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Old 01-22-17, 07:19 PM
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Do you wear vests?

I have recently noticed people wearing thermal vests over sweaters. That is the opposite of what I wear, sleeves then zip up the coat for colder temps.
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Old 01-22-17, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Zedoo View Post
I have recently noticed people wearing thermal vests over sweaters. That is the opposite of what I wear, sleeves then zip up the coat for colder temps.
Some of us perform manual tasks that require free movement of the arms and dress in layers depending on the climate.
This should not be a revelation unless recently removed from the tropics to the Northern temperate zone in winter or to The Geography of Nowhere.

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Old 01-22-17, 07:38 PM
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People have been wearing thermal vests over sweaters for at least the last couple decades. This isn't a recent thing. I think I first observed it in the early 1990s.

I did this a bit in Canada, but I do it fairly frequently here in Australia during the winter. It gets chilly here but not really cold and there are times when you just want a bit of extra warmth around the torso.
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Old 01-22-17, 08:56 PM
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The only vest I wear is a reflective vest.
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I don't even have a decent jacket.
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Old 01-23-17, 07:42 PM
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Sweaters are good for bulk to trap warmth, but the loose weave loses heat quickly in a breeze. Any somewhat wind-resistant layer over the loose knit fabric will help with efficiency.

My Pearl Izumi Select Barrier windbreaker is ultra-thin, like Saran wrap thin, but really helps boost the efficiency of any base layer, hoodie or sweater underneath by blocking the wind. It's almost too efficient. When the temp dropped to 20F here a few times I wore the PI windbreaker over a couple of thin baselayers and a Nike hoodie and was sweating within half an hour.

Some folks I ride with got the same Pearl Izumi fabric in a jacket with removeable sleeves for a vest effect, others with zippered armpit vents. They say it really helps strike a compromise in comfort on those awkward in between days when it's not quite cold and not quite warm, or varies from the high 30s to low 60s in the same day.
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Absolutely, when skiing. They keep the core temp warm, yet allow excess heat to vamoose more so than a jacket. If not for my PI ski vest (with windblocking front and breathable back), I'd overheat and surely die.
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I get through most of winter with only vests. I like some ventilation under my arms. Only when its windy and cold do I need a long sleeve warm jacket.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
People have been wearing thermal vests over sweaters for at least the last couple decades. This isn't a recent thing.
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Old 01-24-17, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Johnny Mullet View Post
The only vest I wear is a reflective vest.
Agree!
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Mine have more pockets on the inside. Polar-fleece, over a Hoodie, then I have a reflective Parka over IT,

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Originally Posted by Rollfast View Post
I don't even have a decent jacket.

That was a dress suit joke, of course.
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Old 01-29-17, 06:37 PM
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i am a bad dresser i wear jeans and tshirts in summer and jeans ans sweatshirts in winter
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Old 01-30-17, 03:16 PM
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For cold biking I wear synthetic tee, merino sweater, synthetic quarterzip pullover. If somehow that is not enough, the outermost layer is a (synthetic) fleece vest.

Here in San Diego, we can occasionally get lows slightly below freezing.
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