first. my lottery winning dream is to retire in Oz.my wife bought her self ski pants which were only $40 and she loves them .we have a very short winter here maybe 3-4 weeks were its cold in the morning about 9 degrees Celsius
Nah Bikersmurf Canada will be out of the question as its the ice age over there now not global warming they have led to believe in, they got it the wrong way round. Better you stay here and enjoy year round biking weather which accounts for Australia's increase in boat people and American military build up and actors and others all queing up to get here LOLminus 50c you don't need a bike you need a snow cat....I can see why Australia looks a better proposition ,,,,mind you Canada is on my list of places to ride in the next 2 years.
I ride in South Florida. In the Wintertime it can get down to the 30's. The best riding clothes for me is my Eddie Bauer cheapest jacket. ($59) under my leather jacket, Winter gloves, a gater for my neck and Sliders pants. I put Velcro straps around the bottom of the pants. The leather protects me and the down jacket really keeps me warm.I know from wearing a NON-motorcyle down filled jacket that if you go down (pun intended) you will leave a trail of feathers everywhere....But they sure are the warmest jackets for riding!
I wear a down jacket under my leather jacket. Are you talking from experience or only guessing regarding feather compressing. I have never had that problem. Set up this way the riding clothes I wear are very warm.The problem with down gear, other that the fact that you'll explode in a flurry of feathers if you have a get-off, is the fact that down is very compressible. This makes it great for portable gear that you carry with you, but on a bike or scooter the wind will compress the down, and compressed down has no insulating qualities whatsoever. Stick to fleece gear, it also works when it gets wet.
I wear a down jacket under my leather jacket. Are you talking from experience or only guessing regarding feather compressing. I have never had that problem. Set up this way the riding clothes I wear are very warm.
I ran a test last weekend. I tried wearing Sliders Kevlar armored pants against regular jeans with long under pants under them. The sliders were much better. I also used thin shock cord around my ankles.