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ShartAttack
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(Reply to #51)

eric_s wrote:
The vest or on of those windproof bib thingies is my idea of what to do about windy times. A warm core keeps your extremities warm, and you ventilate easily. Avoid the sweat lodge that is full rain gear.

Dunno why that hadn't occurred to me. The sleeves on my jacket zip off. Will have to give that at try.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:06
lukasz
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(Reply to #52)

akasnowmaaan wrote:
lukasz wrote:
I bet your jacket (eVent, right?)

Dunno. Decent in moderate rain, but gets overwhelmed in heavy rain. Thinking of getting some of the spray-on waterproofing to augment it.

In heavy rain it is the neck, sleeves, and possibly zipper that are going to get you, not the fabric.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:09
akasnowmaaan
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I think the jacket was made for light to moderate rain, to wick away like a tent's outer layer, because in Norway it literally soaked through.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 05:11
aerobear
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(Reply to #54)

akasnowmaaan wrote:
I think the jacket was made for light to moderate rain, to wick away like a tent's outer layer, because in Norway it literally soaked through.

is it a softshell? or a windbreaker?

doesn't sound like any of the actual rain jackets showers pass makes

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Sat, 10/25/2014 - 16:43
akasnowmaaan
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It's this one, the Elite:
https://www.showerspass.com/products/mens-elite-21-jacket

I was in moderate to driving rain for about two hours, and the forearms and shoulders soaked through.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 17:05
lukasz
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The forearms and shoulders could both be from water entering the openings of your jacket. I've ridden mine in some nasty stuff but don't remember the last time I did two hours of hard rain. At that point I DGAF what is wet and what isn't though. You could get something more nylon-like but it would probably be far less pleasant to be in.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 23:50
emor
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I don't think a jacket that keeps you dry for two hours in the driving rain exists. That's a "wet but warm" situation.

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Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:50
Petr5
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Sure it does. They have them at every grocery store.

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Sun, 10/26/2014 - 18:11
akasnowmaaan
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K, good to know.

Looks like here that winter does eventually get cool and dry and snowy, so I have to worry about heat more than wet.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 18:54
dorth
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awhile a go someone on here posted a link to a head-to-toe cycling rain suit, anybody remember who made it?

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 18:55
ShartAttack
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(Reply to #61)

dorth wrote:
awhile a go someone on here posted a link to a head-to-toe cycling rain suit, anybody remember who made it?

Man I think I'd rather just get wet than wear one of those

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Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:03
yummygooey

GrandmaJordan wrote:
I don't think we have a thread like this yet? Ask for gear recommendations/give gear recommendations.

I'll go first: what rain booties do people like? Double points if they work well in wet, dry, and cold. My current system is pretty much shot, but I've been wearing these Castelli things that are windproof and somewhat insulated (fleecy inside), and then covering them with water resistant Giro things. It's been okayish, but since both pairs are ripped, and have decomposing zippers, I'd like to upgrade on a replacement. Thinking about those pink Rapha jawns, but mostly because they're pink.

You can use a 30% code posted on their website on the pink Rapha jawns right now.

http://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/women%27s-shop/limited-offer/category/womens-promo?utm_source=website&utm_medium=bar&utm_campaign=aw14-womens_sale

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:47
Personicus
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^are the pink rapha overshoes legit?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:36
yummygooey

the website says they're not meant for MTB shoes, which is what i use when for 98% of the riding that requires booties. derp. woulda bought them if not for that... since the coupon code brings them quite near the price of the other booties i'm looking at.

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 19:43
Bahamontes
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(Reply to #65)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
I keep forgetting to pick up some cleats for these guys. Excited to try them this fall/winter.
Kinda bummed there isn't buckles and I need to adjust to slow lace-up life but I will survive.
Will review soon.

Ride em yet?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 20:42
GrandmaJordan
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I ended up buying the Endura ones like Dougie has, but I did snag a Rapha rain jacket with the 30% code. I've been looking for a packable rain jacket for over a year, and the Rapha one is the only one I've found.

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Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:53
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #67)

Bahamontes wrote:

Ride em yet?

ugh, why do LBS have the worst hours? 10am-6pm bros? unpossible!
Think I will just order on internet.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:15
emor
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REI is your solution for dumb shop hours.

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Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:40
Andrew_Squirrel
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Oh yeah, good point.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:55
ShartAttack
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Back to vests - I have been anti-vest for most of my life but I'm coming around on them now. I'm looking for something wind resistant but with a little insulation, and also a color other than black/gray would be nice too. I'd say water resistant too but is that a dumb requirement for a vest?

