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Old 07-24-09, 07:23 PM
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Winter jacket

So, I am already looking for winter jackets.

Has anyone used this one? I'll be riding in the rain a **** load......

http://www.chromebagsstore.com/cobra...ool-black.html
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Old 07-24-09, 07:31 PM
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i believe my buddy has it and loves it. if you have the money, go for it, but i've found that any ol' wool sweater works just fine.

i wouldn't exactly call it a winter jacket. it's just another layer, and definitely not the outermost. i've found that wind resistance plays a huge role in keeping you warm. there were days i rode in just my shell and a long sleeve shirt and felt fine, even as the wind howled down the charles.
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Old 07-24-09, 07:39 PM
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I have an orage ski jacket that I got for ~50 at tj maxx. Works great. no need to spend that much on a jacket
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Old 07-24-09, 07:48 PM
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dude. it's july.
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Old 07-24-09, 07:52 PM
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that's when you get the best deals! i got my $300+ (maybe it even ran $400) gore shell for, i think $125.
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that's when you get the best deals! i got my $300+ (maybe it even ran $400) gore shell for, i think $125.
That's why I'm looking now. Any recommendations would be strongly appreciated.

I just need a jacket and pants I can use to ride to work so I'm not completely soaked all day.
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anything made of goretex. like i said, it's better to get something that'll keep the wind and water off of you. everything else can go underneath it.

new england's having a strange summer; it was probably in the mid to low 60s and rainy as ****. t-shirt, light sweater, gore shell: perfect.

pit zips are always a nice feature, too.

oh, and while we're talking about staying comfortable in the rain: bike shorts. nothing's more comfortable riding around in the rain than bike shorts. (edit: i mean bike shorts instead of boxers. wear your jeans or whatever per norm. you'll still be wet--not ideal for an office environment, not professional--but you'll feel so much more comfortable. good set up if you don't care about appearance.)

summary: goretex outer, wool under, lycra base.

tl;dr: layers!
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In the harshest of mornings last winter, where the temperature was hovering just above 10 or 12 degrees I think.... I was wearing these long underwear leggings, basically like under armor for your legs, underneath my jeans, smart wool socks, t-shirt, long sleeve base layer, then a fleece or cotton hoody and then as my top layer I have a nice down jacket made by Montbell. This one:

Also a pair of ems light gloves that I got for cheap.

The Montbell jacket is excellent. Super warm, and it packs tightly into a sleeve so it's no bigger than a football.

Only downside is that it's not waterproof.
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you weren't dying in that? i feel like i'd be sweating like mad after a couple miles.
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When you said that you would be doing a lot of rain riding I thought to myself "Hmm, possibly another Oregonian?" Sure enough.

Go to REI during a scratch 'n dent sale and pick up an rei/mountainhardware/nortface outer shell coat, and wear it with whatever trendy sweatshirt garbage you want to wear and you will be good to go.

Please don't drop $200 on a silly hoodie (cool or not),
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oh yeah: meant to say that this is cheaper and everyone who has one loves it. you'd still need something outside, but if you're really wanting a hoodie, this is the way to go.
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My Mountain Hardwear soft shell (goretex) is freaking amazing and worth every penny. Got mine on clearance for $175 three years ago. When it dies someday, I'm getting another like it even if I have to pay full price.
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patagonia r1 hoody
http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/prod...?p=40071-0-746
and then a nice waterproof windbreaker, i prefer mountain hardwear shells

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I have this awesome adidas jacket. It's lightweight, fits like a jersey, windproof on the front and the rest of it is breathable (underside of the arms and back). That jacket and a tshirt works for me until it gets really cold (below 30) and then I have to put a base layer on under my tshirt but no matter what once it's gets that cold I sweat my ass off. Either I don't have enough on and I freeze or I sweat, there is no other way. But it's all good. I also highly recommend good gloves, leg warmers and shoe covers (a big big plus about riding clipless is warm feet.) Balakavas are great too.
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http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/S...1208436857421A

I have this, and it's pretty damn amazing. Gore tex so it will put up with the pac NW winters no problem, and it really works at stopping the wind. I was riding with this and a tshirt or thermal underlayer and stayed warm pretty much all winter (plus gloves).
Although other than black/grey I think it's kind of ugly.
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Try asking here: Winter Forum
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Chrome makes excellent quality products, as does SWOBO and Assos.
Assos being the most $ but worth every red cent by far.

I own many swobo and assos products and the materials, workmanship, fit and overall quality is un-surpassed. Chrome, while not assos is high end.
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
shoe covers (a big big plus about riding clipless is warm feet.) Balakavas are great too.
I almost forgot about cold feet. Under no circumstances should you ever, ever wear ultimate 81s when it gets below 30
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lol at swobo and chrome being "highend"
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It's what's underneath the jacket that counts. I wouldn't waste a load of money on one, certainly not that kind of cash.

On the feet end of things, again, it's what's under the shoe and how much room you have in it. Without taking care of that, shoe covers are worthless.
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That milwaukee jacket looks awesome but there's no sizing info that I can find. I tried e-mailing them but it says their mailbox is full! Gah!
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you weren't dying in that? i feel like i'd be sweating like mad after a couple miles.
I wouldn't have to bike more than 3 miles to commute to school everyday, so I wouldn't get uncomfortable, I'd just stay as warm as possible.
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I love my chorme jacket. I use it as a baselayer under my adidas adistar artic during the winter months. Keeps me completely warm in the colorado winters.
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During the winter I ride in one of these http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/...ie-jacket.html completely wind proof, water proof, and keeps me warm in 10-30 degree weather with only a t shirt on underneath. Also light and stretchy so it never feels restricting.
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I went and spent $120 on a shower's pass double century rain jacket with detachable hood, and absolutely destroyed it in one season. It worked well, and I was good all winter with a light fleece underneath ... after a while I went with my $20 LL Bean rain jacket that I have had for 3-4 years, and thats what I will use next season ... wish I had that $120 now....
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