Winter riding apparel: What's warmer?
so I have considered buying a pair of full chaps to wear over my jeans for extra warmth and wind protection while out riding in the winter months. I currently own a few pairs of fleece lined breeches and the tall insulated Ariat boots but I only wear these when it is extremely cold ( like below 30).
I'd say on average the winter temps around here hover between 35-45. I don't really need to wear my fleece breeches and tall boots for those temps but I would like a little extra warmth and protection from the wind.
Will full chaps do the trick?? Or should I stick to the ugly fleece breeches:)
Gear for your head and face
I have no indoor either and for years I wore those little headbands with elastic under my helmet (so it didn't affect the fit of my hat) with a neck warmer pulled up over my nose if necessary. Well last year we got ski helmets and they are great for keeping you warm and comfy when you ride. When the wind & snow kicks up we pull down the goggles and you wouldn't believe the difference :) I keep telling my kids that we should take a picture and send it into the USEA News and they were horrified that anyone would see them looking so ridiculous so you'll just have to conjure up that image in your mind.
Of course acclimation helps a little, 66 a week ago and single digits right now just isn't right :) The new guy who came from TN is acclimating better than me and definitely enjoying the snow. He's definitely a little perkier than when we tried him :)