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 23:18
The RTS
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Vests are great for windy days during colder weather

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 23:34
ICU81MI
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(Reply to #72)

GrandmaJordan wrote:
I've been looking for a packable rain jacket for over a year, and the Rapha one is the only one I've found.

Huh? P sure most major clothing companies have a packable rain jacket. That said, I like my Rapha one. Plus if you wreck your shit they'll fix it for you.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 00:28
Andrew_Squirrel
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TC: I know this makes me a greybeard but I've really been eyeing that discontinued Mavic Vision vest. It's definitely the most aesthetic pleasing of the dorky hi-viz vests.
Other than that I have a light wind vest made by Voler. I like the fit quite a bit and seems optimized for cool damp (but not downpour) weather.
Think it was called Equipe Windshell Vest (Vortex Fabric)
note: doesn't have any insulation tho

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 00:50
NOVELTYNAME
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The grey reflective stuff (seen on aforementioned mavic vest, and Rapha) tends to peel off. So there's that.

I've had pearl Izumi and they are ok but they fit short in the torso. I've got a showers pass rain vest that works but is now 3-4? Seasons old and is looking it's age after some mud and road grunge.

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Wed, 11/05/2014 - 01:32
ShartAttack
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I think I'm going to go old-fashioned and just go to some sporting goods stores and see what I like. All of the cycling-specific vests are lighter than I think I want. But then I'm also worried if I get what I think I want that it will be too heavy... Which is why I think I need to see some in person.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:34
yummygooey

I had the Rapha Hi Vis Gilet and the reflective stripes peeled off. They sent me like $300 of credit to replace it so I bought the Brevet jersey+vest combo. I like this vest better - it is thinner and has more mesh (I run hot hot hot) - but it lacks pockets, which were nice to have.

I also have the Giro Insulated Vest. I usually wear it around town as an off bike/warm up piece rather than a dedicated ride piece. It's too warm for me for that use case. I like it - surprisingly warm for how thin/light/packable it is. The cut around the shoulders is weird and kind of bunches up when I'm in bike position.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:40
lukasz
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I've had the thinnest montane rain vest and jacket for years now. The elastic to tighten up the back wore out two years ago on both and I got some new elastic put in at the dry cleaner for like $15 for the both of them. I keep meaning to buy something more substantial but they work and I can't be bothered. My #1 concern with a vest is wind puffing it up at speed when it gets into your pit area. When I used to race in it that really pissed me off. Wasted energy.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:46
ShartAttack
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You guys have me wondering if I don't really need more of a vest than I have now... Right now I have a PI jacket the sleeves zip off of. I wore it once this year and was disappointed in its performance, but it was also really goddamn cold outside and I don't think I'd layered enough in the first place. But, it's also hi-vis yellow, and while I don't want something black I don't know what I necessarily want to wear a screaming Fred vest all winter either.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:09
lukasz
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If it fits, keep it. If it is cold wear some sleeves.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:13
GrandmaJordan
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(Reply to #80)

ICU81MI wrote:
GrandmaJordan wrote:
I've been looking for a packable rain jacket for over a year, and the Rapha one is the only one I've found.

Huh? P sure most major clothing companies have a packable rain jacket. That said, I like my Rapha one. Plus if you wreck your shit they'll fix it for you.

I already bought the Rapha one, but go ahead and find me another packable women's rain jacket. No men's stuff.

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Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:17
NOVELTYNAME
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(Reply to #81)

ShartAttack wrote:
I have a PI jacket the sleeves zip off of.

i think you might have the PI barrier? i had an older model of one of those and it worked ok. was not rain proof though.

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Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:26
ShartAttack
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Yeah, that's the one. Definitely not rain proof, but good for a sprinkle. I wore it most of the winter last year, and with three layers beneath it I stayed warm enough but still got really sweaty. I feel like when it's 20F outside that I shouldn't have to sweat, but I'm starting to think that that's just the price of staying warm.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:44
curiousincident
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(Reply to #83)

GrandmaJordan wrote:
ICU81MI wrote:
GrandmaJordan wrote:
I've been looking for a packable rain jacket for over a year, and the Rapha one is the only one I've found.

Huh? P sure most major clothing companies have a packable rain jacket. That said, I like my Rapha one. Plus if you wreck your shit they'll fix it for you.

I already bought the Rapha one, but go ahead and find me another packable women's rain jacket. No men's stuff.

http://www.endurasport.com/products/?ProductID=261

i can't speak to the fit of the women's stuff too much but i've really liked my jackets from them, materials and construction are good and the fit is pretty euro. there's a more packable model but it might not have enough waterproofness for your needs.

oh, also a fuckton cheaper than rapha.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 17:09
GrandmaJordan
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Well, shit. NOW you post it! I've only seen non-packable Endura stuff here.

