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Dressing For Adventure

Dressing For Adventure

Dressing For Adventure Sport Activities

Courtesy of Adventure World Magazine 

We wanted to publish information for those that may just be entering the fantastic world of adventure sports or interested in branching out to enjoy a new sport. The below post is basic information on gear acquisition for each of three disciplines: mountain biking, paddling and trail running.


MOUNTAIN BIKING

Mountain biking clothing must perform well in any weather allowing the rider to get on with the ride, instead of being hampered by inadequate protection.

Helmets
Mountain bike helmets should be a top priority when buying bicycle clothing and accessories. Protective headgear is a critical part of any type of biking activity, but especially so for mountain biking with its potential for falls.
Shorts
Specifically designed cycling shorts have built in padding that takes much of the discomfort out of riding for long periods.

Gloves
Without gloves, hands become sore from braking and vibrations. Fingerless, padded gloves are recommended.

Jerseys
Jerseys should fit well and have invisible seams to prevent chafing. Fabrics should “wick” moisture away from the skin to the outer layer, where it can dry easily, keeping the rider cool and comfortable.

Cold Weather Riding
A jacket is important for cold, wet weather, compromising water resistance with breathability. Long-sleeved vests can be combined with arm and leg warmers or tights. A woolly hat under the racing helmet and showerproof gloves will also make riding more comfortable.

PADDLING

On calm waters, in mild conditions, clothing needs are simple. A layer of insulation beneath rain gear should ensure adequate protection. In colder weather, the need for immersion protection increases.
Wetsuits
Snug neoprene wetsuits keep the body warm by trapping a layer of water that is warmed next to the skin. They are available in various styles; full-length, short-sleeve, “Farmer Johns” (sleeveless with full-length legs) are amongst the most popular.

Dry suits
These one-piece suits are made of nylon with a waterproof polyurethane coating or waterproof / breathable laminate. They feature latex gaskets at the wrists, ankles and neck to prevent water from entering. They provide no insulation so they need to be paired with long underwear or specially designed fleece liners for warmth. Specifically made insulating layers offer quick-drying, breathable fabric with a wind-resistant outer surface and soft, velour interior for warmth.

Accessories
Other items for cold weather paddling include an insulated hat, durable, water-resistant gloves and calf-high rubber boots.

TRAIL RUNNING

Not much is needed to start the soul nourishing sport of trail running, except specialist footwear. Trail running shoes tend to be about 75% road running shoe and 25% hiking boot. Though following the same design concepts as shoes for road running, there are several key differences:

1. A combination of waterproof and breathable materials to keep feet dry.
2. A tougher heavy-duty sole that can take the wear of rough terrain.
3. A lower centre of gravity, keeping feet lower to the ground and aiding balance.
4. Soles with deeper treads and lugs for better traction on rough ground.

 

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