Bicycling in 30-40F Temperatures



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Robert

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I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high
temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours daily (one or two stops for lunch
and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to be
completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress?
This is what I was thinking:

1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
2. 200 wt fleece
3. Breathable rain jacket
4. Light tights covered by rain pants
5. Windproof gloves
6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks

Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?
 
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"Robert" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to
> be completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress? This is what I was
> thinking:
>
> 1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
> 2. 200 wt fleece
> 3. Breathable rain jacket
> 4. Light tights covered by rain pants
> 5. Windproof gloves
> 6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
> Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

This has been covered *a lot* ... recently, (within a 3-4 days) on rec.bicycles.tech

Do a search and you'll find tons of stuff I'm sure, also this past month or so it was discussed
heavily in the e-mail list of www.massbike.org It was a *hot* topic (pun intended) when the
temperature around these parts was hovering in the 0F range.

C.Q.C.
 
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David Kerber

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In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
> I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to
> be completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress? This is what I was
> thinking:
>
> 1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
> 2. 200 wt fleece
> 3. Breathable rain jacket
> 4. Light tights covered by rain pants
> 5. Windproof gloves
> 6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
> Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

For me, it would. Depending on how hard I'm riding, it might be too much, but taking off the rain
jacket would probably fix that.

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Cheg

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"Robert" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> daily (one or two stops for
lunch
> and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to be completly warm and do not want
> to feel the cold. How should I
dress?
> This is what I was thinking:
>
> 1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
> 2. 200 wt fleece
> 3. Breathable rain jacket
> 4. Light tights covered by rain pants
> 5. Windproof gloves
> 6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
> Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

I do cycle frequently in that sort of weather and I would be too hot in the clothes you describe.
The problem is that if you are initially warm, for the first few miles, you will overheat within the
next few miles. I generally wear a light syntheic short sleeve jersey and padded shorts under
breathable rain pants and jacket (rain or not), smart wool socks and Shimano mountainbike boots,
Neoprene gloves, and a thin wool skullcap or a Pearl Izumi microfleece headband. The only thing that
changes is sometimes I wear heavier or lighter gloves instead and I switch the cap for the headband
and add or remove a helmet cover to fine tune the temperature. Works for me from 27F to 50F.
 
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Badger South

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On 1 Feb 2004 21:29:41 -0800, [email protected] (Robert) wrote:

>I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours daily
>(one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to be
>completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress? This is what I was thinking:
>
>1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
>2. 200 wt fleece
>3. Breathable rain jacket
>4. Light tights covered by rain pants
>5. Windproof gloves
>6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
>Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

I'd add a balaclava to keep your head/ears warm. The rain pants seem excessive, but it depends on
the rain. IOW, I don't mind the lower body getting a little damp. I have a pair of water resistant
shorts that I sometimes wear that keep me dry enough down there. Instead of the LS cotton T and
fleece, why not wear a biking jersey, and a light wool LS sweater?

As to the rain jacket <g> in my experience, a breathable rain jacket doesn't keep you dry from the
rain, and doesn't really breath that much. I'm a big fan of relatively cheap PVC rain jackets. (For
$19, I got two at A&N.) Some people like the more expensive gortex jackets, but IME, it's for
fashion related reasons. ;-p

What, exactly, are the type of gloves you have. (I'm in the market).

-B
 
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Claire Petersky

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"Robert" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times.

I know what this is like very well.

> 1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)

skip it.

> 2. 200 wt fleece
> 3. Breathable rain jacket

These are fine.

> 4. Light tights covered by rain pants

I'd skip the rain pants, and have a winter-weight pair of tights. Your legs might get wet from time
to time, but you'll be working them, and it won't be troublesome.

> 5. Windproof gloves

I have learned the hard way that most windproof gloves do not have sufficient gel for me for a
5 hour ride. I'd have to wear my fingerless summer gloves under those to have enough padding.
My fingers get cold very easily -- I might have a chemical packet to break and warm them up,
just in case.

> 6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks

I'd put booties over cycling shoes. Smart Wool trail runner (not their cycling socks) I think are
the best for cycling.

I'd add a bandana to wear around the neck and use as a hankie -- if it's cold and wet, my nose would
be running nearly continuously.

Visibility is an issue in the wintertime in dismal weather -- if the jacket isn't a high-visibility
color, I'd add a reflective vest.

For me, it would have to be below 28 F to put on a balaclava. However, I've got a thick head of
bushy hair, and I can pull it down over my ears (and do!) when it's cold and wet. If you just tell
the barber, "set it to 3" or you're bald, YMMV.

