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Old 12-28-2011, 06:00 AM   #1
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Winter Gear

Hey all!

Just wanted to see what everyone who has to bear the cold is ridding in this winter... for comparison purposes.

One year I wore multiple pairs of pants and shirts under my ridding gear, looked like the damn kid from A Christmas Story but for the most part I stayed warm... just sucked when I got to where I was going to and took 20 minutes to take it all off and another to put it back on

I then Upgraded to typical Under Armour... which if it wasn't too cold, it worked out great for me (my body generally runs pretty hot as it is) but once the weather started hitting 30*F I started to feel the chill

Now, I'm ridding with this Freeze Out gear, covers head to toe and I absolutely love it. Keeps me super toasty! Even when ridding at night, I'm nice and warm. Only issue has been having to put it on and take it off... wearing that shit under your clothes can be a pain in the ass... especially when most of my ridding is to work everyday...

After doing some Christmas shopping however, my lovely lady hooked me up with this Outerwear from Frogg Togg. It's a suit that goes over your normal ridding gear (super easy to put on and take off) its design to prevent rain water from soaking you, but it blocks the wind so nicely. I wore it for the first time this morning. It was about 40+/-*F this morning and I was cruising around 90mph on the highway and just wearing my work clothes (I wear a suit to work) and having this on over it... I was warm.

I now look forward to this winter and getting to ride without being so restrained and stiff that I can't move around! With the Freeze Out and this Frogg Togg Outerwear, I'm all set and ready to go! I even found some sweet gloves that allow me to still feel the throttle... I hate when I can't 'feel' the controls.

I’ve looked into those heated suits… but I don’t really get cold enough to really justify spending the $$$ on them.

So... what’s everyone else wearing this winter to stay warm?
   
 
Old 12-28-2011, 07:25 AM   #2
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Well start with anything waterproof and insulated. Whats waterproof is windproof...

I got a Sliders Quest jacket from comp acc for 100 bucks and LOVE it. I just now put the liner jacket back in with temps at 30. Cant beat the bang for buck on this jacket!!
I also got some Feildsheer pants that can be worn as over pants and come with an insulated liner too. Same here as well, just put the liner back in with temps at 30. They wear well as over pant over jeans.
I got the Icon Reign waterproof boots and love them with some wool insulated socks.
Cover the neck with an antifreeze balaclava!!!!
I dont wear unders unless I dont wear clothes. If so then its Under armor cold gear compression.....

Only thing I would like to have now is grip heaters. Not needed just would be a tick better on long hauls....

Dont forget the "cat crap" anti-fog creme. Facesheild and glasses will fog in the lower 50's and below.....

Last edited by crashtech; 12-28-2011 at 07:27 AM.
   
 
Old 12-28-2011, 07:47 AM   #3
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Well start with anything waterproof and insulated. Whats waterproof is windproof...

I got a Sliders Quest jacket from comp acc for 100 bucks and LOVE it. I just now put the liner jacket back in with temps at 30. Cant beat the bang for buck on this jacket!!
I also got some Feildsheer pants that can be worn as over pants and come with an insulated liner too. Same here as well, just put the liner back in with temps at 30. They wear well as over pant over jeans.
I got the Icon Reign waterproof boots and love them with some wool insulated socks.
Cover the neck with an antifreeze balaclava!!!!
I dont wear unders unless I dont wear clothes. If so then its Under armor cold gear compression.....

Only thing I would like to have now is grip heaters. Not needed just would be a tick better on long hauls....

Dont forget the "cat crap" anti-fog creme. Facesheild and glasses will fog in the lower 50's and below.....
I've never even heard of this stuff... but my windscreen does fog up wicked bad sometimes... especially towards the bottom (closest to my nose) so I can't see my instrument panel.

I've tried to avoid wearing 'gear' underneath... it's very uncomfortable most days... Hell, if this outer gear keeps working this well I wont have to anymore
   
 
Old 12-28-2011, 08:02 AM   #4
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Ever since I figured out that racing tires and cold asphalt aren't the greatest mix...I quit riding in the winter. Even tho we don't have any snow here...nope.

BUT...

Before, I just put on a helmet, my leather jacket and some gloves....the engine heat keeps your legs warm..

As far as fogging of the face shield, just crack the bottom open that first click....lets the air under it and your face stays plenty warm...
   
 
Old 12-28-2011, 08:35 AM   #5
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I wear glasses and fogging has always been a major issue when riding cold. The "cat crap" is the best shit I have ever used. Just google it and you will get a bunch of biker reviews and I have yet to read a negative one. I tested it on my visor and glasses over a pot of boiling water like the review and it did not fog AT ALL!!!!!

Why the hell would you want to open the visor when its 30 degrees????? Get this stuff and leave the cold on the outside......

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Old 12-28-2011, 09:10 AM   #6
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Just googled 'Cat Crap' ... I would suggest anyone else who googles this to not use google images...

Anyway once I located the actual product, Crashtech is right... I didn't see a single negative review but lots of good ones. I'm going to be ordering the spray bottle for this season, good call on that!
   
 
Old 12-28-2011, 11:07 AM   #7
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NOOOOO.....I have been down that road....Get the little creme thing (looks like lip balm), NOT the spray. The spray does not work as well. You have to use more of it. Spray lasts about 30 min....The paste lasts 5-6 hours.....
   
 
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Guess I never had any issues with fogging...except in the rain.......

Even then, the helmet visor opened the first click keeps it clear....new helmets have all kinds of vents...but your head just gets cold...
   
 
Old 12-28-2011, 05:01 PM   #9
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NOOOOO.....I have been down that road....Get the little creme thing (looks like lip balm), NOT the spray. The spray does not work as well. You have to use more of it. Spray lasts about 30 min....The paste lasts 5-6 hours.....
Haha okay, Cat Crap Cream it is
   
 
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i wear a toyota 4runner in the winter
   
 
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i wear a toyota 4runner in the winter
   
 
Old 12-29-2011, 03:44 AM   #12
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Re visor fogging, I used to use cat-crap... but I switched to pinlock inserts.

Cat-crap wasn't perfect, not by a long shot. Pinlocks so far have proven impossible to fog up, no matter what. If you have a Shoei you've probably already got the pinlocks installed, and just need to buy the insert, otherwise you can install em yourself pretty easily.

Pinlock anti-fog visor
   
 
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i wear a toyota 4runner in the winter
... I feel like that might weigh me down on the 12...

   
 
Old 12-29-2011, 04:29 AM   #14
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Re visor fogging, I used to use cat-crap... but I switched to pinlock inserts.

Cat-crap wasn't perfect, not by a long shot. Pinlocks so far have proven impossible to fog up, no matter what. If you have a Shoei you've probably already got the pinlocks installed, and just need to buy the insert, otherwise you can install em yourself pretty easily.

Pinlock anti-fog visor
Hmm... Cat Crap... now Pinlock... I feel like these are very odd names considering what the product does lol... well, thanks for bringing this to my attention, guess I gotta do some more research... are these a permanent fix? or do they eventually need to be replaced?
   
 
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Hmm... Cat Crap... now Pinlock... I feel like these are very odd names considering what the product does lol... well, thanks for bringing this to my attention, guess I gotta do some more research... are these a permanent fix? or do they eventually need to be replaced?
Permanent afaik. I bought a clear one for each visor, but you can get "transition lens" style pinlocks too, that darken in sunlight.
   
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