John Coe has been an everyday, four-season bike commuter in a four-season town for almost 20 years. He blogs, when he blogs, mostly about bikes and skis and stuff at rockychrysler.blogspot.com.
You’re a four-season bike commuter. Â Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail deters you. Â No matter what, you ride.
You’re fully kitted-out for adverse conditions and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice: jacket, pants, gloves, vest, etc. Â So you know: when the going gets snotty, GoreTex rules. Â It’s hard to argue with experience. If it says GoreTex on it, it’s going to do the job of keeping you warm and dry regardless of the conditions outside. Â There are other materials which do the job nearly as well. Â But there’s nothing so reassuring as a garment labeled Gore.
I was stoked to get a chance to use the Power SO beanie over the course of a loooong stretch of cold and snowy mornings during what turned out to be pretty much the coldest-on-record late-winter, early-spring, windy-season ever here in my high-altitude town.
The Power SO beanie’s easy stow-and-go size makes it simple to keep it on-hand in your pack fulltime during the cold season. Â Once deployed, the beanie rather cleverly features an adjustable head-top hole for ventilation.
Cold day? Â Close the hole snug. Â Warming up? Open the hole a smidge. Â Simple adjustable ventilation. Â Keeps your ears warm at all times. Â Lets your head vent when it needs to. Â Pretty much the perfect beanie.
The snug one-size-fit-all beanie was well-constructed, comfortable to wear, and survived intact after weeks of daily commuting duty under my stinky bike helmet. Â It’s now a permanent and crucial addition to my all-weather, all-around bike commuting kit.
The Gore Bike Wear Power SO Windstopper Beanie sells for about $39.95