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Old 09-19-14, 01:32 PM   #1
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Thoughts on jackets and gloves?

I'm in the market for a new jacket and gloves for this winter. These are intended for training rides of up to 4-5 hours in temps as low as the teens in F (or below), but more in the 30 F range. I currently have an Assos 851 Air Jack and a Fugu Jack, both of which I am looking to sell, and I am looking for replacements. I don't like the fit of either of those jackets (too big for me) and they are black and gray, and I am looking to get something more visible. Anyone have any suggestions? The current favorites are:

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For me - Canada Goose Chiliwack Bomber - I feel cozy when it gets cold outside but its too warm above 40 F. Duck down is inherently light and warm - desirable properties in a winter jacket and the coyote fur ruff lining the hood keeps wind and frost out.
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Neoprene gloves and wool mits over them are the only thing that keeps my hands warm in the cooler weather.

I've always used a breathable rain shell and a wool shirt under, keeps you dry and warm. Key is wool, still will insulate when damp from sweat.
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I've worn my felted wool 'pea coat' style coat in everything from -15F to 40F. The collar flips up and protects my chin and neck when it's really cold. When it's warmer, I'll wear it unzipped. I've worn in through snow, sleet, and light drizzles and it's always kept me warm, though I have treated it with a mix of tech wash/waterproofer and lanolin, so it's pretty darn water resistant. I toss a $4 neon and reflective vest over it, since it's dark grey. Without the vest, I'd be much less visible, and if I ever got hit, you know it'd be my fault since I was wearing subdued colors...

Plus, it's a training ride, so a bulky coat that catches more air is a good thing. Making a training ride easier by focusing on 'aero', especially when the roads are less than optimal and possibly iced is just plain silly. If it gets really cold, I'll put on a wool sweater and when it's below 0F, I'll sometimes toss a 3XL wind shell I picked up at Marshalls for like $12 over top, to keep the wind off. Above 0F I like the wind on the coat. It blows through the coat, somehow keeping my sweat to a minimum while not making me cold. I'm guessing the incredible breathability keeping the sweat down probably contributes to the long-term warmth my coat seems to provide. It's much much better than my technical stuff, like my extreme cold gear from underarmor, which gets wet and cold after an hour or so.
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When the air starts getting cold. I use simple cotton jersey gloves that you see in convienience stores for $1.50. They keep my fingers comfortable down to the 20's. Anything lower then I switch to the Loki mittens. An excellent mitten that protects my hands when it gets below O degrees. These mittens will surprise you with their warmth. When I need a liner I just add on the jersey gloves. Works for me.
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I wear a knockoff gore-tex shell/fleece liner jacket (under $60) and add a sweater when it gets really cold. Outdoor Research lobster mitts and cheap pogies for my hands (see the thread on gloves). My exposed face is really the only limiting factor for me now below -15 C. I bought a balaclava type mask, but my glasses keep fogging up when I wear it. I bought some cheap single lens ski goggles and they were better, but still fogged. Any suggestions? Would some good double lens goggles do the trick?
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