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Old 05-09-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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What are you wearing?

Ha, I knew you'd look! My hubbie and I are renting bikes (800GS's) in AK in June so have no heated gear capabilities, so what's the warmest, lightest, comfy-est layer to take? I'm not a fan of UnderArmour, it's too snug and smelly. All suggestions appreciated, thanks.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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merino wool.. smartwool or other name brand.. cheaper merino wool can get itchy,, or keep an eye on steepandcheap.com and get some of their Stoic merino wool.. I have had good luck with it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:45 PM   #3
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+1 on the merino wool.
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/merino-wool~g~1928/

Also heard good things about silk, but never tried it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:31 PM   #4
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I HATE wool.. What would be your #2?
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Have you ever tried Merino? I hate wool too.. I have a couple of wool Pendleton shirts I cant wear... but good merino has zero itch factor.. cheap Merino still itches. If you dont want Merino and UA is essentially the same as most other synthetics, gets stinky, maybe Patagonia Capilene.. it doesnt stink like other synthetics after a couple of days. Silk is comfy, but a slow to dry overnight if you wash it in a sink. Take a look here... http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/underwear.html
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:59 PM   #6
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I HATE wool.. What would be your #2?
Normal wool I agree.... Merino wool is like cashmere.... And FAR superior to UA.... love merino wool! Please do yourself a favor and at least try some.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:00 PM   #7
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I HATE wool.. What would be your #2?
Yeah, you'll just have to go to REI and try on some of the options. (Out of curiosity, is the Bent Gate climbing shop still open in Golden? You could go there.)

Don't rule out Merino until you've tried on a few brands. But if you don't like it, I'm sure you'll find a synthetic that fits better than Under Armor and will keep you warm.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:23 AM   #8
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Yeah, you'll just have to go to REI and try on some of the options. (Out of curiosity, is the Bent Gate climbing shop still open in Golden? You could go there.)

Don't rule out Merino until you've tried on a few brands. But if you don't like it, I'm sure you'll find a synthetic that fits better than Under Armor and will keep you warm.
Yes, it is. I'll head that way today, and I'll try out some merino wool. Re: silk, I have an enormous 18"x18" bandana that has become an essential when riding, so +1 for silk. Keeps my neck warm with no breeze down the jacket even in the rain or snow. And you can put it on without taking off your helmet.

Thanks to all for the advice. Getting excited about the trip!
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:58 AM   #9
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So UA, merino wool, etc. are base layers. Make sure you take a nice comfy mid-layer with you, too. Layers make all the difference! Down packs down nice and small, but is pricy.


I have one of these that is perfect for layering under my motorcycle jacket, and it folds down and stuffs into its own pocket. Easy for me to carrier around in the top case in case it ever gets chilly. Plus it has the LLBean no-questions-asked warranty. But if you wanna try stuff on, you can find all kinds of stuff like this at REI, etc.


http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/76777...ackaway-jacket

For skiing I wear a pair of $10 fleece pajama pants from Walmart under my ski pants for extra warmth. I don't ride when it's any colder than what the insulated liner in my motorcycle pants will protect me from, but that would be an easy cheap way to add insulation to the legs if need be.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #10
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:00 AM   #11
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You do realize it gets warm up here in the summer (June...)? I have the liner out of my First Gear jacket and pants most of the summer. Just pick up a light weight polypropylene set of long underwear for the damp days and you should be fine. I'd be more concerned about quality rainproof gear. If you can stay dry, you will have little issue staying warm.
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You do realize it gets warm up here in the summer (June...)? I have the liner out of my First Gear jacket and pants most of the summer. Just pick up a light weight polypropylene set of long underwear for the damp days and you should be fine. I'd be more concerned about quality rainproof gear. If you can stay dry, you will have little issue staying warm.
Yep, but to me warm is 90, not 70, lol. Thanks!
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:03 PM   #13
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If you have a waterproof outer jacket
a down vest is another thing, they pack really small when compressed and fill the space quite well between a jacket and body. Trouble with down, do not get it wet. if you do it will no longer insulate.

Also talk to the rental company, many of them use battery tender style plugs (with SAE two plug leads) already connected to the battery, depending on your vest or jackets (if you have electrically heated gear) you could buy or make a patch cord and then you're golden.

Oh yea and wool, kicks ass especially if it's wet, fleece does to but wool can keep you warmer and blocks some wind
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:00 AM   #14
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When I rent a bike, I take a couple of tools with me and install my GPS, heated gear battery harness, etc. before I even leave the rental place....
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:18 AM   #15
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I get great mileage out of my Patagonia Puffy coat and pants and have for many years now ....but....I think StuartV has the plan and that is to install a cord and take some heated gear.

Black Jack in Canada makes heated gear that plugs directly into a battery tender cord, I have their vest and it is a favorite of mine.

I have a bunch of excellent quality gear from other activities to choose from but something as simple as a light heated vest can eliminate a bunch of layers and provide more wamth/comfort.
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