When it comes to fall riding, you need to be prepared to face the elements: moisture, cold wind, mud, and whatever else Mother Nature throws your way. Don’t let inclement conditions ruin your ride. Whether you’re hitting sloppy trails for the first time this season or you’re trying to beat your own PR on wet roads you’ve ridden forever, gear up appropriately so you can get after your adventure in total comfort.
1. ALL WEATHER RIDING JACKETS
Even though the minute you step outside you can see your breath, you should resist the urge to bundle up too much when heading out on the trails. If you do, you’ll end up uncomfortably overheating and feeling soggy. Wet, chilly conditions call for lightweight, solid performers that shrug off rain but stay breathable. Invest in a solid jacket that’s waterproof, stretchy, and windproof. Remember, details like waterproof zippers, packability, vent exhausts, and reflective details go a long way.
2. ALL WEATHER RIDING SHORTS
Staying dry is equally as important as staying warm. With a 15,000mm waterproof rating, waterproof zippers on the vent panels, and DWR coating, the Havoc H20 Short is the one to opt for when it comes to riding damp, gritty trails. Fit and feel also play an important role when it comes to your shorts. The Havoc H20 combines the fit of your favorite enduro-inspired riding shorts with a durable 2-way stretch 3-layer laminated material, and it offers 6,000g/m2 of breathability, so skin won’t feel sticky. Slip them over your knee pads or warmers to stay stoked (not soaked) this fall.
3. THERMAL LAYERS AND BASE LAYERS
Temperature regulation and moisture management are critical to your performance and comfort in cold weather, and nothing beats high-performance layers to help with these components. When you wake up in the morning and it’s still dark out, you’ll get a sense of warmth and comfort when you readily slip on these skin-like fitting layers, especially the Chrono LS Base Layer. It features proprietary Wikpro fabric, a blend of polyester and nylon knit that enhances moisture transfer with an incredibly soft feel against the skin with exceptional stretch. Bonus: when you’re packing for your ski or snowboard trip, you can rely on these to layer under your outerwear for deep winter warmth.
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