I looking for some really good cold/freezing-weather cycling gear. All the gear makers have clothing that is supposed to be super warm, but which one's garments are the warmest and most affordable? I heard Pearl Izumi makes some of the best cold-weather gear. Is that true? What actual bib/tights and jacket would you suggest? Ian Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gore Balance Jacket
So the key component to any cold-weather get up is a wicking layer that'll keep the sweat off your skin, then a wind shell that can offer ventilation as needed. Pearl Izumi does indeed make very good stuff, but there are plenty of other options.
For a day around freezing, here's what I'll typically wear:
Naturally, you'll also need good gloves, a pair like Cannondale's Wind Shredders ($40; www.cannondale.com); shoe covers, such as Descente Element shoe covers ($40; www.performancebike.com); and perhaps a hat to wear under your helmet, such as a Garneau Thermo Fusion Hat ($20).
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