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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 2007, 8:34 pm Thread Starter
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What's your warmest jacket?

Which brand and style of jacket do you think is the warmest as well as the most comfortable on a Kbike? I'm thinking of an upgrade this fall and would like some input.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 2007, 8:50 pm
 
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Layer.

I have an old Motoport Canyon II. It has 3 layers, 1 external (that breathes), an internal waterproof layer and an insulation layer.

But, to keep warm get an electric vest. If you layer as follows:
1) Light undershirt.
2) Electric vest (snug).
3) I wear an additional vest (filled with hollowfill), light and not bulky as the next layer.
4) On top of that I wear the Motoport insulation layer.
5) On top of that I wear the waterproof / windproof layer (you need this one).
6) And the final top layer is the main motoport jacket.

So, that's 6 layers. If it is cold enough out then I'll add a rain jacket (light but wind and waterproof) on top of all that.

For my legs I generally have a pair of jeans and overpants (I have some lined ones).

For boots, my goretex boots seem to work well.

For gloves, I have a pair of gauntlet gloves I wear and again if cold I wear undergloves.

Then, with a heated grip and heated seat, all is well down to freezing and below.
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I just bought a Belstaff Challenger,very good.

I have a First Gear Kilimanjaro I bought 10 years ago and it has worked very well.

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Gerbing Cascade Extreme.

The jacket's liner is removable and electric (it's a bit different from regular Gerbing Jacket liner). Shell is waterproof with their fancy water-sealing zippers. You won't get cold in it but you may need to get a Powerlet socket installed as BMW didn't think to put more than about a 5 amp socket on their bike, otherwise it will cycle the jacket and pants (if you get them) on and off and it will never feel really warm. Get the Dual-Heat Controller if you get the pants too.

Drawback is it gets too hot over about 85 degrees even without the liner(s).
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I have an Aerostich Darien jacket with the fleece liner. Together with a heated vest I stay very comfortable in winter.
ps. the jacket is stiff as cardboard until well broken in.

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Which brand and style of jacket do you think is the warmest as well as the most comfortable on a Kbike? I'm thinking of an upgrade this fall and would like some input.

TIA!
Hey Deb, it was nice to see you at CCR... on a steek!

I have a faded, old Joe Rocket. It used to be red. Every few years I might wash it, but I do hose it down with waterproof every year.

The point, I think I'm trying to get to, is the liner. I'm now using the Olympia liner in it. I gave up zipping and snapping liners into coats long ago. I just put the liner on first, hold the sleeves and put the coat on. Much easier and less frustrating.

I bought the Olympia mesh, with the waterproof liners, for the Teton's gig. Went from hot Tejas to the mountains and didn't want to carry two suits. The Olympia liner IS very warm, too warm at times, so I also carry a windbreaker.

Anyway, the liner is the key. Real cold and the Widder stuff comes out.

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Which brand and style of jacket do you think is the warmest as well as the most comfortable on a Kbike? I'm thinking of an upgrade this fall and would like some input.

TIA!
Hey Deb!

I've ridden down to 7F in my Commuter II, Goretex liner, Gerbings, dress-shirt, t-shirt. That combo has worked many days for my 15 mile, 75MPH winter commute at single digit temps. Feel like the Michelin Man or that little kid in the Christmas Story movie, but I do stay warm.

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I have a Marsee 3/4 length coat, I don't know what model it is. Kind of like the "Adventure" stuff. It is heavy nylon with a quilted liner. Very well made, very warm, and very waterproof. The most comfortable coat I've ever had. I don't worry about rain gear at all when I'm wearing it, other than carrying around some lightweight rain pants if I'm not wearing my heavy pants. When I rode up to Denver last year and got caught in a snowstorm outside of Vail I was wearing it with an electric vest underneath, and I was toasty. Scared to death, but I was warm. Not that you can tell much, but it's the coat I'm wearing in my avatar.
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