I hang my gear on the scale in my office (perfect drying rack)
Winter riding has season has started and I am still commuting by bike. I have yet to purchase my bus pass for those incredibly icky hellish days that usually include the "S" word. Last year I was only off road for about two weeks during the entire winter - here is hoping this one is the same. I don't mind commuting in the rain & cold, if you dress appropriately and have the right combination of base layers, I find that I am actually warmer on my bike than in my VW van.
I have worn my TourMaster Transition 2 jacket and TM Flex pants for an entire season and they have worked well for me. They are starting to show some wear and tear, particularly the pants, because honestly I do wear them every time I am on the bike, even in the dead of summer. The pants are definitely 4 season and I have gotten my monies worth of riding out of them.
My winter gear consists of:
1) TourMaster Transition 2 jacket which has the waterproofing built into the jacket, it comes with a quilted liner and it works well keeping me dry and warm.
2) Merino wool base layers - I have found this is the best for wicking away moisture and keeping me warm, Costco had a screaming deal on the shirt and leggings. They probably aren't as upscale as what you would find at a sporting goods store but heck, they work well for me.
3) Ski socks - I have had a pair of Hot Chilly ski socks for several years and I pull those out and wear them in my boots.
5) Valhala Pure fleece vest with a high collar
6) Neck tube. This is invaluable and way easier than wrapping a cumbersome scarf around my neck, I actually tuck it up over my pony tail and up onto my face and slide my helmet on so it keeps my hair dry and chin warm. I am asking Santa for a Merino wool version for really cold weather. If you haven't gotten one of these you need to go find one!
7) TourMaster Flex pants. These pants are amazing! They are four season pants and work well all year. You can zip off the outer nylon layer in warm weather and they convert to mesh which allows you to still ride safely in the heat. They come with a warm quilted liner and rain liner. These pants have been the best investment and I will definitely buy them again. These pants have been through hell and back and have served me well.
9) GoreTex Boots. My TCX T-Lily boots are a relatively new addition to my riding wardrobe. I am extremely happy with them, they fit well, comfortable and best of all keep my feet dry and relatively warm.
10) Waterproof gloves. This part of my ensemble is currently a work in progress because I have some gloves, but I am NOT happy with them and they are NOT waterproof at all and I have had to add thermal liners in them. I have been searching for the perfect pair and am leaning towards something with GoreTex and a thermal liner in them.
11) Hi Viz yellow traffic vest. This is a winter riding staple for me, with riding in the rain and usually its dark when I leave I prefer to have my vest on to increase my conspicuity.
Some things I have learned commuting year round. You get what you pay for, if you buy inexpensive gear, expect that you will need to replace it sooner rather than later. It probably won't be waterproof (eventhough the manufacturer rates it as waterproof) and you are going to be soggy. Layering is a motorcyclists best friend, invest in some good base layers you won't regret it. GoreTex gear is definitely something to think about if you live in a wet and rainy climate and it's breathable and windproof. I prefer gear that is waterproof because dragging around separate rain gear for me is a pain in the tookus. Always make sure you are conspicious particularly in winter months when it is darker early. Do your homework and get opinions from other riders.
PS - The other day I weighed my entire gear ensemble and it came in at 19.84 pounds - WOW!