WINTER MOUNTAIN BIKE GEAR
CHOOSING THE RIGHT KIT
Sponsored by CompetitiveCyclist.com
When it comes to winter mountain bike gear, there’s no shortage of options to keep you warm, dry or both. Different locales require different types of winter gear and, thanks to our friends at CompetitiveCyclist.com, we were able to get a solid assortment of cold weather gear that would run the gamut of mild California winter riding gear to cold Colorado slush days on the trail. We put together these different kits and video to showcase some of the different features that make cold weather mountain bike clothing effective, without turning you into a human sauna. Check out the video and links below for more information on how to pick the right winter riding gear for you.
CALIFORNIA COLD KIT
For those of you closer to the equator, it doesn’t get nearly as cold, or wet, but we know, your thin blood still sends you into shiver mode when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Before moving to Bend, Oregon we barely felt the need to bundle up on our hometown trails in Southern California, but on the mornings when you needed a layer, it would be brutal to be ill-prepared. Having a lightweight, breathable shell jacket that can be easily stored and folded up once the temperatures rise is a huge benefit for these areas. Since the temps won’t usually stay below 40 once the sun comes up, having the ability to shed layers and not overheat is very important so thin shells that have a water resistant treatment can be gold! We also like having a thin, water resistant glove as the overgrown shrubs can hold dew and moisture, making for cold wet hands. Check out some ideas here.