Assos cold-weather gear - Just in

Excellent thermal bib tights, leg warmers, Shaq jacket and more

Although our friends Down Under are gloating about their summer weather right now, many of the rest of us are still in the thick of winter, and Assos has some new gear for staying comfortable on those chilly rides. Known as much for the price as the quality, Assos has been expanding what it calls the "welcome, thank you" line. (Translation: less expensive.) Still, less expensive is relative, as the "affordable" Shaq jacket still runs $359/£216 and the LL.Uno_s5 bib tights are $299/£175. Having done a few rides in these pieces, though, we can vouch for the quality.

Assos revamped its baselayers for this season, replacing its interactive pieces with the new skinFoil seamless underwear. As with many Assos clothing, it comes in different thickness for (seven!) different temperature ranges. The longsleeve earlyWinter baselayer ($159/£99) uses woven polypropylene for warmth and moisture transfer. Assos claims the construction has anti-odor qualities as well.

The $359/£216 ShaqUno jacket feels immediately different than most winter jacket as the outer layer floats separately from the under layer for loft, and thereby warmth. The inner layer is a wicking fleecy material.

Assos cold-weather gear: the shaquno jacket has a double-layer construction where the top layer floats almost independently, creating loft for insulation: assos cold-weather gear: the shaquno jacket has a double-layer construction where the top layer floats almost independently, creating loft for insulation
Assos cold-weather gear: the shaquno jacket has a double-layer construction where the top layer floats almost independently, creating loft for insulation: assos cold-weather gear: the shaquno jacket has a double-layer construction where the top layer floats almost independently, creating loft for insulation

As some bib tights get more and more complex with windblock layers, zippered uppers and a multitude of fabrics, the LL.Uno_s5 bib tights ($299/£175) are refreshingly simple with RX fleece throughout, no zippers and an incredibly comfortable chamois that is positioned perfectly. The absence of zippers at the ankles seemed strange at first, but after a few rides we appreciated the svelte feel. No one has ever described zippers as comfortable, have they?

Assos cold-weather gear: the ll.uno_s5 bib tights are insulated with fleece throughout and feature an excellent assos pad: assos cold-weather gear: the ll.uno_s5 bib tights are insulated with fleece throughout and feature an excellent assos pad
Assos cold-weather gear: the ll.uno_s5 bib tights are insulated with fleece throughout and feature an excellent assos pad: assos cold-weather gear: the ll.uno_s5 bib tights are insulated with fleece throughout and feature an excellent assos pad

As with the bib tights, the legUno_s7 leg warmers ($79/£49) forego zippers for a lightweight, comfy fit. Cut for a bent knee, the legUno warmers have reflective panels stitched in.

Assos cold-weather gear: the leguno_s7 leg warmers forego zippers for a snug, lightweight fit: assos cold-weather gear: the leguno_s7 leg warmers forego zippers for a snug, lightweight fit
Assos cold-weather gear: the leguno_s7 leg warmers forego zippers for a snug, lightweight fit: assos cold-weather gear: the leguno_s7 leg warmers forego zippers for a snug, lightweight fit

Finally, the insulatorGlove_s7 ($49/£27) is a well-tailored RXQ glove that works as a standalone option on milder winter days or as a liner under thicker gloves for the nasty weather.

Assos cold-weather gear: the insulatorglove_s7 works alone on mild winter days or as a liner on colder rides: assos cold-weather gear: the insulatorglove_s7 works alone on mild winter days or as a liner on colder rides
Assos cold-weather gear: the insulatorglove_s7 works alone on mild winter days or as a liner on colder rides: assos cold-weather gear: the insulatorglove_s7 works alone on mild winter days or as a liner on colder rides

Check back soon for review on a few of these pieces. In the meantime, you can check out our tour of the Assos Ticino Showroom in Switzerland.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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