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Old 12-31-17, 08:06 PM   #1
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I'm becoming a real fan of gear made with Polartec fabrics - looking for suggestions

I am starting to become a big fan of Polartec fabrics and am looking for cycling specific clothing which might be manufactured using Polartec textiles. I own two of their grid type fleece garments designed for running, one of which I have used on the bike as an insulating mid-layer and they are amazing.
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The CEO was interviewed by Bike Radar a few months ago and the video is below.



The company seems to understand the requirements of cyclists who output a lot more heat and sweat vs lower output activity such as hiking where most of the focus has been in the past.

I'd be interested in suggestions from those with direct experience using Polartec fabrics on the bike. The Neoshell and Power Shield Pro fabrics are of particular interest to me.

Rapha has the Pro Team softshell jacket made from Polartec Power Shield Pro. This is a $300 garment on sale for $147.50 and they have my size in stock.


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Old 12-31-17, 10:54 PM   #2
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I have a Polartec full body suit. Yesterday I discovered that there is apparently no temperature low enough to wear it on the bike. It was -14F, with a windchill of -34F, and I cooked.

It's good for less active pursuits.

My Col D'Lizard tights that I bought years ago are Polartec too, I believe. Brilliant, but I can't wear them above about about 20F.
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I would check out Foxwear. Custom made jackets with a lot of material options. I had one made out of the retro x and itís great for winter riding. Lou is a great guy to deal with.
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I would check out Foxwear. Custom made jackets with a lot of material options. I had one made out of the retro x and itís great for winter riding. Lou is a great guy to deal with.
Man, that's nice.


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I have some older Merell winter shoes (low) and only yesterday I’ve noticed the Polartec label inside. That may explain largely why these are so warm.

I guess they still make Polartec winter shoes (low, or mid)?
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i work outdoors in all weather doing a relatively active/aerobic type job where i delivery thousands of pounds of food using a two wheel dolly to commercial restaurants in the new england area.

i use Cabelas polartec mid and heavy weight base layers and they work awesome for that application.

last night i went on a bike ride because i realized that this would work awesome on the bike to give it a shot - doesn't disappoint. it was -17f. i had on the heavy weight base layer, another polartec fleece type jacket and then a rain jacket over that on top and some tights on teh legs and i was toasty.
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I was just wondering, if anyone knows the difference between Polar-Tec and Gore Wind Stopper fleece? I have a military issue Polar-Tec hat, that gets too warm, like was mentioned, and also a fleece jacket, with Gore Wind Stopper. The Gore is nice & warm, but doesn't overheat me. 🤔
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No advice here. Just a plug for Polartec. I have known it was the real deal for over 30 years - sailing. Sailing outside San Francisco's Golden Gate. Sailing the far north Atlantic Wearing it 24/7 soaked in ocean salt water and always wet for days. I kept my dumb looking cap with the small brim and velco chin straps in the winch handle shelf when I went off watch so there was no chance I might leave/loss it below when I came back on. I'd pull it out soaking wet, squeeze excess water out if I could, put it on and in minutes it was warm.

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this morning looked at my favorite light gloves, they're Polartec! just took another look & they are made by Manzella. they appear to be their Touchtip model



mine get a lot of use & after a cpl years the touchtip pads are wearing off. great for fall riding & even used them at 30F with Barmitts. they are not glove liners but can be worn with big roomy gloves



I got them after I wore out these others



that used to be my go-to winter riding glove setup, but this year got Barmitts & PI brand Lobster gloves

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The Rapha Classic Winter Jacket is made from Polartec Power Shield Pro and is on sale for $192.

https://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/shop/c...duct/SJK08XXMD


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