I would like to add, the XCSporthill pants are expensive at $105. But
once you own a pair, and after years of use they begin to wear and
thin, you will gladly pay it again to replace them. They are
indespensible active winter weather gear for me for the last 13 years.
I am on pair number 2 (older and thinner) and 3 (newer and more

On Oct 3, 7:40 pm, Mojo <gjtra...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> 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 
> Windshirthttp://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/Marmot-Original-DriClime-Winds...
> 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 
> rangehttp://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
> helmethttp://tinyurl.com/yba24rpalong with Earbagshttp://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- Hide quoted text -
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