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Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:40
lukasz
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If it is actually raining and then things clear up I don't mess around with packable stuff anyway. Just shove whatever under your jersey and enjoy the added aero benefit of a hump.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:45
ICU81MI
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You're right, there are fewer ladies options but these two would seem to fit the bill as well:

http://www.mavic.us/apparel-women-jackets-oxygen-h2o-jacket?mobile=1#.VFq-NqY77CQ
http://www.giro.com/us_en/rain-jacket.html

My gf has the giro one, which she likes. It's a little bigger than some when packed down, but it looks well-made and I feel better about its long term durability.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:22
Endpoint
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This is relevant to my interests.

Was thinking about getting a proper lightweight vest in a high viz color this week and the S rep happened to swing though selling some of his fall samples.

Picked up this guy: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/winter-apparel/mens-deflect/deflect-hybrid-jacket

Used it this morning. Was not disappointed.

Somewhat unrelated... also grabbed his swat bib knickers. They are legit. Seams above the knee are actually in the right place to prevent weird binding or riding up. Pad is actually in the right place as well.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 20:21
joy of vaping
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I'm currently looking for a new multi-use rain jacket/shell. Kind of want something yellow but not hi-vis yellow. More like fisherman jacket yellow.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 20:54
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #89)

Bahamontes wrote:
Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
I keep forgetting to pick up some cleats for these guys. Excited to try them this fall/winter.
Kinda bummed there isn't buckles and I need to adjust to slow lace-up life but I will survive.
Will review soon.

Ride em yet?

Commuted on them Friday, not really rainy or cold. They seemed to be pretty hot for 40-50 deg F riding but not as bad as I was expecting, very bearable.

The next day I wore them for the weekend camping trip and they worked amaaaaaazing for that. I could not think of more appropriate footwear for stomping around in the damp woods, the wet Puget Sound beaches then a long ride back. There was even a downpour at the end of the ride but my feet were warm and relatively dry (see: sweat).

The boot is really well constructed and fits me great (sized up by 1/2 since no 0.5 sizes). It doesn't really feel too "booty" when your cycling and doesn't impede on your ankle movement.

My one worry is during downpours if you have you pant leg rolled you might want some low ankle high gaiters since the top of the boot where you foot enters kinda opens up like a thirsty flower with lots of exposed padding.

The cleat position is great and they even captured the cleat plate between the sole and another layer inside the boot. It appears they are separated with a barrier but I'm not sure if it is a waterproof barrier. I didn't feel any water being sucked up through the cleat hole but I should do an experiment at home with some water in a tray to simulate a puddle.

The Boot walks well as expected. When standing on flat ground it seems like the boot might have benefited from a slightly taller heel but when you start to walk you don't notice it. Also the sole curves in such a way that you get a satisfying roll from heel to toe through the step, this removes all the clunky feeling I usually get from walking around in my hiking boots.

Overall, two thumbs up so far.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 20:01
ShartAttack
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Sounds good! Are they as heavy as they look though?

Ended up buying a sale down vest at Eddie Bauer for winter commuting. Really digging it - we had a really strong, cold wind here today and I was still comfortable with a couple light layers and the vest.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 20:10
Andrew_Squirrel
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Yeah, they are pretty heavy but I didn't really notice while walking and riding.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 20:18
buffoon
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Rec for beanie/skullcap that fits well under helmet?

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a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:51
rauce
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I have an assos one that is great, it's called "the stinger hat".

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:15
NOVELTYNAME
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i have a few: smartwool trainer, smartwool lightweight(?), and an icebreaker. i like the smartwool trainer.

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Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:49
Petr5
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How is this thread not about the number of skid patches for a particular ring/cog combo yet?

edit: I have this and love the shit out of it. It's pretty hot though. Like happy to near zero f, hot.
edit2: lol, the link http://www.cannondale.com/nam_en/2012-skull-cap-22806

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Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:55
cheese
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(Reply to #96)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
opens up like a thirsty flower

storn

Glad to hear those actually work well for their intended purpose, unlike a lot of crossover gear/apparel.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:02
buffoon
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thanks for the recommendations tarck.

Also just got some defeet knee warmers and they rock. One size fits all and did not slide down my little legs. Really warm in the front and has a thinner weave on the back. Mucho better than the smartwool ones I have before (thin, didn't stay on, seams frayed super quick).

Lippy wrote:
a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:03
akasnowmaaan
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Check this out. Clothing recommendations broken out in 10º F, wet and dry conditions.
http://www.civiacycles.com/whattowear/

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 12:37
imoscardotcom
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cycling jacket for super broad shoulders?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:01
rauce
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Soft shell or rain? Both my pearl izumi soft shells fit me well and I have fairly broad shoulders.

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:33

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