After riding with varying layers of merino underwear and tops plus windstopper gilly for most of the year adding a non-bike specific, slightly fragile windbreaker when it rained and/or was too cool I was tired of:
- having to put on multiple layers in order to stand a chance of staying warm
. (how much easier it is to get ready in summer...)
- being restricted mobility wise due to too many layers in the cold
- getting cold due to moisture being stuck in the merino stuff (evaporative cold)
- flapping windbreaker
So I decided to invest into warm and dry winter apparel and went to the local bike shop yesterday. He recommended warm longsleeve underwear (Odlo Evolution warm) plus a fleece faced windstopper softshell jacket (Gore Tool jacket). That's it - nothing more even in cold weather. Sounded great so I spent a substantial amount of money and went for a ride today.
Result: at 6°C/43°Fahrenheit I felt slightly cold for the first hour of the ride (windchill despite windstopper...) and clammy and cold for the last hour of a five hour ride (evaporative cold).
Is this due to the soft shell being insulation and outer in one rather than a separate windbreaker outer?
Or was it too warm for this kind of kit?
Has anyone else experienced this? What's the cure? Hardshell outer + mid-layer and underwear?
I ride up to -10°C/14°Fahrenheit.
Many thanks for any advise!
P.S.: Is there any good cold-weather pant that is well cut (like a trouser and not like a waste bag) not too tight, not too wide? Tried MT500 Spray trousers but too tight at the calves thus strains over knees results in restricted mobility. Not keen on trying soft shell pants.