Well, I had an epiphany this weekend...or, perhaps more accurately, I came to my senses after a prolonged stupidity episode.Originally Posted by Bob Ross
Friday it was 9°F. No, I did *not* go riding! But then Saturday it was 35°, so not only did I run out happily to cycle, but I foolishly thought it would be balmy...since, at least compared to the previous day, it was.
But 35° is still 35°. Like an idiot, all I wore was a longsleeve polypro base layer, a lightweight longsleeve polyester jersey, and a longsleeve Ibex Ampara Merino wool jersey. 15 miles into my ride, I am one unhappy camper. It's not too bad when I'm stopped; it's the wind when I'm riding that's just cutting straight through to my core.
Mercifully there's a wonderful bike shop at the 20 mile point, where I just happened to have a store credit. Shivering & bordering on hypothermia, I run in and start looking at all the full winter jackets. But then I realize a winter jacket will be overkill for the ride home, as I still have 3 layers on. Plus I have a nice winter jacket at home, I just forgot to wear it!
Remembering that I'd been thinking about a one of those windvests that's just a big mesh back, I decide to take a chance on a Sugoi they're selling for $50. Front is extremely thin, lightweight wind-blocking material. Back is nothin' but net. (Plus two rear pockets and a generous smattering of ScotchBrite reflective material.) Even if it doesn't save my life on the ride home, I figure it'll get some use in the Spring (should I survive).
Within minutes I realize this is the smartest decision I've ever made regarding my winter wardrobe. It does EXACTLY what I need it to do: keeps my core warm. I don't find myself wishing I had any additional coverage, I don't find myself *too* warm or *too* steamy like I do with my old Canari windvest, plus it fits better so it's more aero than the Canari. I went out Sunday in 38° wearing the exact same outfit and I was so comfortable it was almost laughable. Lesson learned.