Staff review gore, endura and Sealskinz winter clothing


Winter cycling can really test a cyclist’s wardrobe. With the weather being so changeable, picking the rightclothing can help you enjoy your winter riding and boost your performance.


CycleSurgery’s Shepherds Bush store manager, Stephen Shawmarsh, is a road cycling enthusiast, clocking up to 300km a week between Sunday club rides, commuting and training rides. With riding his road bike an obvious choice for commuting, wearing the right kit throughout winter is a top priority.


Upon first glance of the jacket I was very impressed. The FS260 jacket appears higher quality than its price tag suggests, and the fit really took me by surprise. It was excellent. Standing at 181cm’s, I chose a size small.

The race cut reduced baggy material, which normally creates wind drag

The race cut boasts better aerodynamics, no excess or baggy material and because it fits closer to the body, it stops air escaping, keeping you warm.


Slightly longer drop in the tail with three pockets increases rear protection and carrying ability

A slightly longer drop tail with three deep rear pockets gives great protection for the lower back. The size of the pockets allows you to store all your ride essentials and extras you may wish to carry in winter. This included arain jackets, two inner tubesCO2 canisters, nutrition, phone and wallet. There is also the added addition of a smaller zipped pocket for storing valuables.


The FS260’s sleeves have plenty of length, allowing for extended periods of time in the drops with the arms fully bent. An elasticated cuff prevents the sleeves riding up and exposing the wrists to wind chill.

The sleeves have extra length and are elasticated around the wrists, ensuring my wrists weren’t exposed to wind chill

All in all, the Endura FS260 Pro Roubaix jacket is a great winter jacket. Due to its water resistance and sweat wicking properties, it can be used as a mid layer in deeper winter.


At first glance, the Sealskinz Lightweight Halo Overshoe really caught my eye. It’s lightweight and thin, so would be perfect for commuting, shorter winter rides and milder days. From the front, they look like any other lightweight overshoe, but from the back is where SealSkinz have made this product their own.

The overshoes look like any other waterproof overshoe, but have a hidden trick courtesy of SealSkinz

Hidden in a small ‘kangaroo pouch’ is an LED light. Turn this on and immediately, whether on a poorly lit country road or commuting through the city, your visibility is increased.

To further increase visibility, reflective detailing has been incorporated next to the zip. Due to the rear light, the zip has been relocated to the outer side of theovershoe. This allows for greater visibility from a wider range of angles, making commuting safer and more relaxing, knowing you’re seen from every position.


Sealskinz haven’t stopped with attention to fit and detail around the light. The overshoes are very well constructed with Kevlar reinforcements at the toe and bottom of the zip, and a storm flap which stops any excess water coming through.

LED light on the heel keeps visibility to a maximum

The fit of the Sealskinz Lightweight Halo Overshoe was great. Velcro tabs around the ankle kept the rain from trickling down in my shoes and the material maintained a tight fit throughout hard use. I chose a size large as my feet are UK 9/9.5, but small and medium are also available.

The fleece backing, along with the water resistant outer, kept my feet warm and dry in drizzle to medium rain.



Having used many Gore products, across a multitude of sports and activities, I had high expectations for the performance of the Element Windstopper Active ShellVest. In this particular garment I chose a medium size, which fitted very well. There is enough room for a few extra layers in the winter without the vest being too baggy and flapping in the wind.

There is enough room for a few extra layers in the winter without the vest being too baggy and flapping in the wind.

The Gore-Tex active shell membrane within the vest does everything you would want it to in this type of garment. It blocks out 100% of the wind on those chilly, winter days whilst also maintaining a high level of breathability. I felt much more comfortable in this vest than I have in others. Due to its breathability, I didn’t overheat when I put high levels of effort in.

There are small reflective detailing’s around the vest that add extra visibility in winter months

This Gore Element Windstopper Active ShellVest is equally at home on road rides, commuting or off road. There are small reflective detailing’s around the vest that add extra visibility in the winter months, particularly when commuting or on darker country lanes out of the city.


The ShellVest also has DWR (durable water repellent) coating on the outside. The coating protected me from unexpected showers and when I didn’t want to wear a full rain cape/coat in light rain. The water easily beads on the surface and rubs off the vest.

DWR coating kept the rain away, ideal for unexpected showers.

The Gore Element WindStopper Active ShellVest Excels in rain, wind and cold weather conditions and can be used for a variety of disciplines.