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Old 09-07-2013, 12:36 PM   #14243
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Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Tucson AZ
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I've commuted on the drz all the way through winter, in January my rides started before the sun rose, so about as cold as it gets in AZ.

Being a poor HS student, I found that layers are they key. I found one of the most important layers is a long sleeve Under Armour shirt (the tight kind). Then various layers of light cold weather gear depending on how cold. Then a riding jacket, then the second most important, the windbreaker. I found without either the windbreaker or Under Armour I was freezing no matter how many other layers I had. The windbreaker keeps the cold out, Under Armour keeps the heat in. Same concept with gloves, I had some of those small cotton gloves, as well as big poofy winter gloves.

That's my experience, maybe an electric vest would be better, so you don't have to have 5 layers of cold weather gear but I found that I was fairly comfy with what I had said above.
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