The biggest risk of mistaking clothing in winter? Being too hot, it seems counterintuitive, but choosing the right clothes is essential. We explain why. Fortunately for us, in recent years, increasingly technological and cutting-edge fabrics have arrived, much borrowed from the world of mountaineering that allows us to ride in very low temperatures, but without wearing super heavy and uncomfortable clothing. Choosing the correct clothing for winter mtb outings. Perhaps on the snow, is not easy and you must always take into consideration a fundamental detail: you must not be too hot.

Dress in winter for mtb

How to dress in winter for mtb

When we lower the pace or face a descent, the clothing dampened (or even wet) by sweat cools or even freezes due to the air, creating a cold layer that becomes impossible to recover quickly and the only solution is going into a bar to have a nice hot tea. Above all, it becomes can be the cause of ailments and chilblains. Check out the bike frame size measurement.

The classic “Onion style”

You will have heard it repeated 1000 times on 1000 different occasions, but once more, it can only do well: you have to dress like an onion! That is, you have to dress in layers that can be easily removed or put on in order to follow the thermoregulation of the body.

The ideal is to start from a primary layer in contact with the warm and technical body, with fabrics that keep sweat away from the skin, and then wear a second warm but breathable and not heavy layer. The outer layer is important both windproof because it is the cold air that cools the body the most, so choose a light, windproof outer layer that in case you can remove it uphill or when you push to the maximum and you can quickly put it back downhill or when the rhythm drops. Keep reading

In winter, accessories also become important, especially those that protect the extremities: waterproof and windproof gloves, winter shoes or shoe covers, balaclavas and neck warmers become essential for a fun-filled outing and not a cold one.

For a 4º temperature

So many words. But let’s move on to the facts. Today we went out for a rather short workout, about an hour and 45, but which we knew was intense and the thermometer at noon was 4º and here’s how we dressed:

First layer

Specialized long-sleeved, seamless merino wool sweater with high collar, the socks were also in merino wool, Northwave’s extreme pro. We preferred merino wool because it is warm even when dampened by sweat.

Second layer

As for the second layer, we wore two of our favorite garments. A brand of great stylistic appeal, but at the same time with high quality and obsessive attention to detail.

The merino bronze is warm because it is made of a mix of merino wool and polyester, while the front part, the one that protects the bust, has a gravity membrane insert that is able to protect from wind and water while maintaining breathability.

Outer layer

Above all, we have chosen the complete fox racing ranger water set consisting of long pants and a hooded jacket. Normally meant to be used as rain gear, we’re finding them perfect for winter when it’s cold, muddy, and planning to sweat.

The ranger 3l water pants are waterproof but light. They protect from wind, water and above all, they do not make the pad wet when the ground is wet and muddy, but the snug and shaped cut makes them perfect for pedaling even many hours in a row.

We started using them to test them, with the typical skepticism of the xc racer, but we were so pleased with them that we made them the essential garment in winter outings. The same goes for the ranger 2.5l water jacket. It protects from the air and does not make you sweat, avoids getting wet and above all, protects from mud.

What if it’s colder? An exit at -4 °

If you want to pedal despite the thermometer showing temperatures below zero, what you have to do is not dress with even more layers but rethink the quality of them. If we take our equipment, we could either modify the second layer by going to wear long fleece tights under the waterproof pants and a sleeveless down jacket over the merino’s shirt.

If you have the possibility, the best solution is instead to take advantage of the most advanced fabrics.

For example, the fox flexair pro fire jacket and pants take advantage of the polartec alpha fabric, which represents the latest evolution in the synthetic insulation sector, offering an extraordinary combination of warmth, lightness and breathability combined with an extra-soft hand.

It keeps you warmer, but at the same time, it also blocks the air and allows the body to breathe and thermoregulate. So keeping the first and second layers unchanged but choosing an outer layer with sports-specific synthetic padding, you get the same protection from the air, but you increase the heat without risking sweating or overheating.


Shoes are very important. If you plan to ride a lot in winter, then better invest in a good pair of winter shoes.

We always warm up little shoes and socks with the hairdryer before going out, 30 “For each foot no more, just to leave with warm feet when we have not yet warmed up. Another important thing is after each exit, take off the insoles and let them dry. No one wants to put their foot in a damp shoe in winter.

Gloves are also fundamental, personally, we prefer to have windproof and rainproof gloves, but not padded to keep a good feeling on the handlebars, but we know that many out there suffer from cold hands and therefore prefer something more padded.

We have always used gloves from fox racing’s ranger water line, but on the market, you are spoiled for choice.

Another accessory that we never do without in winter is the neck warmer, or buff depending on what you call it. We use a light one, not fleece because it keeps us warm and protected without bothering us or making us sweat, so as to keep it both uphill and downhill, a real panacea.

Helmet and glasses

If you are particularly cold in the head or ears, then choose a thin windproof balaclava. To protect the ears when going downhill or on asphalt, we simply raise the neck warmer to cover them.

The last accessory is the glasses. Cold air is very annoying, so choosing a pair of glasses with a wide lens that protects most of the face is important. Normally we choose completely transparent lenses, in this case, the alba optics delta, because we know that the winter light is less strong and annoying than the summer one and much darker in the undergrowth.

A pair of final strikes

Of course, this is just an example related to a short ride and above all to our particular personal taste, each with the experience and knowledge of his body must find what is best for him.

Always remember to wear a warm hat and jacket at the end of the ride if you do not have the opportunity to change and take a hot shower immediately.