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Old 11-07-13, 09:14 AM   #1
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What do you wear on top in 30-50ºF weather?

What do you wear on top in 30-50ºF weather?

I'm looking at the Gore Phantom 2.0 jacket, but it's spendy. Is it worth it?

Or better to layer with thermals? I rode last weekend (road cycling), it was windy and 40º. I was struggling between a regular polar fleece jacket which was too hot and a long sleeve base layer which was too cold (meant for skiing).
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Old 11-07-13, 09:21 AM   #2
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I'll start you off since there are many threads detailing what to wear in this temp range including one about 5 threads down.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-(road-biking)
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Old 11-07-13, 09:27 AM   #3
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That 30-50F range crosses a break point for me (at 40F). I can get by with leg warmers or light tights down to 40, with either a tech (polypro) or wool tee under a long wool jersey, or any long sleeve jersey with a jacket. 30-40F means middle weight tights, wool jersey or tech tee under poly jersey, covered by a jacket. "Jacket" in my case is a rain jacket, since I have enough stuff I don't need a separate wind-only jacket.
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Old 11-07-13, 10:40 AM   #4
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I don't like rain riding, but maybe I should just look into a wind specific shell type jacket that I can wear anything underneath. That's really what was getting to me - the wind. Plus, I'm so blazing fast I make my own wind.
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Old 11-07-13, 05:26 PM   #5
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Today... about 50 degrees... I wore a windproof jersey/jacket (about $50 from Nashbar) with a long sleeve under armor (base) shirt.

Any colder and I'd wear a similar base layer, a polar fleece tall-necked shirt... that has a full zipper, and my rain/wind (packable) jacket.

To me... being able to un-zip part way and vent away moisture and excess heat is important. The packable jacket I like is wind and rain resistant and folds up into the back zipped pocket. That back pocket is mesh-lined. So when cycling... I can unzip the back pocket and lower the jackets full front zipper and moisture/heat will vent out the back pocket opening. That is a popular and handy feature of many jackets. The packable (self-contained) jackets are nice to take along in a jersey pocket on days I am not sure what the weather might be.
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Long sleeve jersey, with a base layer of bad@$$ery.
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Old 11-07-13, 11:17 PM   #7
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Decided to give the "Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell" a try. I found a last year's model for $80 locally, and it seems rated well. I'll post what I think after a cold ride.
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I wear the haglöfs shield jacket. Ultra thin, resists water and breathes while still keeping wind chill at bay.
As an arctic circle dweller I have learned that thick jackets for anything strenuous are a big no no. Soft shell? too thick. wind stopper? too thick. The jacket needs to breathe, and the stuff you put under the jacket is for the temperature outside. For 30 fahrenheit I use a short sleeve jersey as underlayer, microfleece full sleeve as mid layer and the haglöfs shield as top layer.
For legs, cycling boxers, skintight running pants as base and cheap nylon woven pants as top. For winter wear a bit of air between the top and bottom layer is never a bad thing. Aerodynamics can go suck it.
warm non cotton socks as base, merino wool socks for mid, cycling shoes as top/mid and neoprene shoe covers for top layer. Keep them feet toasty.

for -14 fahrenheit it's same gear but I use a full sleeve jersey and the microfleece turns into an actual thicker fleece shirt.

For -4 fahrenheit I don't use cycling shoes anymore. Also the jersey is now microfleece under the actual fleece and the skintight running pant is now a ordinary long john.
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I wear the haglöfs shield jacket. Ultra thin, resists water and breathes while still keeping wind chill at bay.
I was reading that the soft shells breathe and the shell type jackets don't very well. That's why I decided to give the soft shell a try... a friend had suggested a shell type vest, but that just seemed like a partial solution.
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Down to around 45 I'm good in shorts and a wicking t-shirt with a warmer cotton long-sleeve layer on top. Below this I'll have to buy some new gear. I think one pair of warm tights and insulating jersey or wind-breaking jacket would be plenty sufficient into the 30's.
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Block the Wind... wear a base layer.... keep it breathable (we use wool in our stuff)! Enjoy the ride! (a cap helps too!)
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What do you wear on top in 30-50ºF weather?

I'm looking at the Gore Phantom 2.0 jacket, but it's spendy. Is it worth it?

Or better to layer with thermals? I rode last weekend (road cycling), it was windy and 40º. I was struggling between a regular polar fleece jacket which was too hot and a long sleeve base layer which was too cold (meant for skiing).
Layers!

My 30-50 degree gear is some combination of: long sleeve underarmour compression, jersey (sort or long sleeve), liner vest, arm warmers, windproof jacket (convertible to vest), cotton hat, fleece hat (obviously not all at once), gloves (full or fingerless). I just fine tune to weather conditions. Sunny and 50 gets liner vest, jersey, arm warmers, cotton hat, fingerless gloves. Cloudy/drizzle/30s gets ls underarmour, ls jersey, full jacket, full gloves, fleece hat. In-between temps get in-between gear.
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Old 11-19-13, 11:52 AM   #13
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http://www.pearlizumi.com/publish/co...31017.html#3DQ

Tried her out on Sunday. Windy and 40ºF. Fantastic! I had a thin long sleeve layer underneath, bib shorts with tights over. I was warm as long as I was moving.
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wow, you got it for $80 - well done sir!
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polypro baselayer (I like Patagonia Capilene)
longsleeve jersey
wind vest

Once it gets below 40F, I usually wear a skullcap under my helmet. Having a warm head makes a huge difference to me.
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I have several temperature spans that I use as milestones for what to wear. 30-50 is not one of them. That is far too wide of a span, there is a world of difference between 30 and 50F. At 50 I wear a midweight "winter" cycling jersey. It really basically amounts to a long underwear shirt made of synthetic material.

At 30 I would be wearing that shirt, a lightweight vest and a hardshell winter jacket over the top.
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light base layer,ss shirt,vest w/ mesh panels on back,skull cap that covers ears-thinner high tech type,thermal arm warmers,assorted gloves-light to mid winter. I only use a jacket if temperature will stay under 40 F for duration of ride. I seem to generate enough heat with a good pace and 60 mile avg. ride on weekend.
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