Originally Posted by jawnn
I have been thinking about fishnet long under pants, and need to know if they are as good as nylon reinforced Moreno wool.
This is the fishnet: http://wiggys.com/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=35
Any one use the fishnet for cycling? The maker does and he says they are good because they keep the cold pants off the skin, trapping an eighth in thin air pocket next to the skin.
I live near Seattle so I don’t need arctic wear. But it does get windy as 40mph, and at 32 degrees that ain’t no joke.
The fishnet stuff works great for your first base layer. With the nylon Merino wool over that for insulation. The wool which will absorb more sweat and will pull it away from the body. But I would only use on your torso and arms. On the legs long cycling tights work best in my opinion. Either as a base layer or as the only layer. They have the right amount of stretch and breathability that your legs need. You need less insulation and more breathability on your legs since they are doing most all of the work.
If your wearing some kind of pant just wear a light duty long cycling tight under your pants. That will be really warm. Too warm for above 40 degrees. I think it's better to have two or three pairs of cycling tights in different weights to use in various situations. If it's 32 F with 40mph winds you can put on the heavier pair. If your commuting to work. Just carry your pants in a back-pack or messenger bag. Or tied to your rear rack. The cycling tights can come off at work to dry out when you put your normal pants on.
If your riding for recreation. Ditch the pants and wear cycling tights. They work better than anything else for cycling. You can carry some rain pants to cover up if your on a long ride and might get caught in a cold rain. Check out Nashbar or Performance bike or PricePoint to get some deals on cycling tights/pants. You don't have to buy name brand.
Even if you only buy one piece of cycling wear get some winter tights. In my opinion the most important cycling specific thing you can have is the cycling shorts or tights for cold weather. Even if you are just a casual rider. If your worried about looks just get some cheap nylon uninsulated track pants at the local cheap-mart to go over your cycling tights or shorts.
The cheap nylon track pant over cycling shorts works well for those who's legs seem to stay warm easily. The Problem with nylon is that it doesn't stretch so you will get sores between your legs on long rides. This might not be an issue if your only riding five miles to work though.
Last edited by Hezz; 12-24-12 at 07:55 PM.