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Old 09-06-07, 01:17 PM   #1
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New for this year gear - shells

Hey all,

I live in Upstate, NY. I ride 6x a week from spring through fall. This year I don't want winter to stop me. I have some good pieces of winter specific cycling clothing. However, I am lacking a good shell and gloves. I'm looking for those who know about the current product line and could suggest a nice shell with the right options for deep winter riding. It rains/snows a lot here and the temps during winter can dip down to -20 though that would not be as common. Most of the cold days are around 0 Fahrenheit.

Thanks in advance. I've read a lot of the posts and the main sticky. I'm looking for current product info. Going to Gore's site wasn't too helpful so I was hoping someone here had more info on how I can narrow my search.

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you want two shells. a good, non waterproof windbreaker shell for breathability on dry and snowy cold days, and a waterproof/breathable shell for wet, close to freezing precip days.

Definetly get a full Gore Windstopper hat. Don't mess around with the lame 'helmet liners' offered up in Nashbar or Performance. I like the Mountain Hardwear Gore N2S beanies.


some people reccomend Event as the WB shell laminate of choice and I agree. but MANY cheaper, still effective WB shells are out there. get good venting ones with pitzips.

I'd suggest a trip to Montreal and the Mountain Equipment Co-OP for some good winter cycling gear.

when it got to 20 below I would just ride in OR modular shell mitts with liner gloves or whatnot underneath. temps around freezing I like large, waxed leather work gloves with wool liners underneath. or insulated deerskin gloves.
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As bekologist mentions, I use 2 shells. A showerspass elite waterproof jacket made from Event for wet days, and a Ibex softshell jacket made from climawool for dry days.

www.showerspass.com
www.ibexwear.com
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Old 09-08-07, 07:36 PM   #4
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I use my eVap jacket when it is snowing or very light drizzle, and my regular J&G rain jacket over a layer of thin fleece for the 35F rainy days. Worked fine for me and out winters are almost identical. But I have a nice big layer of blubber to help keep my core warm.
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J&G? N2S? I need an acronym dictionary I guess...

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J&G is a company - J&G = http://www.bicycleclothing.com/
N2S is just a "name" for that brand of beanie, such as Levi "501" Jeans
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I use layers with a sweatshirt if its not raining and J&G over SmartWool if it is.

I bought my gloves at a construction supply store. They're thinsulate and waterproof with bright green reflective stiff all over the backs.
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N2S is a fabric technology = Gore Technologies' 'next 2 skin' barrier fabric. brought to you by the people that make Gore-Tex.

a N2S windstopper beanie is most excellent helmet liner. helmet liners sold by nashbar/ performance are lame-o.
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I'd suggest a trip to Montreal and the Mountain Equipment Co-OP for some good winter cycling gear.
I was at MEC yesterday but could not tell what was any good (or at least worth the $$$). I'm in a lcation with similar weather to Montreal and I am looking for some good cold weather gear.

For around this time of year I was considering this jacket to wear over my regular t-shirt getup:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/23fdo5

Any good, or is something else in order?
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I was at MEC yesterday but could not tell what was any good (or at least worth the $$$). I'm in a lcation with similar weather to Montreal and I am looking for some good cold weather gear.

For around this time of year I was considering this jacket to wear over my regular t-shirt getup:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/23fdo5

Any good, or is something else in order?
I thought Vulcans were less susceptible to extreme conditions?
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Lol. Less susceptible perhaps, but still open to cold weather gear advice.
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Apparently what we really need is 24th century uniforms. They wore those things in all kinds of conditions.
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MEC Super Microfit cycling jacket is a venerable bicycling windbreaker for cold and dry days. most excellent, breathable, hugeadze pit zips, drop tail. probably one of the better designs out there, affordable, sets a standard in cycling wear.
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Lots of layers, and ditto on the 2 jackets idea.

For cold and dry I have an old Nike clima-fit softshell type; very similar to a windproof fleece.

For the rain and snow, I just ordered a 66 North Blafell shell off backcountry.com. It was $77 instead of like $280 or some ridiculous figure like that. It's made of eVent fabric which supposedly breathes better than Goretex. I don't really care, as long as its better than the crap EMS rain jacket I used last winter. Every time it rained, I ended up wetter inside the jacket than out, due to sweat.

On the bottoms, I wear my bike shorts with leg warmers. Add "loose tights" track pants over top when it gets colder, and on the colders days, add a middle layer of cheapo Champion long underwear from Target.
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