Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: northern California
Bikes: Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
Originally Posted by DRLski
Does anyone have any experience with the Milan AquaTec gear? I'm looking for something that I can train in when it's raining but still cold since lately we've had more rain than snow. Are the pants and jacket too baggy? I don't understand why they down make any form fitting rain gear, everything is so baggy. Will I overheat in this stuff?
They look fine to me. When it is raining and you have form-fitting rain gear all your sweat will condense INSIDE your gear. Might as well wear Saran-wrap, and cheaper. Loose clothing lets air circulate to carry away some of the moisture to armpit and back vents, even out the bottom of the jacket. The best set up I have heard of an outer rain-resistant layer, an mid layer of moisture absorbant material like wool said to be warm even when wet, and an inner wicking layer to keep your skin dry. For my 45 minute commute just above freezing I use a rain suit, spandex tights and a wool sweater, bike shorts and jersey for a skin layer.Then change into dry cloths at work, letting the rest air out. You need looser fitting stuff so you can move with all the layers.
A man who rides in Alaska in the winter has a different approach. He has a vapor barrier next to his skin so the sweat does not turn his insulating layers into blocks of ice