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Tanya Quinn

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[email protected] (Robert) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to
> be completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress? This is what I was
> thinking:
>
> 1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
> 2. 200 wt fleece
> 3. Breathable rain jacket
> 4. Light tights covered by rain pants
> 5. Windproof gloves
> 6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
> Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

Probably but it depends on you, and I'd be concerned about sweating and having the wetness trapped
in the cotton shirt. I find that when its cold the places I get cold first are fingers, toes, ears,
and neck. I would add a headband that covers the ears to your list, that fits under a helmet. If you
don't wear a helmet I would go for a toque instead (since the helmet does help block the wind from
your head) - depending on temperature. Unless your other layers do a good job of covering the neck,
add a neck warmer or scarf. And of course its handy if you have a place to stash the extra clothes
if you get too hot. Don't forget too that if there is a strong wind and you're riding into it,
you'll feel a lot colder than the actual temperature.
 
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Mark

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"Robert" wrote ...
> I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to
> be completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress? This is what I was
> thinking:
>
> 1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)

If you know about cotton, why are you planning to wear the filthy stuff? There's a reason why
mountaineers say "cotton kills".

> 2. 200 wt fleece
> 3. Breathable rain jacket
> 4. Light tights covered by rain pants
> 5. Windproof gloves
> 6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
> Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

Everyone's meatabolism is different, and different people have different ideas about what
constitutes "casual bicycling", so what works for people replying to your post might not
work for you.

I've been shying away from waterproof/breathable jackets for cycling because
1), all the greasy goop that gets kicked up by cars in the rain compromises the breathability and 2)
they actually perform best at much lower temperatures than you describe. I also favor cheap water
repellent shell pants for rain for the same reasons.

Where's your hat? Keeping your head and neck covered will go along ways toward keeping your whole
body warm. If you're wearing a helmet there are plenty of thin fleece and wool hats and/or
balaclavas around designed to go under bicycle, ski, and mountaineering helmets. HTH,
--
mark
 
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David Reuteler

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mark <[email protected]> wrote:
: If you're wearing a helmet there are plenty of thin fleece and wool hats and/or balaclavas around
: designed to go under bicycle, ski, and mountaineering helmets.

a balaclava is serious overkill for 30 to 40F. i use a neck gaitor below 50F and add a second one
under 20F.

for 40s i wear regular shorts, leg warmers, normal lightweight wool socks, booties if it's raining,
a l/s wool base layer and a l/s wool jersey. in the 30s (or 40s raining) i swap the l/s jersey for a
s/s jersey, keep the base layer and add a sugoi windhibitor evaporator zip jersey. for the 20s back
to the l/s jersey with the base layer and sugoi jersey and add thick wool socks.

for gloves a pair of pearl izumi pittards thermal fleece with 1 or 2 wool liners depending (they fit
under pretty easily .. these gloves aren't tight fitting even in the right size).

much below 20 is where it gets tougher.
- david reuteler [email protected]
 
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David Kerber

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In article <[email protected]_s53>, [email protected] potato.com says...
> "Robert" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]...
> > I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> > daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times.
>
> I know what this is like very well.
>
> > 1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
>
> skip it.

Maybe not. Might want to put it _over_ a wicking layer.

>
> > 2. 200 wt fleece
> > 3. Breathable rain jacket
>
> These are fine.
>
> > 4. Light tights covered by rain pants
>
> I'd skip the rain pants, and have a winter-weight pair of tights. Your legs might get wet from
> time to time, but you'll be working them, and it won't be troublesome.

Maybe windfront tights, though they tend to get expensive.

> > 5. Windproof gloves
>
> I have learned the hard way that most windproof gloves do not have sufficient gel for me for a 5
> hour ride. I'd have to wear my fingerless summer gloves under those to have enough padding. My
> fingers get cold very easily -- I might have a chemical packet to break and warm them up, just
> in case.

For me, in temps down to the upper 20's (F), I put a pair of size extra-large summer cycling gloves
_over_ my thin Pearl Izumi full- finger gloves, and once my vascular system kicks in, about 5 - 10
minutes into the ride, my fingers are toasty. This also gives me good dexterity for operating the
STI shifters. I've never tried this combination in the rain, though, so I don't know how they'd do
if they got wet.

When I was out riding below zero a couple of weeks ago, I put big fleece-lined leather mittens
over the PI gloves, and was also toasty. Amazingly, I was still able to shift ok, as long as I
wasn't in a hurry.

