Layering tips for riders
Spring: the wettest and most unpredictable season of the year. How should you dress? Fortunately for you, the basic approach is the same whether you’re riding or just doing chores.
It's all about layers
You probably know this already...but just to make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s recap: base layers keep you dry, mid layers provide insulation, and outer layers keep out the weather. Mixing up the three and stripping some of them off allows you to stay comfortable across varying weather conditions and through different levels of exertion.
Like it or not, all of us riders perspire to some degree when riding and doing chores. This is a fact of life. However if perspiration stays close to the skin, it will make you damp and uncomfortable.
The purpose of this "next-to-the-skin" layer is to help regulate your body temperature by wicking away, or put simply, moving perspiration away from the skin.
Your base layer should be a snug fit without feeling too restrictive.
They're available with two different neck lines: a crew neck, that sits close to the neck line like a T Shirt, or a high neck, that partially covers the neck. The Hy Signature Base Layer on the left below has a crew neck and is available in classic navy with red or royal blue top stitching. The base layer on the right, the Woof Wear Performance Riding Shirt has a high neck and comes in a stunning palette of colours, there's definitely something to suit all tastes.
The mid layer is designed to retain warmth and to insulate as well as wicking away any moisture from the base layer.
This layer should fit more loosely than the base layer but remember, it needs to touch the base layer in order to wick effectively.
The mid layer is heavier than the base layer and often cosier. The traditional fleece is often seen as a popular choice as a mid layer. The Hy Signature Fleece Jacket matches the Hy Signature Base Layer. Or if you prefer a more modern fabric and look, the LeMieux Loire Jacket is a great choice.
The Gilet is the most versatile of layering pieces as it can be worn as a mid or outer layer depending on the temperature. A perfect layer under a jacket that offers extra warmth without being restrictive! Gilets of old, often called body warmers, were thick and bulky, whereas nowadays soft shell prevails, like this Shires Aubrion Ealing Softshell Gilet.
This is the layer that is outermost to the elements. When it rains ideally this layer needs to be waterproof. So look for waterproof labels or the next best thing, i.e. water-resistant.
Do bear in mind that when it rains, the temperature usually rises a couple of degrees, so you don't really need a waterproof jacket that's down filled as it'll be like being in a sauna! These pieces tend to be lighter in weight and design. Like the LeMieux Team Crew Waterproof Jacket.
You'll find all our Waterproof Riding Wear includes everything you need to keep you dry in wet weather.
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