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Need Advice - Cold weather jacket / shell(7 posts)

Need Advice - Cold weather jacket / shellbimini
Sep 29, 2003 5:29 AM
What works for you in cold weather as far as a jacket or shell?

I'm looking for a jacket that will block the wind but does a great job with moisture control. I am looking for something that won't flap in the wind either. What's a good jacket?

I currently have a nylon shell that does a nice job blocking the wind but I become drenched, even in cold weather. I think I have seen jackets / jerseys with a nylon wind stopper front and a spandex / coolmax back. Do these work and where can you buy them? Does goretex let enough moisture out. I'm cheep, so I'm not looking for the highest priced techno gear. I plan on layering with polypropene undies and a long sleave jersey under the jacket depending on temperature.

It's finally gotten cold here (first 43 degree with 20 MPH wind ride last weekend) and it won't be long until it's time to bundle up.
What I recommend..cydswipe
Sep 29, 2003 5:37 AM
Go to www.probikekit.com . I got a team issue winter coat cheap. They work great, are warm and help with wicking etc. Gore Tex is super expensive. The new Performance catalog has some new coats too.
Good Luck!!
Get a vest.MShaw
Sep 29, 2003 9:15 AM
Much better moisture control with open arms and back... All you really have to do is keep the torso warm, after that the rest of the body follows. Save that nylon windbreaker for the dead of winter when its REALLY cold out!

Layer, layer, layer. That's the key. A lot of thin layers is better than a few thick ones.

If you're warm in the first 10-15min of a ride, you're overdressed!

Can I throw any more cycling cliches at you??

Mike
I have a Castelli shell that's wonderful. I don't think thatbill
Sep 29, 2003 9:44 AM
they make the exact thing anymore, but it blocks the big wind and still breathes. Looks cool, too.
I think that that PI's Zephyr 2 material is very nice stuff. I have a vest with it, and it's great.
Generally, with the hi-tech stuff, you get what you pay for. I have a Voler windbreaker through my team, and, it's nice, and not a bad value, but it doesn't work as well as the stuff that costs more.
Wind StopRazzo
Sep 29, 2003 3:45 PM
I bought a Castelli "WindStop" short sleeve jersey this year. Works great. Vents down the side; back is the same material as my summer jersey. The front has the windstopper material. It breaths but keeps the cold wind off your chest. Has full zipper front and good pockets in rear (one with zipper.) Depending on the temperature I wear different layers underneath, or none at all.
Wind Stopbimini
Sep 30, 2003 4:38 AM
This is the material I was thinking of. I think I have seen long sleeve versions of this with the front of the arms in the same material. I have also seen tights with the fronts of windstop and the backs of normal spandex.

Anyone know of an inexpensive source of this type of jacket and tights.

Thanks
re: Need Advice - Cold weather jacket / shellraptorUW
Sep 29, 2003 7:32 PM
my absolute favorite garment is a wind-proof soft shell jacket. mine is the USPS version, but non-team issue stuff is also available. basically, these are wind-stopper fleece jackets. they're highly breathable, and though expensive, the absolute most versatile piece i own(which you wouldn't guess). i wear mine in the 40's with a jersey and in lower 25+ temps with a long sleeve capilene baselayer + jersey. having seen the light, nothing else comes close. this piece alone makes Madison, WI winters tolerable.

as far as fits go, the pro stuff & giordana seem to fit skinny people, other brands are more generous. biemme makes a version with zip off sleeves - a good buy if you're looking for both.