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    Winter Pants

    Hey guys, looking for a bit of help here. I want to get a pair of winter pants (not tights) that are first and foremost wind resistant/proof. My LBS has a pair of Specialized Aqua Veto rain pants that may fit the bill, but I was hoping to get some insights on other options.

    Thanks in advance!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Hey guys, looking for a bit of help here. I want to get a pair of winter pants (not tights) that are first and foremost wind resistant/proof. My LBS has a pair of Specialized Aqua Veto rain pants that may fit the bill, but I was hoping to get some insights on other options.

    Thanks in advance!!!
    I like these:
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...90_-1___202489

    On their own, IMO they're sufficiently warm down to around 35 degrees. Note that they're unpadded, so you may want to consider a base layer.

    The front is wind/ water resistant - the back is a breathable stretch fabric.

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    I know you said not interested in tights but the PI AMFIB tights are very warm. I've used them for 4 hour rides below freezing and my legs have never been cold with them - toes and fingers have though. You can get them unpadded and wear padded shorts under them - the bibs is what I went for and they were under $100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    ... my legs have never been cold with them - toes and fingers have though.
    Not to stray off topic, but if you haven't already tried something similar, here are two suggestions:
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400000_400094

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...90_-1___400088

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Hey guys, looking for a bit of help here. I want to get a pair of winter pants (not tights) that are first and foremost wind resistant/proof. My LBS has a pair of Specialized Aqua Veto rain pants that may fit the bill, but I was hoping to get some insights on other options.

    Thanks in advance!!!

    Excellent choice for water rides. I love mine and will wear tights under them on the really nasty days, take care of them and don't wash/dry them like normal clothes and they will last. I just do a light wash in the sink about every dozen rides. Specialized has Teken these off their website. I wish I was rich so I could grab a couple extras and the jacket version as well but at $150 a pair.. it ain't happenen brother.
    It is pretty much safe to assume I have no idea what I'm doing and that I need more fixing than my bike!

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    Dont go for bike wear if you want real winter pants. Get ski wear. The stuff they make is the highest end top notch stuff. I have a pair of patagonia pants --- water proof beyond anything, windproof...

    But I ski as well and could justify spending 300 on pants..

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ352 View Post
    Not to stray off topic, but if you haven't already tried something similar, here are two suggestions:
    Performance Toesties - Cycling Shoe Covers

    SmartWool PhD Cycling Light Mini Socks - Cycling Socks
    Thanks PJ, I now have some good shoe covers, wool socks and lobster gloves which keep me much more comfortable - highly recommended when it drops into the low 30's and below. With these I can ride into the mid 20's. Below mid 20's everything starts getting colder again on longer rides so I keep them shorter.
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    shoe covers

    This is my winter cycling gear.

    sidi hydrro GTX winter clipless road shoes(no need for a shoe cover) - expensive but if you use them -- totally worth every penny...

    sealskinz gloves --- 25 - 30 fahrenhiet
    black diamond guide glove ---- anything below

    arcteryx fission ski jacket
    Patagonia super alpine bib
    oakey goggles(when it gets crazy)
    barclava

    bike
    cannondale evo with sram red....
    tires - continental grand prix 4 seasons

    you can bike forever with my setup in the winter.....

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    Wow, some awesome responses! Thank you!!!

    I am really enamored with the Pearl Izumi Select Narrier WXBs, but my LBS does not carry them and I look to support them as much as possible. Are the pants name in my OP on par with the Pearls? If so I will go with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cipherap15 View Post
    This is my winter cycling gear.

    sidi hydrro GTX winter clipless road shoes(no need for a shoe cover) - expensive but if you use them -- totally worth every penny...

    sealskinz gloves --- 25 - 30 fahrenhiet
    black diamond guide glove ---- anything below

    arcteryx fission ski jacket
    Patagonia super alpine bib
    oakey goggles(when it gets crazy)
    barclava

    bike
    cannondale evo with sram red....
    tires - continental grand prix 4 seasons

    you can bike forever with my setup in the winter.....
    That's all well and good, but out of curiosity I tallied up the first 5 items on your list and was over the 1k mark. I think it was closer to $1,100.

    A number of members here are riding bikes that cost significantly less, so while at some level this is 'nice to know info', it's not of real value to most, IMHO.

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    REI also has some inexpensive choices for bike pants like the Specialized ones you're looking at.

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    +1 on REI. The Novara Headwind pants are fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big-daddy-59 View Post
    REI also has some inexpensive choices for bike pants like the Specialized ones you're looking at.
    Quote Originally Posted by SGMDWK View Post
    +1 on REI. The Novara Headwind pants are fantastic.
    The Headwinds sound good. Just checked their site to see what else they had in addition to your recommendations and I think I may wind up there. There are a couple of shoes and socks I want to see in person as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGMDWK View Post
    +1 on REI. The Novara Headwind pants are fantastic.
    Thanks. I think I'll pick those up while they are on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Wow, some awesome responses! Thank you!!!

    I am really enamored with the Pearl Izumi Select Narrier WXBs, but my LBS does not carry them and I look to support them as much as possible. Are the pants name in my OP on par with the Pearls? If so I will go with them.

    Most bike shops will order things they don't carry so if you Really want them you could probably still get them though your shop. If it was some niche brand maybe not but just about any shop could order PI stuff I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Hey guys, looking for a bit of help here. I want to get a pair of winter pants (not tights) that are first and foremost wind resistant/proof. My LBS has a pair of Specialized Aqua Veto rain pants that may fit the bill, but I was hoping to get some insights on other options.

    Thanks in advance!!!

    Since you mentioned non-tights: I use my nylon rafting pants (NRS) over my Winter bib.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cipherap15 View Post
    This is my winter cycling gear.

    sidi hydrro GTX winter clipless road shoes(no need for a shoe cover) - expensive but if you use them -- totally worth every penny...

    sealskinz gloves --- 25 - 30 fahrenhiet
    black diamond guide glove ---- anything below

    arcteryx fission ski jacket
    Patagonia super alpine bib
    oakey goggles(when it gets crazy)
    barclava

    bike
    cannondale evo with sram red....
    tires - continental grand prix 4 seasons

    you can bike forever with my setup in the winter.....
    It sounds like the perfect setup to ride to the ski hill and not have to change once you get there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    Most bike shops will order things they don't carry so if you Really want them you could probably still get them though your shop. If it was some niche brand maybe not but just about any shop could order PI stuff I think.
    I asked about that and was told that it would be very difficult for them to convince the PI rep to sell them one pair of pants as they are not an authorized seller. That will likely change once spring rolls around, but it isn't worth it to the LBS to by a bunch of winter stuff from PI for just one customer. Understandably.

    Quote Originally Posted by MagClyde_II View Post
    Since you mentioned non-tights: I use my nylon rafting pants (NRS) over my Winter bib.
    Nice idea, but that would require my buying a winter bib as well.

    Most likely I will give the Specialized pants a try.

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    On the rare occasion that I need them, I use my ski equipment. They make a nice nylon shell that can be taken off easily. They also seem to be cheaper than cycle clothing.
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    Well, Santa was good to me and my new hobby this year, so I thought I would bump and update for those that offered advice. Here's what I received:

    PI Elite tall wool socks
    PI Transfer balaclava
    PI Select Thermal barrier jacket
    PI Select Thermal bib
    PI X-Alp Enduro III
    Specialized Mesta Wool liner gloves
    Specialized Mesta skully
    Selle Italia Gel Flow (okay, that's not wintery, but it's still cool!)

    Now, I know I will likely need warmer gloves and booties for the shoes, but I think I'm pretty well set for winter riding at this point. Thoughts?

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