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 Post subject: Winter Chest Protectors?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:54 am 
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what do you chaps use these days in the winter to keep the old chest warm? we used to have traditional chest protectors that were made of a kind of chamois material and went over the head and arms and covered the chest and abdomen and down past the shoulder blades on the back.
i bought an assos airblock jackets last winter and stuffed a newspaper "up ma jook" to good effect but the soggy, mangled mess at the end of a long run isn't really acceptable any longer!

any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:46 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:20 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:30 pm 
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My "windproof" layer is on the outside, inside layers are for wicking / breathing...... is that what you meant?

Shaun


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:25 pm 
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I find a duffle coat is just the job


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:27 pm 
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Just ordered a new top today, can't have the chill getting into the old lungs...


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:34 pm 
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I seem to get very warm on the bike and for me, two thin long sleeved wicking tops plus a sleeveless waterproof top with a mesh back plus thin gloves is fine to keep me warm but not wind chilled. Pair that with tights and I'm done. Ears and toes are my cold areas so a fleece band under the helmet and neoprene bootees saw me fine last winter for up to 30 miles down to minus 2.
Going out with the wife means layering-up, however!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:38 pm 
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glpinxit wrote:
down to minus 2.



That's our summer temperatures up here :shock:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:49 pm 
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merino wool thermal base layer - essential for all outdoor sports in really cold weather


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:35 pm 
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I'll usually wear the gilet under another long sleeved, outer layer as extra wind/cold/wet protection

Echo the comment on the merino wool base layer - great stuff!
Maybe another wicking layer - depends how cold
And the sleeveless windproof gilet over that

The gilet is a very versatile bit of kit - stashes away in a pocket easily - but gives decent chill protection
Use mine on and off road.


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