What should I wear?
It’s a super common question. To help answer it, here is a sample from my adventure wardrobe.
Clothing for adventures and Spring Challenge – the top half.
Clothing for adventures and Spring Challenge – the bottom half.
The key is that you want to be comfortable and prepared for any conditions. Here are a few tips for dressing for winter adventures, brought to you by Karen Muller at Fit for Life:
Put extra layers on as soon as you start to feel cold. If you wait until you’re actually cold, it’s too late.
Keep extra layers in a waterproof or dry bag at the top of your pack.
If you’re soaked through and want to put more layers on, take it all off and put on dry layers next to your skin. It’s not pleasant at the time but you’ll stay warmer for longer.
It’s harder to keep warm biking compared to hiking/running so be sure to take or wear extra layers on the bike.
Dish washing gloves are windproof and waterproof, as well as being cost effective! Get a large pair so you can wear your normal gloves underneath.
I love my tri shorts. For those of you that know me, this is no secret.
I wear them tramping, running, kayaking, and for hours on a bike. I’m lucky enough to have found a ‘Goldilocks’ saddle for my bike, ie. it fits just right, so I don’t usually need the padding that comes with the chamois in proper bike shorts. If it’s too cold for bare legs I’ll put on long johns, Swazi pants, or waterproof pants over top.
My love affair with tri shorts.
For the Spring Challenge event I put my tri shorts on under my wetsuit before breakfast and they don’t come off until after we’ve finished the race. Some people like to switch between running shorts and cycle shorts throughout the day, but I like having one less thing to worry about in transitions.
Maybe you’ve got some wardrobe tricks of your own, or gear that you wouldn’t go without? Let us know on the Make it Dirt Facebook page.