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I sure could use some advice.....(15 posts)

I sure could use some advice.....Ligon
Nov 24, 2003 1:08 PM
I am in the market for a new cycling jacket and need some advice. I am geographically located in the south so it does not get nearly as cold here as it does elsewhere. But, nevertheless we do see our fair share of cold weather. I do not want something that I am going to absolutley roast in but I do not want to freeze either. I guess that I am looking for something that will keep me toasty from 30 to 50 degrees. Is that to much to ask?
Anyway, these are the ones I am considering.

1.) Giordana Yukon Windscreen Jacket ($159.99)
2.) Pearl Izumi Staccato Jacket ($99.99)
3.) Pearl Izumi Barrier Jacket ($149.99)

(all prices per Colorado Cyclist)

I am open to any suggestions and comments. I have decided not to ride the rollers all winter.

Thanks in advance for any and all help.

I am in...PsyDoc
Nov 24, 2003 1:39 PM
...South Georgia and the high temps average in the 40's during winter. Unless the wind is really kicking up, I do not use a jacket. This is what works for me down to about 35-38 degrees.

Arm Warmers
Long Sleeve Jersey
Long Fingered Gloves
Wool Socks
Toe Booties
HeadSweat's Mid Cap
I am in... I'll second this suggestioninnergel
Nov 24, 2003 2:47 PM
I, like Dave Hickey below, live in Dallas, and the setup PsyDoc suggests is fine for virtually any ride around here. If you find yourself too cold in this, then gut a lightweight shell jacket or vest over all this and you'll be gold. You are going to roast in a jacket with any kind of insulation.

The only thing I would add is some sort of glove liner under the long fingered gloves. I have a $4 Thinsulate pair from WalMart that work great.

A good pair of wrapping sunglasses will do wonders for your eyes as well.
Thanks for the...PsyDoc
Nov 25, 2003 1:46 PM
...Thinsulate glove liner suggestion. There are some mornings when my fingers never quite get warm.
You're looking for a thermal type jersey...biknben
Nov 24, 2003 1:50 PM
...not a jacket.

I have the PI Barrier Jacket. I think it is great but I don't even consider it until the temps go below freezing. I roast in it when above freezing.

I'd recommend a heavy long sleeve jersey with one or two base layers under it. After a quick scan of PI stuff on CC's catalog, I'd look into the kodiak jersey or something along those lines.
I have the Kodiakbenja15
Nov 24, 2003 2:05 PM
its a great jersey and is wearable in many conditions including the ones you would be riding in most

check performance for a good deal on it

i think i paid around 100 a month ago
Yep. Good jersey.KG 361
Nov 24, 2003 2:47 PM
It can be worn when temps get even colder if you combine it with a LS base layer. If it does get warmer, it still breaths well enough to keep you from roasting.
I have the Kodiakbimini
Nov 25, 2003 5:18 AM
I got one this fall also and like it. Good down to 40F without anything underneath. You can go colder if you start adding layers underneath. It fits well, not baggy but not tight either. It does not flap in the wind. It runs large. I got a medium and I usally where a Large in US sizes and a size 5 in euro sizes.

I found them on sale at an LBS so I was able to try them on first.
I have the Kodiakturbo6bar
Nov 25, 2003 12:30 PM
I have a Kodiak jersey as well. I wear a long sleeve polyester/coolmax shirt beneath, and it is good down to mid 30s. Below that, I need more insulation. This winter, I'm going to try out an Assos Jacket.

Pearl Izumi Vagabond....Dave Hickey
Nov 24, 2003 1:52 PM
It cost about $100 and the sleeves unzip so it works great as a vest also. I live in Dallas and in the winter mornings it can be close to freezing when I start a ride. A couple of hours later, it can be 50. I've found this jacket works great as a shell. With the temp ranges you deal with, layering is more important than just a jacket to keep you warm. You can strip as you go when the temps start to ride.
+ it turns into a fanny pack / stow it when U get hot (nm)cmgauch
Nov 24, 2003 2:04 PM
another Vagabond fan....tarwheel
Nov 25, 2003 5:39 AM
I live in NC and ride year-round. The PI Vagabond works great for me during the coldest months. Like others mentioned, the days often start cold in the South and warm up quickly. The Vagabond is great for weather like this because you can remove the sleeves.

It also sounds like you need to learn the wonders of layering clothes. It's nearly the end of November and I have worn my vest only three times and haven't worn my jacket yet. I keep warm by wearing a wicking t-shirt under my jersey, arm and leg warmers, and warm socks and gloves. For me, it's better to under-dress than overdress when cycling. If I wear too much, I sweat a lot and actually get colder. A vest is perfect for most cool days (high 30s to low 50s). I rarely wear my jacket unless the temperature is below 40 and not expected to warm up much.
Forget the jacket. Go with a vest. nmMShaw
Nov 24, 2003 4:16 PM
Long sleeve wool jerseyLone Gunman
Nov 24, 2003 6:38 PM
Vintage Velos sells Woolistic ls wool jerseys. Euro sizing, size 5 is a XL that fits like a 40-42in. which is a large. Anyhow, $69 each, wool don't stink, toasty warm and I would think coupled with a vest, that's the ticket.
Thanks for all the replys!! (nm)Ligon
Nov 25, 2003 5:40 AM