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Spyder Outbound Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater

10 Dec

The key to staying comfortable during winter bike rides is proper layering. For temperatures from 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit I wear three layers of clothing on my upper body. The first layer (closest to my skin ) is an Under Armour ColdGear Fitted Longsleeve Mock. For the middle layer I wear a Spyder Outbound Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater, and for the outer layer I wear the Showers Pass Touring Jacket (one of the greatest pieces of cycling gear ever made).

Spyder Outbound Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater

Spyder Outbound Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater

The Spyder Outbound Men’s Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater was designed with snow skiers in mind, but that is fine with me. If you ride your bike in the winter and depend on cycling clothing manufacturers to make all of your cold weather gear then you either live in the deep south or you are going to freeze to death. Clothing that was designed for winter cycling in Europe won’t even come close to meeting the needs of winter cyclists in the Upper Midwest of the United States.

This sweater is thicker and heavier than most lightweight fleece sweaters you will find, but it is not bulky and it will not impair your mobility. Spyder’s Website says this sweater was “made with engineered fabrics that deliver both the dry warmth of wool and the caress of cotton.” The advertising folks got it right this time—this polyester sweater is very warm, incredibly comfortable, and breathes far better than cotton. The sweater closes in front with a half-zipper, so you can regulate your temperature (those of you in Florida might find this hard to believe, but even when it is 10 degrees Fahrenheit outside you can overheat).

This will be the third winter I’ve used the Spyder Outbound Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater for cycling and I simply love it. Even after repeated washings the sweater still looks like new.

The Spyder Outbound Men’s Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater is available in six sizes (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) and appears to be true to size. This sweater comes in seven different colors, and since I don’t like the way Spyder names their colors I will tell you what they look like: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Tan, and two shades of Blue. The Outbound sweater is cut for men—if you are looking for a similar product for women I would try the Spyder Valor Women’s Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater.

Both the Spyder Outbound Men’s Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater and the Spyder Valor Women’s Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater are available at numerous sporting goods stores and from online retailers. I purchased my Outbound sweater from a brick-and-mortar Dick’s Sporting Goods store. The Outbound sweater has a retail price of $99 and the Valor retails for $89.

 

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19 responses to “Spyder Outbound Half Zip Mid Weight Sweater

  1. Apples and Arteries

    December 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    I’ve seen these at Dick’s Sporting Goods and they look like good gear. Every winter I find myself buying at least 1-2 new pieces for staying warm indoors and outdoors!

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      This sweater provides a lot more warmth than you might think possible. We spend a lot of time at Dick’s Sporting Goods during the winter months — it seems like I am always looking for new winter gear (my wife is a very patient person).

       
  2. sarahsdoodles

    December 10, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    I’ve seen those at Dick’s as well. They do look pretty comfy. I’m not gonna lie, though, the spider logo creeps me out!

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      Now that is funny! Since I always wear this sweater as my middle layer I never even see the Spider (or Spyder).

       
  3. Dabel

    December 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    I love the Spyder gear I have had over the years and really like the overall look of this shirt. I always hesitate to pull the trigger though because I am afraid it will tear or snag easy. If I got a snag in a $100 pull-over, I would probably weep openly. Any thoughts?

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Two thoughts: First, I wear this under an outer shell (Showers Pass rain jacket), so it is protected. Second, when it is only ten degrees outside there won’t be anyone to see any snags since you probably will be the only person outside (at least where I live).

       
  4. margauxsmale

    December 11, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Nice blog. I cycle a fair bit (on a very old mountain bike), but I’ve mean wanting to get a road bike for a long time. One day when there’s enough money in the bank I’ll have to take the plunge… Can’t wait though!

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      A lot of bike shops take trade-ins — you might be able to get a used bike there that has been checked over by a mechanic. The local bike shop I go to makes great deals on used bikes!

       
      • margauxsmale

        December 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Oh sounds like a good idea – thanks! The only thing that’s stopping me getting one now is I live in Cardiff, and it’s got really high bike theft statistics. But will certainly look into it.

         
  5. melissakoski

    December 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    “you either live in the deep south or you are going to freeze to death”… hilarious and so true. We’re still looking at above freezing temps for the next week though. That will probably feel tropic by late February standards.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      I look at it like this: Once you go for a bike ride at -20 degrees, anything above Zero feels pretty good.

       
  6. Mary Topping

    December 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    The sweater sounds wonderful. It’s good to feel warm. Thanks for writing about it.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Thank you! It is warm and comfortable — something you appreciate on long bike rides in the winter.

       
  7. an uncommon girl

    December 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    We all have Spyder fleece for, you guessed it, skiing. Unsuspecting me gets startled by that realistic logo every year when I get them out. Great, great product!!

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      You are the second person to comment on their “spider” logo. It’s funny, but I seldom even see it (of course, my sweater is rather dark in the first place so the spider logo doesn’t stand out too much anyway).

       
  8. MG

    December 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    “If you ride your bike in the winter and depend on cycling clothing manufacturers to make all of your cold weather gear then you either live in the deep south or you are going to freeze to death.” So true! I rely a lot on non-cycling clothing (in particular, wool base layers of varying weight) to meet my winter needs, especially for my upper body. I do love a good pair of winter cycling booties, though. :)

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      The colder it gets the less likely I am to rely on cycling specific clothing. By the time it gets to -10F I don’t think I have ANY “bicycle” clothing on except for my gloves (and they are inside the Moose Mitts or Bike Poagies by then).

       
  9. k

    March 26, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Figured that I ought to report on something I’ve had good personal experience with since I was brutally honest in a more recent post. My sweetie and I are avid cyclists (I commute to work and/or ride for fun six days a week, he’s a roadie) and I found myself wearing this sweater often this winter. We share a medium red one, and I find it’s perfect for cycling, since I can easily fit two or three thin layers under it AND fit my hi-viz vest over it, too. It lays flat on my torso, stays in place, and has cuffs that fit just right over my cycling gloves. As for the cost, we were lucky enough to pick it up in part because it had been marked way down at our local cycling/sporting goods shop. I’m too much of a cheapskate to pay full price.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      March 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Sounds like you are getting your money’s worth out of this sweater! I didn’t need mine this winter near as much as I did last year.

       

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