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Old 09-07-05, 08:06 PM   #1
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Raingear for fall/winter

In the summer I just ride in the rain. But as fall comes, I'm thinking I need to get some good raingear, at least a jacket. I am pretty cheap on clothing, my cycling shirts are from alertshirts, and my lycra shorts are cheapies from Nashbar.

I'd like to get a good jacket. My legs can just get cold, if the rain gets through my nylon shell.

Does anyone have experience with the "Waterproof breathable" gear from J&G Cyclewear, at I used the search and only found bare mentions of the site, no opinions on the jackets.

It LOOKS good, reflective stuff, plenty breathable, pit zips, long tail and sleeves. But I'd feel better dumping $100 (which I realize is a great price if this is good stuff) if someone had an opinion. If not I guess I'll be the tester.

The other good stuff I've seen is $150+, so if this is good stuff it's a great deal.
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Old 09-07-05, 09:50 PM   #2
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Don't look at me. I'm the original cheapskate on clothing. The first year I commuted, my wife bought me a full rubber rainsuit, and I'm still using it. Not in the summer, of course, but the rest of the year when it's cold enough to not mind its heat-trapping properties. That and boots works well enough for me. I'm sure there's better stuff out there, but I'm too cheap/lazy to look.
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Old 09-08-05, 04:18 AM   #3
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I have their waterproof breathable jacket, pants, and helmet cover. As with most w/b stuff, if you exercise hard in it, you get wet from your own perspiration because the water vapor can't get out as fast as you generate it.

But in cool weather, if you ride easy, you stay dry. It's definitely better than non-breathable stuff, you just have to be careful how much sweat you generate.

The stuff is extremely well-made and is a great value, IMO.

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Old 09-08-05, 09:51 AM   #4
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Thanks, I think I will give their stuff a try. Looks like it'll be a good choice over fleece for winter as well.
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Old 09-08-05, 06:48 PM   #5
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CommuterDude recommends the O2 rain shield, which is around 30$.
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Old 09-08-05, 07:23 PM   #6
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This is what I'm planning to get:

For the jacket:

and for the Pants:

Both from Nashbar...

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Old 09-08-05, 09:33 PM   #7
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I use the Nashbar stuff in Winter also, works fine once the temps get down into the 40s & the price is right. Just go with the best match between comfort & your "cheap genes". Couple winters ago I saw a guy commuting in a yellow rain top & pedaling along in hip waders, don't recommend them though.
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