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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/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=32200&langId=-1&categoryId=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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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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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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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 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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jaysoy, They don't offer as much protection as a true motorcycle jacket but in my opinion they are very warm. I have the long jacket and bibs. Wore them all winter long riding to and from work with my dress clothes. I only ride a few short miles to work, but have worn them on several all day rides in the 30's and low 40's and stayed toasty. definitely a lot warmer than my JR alter ego jacket and ballistic pants. My $.02.
 

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jaysoy, They don't offer as much protection as a true motorcycle jacket but in my opinion they are very warm.
i'm curious.. why not? i've looked closely at the specs on the jacket and it seems pretty good to me. 100 denier cordura.. a higher value than most of the textile motorcycle jackets i have looked at.. also, the Extreme jacket has a drawstring waist .. so i'd think it would be solidly fastened and unlikely to balloon or ride up in a crash.

not trying to be contrary here.. but i'm genuinely interested in why this jacket would provide less protection and what the problems with wearing it while riding might be.

thanks

-j
 

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I use a Carhart jacket in the winter (rode down to 15 degrees F) and just long johns under my jeans. It keeps me nice and warm and I've never had issues or needed to put any other jacket under it. If the temps are at or above 32 I use a polar fleece jacket with an insulated windbreaker and the keeps me comfortable. The only advantage a motorcycle specific jacket would have is the armor, but I am not an ATGATT nazi and don't even own anything with armor, though I may get some in the future. My ride to work is 5 miles and most of that is doing 75 - 80 mph on I15...Doug
 

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dougly said:
I use a Carhart jacket in the winter (rode down to 15 degrees F) and just long johns under my jeans. It keeps me nice and warm and I've never had issues or needed to put any other jacket under it. If the temps are at or above 32 I use a polar fleece jacket with an insulated windbreaker and the keeps me comfortable. The only advantage a motorcycle specific jacket would have is the armor, but I am not an ATGATT nazi and don't even own anything with armor, though I may get some in the future. My ride to work is 5 miles and most of that is doing 75 - 80 mph on I15...Doug
i currently own an armored first gear mesh jacket.. but the problem (as always with me) is it isn't the best fit. i'm 6.6 and finding motorcycle specific jackets that will fit me is not easy. they almost always wind up being too short in the arms/torso.

i know the Carhartt jacket would fit, they make tall sizes and fit me well i have a regular cotton work jacket from them now.

if the only difference is the armor i suppose i could find a way to sew some armor in there if i really wanted too.
 

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shotgun said:
jaysoy, They don't offer as much protection as a true motorcycle jacket but in my opinion they are very warm.
i'm curious.. why not? i've looked closely at the specs on the jacket and it seems pretty good to me. 100 denier cordura.. a higher value than most of the textile motorcycle jackets i have looked at.. also, the Extreme jacket has a drawstring waist .. so i'd think it would be solidly fastened and unlikely to balloon or ride up in a crash.

not trying to be contrary here.. but i'm genuinely interested in why this jacket would provide less protection and what the problems with wearing it while riding might be.

thanks

-j
I bought them for the 1000 denier cordura because I assumed it would be as tough or tougher than my dedicated riding jackets. I should have made it clear that the "protection" I was referring to is in the form of the back, shoulder,elbow and knee armor/pads that most riding jackets and pants provide.
 

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I ride in the winter with them, really nice, but I do recommend a pair of cheap rain pants for your legs, they really help cut the wind, the carharts are great for wind, but not 70 mph wind for an hour at a time. I started to wear my knee pads under them to, keeps the fabric off your legs and helps prevent a coldspot from contact.
 
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