On the inside I made plans to wear what I was going to wear to work, a T-Shirt, a pair of Volcom pants and a normal pair of socks. The next layer was a thin thermal hoodie from MEC. My insulating layer would be my PCU level 3 fleece. My vapour barrier would be my PCU level 4 wind shirt. My outer layer would be my level 5 softshell pants and jacket.
My ongoing experiment with keeping my hands dry and warm has lead me to try an approach similar to how I layer with PCU. So next to my skin, I'm using OR PL Base gloves. As my insulating layer I'm using cheapo Dollerama fleece gloves, and as my outer layer I'm using OR Endeavor Goretex Shell mitts. I had just used this system for a night riding session at a local ski hill where the temperature was -18°C with windchill so I figured I'd try it again.
On my feet, I'd use my Giro cycling shoes with MEC waterproof boot covers which keeps the snow off and adds an extra layer of warmth. Up top, I figured I'd put a triangular bandito style scarf over my mouth, a beenie hat on my head, and then pull my MEC hoodie over all of that.
Head > Scarf > Beenie > MEC hoodie
Body > T-Shirt > MEC hoodie > Level 3 > Level 4 > Level 5
Legs > Pants > Level 5
Feet > Socks > Cycling shoes > MEC boot covers
When I got up in the morning, there was light snow and it was just as cold as they forecasted -13°C, -22°C with the windchill. I hit the road, and tried my best to stick to the untouched snow instead of the slippery tire tracks. Cars were bumper to bumper on all the main roads and I was able to easily zip past everyone. I wasn't able to find my fleece bandito that I use for snowboarding, and that was pretty rough because my cheeks were starting to feel raw.
|Riding of this bridge when it's raining is ridiculously slippery. Snow was terrifying.|
Overall, I was VERY comfortable. I was never cold, and I didn't really work up much of a sweat. The only thing I'd change for tomorrow's commute is that I'll try and find my fleece bandito and I'll use a pair of goggles instead of my Flak Jackets. Eyelash icicles… not cool.