BEST BASE LAYER
NIKE PRO COMBAT HYPERWARM COMPRESSION DRI-FIT MAX SHIELD
Your torso might look like sausage meat stuffed into a condom when you slip this base layer on, but at least you’ll be toasty. The figure-hugging top provides warmth, without making you feel like you’re fighting a fever thanks to its ventilation technology. The top’s sweat-wicking design keeps you dry by soaking up perspiration and pushing it to the fabric’s surface, where it quickly evaporates. Shame it can’t do that with your flab. £50, available at www.nike.com
PUMA KING SL
Carved out of the finest Japanese microfibre, this boot provides a glove-like fit to keep your tootsies nice and warm. The construction of the heel provides protection and stability against a hatchet man’s tackles. And when Mother Nature wreaks havoc with the pitches, the configuration of the boot’s traction studs will help you stay on your feet. £155, available at www.prodirectsoccer.com
UNDER ARMOUR COLDGEAR LINER GLOVES
The ColdGear fabric in these gloves mops up moisture to keep your hands warm and dry. With grippy palms and a nose-wipe panel, you’ll be able to keep hold of your opponent and stay snot-free. The designers have even included a reflective logo so your team-mates will be able to see you when the nights draw in. £15, available at www.underarmour.com
ADIDAS TECHFIT PREPARATION SHORT TIGHTS
Don’t make the mistake of thinking these bad boys are ordinary cycling shorts. They are in fact short tights and they help keep your legs warm, as well as reducing muscle fatigue. Techfit technology focuses your muscles’ energy to generate maximum explosive power, acceleration and long-term endurance. And the Freshrite feature suppresses odour so your opponents don’t have to put up with your stink. £23, available at www.adidas.co.uk
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