Ride in Com­fort

Trail Rider - - SEASONAL GUIDE -

Fall means chilly tem­per­a­tures in many ar­eas of the coun­try, es­pe­cially at higher al­ti­tudes. Use th­ese guide­lines as you shop for out­er­wear and layer your cloth­ing for com­fort­able fall rides.

Wear Lay­ers

There’s an art to lay­er­ing. You want to be able to ad­just your cloth­ing to help you warm up, cool off, stay dry, and stay com­fort­able re­gard­less of any weather changes. Proper lay­er­ing max­i­mizes out­er­wear’s ef­fi­ciency, let­ting you ad­just to a vari­able cli­mate. • Base layer. Your base layer should be soft, com­fort­able, breath­able, and ab­sorbent. Look for wick­ing fab­rics. In ex­treme cold, in­vest in polypropy­lene or Ther­max (ther­mal un­der­wear from Du Pont). Wash­able silks and Patag­o­nia’s Capi­lene polyester are also ex­cel­lent choices. • Mid-layer. Your next layer should be your rid­ing pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Most ex­perts rec­om­mend cot­ton for this mid-layer, be­cause nat­u­ral fab­ric breathes bet­ter than any syn­thetic. How­ever, cot­ton does hold mois­ture, so check into high-tech ma­te­ri­als, too. For your rid­ing pants, fleece-lined breeches work well for trail rid­ing. • In­su­la­tion. In cold weather, add a layer

of in­su­la­tion on top of the mid-layer. You

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