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Ok so it's time to admit that it's cold now. Theres already a thread on arm and leg warmers but i'm wondering what the ladies who have suffered through previous winters are wearing to keep warm? I'm thinking I need to buy full length knicks and some wind proof layers for my top half. Any recommendations?
it's often cheaper to buy some leggings from Kmart or Target and wear them over normal cycling shorts.
Kicked a black cat? Sounds more like ran over one, backed over it, hunted down its mother and did the same.
I have never owned full length knicks. Too much of a PITA with washing daily. I wear knee or leg warmers under knicks and wear for a few days between washes, but fresh knicks. Same for arm warmers v long-sleeved jersey.
Medium cold = Groundeffect windstopper socks, knee warmers, knicks, sleeveless thermal, jersey, arm warmers, Activent vest or jacket, wool scarf under helmet
Super cold (sub-zero) = wool socks, neoprene overboots, full length leg warmers, knicks, long sleeved thermal, 100 weight fleece, Activent jacket, windstopper ear band
As far as super winter cycling garments go, I have a pair of Mountain Equipment Canada winter pants that are thick lycra at the back with Goretex over on the fronts only. They are unpadded in the crotch, I usually wear knicks underneath but should get some of those lightweight liners that come with baggy shorts. It's usually too warm for my MEC pants but when it's cold and I'm not expecting to be going flat out they are SUPER!
My Pearl Izumi winter gloves are FABULOUS!
I have a super-Roubaix thermal skull cap but find it way too hot. My daughter wears it for winter rides. She also wears a pair of my old arm warmers as leg warmers - so cute!!
Ground Effect & MEC..
Just be forewarned that MEC stuff's made for REAL CANADIAN winters..not this wimpy Aussie thing you pass off as winter.
Of the two MEC rain jackes I have, I find they're fine without arm warmers & ooooo soo cozy with those pit zips!!!
I have Ground Effect gear mostly but when I was riding mornings to work with frost on the ground, over the top of my gear I wore my rain jacket and pants I bought from US website "Showers Pass". They are awesome and fully waterproof/windproof/breathable etc. Definitely get your winter gear from o/s. And the jacket was much cheaper than any I could get locally.
Definitely whatever your shell layer, it will need to have pit zips (and ideally a vent at lower back too).
Crazycanuck you are right my MEC gear (I also have a Goretex jacket with mucho reflective tape) is too hot for anything strenuous or if the temp is above about 8deg.
I used to joke with a friend in Canberra that my winter cycling gear consisted of a long sleeve jersey Of course, I said this after working over there and seeing him ride to work dressed like a sleeping bag. Couldn't believe how cold it was!!
In all seriousness, I keep in the shorts as I don't like longs. A long sleeve Jaggad jersey and maybe a gillet, or short sleeve and arm warmers and gillet.
So I only ride outside on the nice days!! And certainly not when it rains!!
granted it isn't "cycling wear" but I finally rode with this jacket this morning. It kept me nice and dry, well dry from rain It's only a shell so I didn't overheat on the ride. Was wearing arm warmers and a short sleeve jersey undernaeath.
2010 BMC SLC01
I own leg warmers but I'm finding just pulling on a pair of polypropylene leggings over the knicks easier and more comfortable.
I'm wearing woollen socks now, with toe covers still in reserve.
On top I'm wearing a lightweight woollen thermal skiv (not cycling specific) and mix the layers on top of that depending on how cold it is. I have a SUB cycling jacket that is pretty warm and a Nike Stormfit super lightweight wind/rain jacket as an outer shell if needed.
Have some mid weight Jet Black gloves in rotation atm and some GroundEffect winter gloves on the way!
Haven't had to wrap up my head yet...
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