Winter riding jackets

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I'm looking to buy a jacket for riding in the winter. I'm sure i'll be riding in freezing temperatures and I don't like the cold very much. What are some good, warm jackets to look at? What are the best jackets for less than or around $100? Oh, also what are the warmest gloves I could possibly find?
I tried to do a search but it doesn't look like this has come up much.
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I've got a Choko jacket that I wear snowmobiling and on the bike. It's extremely warm because it has a removeable fleece inner jacket and the main jacket has alot of thinsulate. Speaking of thinsulate the more the better when it comes to gloves. I found it difficult to ride with big bulky gloves so I installed a set of "snow paws" that I bought from Parts Unlimited. They go over the handlebars and then your hands go inside of them and you can just wear regular mx gloves then :thumb:
 
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I'm a fan of layering. I don't go for an insulated jacket, but rather a good enduro jacket that's more of a shell.

I'll start with a layer of Underarmor (use this in the summer too), then a layer of either light or medium weight polypro long underware depending upon conditions, a layer of light or medium weight fleece, then an enduro jacket. This gives me the ability to shed off layers if I start to get too warm.

Under the helmet I'll use a balaclava, essentially a big ol sock with a cutout for your face, that covers your neck and chin. Wish I could remember the name, but it works great.

As for gloves, I've had good luck with the MSR Cold Pro gloves behind a set of handguards and grip heaters under the grips. Thor makes a good windproof glove that's a little lighter weight when the temps aren't too severe.

Who says you can't ride in winter?
 
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Picked up the Moose Expedition jacket, but have yet to use it. It's not very thick, but a nice layered approach should work well with it. It will at least keep the wind and rain off. Plus it zips into it's own pack when not in use.