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    Need a thick wool cycling jersey...

    Hey all,
    I've been looking for a nice thick wool cycling jersey. I need something as my last layer underneath my gortex jacket. I have some of the smartwool stuff, but its just too thin. I'm out in 10 to 15 degree weather.

    Any suggestions?

    Going to snow in Chicago again tonight and I'll be out on the singletrack tomorrow morning.... Last year, it didn't snow until the beginning of March...so this is great!

    Thx again

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    Ditch the gortex jacket for a more breathable softshell one and you might find the thin wool base is sufficient.

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    Ibex wool there are not cycling jersey more of a sweater, but I use one for biking. They make different thickness. They still warm when they are wet is why I like them. But you do need a wind breaker over the top.

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    ^^^, Agreed, you do need to be able to block the wind, either from the elements or from your speediness. ;p

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    I picked up the Sulry Merino wool base layer, which is double the fabric of the REI ones I have. The warmest I have is a Merino wool fleece base layer by Icebreaker. I prefer using that when it gets under 20F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traktor View Post
    Ditch the gortex jacket for a more breathable softshell one and you might find the thin wool base is sufficient.
    I agree with this. Instead of one thick layer it would be better to have multiple layers. I use the light wool layer along with a some Patagonia Capilene tops. Today's ride was 10 - 15 degrees and two capilene tops and a Gore soft shell jacket was perfect (mostly unzipped and the vents open).

    Last week on a 5 hour -20 degree ride, I used two light wool shirts and a capilene with the soft shell and I was too warm.

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    double up on the base layers. 150 smart wool with the 250 on top.

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    Better yet, ebay for any old heavy weight wool sweater for pennies compared to the hundred plus dollars for the ritzy garb.

    Military surplus sweaters online are good too.

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    I've got a Smartwool zippered hoodie that's 200 weight, and would work well for you needs. Wife got it at the year end sale, so I don't know if it's still in their product line.

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    I'm using the Smartwool PHD loft "jacket". It is excellent.

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    Need a thick wool cycling jersey...

    Quote Originally Posted by Traktor View Post
    Ditch the gortex jacket for a more breathable softshell one and you might find the thin wool base is sufficient.
    I agree here. Semibreathable jackets make you sweat more then trap the moisture and make you colder.

    Generally I wear wool layers with just a wind resistant outer layer. The Ibex Shak fabric tops are nearly wind proof by itself. If not a Shak top, the Giro long sleeve jersey is good for layering.
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    I use a Craft outer layer, wind resistant in the front and breaths out the back with layers of wool under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miker J View Post
    Better yet, ebay for any old heavy weight wool sweater for pennies compared to the hundred plus dollars for the ritzy garb.

    Military surplus sweaters online are good too.
    ^^^ great idea! I'd never thought of this before. After reading this I went to ebay and found plenty of options for old wool sweaters for $10-$20. Besides, what could be better than riding a bike and looking like Bill Cosby.

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    Or how about completely styling in one of these:

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    Molteni Winter Trainer - Vintage Velos

    What a mash-up that would be: old school jersey with a new school bike.

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    Yes to layering, best done with zip necks to allow heat dump, yes to a soft shell, but if the hard shell is all you have, more, thin layers will be good.

    As for thicker, both the Surly stuff, and the Ibex Shak are nice, dense thicker weight wool.

    Also try a wool t shirt, that's possibly the best layering creation since sheep started sportin' wool.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    since sheep started sportin' wool.....
    √ another use for sheep.

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    or you could just sport sheep


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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    I agree here. Semibreathable jackets make you sweat more then trap the moisture and make you colder.

    Generally I wear wool layers with just a wind resistant outer layer. The Ibex Shak fabric tops are nearly wind proof by itself. If not a Shak top, the Giro long sleeve jersey is good for layering.
    +1

    I wear a merino base layer - sometimes with a string vest under - and a thick woollen cable knit jumper with a neck zip. I wear a slightly loose gillet to stop the wind on my chest. That's good enough for most conditions and can handle a bit of light rain. It's easy to dump excess heat - unzip the neck or pull up the sleeves. When things get a bit too wet then I have a thin Pertex top to over it all, and then everything gets toastie even if I'm damp.

    (Rarely gets lower than -20C here, and more likely to be in the wet zone between -5C to 2C)
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    http://www.oregoncyclewear.com/woolcyclingjerseys.html
    Is where I buy all my wool jerseys, they are thick and you can even get them with customized logo/lettering for a reasonable charge.
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    or you could just sport sheep


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    Shouldn't that sheep/goat be in front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombinate View Post
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    This is very poor layering. Much too thick in spots and too light in others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyoracerX View Post
    Portland Cyclewear - highest quality & best prices on merino wool cycling jerseys
    Is where I buy all my wool jerseys, they are thick and you can even get them with customized logo/lettering for a reasonable charge.
    Those are nice! Who wants to design a Fat bike specific one?!!?
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    If you want thick and wool, it's hard to beat this:
    Empire Wool and Canvas Company, it's also made here locally in my neighborhood.
    With that one, you won't need a shell until it gets quite windy.
    Otherwise, I'd second the suggestion of using a pure windshell instead of GTX.
    For a layer fleece works just fine and doesn't stink in the mid layer, so I'm fine with it there, but otherwise
    Icebreaker offer some nice 220weight zip necks.
    If, like me, you are tall and slim, try I/O Merino, I have:
    Elemental Jacket - Black
    And it's on sale now, and has nice long sleeves.

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