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post #1 of 25 Old 11-20-2018, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Red face How do you stay warm in the winter?

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I'm starting riding lessons in the middle of winter in Minnesota....crazy, I know. We will be riding outside the full time since the facilities I will be at doesn't have an indoor riding arena.

I know that I will dress in layers, with warm socks, long underwear underneath my Wrangler jeans,--with perhaps some thin, low-profile snowpants on colder days--layers on top, etc.

However, how should I keep my head warm underneath a helmet?

Also, what have y'all learned/tips you have over the years of riding in the winter and staying warm?
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post #2 of 25 Old 11-20-2018, 09:53 PM
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You need a Buff!

You can wear them a whole bunch of different ways. They're thin enough to fit under your helmet but there's enough to them that you can use them around your neck, face, ears, etc. I have a couple of them and they're wonderful. The merino wool ones add extra warmth without being too bulky.

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post #3 of 25 Old 11-20-2018, 09:54 PM
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There are helmet balaclavas for motorcyclists: Thinner fabric under the helmet, a nose hole to prevent fogging-up and getting a layer of ice on the surface, and thicker fleece for the neck.

You can go more or less crazy, according to your taste. :)

My respect for doing anything outdoors in winter in Minnesota...
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I don't live in a snowy country (anymore), but have climbed various snowy Australian mountains in specialist outdoor thermal pants which are super warm, water repellent and breathable - and, I can ride my horse in them when we have a lot of wind chill combined with drizzle, that would soak ordinary riding pants.

These are the pants:

They are microfibre fleece pants and don't have seams that are a problem for riding. They fit very much like tights, but slightly looser. The pants we wore came in two thicknesses; I've ridden in both - the thicker type is the warmest - I've never been cold in thick microfibre fleece mountain hiking pants - not even when I fell into water and got saturated and had to hike another 2 hours before getting back to the car park. If you fall in a lake etc, just wring the pants out and put them back on - they still keep you warm, nearly as well damp as when dry! (And don't ask me why I fell into water! It was embarrassing!)

Gloves made from the same material are also great - I use them for hiking, and riding when it's cold. The material is soft, thick and lightweight.

You can also get jackets made from this, and I've worn those riding as well, but would probably put a sleeveless water-repellent weather vest on top of that too riding in really cold weather. Like this one:

It wasn't super-cold the day I wore that, so I'm in ordinary clothes under it. I was just interested in keeping my core warm. The nice thing about these vests is that you don't end up with bulk around your arms, which is a bit of a pain when riding.
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post #5 of 25 Old 11-21-2018, 01:05 PM
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I've been known to ride in Carhartt insulated bibs, coat, and a ski mask on more than one occasion. A pair of warm, wool socks and good boots will be your best friend.
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post #6 of 25 Old 11-21-2018, 02:38 PM
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Forget all that learn the Wim Hof method!

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post #7 of 25 Old 11-21-2018, 07:59 PM
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I just layer up for the winter. I usually do leggings under my riding breeches, then a pair of sweats pants over that. For my top layer, I put on a long sleeve shirt, followed by a thicker sweater, vest, then a jacket, followed by a thick wool hooded jacket/sweater. Two layers of socks, and a pair of gloves with hand warmers in. This combo usually does the trick for me at the barn, and I usually end up stripping off some layers if I get too hot (though rare for me as I get cold easily.) So far I have no problems moving around in all that gear.

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post #8 of 25 Old 11-22-2018, 10:40 PM
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Deff some ear warmers, and insulated riding boots are a must have for me. Nothing worse than not being able to feel your toes because they are frozen in your favorite boots. Thermals are good to put under the riding pants and thin enough if you still want a clean riding look. Protect your face if you cant get a mask in time use a warm scarf that your can wrap good so it wont be falling off or anything. Protect your skin . Sunscreen, aquaphor, petroleum, lip balms:) Blistex is so good for keeping lips moist in winter conditions.
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Originally Posted by mmshiro View Post
There are helmet balaclavas for motorcyclists: Thinner fabric under the helmet, a nose hole to prevent fogging-up and getting a layer of ice on the surface, and thicker fleece for the neck.

You can go more or less crazy, according to your taste. :)

My respect for doing anything outdoors in winter in Minnesota...
I have that except it equestrian specific and designed to fit over your riding helmet. It works! Most times, it is too hot, even in -10C temps. Truth be told, the coldness never deters me from riding, I have excellent warm riding apparel, it's the lousy footing, ice, or deep frozen snow. If it's 6 inches or so, and fresh, I ride no matter what temperature.
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post #10 of 25 Old 12-04-2018, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
Forget all that learn the Wim Hof method!

I use the inverse Wim Hof method; warm blanket, fireplace and hot chocolate...wait and ride when it is 80F
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