I am looking at getting a new winter jacket, as my current one gets too hot. I know everyone has different preferences, but I would like to hear from people who may have had experience with the different products. There are a lot of choices out there and they can be confusing.
Currently I have a Columbia 3 in 1 jacket with the outer shell having the omni-tech coating. It does not have pit zips and sometimes gets too hot. I do not use it with the fleece that came with it.
I also have a north face denali which is decent in cool weather, but not good if there is any wind.
Usually I will dress as follows:
40F+=sneakers, shorts, and short sleeve or long sleeve shirt
25-39F=dri-fit tights with shorts over them, dri-fit shirt and the Columbia jacket, if it is windy I will wear wool socks. If it is raining or snowing I wear Columbia Ice Dragon boots and either polartec gloves or gore-tex gloves.
I have not had to ride in anything colder yet. The commute is only 5 miles each way, so it is not too bad. But there is a large hill, so I heat up pretty easily.
I have been reading the forums and getting information, but am still a little confused. I would like to keep the purchase as low as possible, but realize that you pay for quality and I should do it right the first time. This jacket would also be my primary winter jacket and not just for cycling.
So far I have been looking at getting a softshell and a outer shell for when the weather gets really bad:
Lowe Alpine Shelter Polartec® Power Shield® Jacket http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/0...l-For-Men.html
Lowe Alpine Volition Jacket - Schoeller® Soft Shell, Polartec® http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/0...c-For-Men.html
Marmot ATV Jacket - Soft Shell http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/0...l-For-Men.html
Westcomb Mojave Softshell Jacket http://www.backcountryoutlet.com/out...cket-Mens.html
Montane Event Soft Shell Jacket http://www.prolitegear.com/montane_e...ll_jacket.html
Marmot PreCip Jacket http://www.backcountry.com/store/MAR...cket-Mens.html
Montane Event Venture Jacket http://www.outdoorgb.com/p/montane_e...enture_jacket/
Showerpass Elite or Touring http://showerspass.com/cart/product_...357d30329eff1c
Integral Designs eVENT Jacket http://www.prolitegear.com/integral_...nt_jacket.html
FRANK SHORTER MEN'S eVent XTReme JACKET http://www.nationalrunningcenter.com...number=FS25101
Outdoor Research Men's Revel Jacket http://www.altrec.com/outdoor-research/mens-revel-jacket?cm_mmc=keywords-_-google-_-Outdoor+Research-_-(Opt)+Ski+Jackets+-+Revel&gclid=CPHMsbXz5ZYCFQKaFQod6Q-KOA
Montbell Peak Shell http://www.prolitegear.com/montbell_peak_shell.html
I have also read about http://www.foxwear.net/products_jackets.html
Sorry for the long post. Any replies and other recommendations are welcomed.