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Cold Weather Clothing...(6 posts)

Cold Weather Clothing...happycx
Jan 19, 2004 12:48 PM
ANyone have any advice on cold weather riding gear? Looking for something that is warm without bunching up. Thanks in advance.
how cold?JPRider
Jan 19, 2004 1:25 PM
Cold is a very relative term, but while training in Boston, I found that I could ride in 20degrees comfortably with these two main articles: Pearl Izumi AmFib pants and the Pearl Izumi Barrier Jacket. A skullcap or even a regular hat will fit under most helmets with some strap loosening and back adjustment. My favorite gloves have been EMS gloves, nothing fancy about em, $20. I haven't had great success with booties, so I won't recommend those. I wouldn't say the jacket isn't bulky, but man is it warm. Same with the pants. I think the jacket might still be on sale at Performance for less than $100, which is a steal.
Cold weather stuff.cydswipe
Jan 19, 2004 2:18 PM
I would say that items that are windproof are a plus. JPRider has it right with the AmFib's. I also like the Thermafleece that PI uses. I would highly reccomend these items:
Craft makes a longsleeve top with wind-proof front.
PI Therma fleece tights, they make a few to choose from.
I have a Kelme issue winter coat that works great too.
I have the PI Toester booties. They are O.K.
I use a Nike thermal cycling cap that is awesome.
Most of the stuff is on sale about now. Check out Colorado Cyclist for PI bargains. IMHO a lot of the colder gear doesn't bunch up too much. I've never had the dough for Assos or Castelli. I've heard that stuff is great though.
Good Luck!
re: Cold Weather Clothing...GeoCyclist
Jan 20, 2004 12:23 AM
For Christmas I was given an Assos winter cycling jacket. I have to tell you this jacket is the best; light, warm, and fit conforms great to my body. In early January I was cycling in 30 F conditions without any layering, just a short sleeve jersey and my Assos jacket and I could have done without the jersey. The Assos Airblock panels really do the job in stopping the wind. I started using an Assos cycling vest (Airblock front and mesh back) in November. I was comfortable with a long sleeve jersey and my Assos vest in temps down to 40 F. I'm now looking at buying a pair of Assos Bib tights; unfortunately Christmas doesn't come twice a winter!

Best of luck in staying warm!
re: Cold Weather Clothing...pseudocrow
Jan 20, 2004 6:07 AM
I've really been happy with cold weather gear made by Foxwear (www.foxwear.net). They custom make tights, base layer shirts, and jackets from polartec in several weights, all at prices significantly lower than the big firms. Give them a call, tell them your needs and measurements, and they'll make what you need.

(I have no connection to Foxwear except as a highly satisfied customer.)
re: Cold Weather Clothing...geeker
Jan 20, 2004 9:29 PM
Agreed on Foxwear. Great to work with, and excellent prices. [Insert usual disclaimer re. no connection with company.]