After years living in Florida, I'm back up in the midwest. Knowing that it's only going to get colder, what's some of your favorite cold weather riding apparel? Boots, breeches, jackets, gloves, whatever. Any tips you have for staying warm teaching lessons on these cold winter nights? Any input is appreciated, thanks!
I live in Missouri, and even now its freezing. And will only get worse. I usually wear Carhartt thermal socks, under armour, insulated gloves, wind-breaker pants, a few shirts and hoodies, winter hat, Carhartt coat(basically anything Carhartt, lol), hoodies, and pants.
I used to live in Wisconsin, so I can relate. I wore lots of thin layers-think fleeces, so you can still move and don't look like the Michelin Tire Man. I also love my Mountain Horse tall boots. They're comfy and warm and toasty with some wick-away sock liners and wool socks.
I usually wear a thin cuddledud layer on top and bottom, winter/fleece breeches, and add some wind type pants on top when necessary. As for staying warm while teaching, just keep moving!
Layers is the answer. This past Thursday, temp -10c with a nasty windchill, snowstorm just really getting started had to round up cows across a bit over a section and push back home a bit over two miles. Starting at the top, one of my well worn Elmer Fudd hats with ear flaps. Lightweight turtleneck sweater, fleece hoody, carhartt jacket. Thermal long underwear under jeans (wasn't nasty enough for carhartt overalls, they get a bit bulky). Double socks, one pair cotton other wool over ariat boots which are almost two sizes too big to fit over socks. Lined leather gloves on hands. All in all two and half hours out in wind and snow and comfy. With wet snow falling it was very slippery for the cattle and my horse who does not have on his winter shoes yet. Hard to take pics of yourself but here is what it was like out...
Gah, and I am complaining about the rain and wet cold of 46*f . Seems worse than when I lived in Utah and it was 7*f, at least then it was a dry cold! This really gets to me. Oh and all the MUD!!!!!!!!!!
I am loving the wool socks my hubby gave me along with all my carhartt stuff, jeans, jacket, stocking cap, I really need some lined gloves and jeans! Those are next!
There's something I like about winter riding and it's much more pleasurable when you're warm. I ride in all temperatures and I use the "Hot Paws" heat packs in my boots and in my gloves as well. I wear thermal wool base layer-tops and bottoms with thermal socks. I have winter breeches which look like snow pants with a synthetic full seat (love them-I'm never cold). I've tried the electric type of heated liners for my boots but prefer the "Hot Paws"-the former never seem to be warm enough for me. I'm thinking of trying heated gloves this year. I have several winter jackets but, if it's super cold I wear a down coat. I have Ariat winter paddock boots too. Happy winter riding!
I find it funny that everyone from the states thinks it's cold at 0 degrees celsius, lol. Up here in Canada, I rode in a Christmas parade, when it was -35 (-31°f)... Never been so frozen in my life. I wore jeans, fuzzy boots, a coat, a hat, and gloves. Obviously wasn't enough to ride for 45 minutes. Never again !