Temps slowly dropping here (SE PA) and in the 30+ years since I last rode, I've forgotten how quickly the cold slices into "dese ole bones" *G*. A local sporting good chain is promoting what looks like long underwear for skiing called Under Armor. Not inexpensive ($50 for the top) has anyone used this, and how effective is it? Also, any alternatives that might be less expensive? Thank you in advance.
Silk is also very warm and not bulky. Sportsmans Guide? sells it at a good price.
Yeah , the poly stuff is good too, but I just wear Wal-mart long johns along with:
Good wool socks , knee high.
Over pants , or leather pants. Jeans do little unless you cover them with something that does not flap in the wind and is water/wind proof.
My windscreen keeps most of the wind off my chest so a full face helmet with a breath guard , along with a wrap of a warm scarf around the neck, keeps my head fairly warm, a silk or polyprop balaclava when below 32...
Anyone use electric gloves? My fingers got too cold last week - felt like pins and needles.
KM: I too wear a scarf when needed but I got this feeling that the end is going to get tangled in a wheel and rip my head off.
My wife knitted me a nice one that is only 2-1/2 feet long. it only wraps one time around my neck and I tuck the ends into my jacket in front. No worries at all about it getting caught in anything , (like the rear wheel)
A local sporting good chain is promoting what looks like long underwear for skiing called Under Armor.
Under Armor is especially good to wear when you are very active in cold weather ~ skiing, running, playing football, shoveling snow. But for passively sitting on a motorcycle, I think that good quality, medium-to-heavy long underwear works best. (Some opt for wool or silk... I prefer technical fabric with moisture-wicking material.) I like to wear Carhartt quilted bibs over my long underwear or street pants. And the balaclava under the helmet is indispensable.
Last edited by EasyRector; 11-05-2007 at 09:25 PM.
Thanks for the link KM - Those gloves are just what I need - no wires attached and you stay warm and toasty. Too bad they're so pricey.
As for cold weather gear, snowmobile bibs are great, are not expensive, and are designed for seated comfort vs. ski bibs (designed for movement and activity). I understand Cabela's http://www.cabelas.com/