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post #1 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Cold Weather Gear?

I am such a wimp when it comes to being cold. It gets worse every year.

So what cold weather gear do you use? Any item, odd or not. Weather specific items from your head to your toes. All of these can help many of us make a decision to our cold weather riding needs.

Tonight I discovered I need something for my lower face, neck, and chest. Also, I have been balking on gloves and tomorrow I am ordering waterproof gloves with Thinsulate. Thanks for your information.


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post #2 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 02:38 AM
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My rule of thumb is; I never ride when it's below 50 degrees, but ahh, sometimes 60 degrees is my limit. But if I must ride in the the 30's and 40's, I wear a TourMaster suit which is similar to a snowmobile suit. It's basically a sleeping bag with arms and legs. I've riden in below freezing temps while wearing it and still managed to be comfortable. Suits like it offer little armor and no crash protection though.
The way I see it, when it's that flippen cold, a crash is a maybe, but freezing to death is a gaurantee. So I take my chances and ride warm, looking kinda like the Michelin Man in the process.
In a worse case scenario; I eat an Oldsmobile at 65 mph and the feathers fly, at least I'll die as snug as a bug in rug.

Death is inevitable, but pain is something that I'd rather avoid. Make mine fast please, make mine very fast.
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post #3 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 03:51 AM
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go up to rei and check out the masks. i use one of their balaclavas. it takes care of the face,head and neck. take your helmet into the store and try on the masks along with your helmet until you find something that fits.

i got some kewl,ski type socks from them too. my feet are always cold anyways so i had to do something.[/code][/url]

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post #4 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 06:44 AM
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Long underwear.
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post #5 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 08:40 AM
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Come on, it doesn't get cold in California!

When the wind is blasting down Lake Michigan and the temps are already cold, I use:

1. Rocky thinsulate hunting boots, cotton socks
2. Carhart insulated bibs over blue jeans
3. Carhart insulated jacket. This year I am trying out my new Firstgear Trekker jacket & liner.
4. T-shirt with a thick sweatshirt over it
5. Gauntlet gloves that go over the sleeves blocking the wind. Trying Hiene Gerike gloves this year.
6. Full coverage street helmet
7. Snowmobile half face mask that covers my nose, chin & neck
8. Wild Turkey adult beverage for quick warm ups when I get home :shock:

Chicago area winters are long dreary things and I refuse to quit riding just because the sane people are inside their homes with the heat cranked up.
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post #6 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 12:29 PM
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Because I ride all year long here in Central Valley Kalifornia, I can attest there are days that I should take the car. The windchill raises exponentially when on a bike. I don't like the cold either, but have learned to deal with it, and buying the correct gear is what keeps me on my bike through the cold spells.

See, the difference between "Cold" here and trying to compare it to "Cold" in the upper midwest, or back east is that... when it's "Cold" here, we can just barely ride. Whereas if it's "Cold" back east people have a hard enough time getting into their cars.

I ride with my regualr street/work clothes underneath my HT Overpants, and Kilimanjaro Jacket. I don't usually put the liners in 'til about now. (1st week of November) In the wintertime, pants go over the boots. (Summer, it's the opposite) But I always wear a windblocker neck protector... that helps a lot. I even double up with a TurtleFur neck warmer. That's used to block any extra air leaks that might come down my jacket, or up under my mouth. Buy the best gloves you can. Last year I didn't have the benefit of heated grips, and even fancy Held winter gloves where no match for windchill in the teens.

But if I was riding and not going to work, I wear mimimal layers. The key is to not wear cotton next to your skin. I bought some stuff from adventuremotorgear that's the ultimate cold weather underwear. Read about cold weather underwear here: (good article)
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post #7 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 12:50 PM
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So far my First Gear Killamanjaro II Jacket and HT Overpants with the liners have handled any cold weather I've ridden in. Have yet to have an opportunity for snow on the ground, but it's been in the 40s on my way to work. Really need to find my neck guard, for now I am using a "buff" which is alright. Mind you my commute is only 10 minutes.

My uniform includes high leather military boots, steel toed, metal shank, so with some decent socks I just ride in them. My Oxtar Infinity boots are quite warm especially with my snowboarder socks in there.

Hands are kept warm with Olympia 1310 gloves, a bit bulky but very warm.

And my new Scorpion EXO700 helmet is warm and much quieter than my old and worn, bottom of the line HJC TK-77.

Not sure when I'll take the jeep instead of the bike, mostly it's a safety concern. If the weather is bad enough for other drivers to be having issues, I'll take the cage for them to bump off of instead of ME.

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post #8 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 02:06 PM
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I use a neoprene face mask, made for sking, I think. Anyway, its is small and light, and it covers nose, mouth, all the way under the chin. It just wraps around and velcro's closed at the back. I think it was 8 or 10 bucks at a local MC sporting goods store. It makes a HUGE difference!

This link shows a picture of it (online retailer)
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post #9 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 03:04 PM
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Electric vest!
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post #10 of 28 Old 10-30-2006, 03:16 PM
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I've never been able to garner the merits of an electric vest. I mean, when I'm cold, it's my extremities that are cold. My hands, the tip of my nose or air rushing up under the helmet or stinging my eyes. So far, I've never been cold around my chest, over my shoulders and back. Plus, don't you have to plug into your bike? I'll bet that looks funny when you dis-mount at the gas station and forget to unplug yourself! :mrgreen:

However, I could be convinced into heated pants or leggings of some kind. I'm thinking the heat would ratiate up though the pants and into your jacket.
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