t just get street crud and sidewalk salt all over your ride. With 45NRTH’s Wolvhammer winter boots, tried and tested in the deep snows of Minnesota among other places, cold feet will be the least of your worries. Plus you won’t have to suffer embarrassing salt stains. Just don’t forget to rinse and wipe off your kick scooter or bike’s metal bits with a soft dry cloth when you get to where you’re going to keep them from corroding and becoming an issue.

Thermacell heated boot liners#4 If nearly $350 boots aren’t in your forecast at the moment, there’s always heated insoles to keep your feet toasty on those cold rides. Or, do yourself one step better with a pair of heated boot liners! You pretty much can’t go wrong with anything from the Warming Store, but those are some of our favorite ways to get heat for your feet.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell 3×1 Jacket#5 It’s all about outerwear when the weather turns wet at all and the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell 3×1 Jacket comes highly recommended as the “comprehensive cold-weather system”. The favorite feature of this jacket is its specific design for a body positioned to ride on a bicycle. It’s cut a little bit longer and tailored to keep close to the body.

Helmetclava#6 We’ve got just one great word for you: Helmetclava! Don’t know what this awesome piece of headgear is? That’s OK; it’s well worth any strange looks you will (probably) get. Built to fit underneath the helmet and provide breathable protection of the neck, face, mouth and top of your head. The most impressive feature though is the laser-cut breathing port that’s cut to prevent the buildup of ice!

MEC's Pogies product image#7 Ok… another great word, possibly even better than the Helmetclava – and definitely less conspicuous. Pogies from MEC are like mittens but for your handlebars. They’re built for cycles but fit perfectly on any kick scooter with Velcro over your grips, and at $35 a pop they make a perfect piece of must-have cold weather gear for riders of all types.

Artcrank helmet#8 Rounding up our list isn’t something that’s necessarily cold-weather specific, but amazing all the same and with a name like Nutcase, how could you go wrong? Artist edition helmets were made in conjunction with World Bicycle Relief and will be sold on the Nutcase website during the spring.

One tip when it comes to dressing for a cold weather commute is to layer accordingly. Things like waffle knit long johns and Underarmour make great first layers, but the real key to staying warm is staying dry. We hope you found some new, extreme cold weather gear for your wintertime commuting. If you’ve got something you really think should’ve made the list, let us know on social media or in the comments.