I'd like to know what people use and endorse as being the most effective in extremely cold and windy conditions, and also what works in heavy rain.
The rain jacket I bought at my LBS was expensive and isn't even waterproof. Rain leaks quite easily into the pockets, which damaged my phone. Everything at the LBS is outrageously priced but doesn't seem to offer much of what I need, instead catering to racers with big wallets..
Mainly my problem area is(are?) my legs. Either cold wind freezes them up, or they get wet and the rain goes straight into my boots/shoes.
I mean, I could just cut up a large trash bag for my legs and use grocery bags for my feet. But I'm willing to spend some money on a more permanent solution that doesn't deprive me of any style (or public respect). But I'm not spending $100+ for a single piece of base layer, such as what my LBS offers. That is outrageous.