Snowmobiling can be a fun adventure, which is why many people buy a snowmobile. However, in order to stay warm, you need to know what to wear.
It’s about the Layers
Under layers are going to be important for staying comfortable and safe while riding. One important rule for your layers is don’t wear cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture and sweat easily and you will get cold and wet. You won’t like this coldness and it can also lead to getting frostbitten. Your first layer should be made from a synthetic blend or a polyester long underwear top and bottom. Your body still needs to breathe, so you shouldn’t have it too tight. You may find that your base layer is antimicrobial, which is good because it gives a protective layer against any odor-causing bacteria.
Add as many layers as you want, depending on how warm you want to be. Your layers should be made out of synthetic blends, polyester, or silk since it can dry quickly and keep the moisture away from your skin. It’s best to have more layers since you can always take off layers during the trip if it gets too warm. Middle layers will be the same material as the base layer but usually have zippers for easy removal so you can be comfortable. Dressing in layers is the best way to stay comfortable while out in the cold.
Headgear is important, even in snowmobiling. You should be wearing a DOT-approved snowmobile helmet to avoid any unwanted injuries that could occur during a crash or even just when pushing your snowmobile up your snowmobiling ramp.
The right way to wear a helmet includes:
- Worn tight
- Snuggling the face
- Strap underneath the chin for full protection
If you are an avid snowmobiler and have had a crack in your helmet, you need to replace it. Helmets are only designed to take one hit and after that, they need to be replaced since the structural integrity isn’t guaranteed.
Snowmobile goggles help protect the eyes from any flying debris and snow. Your helmet can include a visor and it’s best to add goggles. Colored lenses for bright days are a good choice to block UVA and UVB rays reflected off the snow and help prevent snow blindness. Many goggles even have interchangeable lenses so you can choose the right one for how bright it is.
Snowmobile gloves are also an important part of riding gear since they keep your hands warm and repel water. Riding is difficult with cold hands. Your gloves should allow you to operate the snowmobile comfortably and freely. Adding glove liners can help keep the hands even warmer. Mittens may be warmer than gloves, but you won’t have great control.
Just like your hands need to stay warm, so do your feet. Socks should be made out of silk, wool, fleece, or a synthetic material. Cotton is also not the right choice for socks. Carry extra pairs of socks with you in your snowmobile backpack in case your feet get wet.
Snowmobile boots keep your feet warm and protect them. The best pair of boots for snowmobiling are made out of a combination of materials that have a rubber bottom with good tracking, a synthetic upper that is high enough to repel the snow, and a removable and breathable liner that is made out of fleece or wool to keep off the sweat. Your boots should fit comfortably. If you are currently a skier then your snowmobiling boot won’t have the same fit as your ski boot. Instead, you are looking for warmth and comfort.
What Makes Up a Snowmobile Suit?
A snowmobile suit will consist of insulated pants or bibs and a jacket. The suits are specially designed for the activity to provide warmth. The best fabrics are Gore-Tex or acrylic, but other blends are also used—and like we’ve mentioned before, you should still never be using cotton. A snowmobile suit should be waterproof and windproof.
Now that you know exactly what to wear, you’re ready to start sledding.