+1 for the Buff. I have a Grant Peterson Unfancy Unracer kind out of merino wool. I look less distinguished than with the long scarf but I'm not in danger of decapitating myself either if it gets tangled. Clear glasses are also a must to keep your eyeballs from freezing.
It is only optional in the sense that you could have a Wisconsin-themed beer stein.
Originally Posted by Greenbelt
I have quite a few merino items from Backcountry - they make the Stoic and Cutter lines they sell on their various websites. I usually hike in the Stoic stuff and I have a couple of Cutter baselayers that I use for cycling and snow sports. They are definitely my favorites for baselayers and midlayers. Looking at realcyclist.com I don't think they make merino baselayers anymore though. The Stoic stuff on backcountry.com is great for hiking and similar, but for aerobic sports it's not as fitted as I would want.
Originally Posted by vvill
I do have a couple of Smartwool jerseys, but those aren't cheap...
Figured I should follow up... my little brothers got me this jacket for xmas, and after missing January with a broken metacarpal bone, I've been commuting with it the past few weeks and am very happy with it. The design is just as good as the Showerspass, but I can tell looking at it that its much better constructed.
Originally Posted by Dirt
Thanks for all the recommendations!