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I'm commuting to work now in the winter and looking for some good commuting pants... I'm looking for something that is waterproof (not resistant), made of a tough material (I have the PI Arroyo Pant that is good for waterproof but is made of trashbag like material), and is insulated for the Northeast winters. A pocket or two would be nice but not a requirement. I have thought about ski pants, but they are so thick that it is impossible to pedal with them on. Any good suggestions? What are you guys wearing while commuting?

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cheetos316 said:
I'm commuting to work now in the winter and looking for some good commuting pants... I'm looking for something that is waterproof (not resistant), made of a tough material (I have the PI Arroyo Pant that is good for waterproof but is made of trashbag like material), and is insulated for the Northeast winters. A pocket or two would be nice but not a requirement. I have thought about ski pants, but they are so thick that it is impossible to pedal with them on. Any good suggestions? What are you guys wearing while commuting?

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I don't know how far you have to travel, but when I had a six mile round trip commute in Boston I just wore my regular pants with windpants over them in extreme cold/rain. I wouldn't want to ride like that for too long, but three miles each way was fine.
 

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That is always the best...most of the time i just need my fleece pants but if gets really cold then it's long johns, fleece and my wind/waterproof thin pants on top. seems to work for me :). And i dont find that to be to bulky like my snowboard pants would be. Kona
 

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Well,I've personally been hunting for that unicorn known as freeride pants (I think the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny have a monopoly on them),but no such luck so far,although I'm particularly hesitant to order online.I had all kinds of waterproof pants,and now I have none because my chainring ate 'em.So I went to the army surplus and a couple of thrift stores and bought up all the military and BDU-type pants that were in my size.Best move so far:I can feed them to my chainring without the slightest rip (but drawstrings on the ankles really help prevent that).I just throw on either some thermals or Under Armor first and I'm good to go.But whatever ya do,don't go trashing out a $150 pair of snowboard pants like I did....it really stings.
 

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Oh,forgot to mention,I also scotchguard the hell out of all my BDU pants,since waterproofing is an issue.I know,I'm so ghetto.But let me reiterate:they're cheap ($15-$30 a piece),so if I rip any of them,no sweat off my back.Which gives an added sense of security in my book.Just food for thought...
 
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