So i wanted to give a thumbs up for a few gear purchases i just made at Performance in case anybody is shopping for cold weather bike clothes.
i got the following for a total of like $260:
Pearl Izumi Escalation Jersey - $80
GORE Finish Line Windstopper Jacket - $120
Performance skull cap and shoe cover things - $9 and $20
LG Wind Tex-Eco long-fingered cycling gloves - $31
... i already had some tights.
The Escalation Jersey was nice as a non-windproof jacket for temps in the mid to upper 50s. probably could do 50º with a long sleeve under it for somebody who wasn't as big a wimp as me.
The GORE Windstopper i just tried out today for the first time in mid 40s weather. It's a great piece of gear - it's totally windproof, it has a nice athletic cut to it, and it's well designed and constructed with zippery things in the armpits good snugness around the neck and wrists. i'm 6'4" and i got the XL and it's not baggy at all really - which is more than you can say for all the wind-breaker type jackets. I thought the price was fair too since I've seen this jacket for like $160 at a few other places.
The LG gloves... i dunno... they might have to go back. I like that they're not too beefy because it feels better for shifting and braking but they've got no real padding in the crook of your thumb and pinch a bit and also i feel like they may be too cold if it gets much colder than it was today. maybe i can put on a pair of those silk glove liners or something to warm them up.
okay, here's pix - stay warm everybody and happy holidays!