Reading through the posts on this forum, I see many people say that their jacket is actually the lightest layer of all their clothing. I've also seen it said to avoid jackets with internal fleece liners. I had some preconceptions and thoughts about what I wanted from a winter cycling jacket beforehand, but after reading this forum I'm starting to wonder if my expectations are unrealistic, and if they can be salvaged at all.
The fleece liner thing for instance. Wouldn't it be alright to get one with a removable liner? I see many people say they wear a layer of fleece anyway when it gets cold. I was hoping for something I could wear for the windy fall days, and then put the fleece liner back in when it gets colder during the winter. I'd also like it to be able to use it when I'm not on the bike at all. Is wanting a jacket I can use when not cycling, during both the fall and winter too much? If not, can any of you make suggestions on a particular jacket? I'd like to be able to order it through my LBS if at all possible, because I'd like to give them the business. But if getting the best jacket for me means getting it elsewhere, then I will...Money isn't really an issue for me. I'm willing to shell out a few hundred bucks for a good jacket that will keep me warm and comfortable. However, I'd like it to be the jacket for me.