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Old 11-26-04, 03:46 PM   #1
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winter riding gear - not bad considering...

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 50 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!





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Old 11-30-04, 08:39 AM   #2
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To add to this, I have some legwarmers made by Gore that I love--my problem with my previous pair of legwarmers was that the wind just cut right through them, leaving me cold. These things stop it completely, and lowered the temperatures that I can ride in with them by about 10 degrees.
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Old 11-30-04, 09:44 AM   #3
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The full zip jersey's are the best, easier to layer on-off (without taking your helmet off) in winter
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Old 11-30-04, 09:47 AM   #4
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One question: did you find that jacket online or in a store? I cant seem to find it anywhere, but it fits what Im looking for perfectly: a snug, athletically cut, windproof jacket for riding in weather around 40 degrees.
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Old 11-30-04, 10:38 AM   #5
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I bought that Gore jacket last year, and it is excellent. I really like the pit zippers for temp control, and the inside is lined with mesh, which also helps regulate temps.
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Old 11-30-04, 10:58 AM   #6
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i got it on sale at Performance but they only had it in XL. price was originally $160 - and i've seen it for that at a local chain store too.

yeah, it's not easy to google for - especially with a brand name that is half of the word "goretex".

recommended if you can find one.

cool to know about the leg warmers. i was looking at those and the arm ones too but they're like $40 per arm or something.
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Old 11-30-04, 11:31 AM   #7
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i got it on sale at Performance but they only had it in XL. price was originally $160 - and i've seen it for that at a local chain store too.

yeah, it's not easy to google for - especially with a brand name that is half of the word "goretex".

recommended if you can find one.
I tried Performance online, and there's nothing like it (well, 3 or 4 other Gore jackets, but not that style or at that price) - do the stores commonly have items that aren't even online??

Anyone find it anywhere else? Surely this wasn't a Performance exclusive?
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Old 11-30-04, 12:36 PM   #8
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I tried Performance online, and there's nothing like it (well, 3 or 4 other Gore jackets, but not that style or at that price) - do the stores commonly have items that aren't even online??

Anyone find it anywhere else? Surely this wasn't a Performance exclusive?
I bought mine last year through Performance Cycle. However, now I can only find it here:

Gore Finish Jacket

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i got it on sale at Performance but they only had it in XL. price was originally $160 - and i've seen it for that at a local chain store too.

yeah, it's not easy to google for - especially with a brand name that is half of the word "goretex".

recommended if you can find one.

cool to know about the leg warmers. i was looking at those and the arm ones too but they're like $40 per arm or something.
I paid something like $42 for the pair of leg warmers. Same price as the Pearl Izumi ones, with the added benefit of being windproof.
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Old 11-30-04, 01:12 PM   #10
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What is the inside of that jacket like? Does it have any sort of microfleece lining or anything, or is it just more of a shell?
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What is the inside of that jacket like? Does it have any sort of microfleece lining or anything, or is it just more of a shell?
It's lined. There is a mesh liner + some more stuff (windstopper?) underneath. However, it is also relatively thin, so it's very comfortable (and warm!) on the bike.
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Old 11-30-04, 03:22 PM   #12
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yeah, Performance is ****: the website and the stores have almost no contact with each other despite the fact that the stores have a red phone that you can use to call the warehouse or something for special deals.

the coat has a mesh lining that's poly and slightly fuzzy feeling but not fleecy. it's a nice mix of stiff windproofing and insulation that isn't bulky at all. i've only worn a jersey under it to this point but when it gets colder i'll be doing a base layer of some long underwear from REI or maybe a fleece pullover or something.

about the arm/leg warmers - that's good news. maybe i just didn't notice since they weren't like packaged in pairs when i saw them.

