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How cold can I ride with Giordana Alpine Jacket?(5 posts)

How cold can I ride with Giordana Alpine Jacket?TNRyder
Oct 18, 2003 8:29 PM
I am looking for good cold weather gear and came across a good deal on this jacket at Colorado Cyclist. Anybody have one and what is the coldest temp you have been able to use it and still remain comfy, (or at least not freezin.)
It's up to youKerry Irons
Oct 19, 2003 5:49 PM
Every day this time of year I see people in shorts while others are in booties and tights with windproof jackets. It's a pretty personal experience, and depends very heavily on what else you're wearing. A cross-country ski cap under the helmet is good for about 10 degrees F for me, so I don't think about any particular piece of clothing but an overall mix.
True but.......TNRyder
Oct 19, 2003 7:32 PM
I have ridden in temps down to the 20's with only a Coolmax base layer, a long sleeve jersey, and a rain jacket to block the wind. This of course with leg warmers, winter gloves and a stocking cap under my helmet. The qualifier to the whole thing is that this was on a MTNBike ride so I didn't have that much wind hitting me.

I plan on doing some road riding as long as I can into the winter and starting up as early as possible in the spring again.
Yeah, and the people you see may or may not be comfortable.dzrider
Oct 20, 2003 6:52 AM
I don't always get it right and sometimes wind up either under or overdressed. Temperature doesn't tell the whole story. Sometimes it seems like my tolerance for cold or warm varies, but so far I've survived.

I find it's a guessing game, especially when it comes to commuting. It's real tough to figure out at 7:00 AM what it's gonna feel like at 5:30 PM. Layers sound like a great plan until you wind up with a bunch of extra clothing in your back pack.

I use balaclava(s) under my helmet and they also make a huge difference. Wnidstopper gloves are another big help.
re: How cold can I ride with Giordana Alpine Jacket?MShaw
Oct 20, 2003 9:29 AM
How cold do you want to ride? I've gone out in temps that were -20f with the wind chill in a Pearl Izumi jacket, a jersey, and a few base layers. (not to mention tights, shorts, booties, gloves, etc.)

How cold you go out depends more on what you're wearing under the jacket than it does the jacket! There was a post here a few months ago that was an Excel spreadsheet showing what one poster rides in in various temps. I suggest you search for it, read it, and then figure out what you need based on your experiences with cold. Some guys are naturally warm, others get cold very eaisly...

Just remember: if you're warm in the first 10-15min, you're overdressed!