Cold weather riding hints?
Just wondering if anyone has hints or advice for cold weather. What works for you?
I do lots of cold weather riding living where I do so am always looking for good advice. From a personal perspective, here's what I have found that works so far......
- a heated jacket liner and gloves is the cat's ass in cold weather but a bit pricy and only useful below 50F/10C - but you can ride down to 0C/32F and be all day comfortable. You need two temp controllers for a jacket liner and gloves or a single dual channel temp controller. The temp controller needs to be accessible when you are riding. The lifetime warranty is important on heated gear, at least is has been on my Gerbings stuff, as it has been back for repair under warranty. I've found the connectors/plugs are the most common point of failure. Gerbings warranty coverage has been excellent.
- Wind chill over time is what really cools me down. I find blocking the wind is probably the most important consideration in staying warm.
- if my torso stays warm, I stay warm. When I start to get cold my body restricts blood flow to my extremities, probably to keep the important organs warm, and I end up with cold hands and feet.
- I would be lost without textile motorcycle pants that block the wind and provide abrasion protection. I usually wear fleece underwear under these. Jeans really suck in the cold as they don't block the wind.
- a motorcycle balaclava (<$9 at most motorcycle gear places) keeps your neck, head and lower face warm under a FF helmet. A heated jacket liner, with heated collar makes this unnecessary
- water proof motorcycle boots much warmer in cold weather as they don't leak air. Thick socks is all I need to keep my feet warm.
- I need either insulated gloves, heated grips or heated gloves in cold weather to keep my hands warm. Active heat is better than just passive insulation. Both, together are ideal.
- An optional breath guard I bought for my helmet keeps my moist breath away from the shield and keeps the shield from constantly fogging
Last edited by twowheels; 09-21-2013 at 07:01 PM.