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Fall-Winter commuting/training clothing setup?(5 posts)

Fall-Winter commuting/training clothing setup?stinkfoot247
Nov 27, 2003 7:06 PM
I'm in need of a collection of clothes to keep me warm and dry as I will be commuting/training in all conditions.
Here is what I have thought up so far. BTW I live in PA. I am listing this in hope of suggestions.

Jacket for rain and cold(possibly 20 degrees)
Pearl Izumi Channel Jacket. One jacket for both purposes.

Pants for rain and cold
Pearl Izumi allegro pants

Some gloves- what's some good gloves?

socks- sealskins, I'm wandering how thermal theses are. Looking for suggestions on a set-up to keep my feet warm and dry.

What do I do about my head?

What am I missing, especially are the pants and Jacket going to be enough? Please help me.
If you commute in the North East what do you wearstinkfoot247
Nov 27, 2003 7:49 PM
that's a better way to put it.
I'm in Washington DC....Gregory Taylor
Nov 27, 2003 8:33 PM
...and I use the following basic set up, starting from the feet up:

Neoprene shoe booties, smartwool socks for rain. You can also get by with wool socks and putting your feet in plastic baggies, like a newspaper bag. Sweaty, but warm.

Pants: Anything below 35 - Pearl Izumi Amphib tights. If there is lots of rain, I have a pair of no-name goretex rain pants that work pretty good. Otherwise, the Amphib pants can handle it.

Torso: Base layer - long sleeve poly t-shirt. I have a thick poly thermal shirt that I bought at Walmart in the hunting section that is great. It is US Military spec. Slap on one or two jerseys (depending on how cold it is) Top with a vest if below freezing. I have a breathable rain jacket/wind breaker for wet weather and anything below 20 degrees.

Head: A cheap poly balaclava, or an open-top poly head band that covers the ears. The balaclava is for stuff 25 degrees and colder.

Gloves: Pearl Izumi Amphib Lobster gloves. It is is raining hard, I have cheap neoprene gloves from Performance.

Other stuff -- full fenders are nice in the rain.
re: Fall-Winter commuting/training clothing setup?wspokes
Nov 28, 2003 7:26 AM
I live in Pa also. Here's what I do. I have a pair of Cannondale fleece gloves that seem to work with all weather types. They have a wind shell like back so my hands stay toasty. Wool socks. Sometimes...only sometimes do I wear a set of Cdale oversox. Try an army and navy store and look for their wool socks. They come up higher, stay up and generally cost about $3. Head: I wear a merino wool balaclava. I also have wool beanies that I wear and sometimes wear the beanie on top of the balaclava depending on the wind. I wear mountain bike shoes with Time pedals and the shoes are a tad roomy which keeps the toes not too constricted and toasty. I wear a wool undershirt and cannondale jacket. I also have a fleece jacket I wear as well. When windy (commonly windy here) I wear a wool undershirt (from STP), a Cannondale Merino wool long sleeve jersey (don't think they make them anymore), and a fleece vest. I usually wear a neck warmer also just personal preference on this...I tend to get the drafty feeling around the neck so this helps me.

Pants: interesting...I wear cycling shorts with tights overtop...nothing else. I get too warm with other stuff. I have a pair of thermal tights also but rarely use them.

I am an avid XC skier also so I have adapted the cycling to skiing wardrobe and got it close to mastered now. Enjoy.
re: Fall-Winter commuting/training clothing setup?purplepaul
Nov 28, 2003 2:45 PM
I've tried the feet in plastic bags trick. It didn't work for me at all. My feet were so cold I had a hard time deciding whether to ride home or just take a dive under a bus. This was for training, so the first half hour or so was okay, but the bags adding nothing and created tons of sweat.

Now I use chemical foot warmers placed on top of the shoe starting at the toe, under a breathable bootie. I found that if I placed the warming pad in the shoe, only the area touching the pad felt any warmth at all. Now, my feet stay comfortable for most of a two hour ride even in sub-freezing temps. Eventually, the cold wins.

I also use SmartWool socks, and I found them so comfortable that I wear them all year round, riding or not. You can get them cheap from

An EMS medium weight sythetic undershirt, a wool undershirt over that if it's really cold, a windblocking fleece and an overshell cover the torso.

A thin balaclava for the head, under a helmet.

Heavy cycling tights and regular shorts are all I use unless it is raining. Then I'll throw on a pair of Gore-Tex pants.

Patagonia fleece gloveliners and a waterproof overshell suffice for the hands.

I can't say I'm looking forward to climbing into all this gear, but it worked well enough last year.