Insulation in outer layer versus mid layer
I am looking at a couple online sales and I'm not sure the best way to go here. I currently own a crappy Burton Poacher jacket that I bought at The-House because reviewers said it was warm. Well its not warm to me. And I dislike being cold.
I need to figure out how to keep myself warm during the coldest days riding.
So whats the best most versatile way to work outwear? Is it better to buy a waterproof insulation free shell and then dump real money into a high end mid layer for really cold days? Or should I spend the money on a real nice insulated jacket? I can still wear the Burton Poacher on warm days or on the west coast obviously.It has no trade in or sale value so it'll stay in my closet
The Poacher is supposedly 40g insulation, but it feels paper thin. Whats a good insulation level if I wanted to go the insulated outer layer route? Like 80g, 100g, something like that?
Or conversely - what do you look for in a good mid layer? I know the North Face Denali is the most "classic" mid layer. But I want to make sure I'm paying for specs and features - not brand.
Is there a primer on this somewhere - or even conventional wisdom? Anything the hive mind can share would be great!
New Home is the NY State Trifecta - Gore, Whiteface and Belleayre
Last edited by EastCoastChris; 11-04-2013 at 01:32 PM.