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  • winter attire

    What is the best brand of thin but very warm winter gloves, what else do you suggest for colder weather riding?

  • #2
    Socks - Smartwool socks and toe warmers

    Long underwear (in order from least warm/for more mild weather to most warm/for coldest weather) - Cuddleduds, Columbia omni heat, Under Armour 4.0 baselayer

    Top (worn all at once) - Under armour base layer, wool quarter zip, fleece jacket, down coat, scarf

    Gloves - Glove liners and Roeckl winter gloves (This strategy works great for keeping warm while still having the mobility to ride but once you've got all four gloves on you can forget about texting )


    • #3
      I lived in Cuddl Duds from October until April when I lived in PA and worked outdoors. I also love Cabelas socks too! I am hard on socks, and not only are they warm, but I have some pairs that are 10 years old.
      "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White


      • #4
        Aww, it's so much nicer to think about this on an 87-degree day.

        On the coldest days that I ride, I do: nylons/tights, then Kerrits under-layers (top and bottom, they're the best, but Cuddle-dud type things are similar--I just like the Kerrits because they're capri-length), wool socks (generally Smartwool) or bamboo socks, and regular breeches. Ariat Bromont boots, which are amazing and worth every penny--warm feet keeps the rest of you warm. A sweater and a vest of some sort, and then usually a coat over the vest to groom, but I just ride in the vest. The best gloves I've used lately have been the Roeckl winter ones but they're still not 100%. I haven't found anything perfect. The SSG winter trainers are good, but a little bulky, and still not perfect.
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        • #5
          if the wind is out of the north a long sleeved shirt, otherwise maybe a heavier twee shirt


          • #6
            I love my Kerrits Sit Tight N' Warm breeches for the winter!


            • #7
              I have discovered that the sporting goods stores sell "glove liners" for skiing which are sleek outside/fleece inside with silicon grips and more durable than the similar thing sold in tack stores. Where I live (PNW) these are enough for winter riding, but you could also put them under larger gloves.

              Definitely insulated boots. I find that my insulated Ariat paddock boots plus half chaps are fine, because under the half chaps are long underwear (calculated to the weather), knee high wool ski socks, and then fleece breeches (currently Kerrits or Horze). With three layers of insulation already, I don't find I need an insulated tall boot as well.

              For dry cold down jackets and vests are fantastic, and I like a vest under a parka because you can open the jacket if it's too confining for barn work, and not freeze. But our local weather is wet cold (like hovering around freezing and sleet) so I have also got a water proof insulated but not down parka.


              • #8
                The thin Back On Track gloves are excellent inside a regular pair of winter riding gloves.
                Also depends on your definition of 'winter'.
                I'm in Eastern Ontario and we get real winter here but on the other hand some folk from NC might consider 40F 'winter'.......