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post #1 of 15 Old 10-15-2016, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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PNW Winter riding gear?

I don't intend to ride in all the worst weather, but would like to be able to on "typical" Portland winter days - drizzly and 40s.

The jacket I've been using since I got my bike is a first-gen Rev'it Sand. It fits me great, and I intend to keep it around. It was a gift from a coworker who stopped riding, and unfortunately the liners were lost in his previous move. It has absolutely served me great during the summer through early fall. Rainy season has officially arrived, and now I'm looking for something a bit warmer and dryer. Because of how happy I am with the sand, I'm honestly tempted to just buy the sand II and matching pants. They're only about $820 shipped from Revilla and, as I said, I'm very happy with the first-generation Sand jacket I've been using.

Before I pulled the trigger, though, I wanted to hear from other PNW riders what your winter gear looks like, and whether you feel you're over- or under-dressed.

I'd also love to hear glove recommendations, as I'm really not sure where to get started there.
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Not directly helpful but two things. Aerostich has a pop up store in Gresham that is open this Sunday only - last of 4 day event. Popup Oregon :: Aerostich Motorcycle Jackets, Suits, Clothing, & Gear
and Motorcyclegear.com has some great Alpinestar gear on closeout. Closeouts > Textile Jackets and Pants :: MotorcycleGear.com

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The best way is to layer ie: thermos, sweat shirt and pants, rain coat and pants over your riding jacket and pants, and last but for me most important,
heated gloves !!!!
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I don't intend to ride in all the worst weather, but would like to be able to on "typical" Portland winter days - drizzly and 40s.



The jacket I've been using since I got my bike is a first-gen Rev'it Sand. It fits me great, and I intend to keep it around. It was a gift from a coworker who stopped riding, and unfortunately the liners were lost in his previous move. It has absolutely served me great during the summer through early fall. Rainy season has officially arrived, and now I'm looking for something a bit warmer and dryer. Because of how happy I am with the sand, I'm honestly tempted to just buy the sand II and matching pants. They're only about $820 shipped from Revilla and, as I said, I'm very happy with the first-generation Sand jacket I've been using.



Before I pulled the trigger, though, I wanted to hear from other PNW riders what your winter gear looks like, and whether you feel you're over- or under-dressed.



I'd also love to hear glove recommendations, as I'm really not sure where to get started there.


I've taken a one piece Bilt rain suit into the raining 30's with minimal base layers. Balaclava is a must. My cold weather gloves are Seirus Xtreme All Weathers. About $45 at Academy. They don't have impact or abrasion protection, but they're warmer than my Cortech Scarabs with no loss of dexterity. Even with liners in my Scarabs, the Xtremes are warmer.

Note: I'm not in the PNW, but I used to commute in the conditions you described.

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I like my Tourmaster jacket and pants. I'll add layers under it as needed. Treat with waterproofing spray once a year. Heated grips with Barkbusters is needed.

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I don't intend to ride in all the worst weather, but would like to be able to on "typical" Portland winter days - drizzly and 40s.
For commuting up to 35 minutes with some interstate speeds, I'm getting by fine with the following:
- Olimpia mesh jacket (the under-vest is waterproof)
- Heavy Gore-Tex gloves, with shell over mittens.
- Pullover shell rain pants (as needed)
- When the temps drop lower than the mid 40es I add a windproof fleece under the jacket.
- Light Balaclava
- Last weekend I installed a pair of Oxford handlebar muffs (Twisted Throttle $50 including shipping) that will help.
I've ridden down to ~28 F with this setup (not with the muffs yet). This kit wouldn't work for longer rides.
It would also be better to have a dedicated winter jacket with exterior waterproofing, as it takes hours for the mesh to dry out.
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Pretty short commute for me at 8.5 miles each way on I-5, I-405 and some city streets.

One piece Aerostich Roadcrafter (hope you made it to the pop-up store) with a Warm-n-Safe heated liner. If temp is in the 30's, I'll often put a thin softshell layer over the liner to hold the heat a little better.

Olympia Cold-throttle gloves. Heated grips. Hippo-hands.

RPHA Max Helmet. With the chin curtain on it, I've stopped wearing my neck gaitor. Never bothered with a balaclava.

Ride year round as long as nothing icy/frosty/snowy on the road or expected. Tracked my riding for 2 years. 80% of my rides were dry. Might have rained earlier or later, but not during my commute.
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I'm not from the PNW but I have a hundred mile round trip commute and ride in all conditions unless there is likely to be ice or snow on the road. The coldest I have commuted to work in a Strom was in the single digit Fahrenheit range. (We get winter here.) I wear a suit and tie to work most days. I ride about 30,000 miles a year.

I left home this morning in the pouring rain with temperatures in the upper 40's. I got home tonight and added an extra 20 or 30 mile side-trip to my commute and it was raining all the way. When I got home it was back to mid 40's again. I was dry and comfortable all the time I was on my bike.

I bought an Aerostich Roadcrafter two-piece in 2009 and after about 200,000 very hard rough miles I replaced it with a new Aerostich Roadcrafter one-piece R3. I was shipped to me about two weeks ago and, since I was on a road trip last week, I have out about 3,500 miles in it.

Apart from the Roadcrafter I only need two pieces of body gear to work for me in commutes down to freezing. A soft shell and a Warn n Safe jacket go over my Street clothes (the heated jacket goes over my shirt (no t-shirt for work) so usually my work suit-jacket goes in my Topcase if I will need the heat.) When it gets at or below freezing I add an Aerostich Fleece liner over my dress pants.

I wear Alpinestar Web-Goretex boots all year round with Tilley Travel dress socks. These work well for me down to the upper ranges of freezing (used to work colder but as I age my feet are getting older.)

I have three pairs of gloves: some light mesh gloves, a pair of intermediate Goretex gloves and pair of Gerbing heated gloves (I would much rather have Warm n Safe gloves but not being able to try them on in Canada makes it difficult.)

The large long pocket in the top right of my Roadcrafter carries my Aerostich three-finger rain overgloves. I can put these on while riding and they are completely waterproof when put on properly.

Road Crafters are designed for commuting and riding in all kinds of conditions. They go an over your street clothes in seconds (literally!) and come off in less time. For someone riding in rain you will appreciate you put the suit on and take it off over your boots. If you are coming in after a ride in the pouring rain you will appreciate the ability to take off the suit without having to stand in your socks on the soaking wet floor!

If have found the Roadcrafter to be a great buy...expensive at first but in the long run much cheaper than the multiple jacket etc I had in the past and the stuff works.

..Tom

Btw it is supposed to be raining when I leave for work tomorrow morning as well. Of course I'm riding.
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For me, if it's raining when I open the garage door, I'm not going to ride. But, if I get wet while out on a ride, so be it.
Preparing for a wet and/or low temp ride (38F is my limit), I'll wear synthetic blend long johns next to the skin (including zip turtleneck), CycleGear Freez-Out one-piece midlayer, then Olympia Phantom (Hi-viz) one-piece with liners installed and vents closed. On the extremities: Warm & Safe heated socks under A-star boots, Warm & Safe heated touring gloves, Buff or other neck gaiter, and lastly all helmet vents closed. I typically have to finish getting dressed in the garage as I'll be drenched in sweat if I try to fully zip up in the house.
My 2014 Beak-strom has heated grips as well.

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For me, if it's raining when I open the garage door, I'm not going to ride. But, if I get wet while out on a ride, so be it.
That's my guideline as well. If I can leave without putting on my rain pants all is good. Surprising how ofter I can get to work, lunch and back home on an 80% chance of rain day without putting them on.

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