>
> > 6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
> I'd put booties over cycling shoes. Smart Wool trail runner (not their cycling socks) I think are
> the best for cycling.
>
> I'd add a bandana to wear around the neck and use as a hankie -- if it's cold and wet, my nose
> would be running nearly continuously.

For me, it just takes cold to make my nose run, but I just send a snot rocket onto the shoulder of
the road every few minutes.

> Visibility is an issue in the wintertime in dismal weather -- if the jacket isn't a high-
> visibility color, I'd add a reflective vest.

Good point.

> For me, it would have to be below 28 F to put on a balaclava. However, I've got a thick head of
> bushy hair, and I can pull it down over my ears (and do!) when it's cold and wet. If you just tell
> the barber, "set it to 3" or you're bald, YMMV.

Yeah; for me, below about 20 is where I start needing full face protection.

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David Kerber

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In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
> mark <[email protected]> wrote:
> : If you're wearing a helmet there are plenty of thin fleece and wool hats and/or balaclavas
> : around designed to go under bicycle, ski, and mountaineering helmets.
>
> a balaclava is serious overkill for 30 to 40F. i use a neck gaitor below 50F and add a second one
> under 20F.

I just use a l/s turtleneck shirt.

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Curtis L . Russ

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On 02 Feb 2004 19:41:00 GMT, David Reuteler <[email protected]> wrote:

>a balaclava is serious overkill for 30 to 40F. i use a neck gaitor below 50F and add a second one
>under 20F.

Depends. For some of us, it seems the cheekbones are the ones that feel most exposed. OTOH, I've
never been able to wear one because of eyeglass fogging.

Curtis L. Russell Odenton, MD (USA) Just someone on two wheels...
 
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David Reuteler

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David Kerber <[email protected]_ids.net> wrote:
: I just use a l/s turtleneck shirt.

yea it's funny. everyone's different but my achilles heel is very much my throat. if it's warm i'm
ok .. but if it's cold even in the 50s i'll get sick pretty fast but i've never worn a balaclava
ever in minnesota. when it got really cold i'd take a cotton t-shirt, hold it by the sleeves and
loop the body over the top a few times, tie the sleeves behind my neck and tuck the remaining body
down my jacket. that worked all the way down to -20F which is as cold as i've ever biked.

i, like claire, have a lot of hair, tho.
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Claire Petersky

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"David Reuteler" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> i, like claire, have a lot of hair, tho.

Picture?

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Claire Petersky <[email protected]> wrote:
: "David Reuteler" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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:> i, like claire, have a lot of hair, tho.
:
: Picture?

ummm, it's certainly not quite as "full" as yours. i have a lot of very fine dredd-prone hair &
unfortunately can't find any photos online of that at its best. i've seen photos of you from your
site, tho and you easily win for volume.

http://www.visi.com/~reuteler/images/car.jpg (leftmost, 1994)
http://banzai.msi.umn.edu/dave/images/daveymegreg.jpg (leftmost, 1996)
http://www.visi.com/~reuteler/images/montreal.jpeg (rightside, 1995)
http://myweb.cableone.net/reuteler/images/bogus_me.jpg (last fall 2003)
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Peter Cole

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"Robert" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to
> be completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress? This is what I was
> thinking:
>
> 1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
> 2. 200 wt fleece
> 3. Breathable rain jacket
> 4. Light tights covered by rain pants
> 5. Windproof gloves
> 6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
> Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

30-40 degree rain is about the toughest condition to dress for. If it's dry, it's no biggie. Fenders
make a huge difference in cold rain, especially with a front (at least mud flap).
 
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Robert

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Badger South <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> On 1 Feb 2004 21:29:41 -0800, [email protected] (Robert) wrote:
>
> >I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
> >daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to
> >be completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress? This is what I was
> >thinking:
> >
> >1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
> >2. 200 wt fleece
> >3. Breathable rain jacket
> >4. Light tights covered by rain pants
> >5. Windproof gloves
> >6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
> >
> >Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?
>
> I'd add a balaclava to keep your head/ears warm. The rain pants seem excessive, but it depends on
> the rain. IOW, I don't mind the lower body getting a little damp. I have a pair of water resistant
> shorts that I sometimes wear that keep me dry enough down there. Instead of the LS cotton T and
> fleece, why not wear a biking jersey, and a light wool LS sweater?
>
> As to the rain jacket <g> in my experience, a breathable rain jacket doesn't keep you dry from the
> rain, and doesn't really breath that much. I'm a big fan of relatively cheap PVC rain jackets.
> (For $19, I got two at A&N.) Some people like the more expensive gortex jackets, but IME, it's for
> fashion related reasons. ;-p
>
> What, exactly, are the type of gloves you have. (I'm in the market).
>
> -B

