Thanks to a wonderfully early B-day gift from my Mom I now have a *true* winter riding coat. I’ve been eying First Gear’s Kilimanjaro jacket and now it’s mine! Here is a pic of it just so you get an idea of what it looks like.

This thing has it all..Water proof, armor in the shoulders, back, and elbows, windproof. Not to mention it has tons of pocket space for all my *cough* essentials ;-).  It also has a pull out liner that can be used a a light jacket. It got put to the test today going to work. It was 31* when I left the house. Thanks to my handy Wind Chill Calculator it was 11.7* while I was riding at 60mph..That’s effing cold in case anyone was wondering. Seriously by the time I got to work my torso was *sweating*.

I’m planning a trip this weekend out to the Outer Banks and I’ll be hitting a couple of ferries for a pretty long stretches (~2.5 hours one way) so it will be interesting to see how this thing holds up to a constant cold wind. I’ve only ridden with this jacket twice but I’m extremely happy with it.

So thanks Mom for the (extremely) early birthday present!! 🙂

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