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sugget jacket for winter commuting(6 posts)

sugget jacket for winter commutingAsh
Oct 2, 2003 11:29 AM
I am looking for a jacket for winter commuting,
Any suggestions or strategies

-should I go for a thicker heavier jacket, or one that is lighter and layer more
-Windproof capability is a must
-waterproof is not as much of an issue, cause if it is pouring I won't be riding in.
-Windstopper, Activent, A-tex, Wind-tex, thermal...
Lots of choices.

thanks
how longs your commute? temp? variation? precip? nmSteve_0
Oct 2, 2003 11:33 AM
how longs your commute? temp? variation? precip? nmAsh
Oct 2, 2003 1:10 PM
-30 minutes each way
-some short hills in it, good workout.
-in SW Virginia Mountains
-temps will vary a lot from when I leave in morning and when I ride home in evening. Sometimes is can get down into upper 20s but typically 35+ in the mornings, and can be 50+ when I ride home.

-can sometimes be foggy and damp. I'll ride through light rain, but won't commute in downpour. But could get caught in one or stuck at work when one rolls in. So should be highly water resistant, but doesn't need to be totally water proof. Current jacket is Race Face (not the Aquanot, but cheaper shell), and it soaks through very fast.

-I'll have lights and red very bright flasher on rear, but am thinking that it would be prudent to go with a bright color jacket

-I like the idea of N2s next to skin lining so I don't have to always wear a something long sleeve under the jacket on those days when it isn't so cold. Hate wearing shell jackets next to bear skin, feels clammy.

-I'm also cheap so needs to be on sale or closeout. None of those $150 jackets

Some options I'm looking at are:

-Voler Vortex rip stop jacket $45
-02 rainwear jacket $25
-Castelli Cup (lime green/black) from Sierra Trading post $45
-Insport Hydrofusion at Performance $57
-Performance house brand Gore windstopper $50
-Nashbar house brand Gore windstopper $40
-Mountain Equipment co-op Versatech $35
-Biemme Windstopper at Sierra trading post $70

Go back and forth between wanting something pretty thick so I don't have to have lots of layers on, vs just a windproof shell

thanks
I would suggest layers and illuminitecommuterguy
Oct 3, 2003 4:32 AM
I have used a Performance Illuminate jacket for 4 years of winter commuting (in DC area in circumstances like yours). It looks just like a wind breaker, but is incredibly warm. It is pretty much water proof, at least through light rains. Best of all, you will be much more visible--your lights are essential, but I believe the sooner you are recognizable as having a humanoid shape and movements, the better off you will be.

I have also found layers to be an essential part of my strategy. For me, the AM commute is generally colder than the PM, so I tend to carry one layer in my pack on the way home.

To economize, I suggest bottom feeding at Performance and other online retailers. Check their web sites regularly for closeouts, etc. You can save a bundle.
re: sugget jacket for winter commutingPeterRider
Oct 2, 2003 5:47 PM
- if rain, gore-tex XCR 2-layers
- if no rain, windstopper is nice. I have it on a fleece, it really works great. What about windstopper jersey or jacket and medium-weight thermal below ?

Pierre
OK...you should wear a jacket for winter commuting. nmamflyer
Oct 2, 2003 6:33 PM