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Old 11-01-09, 02:38 PM   #1
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I need a pair of warm outer pants that zipper over my dress slacks.

Does anyone make such a thing for winter commutes to work?
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Old 11-01-09, 02:39 PM   #2
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Does anyone make such a thing for winter commutes to work?
Lot's of folks do. What temps will you be riding in and in what kind of weather?

EDIT: Also, what's your budget?

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Lot's of folks do. What temps will you be riding in and in what kind of weather?

EDIT: Also, what's your budget?

Thanks Ziemas, temps around 30-40 degrees and I'd like to stay under $150, but if something looks good and is well made I'd pay more. I'd like something that has a long zipper up the side so I can put on my work slacks then easily zipper these over the slacks.
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Thanks Ziemas, temps around 30-40 degrees and I'd like to stay under $150, but if something looks good and is well made I'd pay more. I'd like something that has a long zipper up the side so I can put on my work slacks then easily zipper these over the slacks.
I use pants from Taiga. I have the Gore-Tex ones, but if you aren't riding in torrential downpours their other ones should suit you fine. They have full zippers, so getting into them isn't a problem. I can only speak for the Gore-Tex ones and say that they aren't 'grippy' and slide on easily over a pair of dress pants.


Here's a link to their cycling range. Prices are in Canadian dollars and there are no import duties to the US as they are made in Canada. I can honestly say that that make the highest quality rain gear I've used, and I've tried a lot of brands.
https://www.taigaworks.ca/Cycle-Clothing-c10

PS If you do decide to order from them and have any questions give them a call; they are very helpful in finding just the right item and size for their customers. I've made all my purchases with them over the phone.
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Haglöfs (http://www.haglofs.se) makes all kinds of outdoor gear, including Gore-tex pants for hiking. Some of their pants have full length zippers on the side seams. They're expensive (200-300€ for the pants around here), but they score consistent high points in tests. I'm sure there are others too.

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Since you aren't biking in extreme cold where you need lots of extra insulation to stay warm, you could probably get away with zippered rain pants. REI carries Marmot's full-zip rain pants. Here's a link to the product if you're interested in checking out the specs. I'm sure there are a lot of other alternatives, too. http://www.rei.com/product/738907
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Here's a link to their cycling range. Prices are in Canadian dollars and there are no import duties to the US as they are made in Canada. I can honestly say that that make the highest quality rain gear I've used, and I've tried a lot of brands.
https://www.taigaworks.ca/Cycle-Clothing-c10

PS If you do decide to order from them and have any questions give them a call; they are very helpful in finding just the right item and size for their customers. I've made all my purchases with them over the phone.
Thanks so much Ziemas, this is exactly what I'm looking for; I'm going to order a pair this week.

Thanks to everyone for the other suggestions also.
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Thanks so much Ziemas, this is exactly what I'm looking for; I'm going to order a pair this week.

Thanks to everyone for the other suggestions also.
Please post on how you like them. I find this company to be the best value in rain/cold wear, but some reason they aren't very well known. It would be great if they had more reviews here as they knock the socks off other makers in terms of quality, functional design, and price.
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I use these. They're inexpensive. And for the kind of weather you're talking about. These will do it. They fit perfect over my regular work pants. Waterproof and breathable. Nice zipper at the ankle. If it gets a little colder out. They do just fine.

http://www.gottaridebikes.com/page/GRB/PROD/JAC/JAC0012
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http://www.rei.com/search?query=head...x=0&button.y=0

These are not too expensive. Wind protection in the front, breathable in the back, zippers around the ankles and they are not tights. It's still summer here in NoCal so I haven't been able to wear these. The one time I wore them, I was toasty but not sweaty while riding. I got hot walking my bike from one end of the building, so I think these are going to be quite warm for below 50 F.
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