Ride in Comfort
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.
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