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Old 11-05-13, 06:18 PM
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Favorite piece of cold weather apparel

We are getting the cold weather here in WI and I've had to dig out the cold weather gear. Long finger gloves, tights, jackets. Today I wore my favorite piece, a Hot Noggen!

Since I have very few follicles to keep the head warm, this really extends my riding season.
What is your favorite piece of cold weather gear?
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Wool anything - base, socks, arm/leg warmers, but we don't need to layer much hereabouts.
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I have my father's Cowichan sweater. It was made for him by a lady who was taught by one of the original nuns from the Sisters of Saint Ann who are credited for introducing knitting to the Cowichan Nation.
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A light but double-layered merino scarf, long enough to wrap around my neck and over my nose once. In winter, I am in commuting mode mostly, and I simply couldn't do the commute without this. I only stop riding when the roads get icy.
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I like my Under Armour Coldwear Compression mock turtle as a base layer. I have two of these, both the old style that seems thicker than the new style, in orange. I can wear one under a jersey and feel pretty comfortable in cool weather and under a jersey, polartec vest and windproof shell in cold wether. It seems to do a good job keeping me warm.

Also a thermal beanie that I got at REI.
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I just got a new wind-proof jersey/jacket. It's made with some panels... like the front panels... having a fabric with a foam insulating and wind-proof coating on the inside. The foam insulator is then finished with a fleece layer. Other panels... like sides and underarm panels are fabric with only the fleece lining layer... and no foam.

So no wind getting in... and a thin warm layer where needed. Yet moisture evaporates out the uninsulated side panels. It's really pretty sweet.

I've worn mine in mid-forty degrees and the low-sixty's. I wear a long sleeved under armor under the jersey/jacket and zipper up and down as needed. Although I've felt comfy every time I used it... I am also pretty moist/wet too.

Mine has a manufactures defect/error with the zipper... so I won't mention the brand. But I've seen other soft shell jackets/jerseys like it... and always passed on them because they seemed more pricey than useful. I was given/won mine (likely because of the defect). I'll never be without this style of soft shell jacket/jersey again.
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Under Armor base and Wool socks.
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Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
I have my father's Cowichan sweater. It was made for him by a lady who was taught by one of the original nuns from the Sisters of Saint Ann who are credited for introducing knitting to the Cowichan Nation.
Oh man! This makes me happy/sad!!
I was born in Duncan, grew up in the Cowichan Valley (Maple Bay), and spent some school years at the original Saint Ann's school (now a wonderful farm/care facility) -- taught by the sisters. My grandfather owned a shop (trading post, really) in Cowichan Bay in the late '30s through the early '50s -- I have many childhood memories!
Enough! The sweaters were/are fabulous; you are a fortunate person to have what sounds like an authentic one!
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Microfleece base layer.
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The most important winter gear for me are pogies and powergrips. At 0 and below pogies allow me to wear reasonably thin gloves and that's a good thing. Powergrips let me get warm boots on while still being able to pedal in circles.
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Pretty much anything made of wool, often merino wool. I've got wool layers in varying thickness, wool "tube" to cover my neck with, wool cap for head, wool socks, even felt/wool insoles. They're all good.

I also use (thin) merino wool T-shirts in summer riding.
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I've always liked these kind of winter cycling caps. My latest is a "Performance" brand but I don't know that they still have them. That and some blue cotton long johns and my old marino arm warmers. Actually I'm kind of a slacker in the middle of the winter and should call these late autumn and early spring wear.
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I've always liked these kind of winter cycling caps. My latest is a "Performance" brand but I don't know that they still have them. That and some blue cotton long johns and my old marino arm warmers. Actually I'm kind of a slacker in the middle of the winter and should call these late autumn and early spring wear.
I own that and it's nice. Been known to wear it in non cycling settings, violating virtually every rule of style there is.

Best piece of winter clothing I have is the middle-weight Smartwool base layer top. Expensive but worth every penny. With that, a Cannondale cold weather jacket, and a plain old jersey, I'm good to about 25F, which is my cutoff for when cycling loses its entertainment value.
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What is your favorite piece of cold weather gear?
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Favorite cold weather riding gear: OmniWool 70% merino wool, 25% polypropylene, 5% Spandex socks; polypropylene midweight baselayer or 50:50 polypropylene/wool heavy baselayer; Sport Hill wind and water resistant XC pants; Ice Armor gloves or Extreme Condition mittens. It would be hard to pick just one piece as every body part needs something.
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Same all year round but the base layer. Just about time to change to the winter grade form but even in the summer I use a lightweight version to stop sweat build up. Then after that it is as many layers as the weather requires topped off with a Water/wind proof layer depending on how cold/wet it is.
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Amphib tights for below freezing temps.
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Amphib tights for below freezing temps.
Another product I like a lot.

Speaking of which, I dumped all my winter gear on the bedroom floor for sorting. Wife gets in at 5. It'll be close.....
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If I had to pick just one it would be my Cannondale Alpaca balaclava.
Keeps my head toasty warm but not sweaty. All Good!

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I suppose my Lake MXZ303 MTB boots. I put drysuit leg seals around my ankles and over the boot tops to keep water from running down my legs and into the boots. They make all the difference for long winter rain rides. Makes them possible.

Then my Craft baselayer, either LS or SS, depending on temps. I also have an ancient Performance heavy poly jersey. They don't make them any more, too bad.
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No doubt, it's my polypropylene head/neck gaiter. Been using them for many yrs. Like it so much I have 3 of the same. I wear them too, for non-cycling activities in cold weather. Great b/c it's thin and can be shaped/formed to be a hat (that covers the ears), a balaclava, or just a neck gaiter. I use it as a hat most of the time. Will wear it down to 25 degrees F; below 25 F, I'll wear my true polypropylene balaclava with a thin skull cap under that.
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Icebreaker mid-weight (260), merino wool, long-sleeve base layer. The thumbholes in the sleeves keep the sleeves from bunching up, and it keeps me warm with just a short-sleeve jersey down into the 40s.

After that, it would have to be a tie for my Woolie Booly socks, Croakies ear band (soon to be suplemented by one from Fox Gear), an LG cycling cap that looks kind of like the one Zinger showed (bought for 50% off at Performance during the summer).

Items I haven't yet evaluated (I'm new to the winter commuting thing) are my Showers Pass jacket, Fox Gear rain pants, PI Elite Thermal shoe covers, PI Elite Thermal gloves, and eventually I'll probably get a pair of Fox Gear's version of AmFib tights.
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The most important winter gear for me are pogies and powergrips. At 0 and below pogies allow me to wear reasonably thin gloves and that's a good thing. Powergrips let me get warm boots on while still being able to pedal in circles.
Do the poagies only work with straight bars or are they adaptable to a drop bar with "brifters"?
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I like my merino wool buff for 'winter' (california, so winter is relative). It is longer than the polypro ones.
I start on a cold day wearing it like a hood over the wicking brimmed baseball style cap I wear under my brimless nutcase helmet. It covers my ears and cheeks and chin and neck and sometimes my forehead, depending on how far I pull it down over my head.
When I start to warm up, I just grab the bottom of the Buff at my neck and pull it up and over the brim of my cap. Leaving my head and ears covered but my neck free of too-warm layer.
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