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Cold Gear Recommendations

Well crap, the cold weather is here. I'm not really wanting to change my routine just because I can't stand being cold. So I'm looking for some recommendations on cold weather gear.

I was looking at some of the UA gear that's out there, and was leaning that direction but figured I'd ask you all since you've got a lot more experience in this.

Also, I'm doing the Spartan race at the end of next month, which I am expecting to also be cold. Any recommendations on cold weather gear knowing it's going to be soaked and muddy. I need to figure out what would work well but not completely bog me down as well.

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What type of activity? Running? I run outside all winter in under armour. Not sure what the line is called, but they are insulated windbreaker pants and pullover jacket. I don't like running in the skin tight stuff, but I snowboard wearing the under armour cold gear as a base layer. I'm usually sweating through my clothes by the end of the run. Just a long sleeve shirt, under armour pants and jacket, knit hat and gloves. If its real cold I wear a face mask too.

If you're going to do the spartan race, I'd consider a cheaper alternative. I wouldn't want to ruin under armour.

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Stay away from The North Face. Its yuppie wear for people who want to look out-doorsy. Their quality went to crap a few years ago when the company was bought out.

Best of the best is Arc'teryx gear. Get a pair of base layer bottoms and a base layer top, some thin gloves, and a warm hat. Toss a regular pair of running shorts and a work-out t-shirt over the top and head outside. I wear this stuff and go running when temps are in the teens and 20's.

If you're cold now try a long sleeve baselayer shirt. Start with a minimum of layers. You should be slightly chilly when you start out on a run, then you'll warm up.

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Ken, you are the quintessential yuppie.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

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For muddy buddy and running/trail running. I'd say salamon has the best stuff out there. You'd be fine with with brooks, saucony, pearl Izumi, LG gear too.

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Yeah the Arcteryx stuff is great. It also comes with somebody to help you put it on and take it off and wash it. That's why it's so expensive.

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Yeah the Arcteryx stuff is great. It also comes with somebody to help you put it on and take it off and wash it. That's why it's so expensive.
So when you bought your wardrobe it came with an army of servants? Lol

Lupi, I've learned to by clothes specific to the sport your doing. Some of this stuff is good for hiking but won't be good for running. And running stuff sometimes sucks for cycling. You don't need to spend a fortune but be specific with what you buy. Some of this stuff is stitched and paneled for the specific body movements of their purpose and really makes a difference.

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Under armor, north face, mtn hard wear.

Enough said.
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Stay away from The North Face. Its yuppie wear for people who want to look out-doorsy. Their quality went to crap a few years ago when the company was bought out.

Best of the best is Arc'teryx gear. Get a pair of base layer bottoms and a base layer top, some thin gloves, and a warm hat. Toss a regular pair of running shorts and a work-out t-shirt over the top and head outside. I wear this stuff and go running when temps are in the teens and 20's.

If you're cold now try a long sleeve baselayer shirt. Start with a minimum of layers. You should be slightly chilly when you start out on a run, then you'll warm up.
+1 on The North Face stuff, its a shame, I still have their stuff from 20 years ago, it was good then, now just a label like UA

Its a biatch picking out cold weather gear, especially XC skiing stuff, even at 14 degrees I end up sweating like a pig. For running it isn't too difficult to pick stuff, it when you get down into the 20's it gets tricky.

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I have some Pearl Izumi tri gear, pretty happy with it. I didn't even know they make cold gear. Group buy!

And I disagree about UA being crap. It is a name brand, but I've been really happy with everything I've bought from them. North Face sucks though :P

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Wait, what? I have a short list for me and my kid.
That is what I was thinking. I love the cycling shorts and tops...

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That is what I was thinking. I love the cycling shorts and tops...
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I have some UA stuff and I like it. Probably overpriced, but a few bucks here or there isn't a big deal for a motorcycle dealer.

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Lupi, I've learned to by clothes specific to the sport your doing. Some of this stuff is good for hiking but won't be good for running. And running stuff sometimes sucks for cycling. You don't need to spend a fortune but be specific with what you buy. Some of this stuff is stitched and paneled for the specific body movements of their purpose and really makes a difference.
I guess this can be true. But I've been running in my base layer mountaineering gear for years and it's been great.

Just curious, why wouldn't a base layer that's good for mountaineering also be good for running? You have to deal with wicking sweat away, keeping the body dry, keeping it relatively warm, and not chafe from repeated movements.

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I agree on the NF quality is down statement but they still make decent stuff for the avergage user at a reasonable price. I have an old NF backpacking tent that is rock solid and a couple old backbacks. Ive had good luck with NF jackets and sizes for small kids as they are much better built than the other crap you find.

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Right now, all I am doing is running. The Spartan and Tough Mudder next year are going to be infrequent things. When we did the Rugged Maniac, I had no issues w washing the mud out of my clothes.

More than anything, I need something that will keep warm while running outside. I hate, and I mean HATE being cold. HAHAH!

Rick,
Ummm.....before i shop next week let me know where/when/how to get some info from you to review on the gear.

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Rob I just started working for (PT) Pearl Izumi, we can set you up.
So, uh. What's the deal? PI Barrier base layer long sleeve. How much? Free shipping? Reach around? What else does it come with? What is the return policy? Can I leave a yelp review? What if I eat 6 Cinnabons and it doesn't fit? What if I just want to return it to be a flat out pain in the ass? OK how much? Hook a brother up! The extra $20 for what this should cost is totally ridiculous here. Let's be honest.

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No Ken, just get him another (special) computer for his bike to break his old record..

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