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How serious are you about winter training? Be honest. If the words “I’m 100-percent committed to riding every day—neither snow nor rain can stop me” didn’t just blurt out of your mouth without hesitation, you can stop reading this now.
The ASSOS EQUIPE RS Winter Collection takes premium winter apparel to the next level for a brand already known for setting the bar in performance. The price tag of the collection reflects this, so you should know it up front: $439 for the bib tights and $725 for the jacket (yes, you read that right). Add in another $169 for the mid-layer and that totals to an eye-watering $1,333 before adding in things like gloves and shoe covers. Again, if you’re not serious about winter training, this kit is not for you.
ASSOS bills this collection as the ultimate performance winter apparel. “This is the warmest winter collection to date from ASSOS, providing the ultimate protection from all the elements while not compromising fit and aerodynamics,” says Kelli Samuelson, marketing and communications manager at ASSOS.
The keystone piece of the collection is the johDah jacket, which can be used on its own or layered up depending on the conditions. The textiles used on this jacket set it apart, activating more as you work hard. A short, zippered mid-layer lines the first half of the front, then comes a windproof and waterproof textile with a light thermal interior. On the back, ASSOS uses medium- and heavy-weight panels as needed for warmth. But to prevent overheating, there are “diffusor valves” at the shoulders that draw in air between the layers.
The jacket is cut tight even by ASSOS’ standards—the fittest among us might consider sizing up. And though it feels tight across the shoulders when you put it on, the fit clicks into place once you tuck into the riding position. The build quality of this jacket is second to none. It wears close, keeping bulk to a minimum, yet it still feels substantial, with some heft to it. There’s not a loose thread or stitch out of place. And the zippers on the jacket and mid-layer might be the finest we’ve ever tried.
The waterproof and windproof EQUIPE RS Winter Bib Tights S9 are the first bib tights to incorporate ASSOS’ A-Lock Engineering, which ensures optimal compression and anchors the chamois in place. Like the brand’s legendary bib shorts, the comfort is category leading, featuring a winter version of the brand’s EQUIPE RS chamois (without ventilation holes) and signature external rollBar straps—which further stabilize the chamois. These tights are for true winter riding. Pulling them on can feel more akin to suiting up in a wetsuit thanks to the neoprene-like material at the ankles that seals out any moisture and to the close fit. Sizing up these tights isn’t a bad idea, either.
If you desire the best, look no further than the ASSOS EQUIPE RS Winter Collection. Just be prepared to first open up the wallet. us.assos.com