Winter Wear

Winter Wear

We’re already having damp, blustery winter weather here, though the snow hasn’t stuck yet, so we’ve been thinking about what is needed for comfortable early-to-mid-winter riding (besides, you know, lights and awesome studded tires) (Yes, I am speaking collectively here – it’s been a frequent topic of conversation between Angel and me in the past month.).

As total newbs to winter riding, we’re hardly in a position to offer advice, so instead, here’s where we turned:

Of course a big part of fall and winter riding is wearing tights with great boots. Ever noticed how hard it is to find a comfortable, well-fitting pair of opaque winter tights – especially if you have womanly curves and muscular legs? Well, so had our friend Fiona, from the Girl Can Bike Retro Rides & Prairie Skies blog. With the help of some friends (including us), she is doing an ongoing series of posts reviewing hosiery at her other blog, A New Me. So far we have reviewed tights from Maggie’s Organics and Sock Dreams – complete with embarrassing-to-us photos and the real skinny on where the crotch seams actually fall. Reviews of tights from Chinese Laundry, Addition-Elle, and We Love Colors are coming soon.

Now if only I could find a great pair of stylish, waterproof, warm winter boots…

10 thoughts on “Winter Wear

  1. “Now if only I could find a great pair of stylish, waterproof, warm winter boots…”

    I’ve come to the decision(at least in my mind) that they don’t exist:D I’ll probably be wearing my trusty but ugly Sorels again

    Thanks for the blog mention too:)

  2. @S C Fiona: there’s a pair from Clarks that I think might work for my AAA-heel-DD-width foot… finding boots that accommodate both my calves and my feet is a lifelong obsession for me. =D

  3. The question of well fitting tights plagues me greatly after 3 winters of bike commuting. They are essential and, yes, where the crotch falls is crucial. Nothing hurt my feeling more than when I pulled on a pair of JCrew tights last year and the crotch was an inch too short. How they happens when I’m only 5’1″ is a mystery but the two pair of JCrew I purchased for this year are just right. This year the struggle is finding them in enough colors.

  4. Deborah….wonder if those Clarks come in Bigfoot size:) I have found cute wide calf boots galore now but none that I’d actually categorize a good snow boot. I”m a bit of a clutz too on snow/ice..Its pretty funny though it hurts when I fall several times during the season…

  5. The tights that have worked best for me in winter are footless (I’m tall and skinny, so I have the sagging crotch problem as well). My favourite pair for really cold weather are from MEC with windproof fleece lined material on the front. I throw a skirt over ’em and no one knows I’m wearing technical cycling clothing. When it’s colder than say, -5, I’ll throw on some merino long underwear on underneath them, and they’ll take me down to -15 or so (-20 if it’s the polar fleece long johns). Wearing footless tights (with bottom zips) also lets you throw on the warmest socks possible – I actually buy my winter boots a half size too big so I can fit two pairs of wool socks in.

  6. I just bought a pair of Kodiak Syndey boots. They’re waterproof and leather with two buckles. LOVE them and am curious if i can ride with them. Check out the Kodiak web-site, although I got mine a Gravity Pope 😉
    I agree with Coreen; footless tights with woolies are so warm!

  7. the other bad thing about finding proper tights/leggings that are warm is finding them in a proper size….:( I finally found some fleece lined tights on eBay that will fit me, hopefully. I’d love the MEC legging but until they get a clue that real sizes don’t stop at Large I’m out of luck:(

  8. Good point about the sizing at MEC, Fiona. I like it because it’s one of the few places I can get clothes that are long enough for me in the sleeves & legs, but it’s messed up that I take a large (in tights, anyway) and I’m pretty sure I’m on the thin side of the bell curve.

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