Getting out and after those early winter rides can take a little extra motivation with a cold nip in the air. After all, the past cycling season is now just a distant memory and the thought of heading out into a grey and cold winter landscape to log some base miles is the furthest thing from our minds. But, with the holiday season quickly approaching and with racing and quick club rides returning before we know it, braving the conditions burning some calories is necessary and when doing so, we reach for the MILLE GT Jacket Winter to provide insulating warmth to keep us comfortable on those rides.
The MILLE GT Jacket is updated with the inclusion of new materials designed to enhance your cycling comfort and this particular jacket marks the point of entry for Assos quality in a cold-weather kit. Like its predecessor, it possesses extremely thin materials that offer the wind protection of much thicker jackets. Key to the jacket's cold-weather capabilities is its new NEOS Medium and NEOS Light fabrics which are both 3-layer softshells with a bonded PU membrane that are strategically located to balance breathability and ventilation with warmth.
NEOS Medium is a windproof, water-resistant material used at the front panels. Its 4-way stretch design ensures that the jacket is close-fitting while maintaining enough give to keep you comfortable while reaching to the bars and allowing for a high level of breathability. To keep you from overheating when introducing a bit of tempo and hill workouts back into your riding, Assos constructs the sleeves and an upper back panel of a more flexible, and breathable NEOS Light material that also sacrifices some wind protection.
It results in a toasty core that stays well protected without sacrificing an optimized fit across the back, shoulders, and arms for tucking into the drops, reaching for a bottle, or changing up your climbing cadence by rising from the saddle. On the lower back and under the arms is its RX fabric, a brushed, 2-way stretch wrap knit that helps the accumulated body heat exhaust while also wicking away moisture. This additional breathability is especially important as excessive body heat and internal moisture can leave you in a clammy chill for the rest of the ride.
Its fit is classic Assos and only comes from a complete understanding of the integration of the human body while on a bicycle. The MilleJacket is cut in Assos' comfortFit, so it allows for heavier layering options without deviating from a dialed, sculpted fit. A 2W waistWave construction offers a clean look that locks the hem in place preventing any freezing drafts from interfering with your ride while its Raglan cut sleeves further enhance the range of motion while in the saddle and allow for a better fit with less material flapping in the wind.
It's built with sufficient protection in mind so you'll only need a minimal base layer in temperatures above freezing, however, Assos recommends its earlyWinter or winterSkinfoil options if a long, slow, distance ride is on the docket. Whatever layering choice the weather calls for, the jacket's three open pockets ensure that you'll have plenty of storage for whatever cold-weather accessories you think you may need to pack. Constructed with Assos' Triple Ramp design, it achieves the optimal height for easy entry and with internal seams, it provides a lid of sorts, keeping the contents secure over rough roads while fully loaded.