OK I am going to swim against the current here and say plastics are great outdoor clothing. This statement is coming from a 53 yr old retrogrouch who has played in the mountains and deserts his entire life. I love my wool sweaters and socks and undershirts. But when it gets seriously hot or cold, I go plastic (you know...synthetics like poly-pro). My main fitness activity in the winter is cross country skiing at above 10,000 ft here in western Colorado. When it is below say 20 degrees and the wind is blowing, I may have wool next to the skin, but synthetics on the outside.
Kent Peterson from the Seattle area knows more than me: http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/2006/06/good-gear-for-bad-times.html So on a cold windy day in the snow, here is what I will typically have on: On top I like a plastic fishnet undershirt http://www.reliableracing.com/detail.cfm?edp=10133932 with a thin wool (Smartwool, Ibex, Icebreaker) layer on top of that, then either an XCSporthill top or if its really cold but still dry the very versatil Marmot Windshirt http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/Marmot-Original-DriClime-Windshirt-Mens/MAR0657M.html The Showers Pass rain jacket is very nice, but is heavy, bulky, very expensive and hot in mild weather. A nice inexpensive alternative is the O2 jacket http://www.touringcyclist.com/clothing/model_13378.html On bottom, the XCSporthill pant has an incredible comfort range http://www.milemarkersports.com/product.php?TypeID=2100&gender=m Add thin wool underwear underneath for very cold conditions, a thin nylon shell over the top for cool & very wet conditions or the Rainlegs that Kent recommends (and don't forget a nylon lined underwear to protect the boyz). For my head while cycling, I use the rain cover for my Bell Metro helmet http://tinyurl.com/yba24rp along with Earbags http://www.earbags.com/ and a wool balaclava for the really cold days. For skiing I am in a wool hat with either earbags or a balaclava underneath. Gloves/Mitts are very individual. Wool socks keep my feet happy; not to tight. On Oct 3, 2:30 pm, geezer <bair.m...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hi all. I'm looking to improve my winter wardrobe this year. I'm > specifically looking for a jacket and pants that work well for riding > - somewhat trim, zippers for ventilation etc. I live in northern > Michigan (the home of miserable winters) so, realistically, I'll park > the bike when it hits around 20 degrees and/or the snow and ice become > glacial. > > I'm willing to spend some bucks on this stuff. I understand layering > - I'm mostly interested in outerwear. > > I'll do the research - just point me in a direction for stuff that has > worked for you. > > Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions, > > Mike --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "RBW Owners Bunch" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to rbw-owners-bunch+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/rbw-owners-bunch?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---