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:

So on a cold windy day in the snow, here is what I will typically have
On top I like a plastic fishnet undershirt  
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

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
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
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