Cold Weather Moto Gear - Part 3: Base and Mid Layers

January 2, 2018 - 10:49 PM

 

How to Stay Warm and Keep Riding This Winter

In part three of our cold weather dirt bike riding apparel series we focus on base and mid layers. If you happen to already participate in winter sports (such as snowboarding or snowmobiling) this section may be a review, but if you don’t—and you’ve decided there’s no way you’ll make it through this winter without riding your dirt bike—then read on. Our intent is to pass along recommendations for choosing the right base and mid layers that will help make your cold weather ride that much more comfortable.

The basic idea behind layering is simple: to give you the ability to adapt to varying cold weather conditions and levels of activity. There is nothing worse than being out on the track or trail and overdressing to the point where you begin to sweat; only to stop and immediately the sweat you’ve accumulated begins to cool and you quickly become cold. Proper layering allows you to tune your riding gear for particular conditions and levels of exertion. The goal is to maintain an optimal temperature that allows you to remain comfortable during and after your ride.

As a rule of thumb, you should be slightly cool when you first begin riding. Depending upon the level of exertion your body will begin to warm up after a few minutes and you’ll quickly be able to assess whether you’ve overdressed, underdressed, or hit the sweet spot. If you begin to sweat too much, stop and remove a layer to avoid moisture build-up. Likewise, if you’re still chilled after 5-10 minutes of riding, stop and add a layer.

With these basics in mind, the following are the specifics of FLY Racing’s base and mid layer offerings.

FLY Racing Base Layers

Base layers are one of the most important aspects of cold weather riding. And because base layers sit directly against the skin, the fabric and fit are important. Fabrics designed to wick moisture away from the skin, dry quickly, and fit snug are preferred.

FLY Racing offers a base layer pant and top in two different weights: Lightweight and heavyweight. Depending upon how cold the temperatures are will determine whether lightweight or heavyweight is your best choice. For the most part, the lightweight layers work in the majority of conditions; however, for extremely cold conditions (such as below zero temperatures or high wind-chill) the heavyweight is the way to go.

FLY Racing Light Weight Base Layers

CONSTRUCTION

  • High-IQ™ Advanced Evaporation Technology–fast wicking hollow-core fibers transport moisture to the outer surface to dry quickly
  • Flat-lock stitch seam construction

FEATURES

  • Multi-direction stretch fabric allows for un-restricted range of motion
  • Open fabric structure offers lightweight warmth and all day comfort
  • UPF 40+ sun protection
  • Polygiene® odor Control Technology

FIT

  • Ergonomic panels are form fitting (non-compression)

FLY Racing Heavy Weight Base Layers

CONSTRUCTION

  • Extra warm fabric that still wicks moisture fast and dries quick
  • Flat-lock stitch seam construction

FEATURES

  • Multi-direction stretch fabric allows for un-restricted range of motion
  • UPF 40+ sun protection
  • Polygiene® Odor Control Technology

FIT

  • Ergonomic panels are form fitting (non-compression)

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FLY Racing Mid Layers

Mid layers are designed to be worn over your base layer and below external outerwear such as a jersey or jacket. The mid layer provides that extra level of warmth while being easily removable in case you begin to overheat or perspire heavily. As a bonus, in milder temperatures, these mid layers can actually be worn as casual outerwear.

FLY Racing Mid Layer Pant Product Details:

  • Moisture wicking anti-pilling stretch polyester and spandex fleece construction is highly breathable
  • Flat Lock stitching adds a higher level of comfort by eliminating seam chafing
  • Elastic waist with two side waist adjustments for a custom fit
  • YKK front fly zipper with snap closure; YKK back pocket zipper
  • Two front hand pockets
  • Reflective logos

FLY Racing Mid Layer Jacket Product Details:

  • Moisture wicking anti-pilling stretch polyester and spandex fleece construction is highly breathable
  • Flat Lock Stitching adds a higher level of comfort by eliminating seam chafing
  • YKK main reversed zipper
  • YKK hidden zipper hand pockets
  • Elastic cuffs with thumb holes
  • Shock cord cinch waist adjustment
  • Hidden armpit vent zippers for micro temperature adjustments
  • 1.5” drop tail for extra coverage

FLY Racing Mid Layer Size Chart

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In Part 4: Cold Weather Jerseys, Jackets and Pants