Wet cold weather clothing recommendations.

by trikeman   October 1, 2010  

Hi All,
My old clothing that I use for wet and cold weather riding has finally given up and I am a little confused by the vast range of gear out there claiming all sorts. I am looking to the experienced who can give thier own recommendations.
My ride is 20 miles in to work and then home. I have good kit for just the cold, but the wet is another thing.
Needs - as water proof as possible, warm (but able to breath), bright/conspiquous/reflective (to be seen by Weston to Bristol car nutters) and reasonable cost. Want a good jacket and trousers that are not too 'flappy'.
I know its a lot, but any good recommendations???
Regards, Trikeman. Confused

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Breathable and Waterproof?

I would say Endura Stealth but how often will it be washed? daily?

Use soapflake and handwash modes if you need to wash your gear often and buy some nixwaz to reproof your rain clothing.

I use Endura stealth on road rides but commuting I just buy warm and breathable cheaper gear for winter and when a heavy shower hits -pull out the water proof jackets stowed away and leggings.

These waterproofs can be dead cheap, and you can still use summer gear with baselayers.

What is your budget btw?

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
1st October 2010 - 18:17

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Hi, thanks for that.
I have had a look at the Endura kit along with Altura et al and they seem to be the way I am going - just wanted some feedback on use/recommendations.
I have some really cheap ebay outer layers that are really good in the heavy rain, except they get just as wet inside from condensation. My old kit (now completely u/s) was good, un-branded stuff and was cracking in rain and seemed to stay dry without the condensation, a sort of 'drysuit' material. It did get hot though Surprise
As I will be using the kit regularly I know I have to invest some ££ and I would stretch to £200 all in, inc bottoms - the search goes on. Popping into Evans tomorrow for a gander.
Again, thanks for the pointer.
Regards, Trikeman.

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
1st October 2010 - 20:45

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I can recommend dhb's eVent overtrousers, they're a quality piece of kit although it needs to be cold and wet before I'd even consider overtrousers over just getting wet legs Smile

Jacket-wise the Stealth is good, also the Madison Stellar/Tempest. Polaris jackets are worth looking at too, and dhb.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7252 posts]
1st October 2010 - 22:05

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Dont try and ride 74 miles in high winds and driving rain in a jacket you got free with a magazine... that's the best advice I can give today.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1220 posts]
4th October 2010 - 13:33

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Sage advice, JTC Plain Face

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7252 posts]
4th October 2010 - 14:34

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jimmythecuckoo wrote:
Dont try and ride 74 miles in high winds and driving rain in a jacket you got free with a magazine... that's the best advice I can give today.

Or one made by the same company that supplied the US Ryder Cup team Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7911 posts]
4th October 2010 - 15:33

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dave_atkinson wrote:
Sage advice, JTC Plain Face

but a day too late for myself to take heed of.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1220 posts]
4th October 2010 - 16:48

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Altura are also good especially when washing and get some bright colours to help drivers see (wake up) you.

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
4th October 2010 - 19:19

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Buffalo cycle shirt, it will be the only thing you need to wear up top. Not waterproof but you will never be cold.

http://www.buffalosystems.co.uk/dp6.htm

What's your route? I ride WsM to Portishead & return daily.

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13th October 2010 - 21:06

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