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Offline chubbleybear

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Winter clothing
« on: 18 December, 2018, 11:33:26 AM »
For many years I have relied upon the quilted, padded nylon linings often found in textile bike suits to keep out the winter chill. However I've grown more and more dissatisfied with these as they are bulky and fiddly to insert and remove from the suit, often requiring much faffing about with zips, toggles and Velcro. This wouldn't be such a problem but for the fact that in spring and autumn, you can find the weather so changeable from day to day that you have to keep putting in and taking out the linings. They also have the disadvantage that they are not very thermally efficient IMHO.

I'm therefore looking for any recommendations for a suitable mid layer that can be worn over an EDZ onesie style base layer.

I have the suspicion that mid layers bought from a mountain/hiking shop would be just as good as bike-specific gear and a fraction of the cost (because it is produced in much greater amounts).

I'm reluctant to buy from a website as experience has shown me that some manufacturer's sizing is completely out to lunch.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #1 on: 18 December, 2018, 02:21:27 PM »
Both my wife and I get all our baselayers, and any other under layers (including stuff for hot weather), from Mountain Warehouse or Tresspass. If it’s good enough for skiers, runners and cyclists then it’s good enough for us.

Far cheaper, good quality, so we’re happy.  :028:


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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #2 on: 18 December, 2018, 09:32:13 PM »
Ditto the above

Merino base layers from MW or tresspass

cheap if catch em in sales etc


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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #3 on: 19 December, 2018, 10:06:48 AM »
Me too I use my ski base layers when its cold.  Merino wool base layers are one of the best materials but do cost. (They are are fine weave not Itchy like a wool used in a jumper.). Pete

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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #4 on: 19 December, 2018, 07:01:19 PM »
I ditched the quilted liner in both my jackets and have been using a Regatta "softshell" lightweight midlayer jacket. It dosn't take up much more room rolled up and stored in topbox or panniers than the quilted liner and much more convienient if i'm touring to wear off the bike.

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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #5 on: 22 December, 2018, 09:16:55 AM »
Thank you all for your input.

Father Christmas will be delivering a set of merino wool toasties from Mountain warehouse (currently 40% off) very soon :028:
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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #6 on: 22 December, 2018, 09:37:09 AM »
Their summer baselayers are cooler than riding in cotton T-shirts in the warm weather as well.  :028:

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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #7 on: 22 December, 2018, 10:56:55 AM »
I've got an EDZ baselayer that I use all year round and it's excellent. However it's donkey's years old now and the zip is getting a bit notchy, plus the fabric is bobbling up in high friction areas. I'm hoping it's going to last the year and then a replacement can be next Chrimbo's present...
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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #8 on: 22 December, 2018, 06:14:53 PM »
I don't ride much in winter but when I do I find my hands are the problem for getting cold, even with winter gloves and heated grips the outside of the hands still get cold. The foam backed armoured knee pads keep the cold off the knees and a fleece under the quilted textile jacket seems ok. I only ride occasionally in really cold weather just to stop the brakes seizing up and get the oil circulating around the engine. The optimate keeps the battery charged.

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Re: Winter clothing
« Reply #9 on: 23 December, 2018, 10:13:15 PM »
Leofric,
I found the backs of my hands get cold as well, despite heated grips. I bought some RST battery heated gloves, which heat the back of your hands but not the palms, but the heated grips do that, so they work well together. 3 settings. Low, medium and high. Apparently they last for 5 hours on low heat, 2 hours on maximum. Never needed more than low.

 


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