Winter Clothing Guide

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Winter Clothing Guide

Pearl riding

63-75+ Degrees:

In this range, it’s important to think about light layers that breath well and wick moisture. On the higher end of this range, you will be sweating a fair amount and heat regulation will be key, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

A good combination in this range would include:

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56 – 62 Degrees:

As we drop down a bit in temperature, you’ll want to start to think about layers that are going to keep you warm, but also allow for optimal breathability. In some cases, you’ll want to shed your arm warmers or vest as you’re climbing, and put them back on for a descent or if the wind and sun conditions are changing throughout the ride. This is also the temperature at which you’ll want to start covering joints (knees, elbows) in order to protect them.

A nice layered approach would include the following pieces:

 

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46-55 Degrees:

Once we drop into the lower 50’s and mid to upper 40’s, we’ll really want to have all of our major surfaces covered up. You’re going to want to start thinking about warmer base layers, packable jackets and heavier socks and gloves:

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34-45 Degrees:

This is the range at which you really need to be conscious of your layers and start including some warm, thermal pieces top to bottom. A nice wind-proof jacket is key at this point, and can be complemented well with a warm, moisture wicking base layer. You’ll also really want to pay close attention to your fingers and toes, as these are always sensitive areas once you dip down into this temperature range.

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If conditions are wet, your jacket should be waterproof and breathable. Getting wet in these conditions could be the end of your ride.

25-33 Degrees:

At this point, we are reaching freezing and sub-freezing temperatures, so insulation is critical. A thermal jacket is a must and some good neck and face protection will be important as well.

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24 Degrees and below:

You’re a hard man or woman! Riding in these temperatures takes commitment and you’re going to need to protect yourself to stay comfortable and safe. You should have nearly no exposed skin, and paying special attention to fingers, toes, face and ears is going to go a long way. If any of these areas are left exposed, you will risk frostbite in addition to extreme discomfort.

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  • Thermal Jacket: Pro Escape Softshell Jacket
  • Wool base layer: Transfer Wool Base Layer
  • Full length bibs or pants with heavy insulation: ELITE AmFib Bib Tight
  • Insulated mid layer: PRO Long Sleeve Jersey
  • Wool socks (potentially double layers) with extremely well insulated overshoes, or a dedicated winter shoe: ELITE Thermal Wool Socks
  • Face, head & neck protection: Barrier Balaclava
  • Very, very well insulated gloves: Nothing but the Super Glove, add handwarmers if needed!
  • Remember, layering is always the key, and it’s better to shed layers than not have enough! When you’re prepared for the elements, you can almost always be comfortable out on the bike and enjoy the ride.

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