Originally Posted by bjoerges
With Winter fast approaching, I am looking to pick up some waterproof pants. I would most likely just get a shell pant rather than insulated and wear some long johns under my jeans under the shell when it gets cold so that they can double as a rain pant when it's not too cold.
If you know the QBP catalog, something they carry would be best (as I work at a bike shop and can get a nice discount if we order through QBP).
Any recommendations or considerations that I should be making?
I'm all set with a jacket, shoe covers, and face mask. Just need something for the legs!
Your better off with some cheap breathable but water resistant shells over jeans. The jeans will soak up moisture like a towel and anything really waterproof will not breath well enough. You'll be wet from your own sweat when you get to work.
A better idea is to get a couple of pair of convertable nylon or polyester pants like backpackers use. The heavier weight kind will be better to work in since they are more rugged. And wear a lightweight cycling tight under them to ride to work. Take off the tights at work and wear either the shorts or long pants at work. Since the convertable pants are wind resistant they will work pretty well as an outer layer on mild days. On bad days take along another light shell to wear on top.
Another good approach is to make your own cheap messenger pants out of thrift store polyester microfiber slacks. They breath and are pretty warm. I got 4 pair for 25 bucks the other day. Use these to work in and layer a cheap cycling tight underneath and a shell over the top for the commute. And you will be good for bad weather. You can also carry your jeans in a backpack to work if you are dead set on jeans. And wear cycling gear or breathable alternatives on your legs.
Last edited by Hezz; 10-27-08 at 06:41 PM.