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i wouldn't be surpised if you had trouble getting the price i got. i'm known locally for getting the best deals on things. people i don't know will email me saying "i work with your friend so-and-so and she said not to get a laptop without talking to you first" or something like that.

i got some Pearl Izumi Vortex shoes last week on clearance at REI for $40. that was my latest really nice score. i tried to help two different people who i know are looking but neither of them made it there fast enough because of the holiday and now they're gone.
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Old 11-30-04, 03:29 PM   #13
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I just got some of the Triflex tights w/o chamois yesterday, they're only $48 and change in the stores (though they're 65 online I think). All I need now is a skull cap and I'll be toasty. Just in time for it to drop to almost freezing in the bay area!
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Old 11-30-04, 05:16 PM   #14
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Wooo! I found one! Went by the local Performance and they had one. Black, size medium, $120. Me likes... Im gonna try to ride with it tomorrow but if tomorrow is anything like today, it may actually be too warm... Its definitely cut tightly--Im not sure I could fit a full size fleece under it, but I like it tight so that it doesnt flap, and honestly I think its warm enough that I wont be wearing anything but a base layer under it anyways.

Also saw those PI jerseys... Very nice, but I think if I wore one under this jacket, I could ride in weather down below freezing, which it rarely gets around here.
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Old 12-01-04, 07:41 PM   #15
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I just have to say... This jacket kicks ass! Went for a ride with it today, it kept the wind off, fits *perfectly* on the bike, and doesnt flap around. About the best $120 I ever spent...
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I found it at my local Performance store, but not in my size . (All the winter gear was already very picked over, since we've had a real cold snap the past week or so.)

It looks terrific - very sharp, really fitted. I'm going to try another store tomorrow - looks like the perfect "coldest weather" bike jacket, and fits really tight (if you can get the right size!).
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Not to jack the thread, but I just picked up a Perl Izumi Instinct Jacket and I love it. It's just a shell, but it's wind-proof and water-proof and fits -perfectly-. I recommend it for anyone looking for a lightweight cycling shell. I've been riding in 15-20 degree weather lately wearing nothing but a base layer, a wool sweater, and this shell and it rules.
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Sailor - congrats dude! i'm glad you scored one..

Alan - good luck finding your size - hope it works out.

(who knew there was a winter clothing sub forum? i'm glad this thread found it's proper place)
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2nd store didn't have my size either in the color I want (the black looks much sharper than the blue, IMO).

I tried on the blue in XL, and it was so snug I wouldn't wear anything but an undershirt underneath it - so it's more of a tight torso-fitted wind-proof jersey than a jacket.
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I wear a Louis Garneau jacket that has a windfront nylon and is fleece lined . The back is "airdry"and fleece lined and the arms are just poly. I wear a garneau drytex baselayer and I'm quite comfortable below 0c. I add a cheap vest and homemade arm warmers for really cold days. Just pedal and enjoy you'll warmup.
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just wanted to add that it is a drytex 3000 layer witha zippered neck, very handy for temp. control.
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Old 01-09-05, 01:41 PM   #22
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You can go to www.gorebikewear.com to get the Gore jacket (or similar model). Thanks to a coupon I had in the goodie bag of my club century ride, I got a free Windstopper vest when I bought something from the site. The Goretex socks are high quality, and as cheap a price as I've found. The vest is very well designed for cycling too - lower cut in the back plus gripper so it stays where it should. Mesh lining and the Windstopper fabric is killer. Also, it folds up into its own little bag. I love it.
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sigh, they are sexist. There is no jacket for women w/the zippers under arms, etc. I get so tired of this, you'd think things would have changed by now.
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sigh, they are sexist. There is no jacket for women w/the zippers under arms, etc.
I was just checking out the women's section a few days ago, and I noticed that there was much less of a selection for women. Do the jacket's in the men's section not fit women well?
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Good luck finding women's winter cycling gear. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of demand for it, even compared to the low demand men's winter cycling stuff. It's a niche within a niche-- even the road cycling chicks around here stay off of the road during the winter.

Hopefully, you can find a jacket that will do during the winter months. Sometimes ski wear or cold weather running stuff from the sporting goods store can be useful.

I should say that there's only other person around here who's anywhere near as hardcore as I am about riding in the winter, and that person is not man. She seems to use some kind of windshell outer layer; not expensive looking stuff.
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