Had my first properly wet ride today wearing my new Castelli Nanoflex arm warmers. They're absolutely brilliant. Kept me warm and dry. (My lower arms, at least!) They're also really long without having to size up - I'm 6'6 and very slim at 12 stone 3, and a L fitted me perfectly, covering right from my wrist to practically my armpit. If any other tall/slim riders are struggling to find warmers that fit properly, I'd suggest giving these a try.
Anyway, the ride also showed me that I really need some other winter/waterproof gear. I'm still wearing normal bibshorts and just a summer jersey with a sleeveless baselayer, and while I was just about warm enough once I really got going, I ended up getting soaked and obviously the temperature will be much lower soon. This will be my first winter as a roadie, so I was hoping to get some advice on tights and shoe covers:
1) With tights, is it best to go padded or padless? Any recommendations for decent ones, preferably with a degree of waterproofing?
2) I've heard that a lot of shoe covers can be pretty fragile. Any recommendations for ones that are both waterproof and really durable?