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Old 01-02-08, 04:46 PM   #1
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snowboarding jackets

does anyone ride winter out with one of these? if so, how does it deal with the moisture bit? to hot, to cold? any good recommendsss?
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Old 01-02-08, 04:48 PM   #2
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does ride winter out with one of these? if so, how does it deal with the moisture bit?
they are too bulky for myliking and for me it's like a parachute when i ride
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i find it better to layer rather than wearing a big jacket..i snowboard and ride my fixed during the winter and for both i'll just layer up..turns out i use my flashy $280 jacket more for random things in the cold than actually snowboarding but thats just me
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I second the bulky opinion. I have a Volcom jacket I love for actual snowboarding, but I never wear it when I'm on my bike. Just find any sort of shell (hell, I use a blazer half the time) and layer up. The more the merrier - and make sure to have something moisture wicking for the base.
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Old 01-02-08, 05:02 PM   #5
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i find it better to layer rather than wearing a big jacket..i snowboard and ride my fixed during the winter and for both i'll just layer up..turns out i use my flashy $280 jacket more for random things in the cold than actually snowboarding but thats just me
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Layer away my friend! then if you find the weather changing or yourself being too warm you can shed layers and maintain comfort.
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Old 01-02-08, 05:09 PM   #6
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I wouldnt ride with a down jacket. I have a thin bonfire with primaloft, and I wear a warm fleece underneath... no problems with that. Plus, you can get a jacket with zippered pit vents.
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Old 01-02-08, 06:18 PM   #7
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i bought a new planet earth jacket last year for snowboarding and now i use my old planet earth jacket for bike riding in the rain/cold.
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I use a Ride jacket when it gets really cold. Its not to bulky, but i got one of the smaller more slim fitting ones. I love it because it has full length vents under the arms.
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Old 01-02-08, 09:35 PM   #9
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I just use my ice climbing gear when it gets really cold. Seems to have a lot more range of motion than any ski or snowboard gear.
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Old 01-02-08, 09:55 PM   #10
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layer and layer. just make sure that you dont have any cotton on, it destroys the whole layering system no matter if you wear it as a base layer or as a midlayer. synthetic ftw. oh and wool.
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Old 01-02-08, 10:17 PM   #11
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I wear a $150 Burton Jacket, and it is the greatest thing I've ever owned. Far better than my old Columbia Jacket. It's warm as hell, and keeps me dry. I recommend. This one's a bit thinner though. Not the big poofy kind.
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Old 01-02-08, 10:36 PM   #12
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It was minus 10 today and felt like minus 20 with the wind chill. I had on ... t-shirt, long sleeve jersey, trackie top underneath a Gortex shell. That was just about perfect. I should have worn the balaclava too because my beard was full of ice by the time I got to work.

Bottom half was shorts over tights with not enough socks on (couldn't find the oversocks this morning) ... Pearl Izumi lobster claws and some generic skull cap.

Oh, and clear riding glasses.
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i only wear my snoboard jacket on slow social rides. thats because it holds more beer.
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Old 01-03-08, 01:29 AM   #14
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I used a convert hard shell that I owned for some time. I bought it one size too big so I could layer underneath for when I went to the mountain. It worked pretty well but the water proofing was starting to not work any more. This winter came around and I was swimming in the jacket because I had lost weight form biking. I bought a medium sized jacket from Showers Pass (www.showerspass.com) and am very happy with it.

From an essential point of view, biking and snowboard shell jackets are very similar as far as fabiric and ways to vent heat. But unless you live in a very very cold environment or snowboard more than you bike, I would stick with a jacket designed for biking. Just makes sense, they are thinner because well, bikers work hard than boarders plus often there is reflective tape and the tails are cut a little longer.
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Old 01-03-08, 02:43 AM   #15
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I got a nice Burton jacket for the winter. The key is sizing down if you're going to use it for biking. So far so good, mines been keeping me very dry and the arm pit vents cool me down if I get hot. Layering is obviously key.
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Old 01-03-08, 03:35 AM   #16
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I found this nice adidas cycling jacket that is pretty much a windbreaker as far as size/bulk goes. It's got three jersey pockets, wind-proof, vented all along the bottom of the arms and most of the back too. T-shirt under that with a base layer (usually long-underwear type shirt) and I'm golden. The only thing I don't like is when I have to wait for the sweat on my back (the back venting only works when I'm not wearing my bag) to dry after a ride, which is pretty much like having an air conditioner on my back the whole time. It's great though cuz it's not so huge or warm and I can pretty much always keep it on indoors if I want to.
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there are cycling specific winter jerseys/jackets for winter riding. rear pockets, reflective panels, vents where it counts, long back, etc.
ski/snowboard jackets are way overkill and not very appropriately cut... do a quick search for winter cycling jacket or jersey and check the normal outlets to get an idea of what's out there. i ride this gore jacket with a tee and thermal underneath in up to 30 degree F; loose the tee and add a sweatshirt when it's colder. that + my cannondale balaclava, windproof cycling gloves and a neckwarmer, and my upper body is toasty all winter long (underarm and chest vents keep you from getting too hot).
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Ski wear is good for wind, but it's probably overkill in the warmth dept. You're better off layering in case you have to jam uphill, or the sun comes out. I wear a down vest under a heavy shell. It works great and if it gets warm I can stuff the vest. If you prefer board jacket for looks, try to find one with a removable lining.
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Get a softshell, great for wind and rain, and not too warm. plus they are a bit tighter fitting which is nice for mobility purposes. check out backcountry.com or something
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did I hear gortex?
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i've been rocking a arc-teryx softshell for two winters, but now that i am back in school, the layering isnt practical. in 10 degrees, i would have a thermal, a short sleeve t, a long sleeve t, and a sweater, but with the constant short hops and 75 degree rooms, using layers is getting a bit ridiculous. so this winter im actually trying out a real thin down coat.
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Get yourself some good long johns. Not cotton ones, but synthetic quick dry ones that are stretchy, so They don't bunch up. This will keep your skin dry, and therefor, less cold when you stop riding, or the wind hits you.

For your next layer, You can switch things up depending on the weather. I have a heavy knit wool sweater and a thinner fleace one.

For the outer layer, a softshell jacket is all you need, to keep the wind off you. For your pants, a good pair of Nylon windproof pants is good down to -30c

Also, wool socks are essential, you will freeze in cotton.

I have rode my bike in -40 weather with this, and I havn't froze yet.
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Not to hijack, but I realized I horribly need a new outer layer. On a budget. So, what do you guys think, white or maroon?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ts%2DOuterwear
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Not to hijack, but I realized I horribly need a new outer layer. On a budget. So, what do you guys think, white or maroon?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ts%2DOuterwear
+1 white
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Yeah. That's what I ended up getting. Should look fly + better visibility.
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