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Old 10-07-07, 04:12 PM
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Do rain ponchos help keep you warm?

Their primary purpose is stopping rain, but do they also help with keeping warm on a ride?
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They do cut the wind a bit, but I wouldn't say they keep you warm. I normally wear mine when the weather is warmer to keep from over heating and stay dry; and when it is cold to keep dry. I prefer to wear wool under the poncho in the colder months, if it gets wet it will still keep you warm.

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They make me sweat a lot of the time. If it keeps you drier, it should help keep you from loosing body heat as fast, if that is what you mean.
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I normally wear a Gore Tex jacket in the winter with some kind of thermal underneath and find I'm often too hot. Would the rain cape and the thermal be sufficient, I guess is what I'm asking (in say 30 - 40 degree temps).

Is it wind that makes you cold on a ride (which it appears the rain cape would help with) or is it the temps themselves?
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I dont use a cape, I use a showerspass elite. With two layers underneath I find rain jackets to be good down to 10-20 degrees or so. IMO it helps a lot. I do not think a cape would help at all though.
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Originally Posted by Rick Smith View Post
Is it wind that makes you cold on a ride (which it appears the rain cape would help with) or is it the temps themselves?
It's whatever wind gets through your clothes that'll make you cold; but it's the heavy physical activity that gets you overheated.

Most winter clothes are meant to keep people warm during light physical activity; they just aren't intended for people doing heavy work. You can unzip vents all you want, but it'll get to a point where you just can't cool yourself off fast enough and you'll have to peel off layers.
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