Let's start with the tights. They have a windproof/waterproof front and a thicker regular cloth type back. My legs stay dry and warm without the unnecessary diaper butt that most cycling pants have. In fact, these pants don't have any padding, so regular tri-shorts can fit nicely underneath - creating (as one friend noted) a nice 'sausage link' look on your thigh. The only downfall to this particular pair (Novara brand) - there is no drawstring, so you either have to hike them up way high when you first start riding or they inevitably slip down. I had the pleasure of this 'sagging' during that first ride - noted by my riding companions 'hey, Meghan, your pants are falling off'. Luckily I was wearing tri-shorts underneath so there was no plumber's crack exposed. For those of you in the market - there are brands with drawstrings (Sugoi) but I didn't find those to fit as well and they were much more expensive.
Lobster gloves - what can I say...they serve the purpose albeit in an unattractive way. But who is really out there for fashion anyway? My hands stay warm and dry and I still have the functionality in the appropriate fingers for shifting and breaking. In fact, never before have my hands been sweaty during a cold weather ride. On one of the rides recently (a clear crisp day) I tried riding with fingerless gloves under a pair of thin mittens. Although my hands stayed relatively warm I didn't have the control for shifting, aero position, and breaking that I had with the lobster gloves. So these are now the new 'go to' glove for the next couple of months.
Last but not least are the booties. These are by far the favorite purchase out of the three items. They are basically a neoprene wrap around my cycling shoes. Like the other two, they keep me warm and dry but in addition they make me look completely bad ass. Or at least I think so. I don't have an actual picture of them so here's one I grabbed from the internet. If nothing else I would suggest these. Fingers you can blow on when they are cold...toes, not so much.
Well that's it for new gear. Here are a few shots from my recent rides.
Oops! Forgot to actually set the timer