Thank you for your advice. I'm just a casual bicyclist who has started last year to bicycle on his
vacations. With all the expensive synthetic stuff I would have to buy for cold temperaturers I think
I'm going to postpone my trip until the spring. I did buy a pair of EMS WindPro men's gloves (on
sale at $19.00) but they are now sold out on the website. You might call see if the catalog can find
any in the stores (there is a decent chance they will find a pair). There are also another pair of
excellent gloves that just went on sale (from $35.00 to $24.00) online that are windproof. These are
very high tech that allows protection and excellent deterity. You can find them at:

http://www.ems.com/products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442583774&FOLDER%3C%3Efold-
er_id=2534374302580379&fromTemplate=navigation%2Fsubcategory.jsp&bmUID=1075765400329
 

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Originally posted by Robert
I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high
temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours daily (one or two stops for lunch
and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to be
completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress?
This is what I was thinking:

1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
2. 200 wt fleece
3. Breathable rain jacket
4. Light tights covered by rain pants
5. Windproof gloves
6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks

Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

I ride upto -20 and a foot of snow in my commute to work.

1. t-shirt (cotton and I know) <i've gotton a propper cycling under shirt>
2. long sleeve cotten
3. a pull-over (kangaroo) with a hood
4. a nylon pull over
5. winter tights and a regular pair of walking shorts over top
6.wool socks and put sandwhich bags over them and into your shoes
7. gloves, get the crab claw type they are really good.
8. grab a cycling hood, they are the best

You should be warm, just keep your feet and toes moving and you'll be fine. I have a 1/2 trip each way to work and rarely do I have a problem and I work outside in this all day long too.
 
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Mark Hickey

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[email protected] (Robert) wrote:

>I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours daily
>(one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want to be
>completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress? This is what I was thinking:
>
>1. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (I know about cotton)
>2. 200 wt fleece
>3. Breathable rain jacket
>4. Light tights covered by rain pants
>5. Windproof gloves
>6. Waterproofed sneakers with Smart Wool socks
>
>Will this outfit keep me comfortably warm?

Sure seems like it...

For 30's to 40's (0 to 15c) I'll normally wear shorts and a short sleeve jersey, and a light jacket.
If it warms up to around 45, I'll just take off the jacket.

If I wear more than that I'm more miserable from sweating than I ever would be from the cold.

Mark Hickey Habanero Cycles http://www.habcycles.com Home of the $695 ti frame
 
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In article <[email protected]>, Robert <[email protected]> wrote:
>Badger South <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:<[email protected]>...
>> On 1 Feb 2004 21:29:41 -0800, [email protected] (Robert) wrote:
>>
>> >I may be casual bicycling (not racing or anything) in high temperatures of 30-40F for 5 hours
>> >daily (one or two stops for lunch and hot coco). It may be raining or snowing at times. I want
>> >to be completly warm and do not want to feel the cold. How should I dress?
[snip]
>
>
>Thank you for your advice. I'm just a casual bicyclist who has started last year to bicycle on his
>vacations. With all the expensive synthetic stuff I would have to buy for cold temperaturers I
>think I'm going to postpone my trip until the spring. I did buy a pair of EMS WindPro men's gloves
>(on sale at $19.00) but they are now sold out on the website. You might call see if the catalog can
>find any in the stores (there is a decent chance they will find a pair). There are also another
>pair of excellent gloves that just went on sale (from $35.00 to $24.00) online that are windproof.
>These are very high tech that allows protection and excellent deterity. You can find them at:
>
>http://www.ems.com/products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442583774&FOLDER%3C%3Efol-
>der_id=2534374302580379&fromTemplate=navigation%2Fsubcategory.jsp&bmUID=1075765400329

_ Synthetic doesn't have to mean expensive. You can get perfectly useful poly gear at Walmart. Or
you can get most outdoor gear at at least 50% off if you're willing to buy last year's gear.

_ Try www.campmor.com and www.sierratradingpost.com to get some non-cotton cheap inner layers.
Cotton and 40degrees and rain is a recipe for a miserable day at best and hypothermia at worst.

_ Booker C. Bense

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