Layers can be wool, tech, or even cotton...Hey guys I live in chicago and I dont want the cold to stop my commute. what do you recommend for winter commuting. I have no clue where to start. I was looking at some wool base layer clothing but dont want to pull the trigger until im sure
I'm with Chris on the [Hard Shell Jacket] to a point.Sorry...I guess I was not very clear about my reasons for not using a cycling jacket. Basically I don't think breathable cycling jackets are all that breathable once you start working hard. The exception to this rule IMHO is jackets with pit zips. So, if you are riding a jacket that claims to be water/wind proof, and breathable....my mileage is that more than likely you will turn yourself into a hot mess when you really start working hard and overcome the breathable membrane's capabilities. So, I prefer a vest that leaves the arm pits open to the atmosphere around you.
I own the -33 base layer and the matching top. I can't say enough good things about 100% Merino. If it were possible I'd buy all my clothes made out of it. It absolutely does not smell. I was in a hurry this Monday and used my high tech polyester thermal top and my office stunk. For the rest of the week I wore the -33 base layer (every day, without washing) and it is fine.