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Over jacket vest for cold days?

Old 10-08-11, 11:28 AM
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Over jacket vest for cold days?

I have a gore jacket that I use all winter. It's great. I wear a base layer or a LS jersey under it. However, it's not quite enough on really cold days (like below 20F). It's close fitting so putting more on under it is not very comfortable. I thought maybe a vest over it might work but fleece on the outside seems like it wouldn't offer much unless it's windproof. Can't find any cycling specific vests like this but there are plenty of windproof hiking oriented vests.

Before I run out and buy one, anyone ever try this? Works? Pointless? Better options? Thanks.
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I have a thin showerproof top which i put on when it's really cold, it's bright lime green and very visible which is reassuring. It's big enough to go over anything else, very long at the back and rolls up small enough to go easily in my back pockets when i warm up after about 5 miles
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If it's that cold you probably want a "shell" i.e. windbreaker that not only works to keep your core warmer but also your arms.

Or else add another layer underneath your Gore jacket.

That's what I do. Layers underneath a lightweight sugoi shell jacket. Have ridden down to about 15 degrees without issues.

If you are into extreme cold riding, there's a whole forum for winter/cold riding...head over there for some really hard-core opinions!
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I would try layering up a bit more, perhaps with tighter clothing underneath. That might work.

Like datlas said, the winter cycling forum would be a great place for more info.
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for cold days layer up too

I'm experimenting this winter with a merino wool base layer (loved it last year) but over top I bought a garneau windstopper base layer.... the windstopper on the from will keep the wind off my body(I hope) and allow the merino wool to works it's magic.

I find that I'm usually pretty warm if I can stop the wind from penetrating the layers

for really cold rides last year I would use a merino wool base layer, shot sleeve jersey, long sleeve jersey fall insulated jersey, vest and a jacket.. this was for rides at or below 0 degrees Celsius
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Originally Posted by Smallguy View Post
for cold days layer up too

I'm experimenting this winter with a merino wool base layer (loved it last year) but over top I bought a garneau windstopper base layer.... the windstopper on the from will keep the wind off my body(I hope) and allow the merino wool to works it's magic.

I find that I'm usually pretty warm if I can stop the wind from penetrating the layers

for really cold rides last year I would use a merino wool base layer, shot sleeve jersey, long sleeve jersey fall insulated jersey, vest and a jacket.. this was for rides at or below 0 degrees Celsius
That's more or less what I'm going for, but can't fit that much under the gore jacket. Base layer and jersey is about all I get on under it without it being rather restrictive. I was thinking something over, but maybe I just need a new jacket with a bit more room under.
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Agree. Another thin windstopper type vest or jacket would help a lot. I do that on occasion. It makes a big difference without adding bulk.
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