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post #1 of 16 Old 10-12-2006, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Carhartt Extremes for Riding?

I am starting to get a little cold on my morning commute. What do you think of these for over work clothes?

http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/s...tegoryId=10908

Anyone have them?

They have insane stats:

1000-denier Cordura (I think Aerostitch suits are only 600-denier)
water-repellent
arctic-weight quilted nylon polyester.
Legs open to the waist with two-way zippers that feature protective wind flaps and snap closures.

You can buy them online for around $150, how do you think this would be for cold weather commuting?
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-12-2006, 03:28 PM
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I used to ware them for working outside, they do keep you warm.
My last set was Alaska (somthing) about the same quality and kept me just as warm, but cost 1/3 of the carharts. I'll check on the name brand as soon as I dig them out of the garage. I will be replacing my coat for my coveralls very soon because the temp here is dropping too.

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post #3 of 16 Old 10-12-2006, 03:41 PM
 
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I would bet they would get cold from windchill. I've worn some pretty nice "Cold Weather" clothes on my bike and found out they were insufficient at speed.

A windproof outer layer over some polar fleece is amazing. Not bundled up like Mikey from "Christmas Story" either.

Read this first: http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/bc/

If you've got $150 budget, you can get more than enough of the "Correct" riding appareal. Just got to know what to look for.
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Yeah, I have a good jacket I am lacking in the pants dept. I want something that I can wear "business" clothes under. That's why I think a set of coveralls would be nice. I might go see if Cabela's has these, just to see what they feel like. There are probably other options also over there.
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Oh, stuff over your clothes... well, I commute and wear regular clothes under my First Gear HT Overpants. They do have a feature that allows you to completely remove them "Basketball Pants" style without having to get undressed. The side of the legs come undone. I originally saw them in San Francisco when a Guy in a Business Suit took them off in front of his BMW GS whatever. I was impressed that they even made gear that you could remove that way.

Anyway, I got mine at NewEnough.com for a darn good price. Been wearing them ever since. Speaking of which, it's getting colder out here now in the mornings, and I need to put away the Air Mesh pants and get down the others.
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-12-2006, 05:28 PM
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Here is my combo, made for snowmobile riders, great deal, and believe me they work great!!

http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...d=30201&mmyId=

http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...d=30201&mmyId=


Fox makes the bibs, and the coat you will love them, not to mention they are on closeout.

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post #7 of 16 Old 10-12-2006, 06:13 PM
 
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Those are a great deal. Yeah the high number of nylon fibers closely woven together is the trick for waterproof, and yet it will allow you to sweat.
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I should have put these with the other post, but I just thought of it. These are the gloves that go with the other riding gear I mentioned. They are VERY good, but they are very limited in the sizes they have left.

http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...d=30203&mmyId=

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+1 on the HT overpants. They are waterproof with a zip out quilted liner, knee and hip pads. I got mine at motorcyclecloseouts.com.
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-13-2006, 07:40 AM
 
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I use Carhartt bibs for cold weather riding. They keep me reasonably warm at cruising speeds, plenty warm around town. They are also easy to put on with calf length side zippers. The bib keeps cold air from sneaking under the front of the jacket. They should also do pretty good if crashed because of the way they are constructed. Mine are oil and grease encrusted from working in them and that makes them fairly water resistant.

I used to use a Carharrt jacket but I finally flat wore it out. I'm going to see how my First Gear handles the cold. Rocky hunting boots keep my feet warm.
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