After-shredding warm winter clothing roundup

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What we carry to the rack. Hat singletracks; Check. Photo: Hanna Morvay.

According to Closure hour by Semisonic, “Every new beginning comes from the end of another beginning.” Well done with this pun. Likewise, every ATV ride eventually ends when we get hungry or chase the sun until bedtime. The team here at Singletracks tests a handful of gear before and after riding each season, and the following is a collection of some favourites. It’s the gear that keeps us warm while we drink caffeine before a pedal and then covers our collected slime while we drink. Unlike some full summaries, this collection only includes our top picks for relaxing.

Tested by Matt Miller. Photo: Hanna Morvay.

Haskell Kitsbow Trousers

Kitsbow’s Haskell pants are something of a hybrid, and like any pants, including Wranglers, they can be worn while mountain biking. But their thicker material and looser fit means they feel a little better after a ride or a day off. Kitsbow kept the fit looser so riders could slip a chamois underneath. The fit is tapered down to the ankles and there is an inside snap button above the right cuff.

Reflective accents can be found on the left trouser leg and there are six pockets, including one for a cell phone and a key pocket. The pants are available in inseam lengths between size 28 and 36 with nine different waist sizes. Trousers retails for $219. All Kitsbow products are made to order, so there’s a wait, but these pants are worth it.

Photo: Hannah Morvay

They fit on the looser side and the inseam is a bit long, but the Haskells are very comfortable and easy to move around. The phone and key pocket are sized accordingly, but the weight of the phone adds plenty of movement just above the back. of the knee. The comfortable, durable feel of the Haskells makes them a great choice for trail work or a casual night out. The downside is that, like most Kitsbow products, they are expensive.

  • MSRP: $219
  • Colours: black olive, dry grey, wild oak
  • Made to order from kitsbow
Tested by Gerow.

LIVSN Flex Canvas Pants

Durable and comfortable AF.

LIVSN’s Flex Canvas pants are designed for riding bikes and doing lots of other fun things. There are small straps to hold the ankle cuffs in a high rolled position, and the pair of rear zip pockets pair well with a smaller pocket on the right hip to keep your gear from falling through town. There’s also a pocket on the right hip for a knife or pen holster, giving them a slight “carpenter” look. Articulated knees are ready for a number of active things, and the material stretches enough to make them perfect for almost anything you want to do in pants.

When these first arrived I thought they would be great for trail building. They are, and the durable material of 58% GOTS-certified organic cotton, 40% recycled polyester and 2% spandex is so nice that I wear them for everything else too. These are my pair of daily drivers for trips to the trailhead and the grocery store. I love that they’re made with as many recycled and organic materials as possible, and considering those factors, the $119 price tag (available on Countryside and moosejaw) is quite reasonable. I’ve had a pair for over six months now and they’re just as durable as my favorite Carhartt work pant, although the LIVSN pant is much more comfortable. There’s a jersey-like material around the hips that’s soft and smooth, and people who ride Commando won’t be disappointed.

These leg bottoms are looser than most skinny jeans, while the material stays close enough to your legs that they don’t feel baggy. I have size 30×30″, and the waist and inseam are on par with all my other pants in this size. The belt loops are wide and easy to put on if you need to pull them tighter. The Flex canvas pants are one of my favorite garments to wear anywhere, including at the start of a cold winter trail.

Tested by Gerow.

Maloja STEINADLERM. puff jacket

The only hotter way would be electric.

I’m a petite person who jumps between chills and sweats almost every day, and I value quality winter clothing. Jackets like the STEINADLERME. from Maloja that are designed for playing in the snow are my winter go-tos for warming up before and after hiking, or to keep warm while walking to the pub. I also ride a little in the snow, but that would be too much for these missions. This jacket from the German mountain and snow bike clothing company is the warmest I’ve worn to date, and the only way to get warmer is probably with electric heating or staying indoors. interior. The overall fit of the jacket is tighter than it looks, and there’s room in my usual small size for a thick sweater underneath when it’s really too cold to be outside.

The female version, called Waldkauz M. is slightly shorter in the waist and comes in a lot more colors for $499, while this men’s fit sells for $529. A shell’s massive sleeping bag isn’t waterproof, but the Gortex Infinium double layer cuts through the wind like a well-built house and takes over an hour to soak up a heavy downpour. I tested the water absorption properties on a walk on a rainy day at 35°F, and even when the water went through, the thick layer stayed quite warm.

THE STEINADLERME. has two large hand pockets, a ski pass pocket on the left sleeve, an interior zipped pocket for storing cash and an interior beer can sized pocket for carrying beer cans. There’s also a removable powder skirt to keep the fluffy stuff out if you’re wearing this jacket for more than just getting to the trailhead or the bar, and its full length will further keep snow out of your pants. . The large hood clips over your dome for a secure fit in windy conditions.

If your goal is to be the last to tend to the fire at the trailhead, this jacket will keep you warm while doing it. The cost is no sneeze, but the durable material should last for several seasons of comfortable warming after the ride.

  • MSRP: $529 (men)
  • Available from maloja
Reviewed by Jeff Barber, shown building a garage bike rack in this photo by Leah Barber.

REI Co-Op down jacket

I’ve had the REI Co-Op down jacket for countless seasons, and it still keeps me warm despite being padded – not padded – on hundreds of rides. The jacket packs down into its own built-in pocket and slips into my winter backpack, making it ideal not only for after the ride, but also as cold weather insurance for a mechanic or worse.

I’ve probably ridden the REI Co-Op Jacket a few times, and it works well for that, but it works best for hot cold after the race. In the spirit of staying safe, my post-ride beers this season are usually drunk outside, and post-ride chills quickly turn to chills without this down jacket.

Slightly worse for wear, one of the pocket liners is torn, there’s a melted hole where someone (not naming Leah’s name here) got a little too close with a marshmallow skewer from campfire, and he lost a good part of his attic. Still, it’s probably the best $100 or so I’ve spent on a jacket. Available with or without a hood, and in sizes and styles for men and women.

  • MSRP: $100
  • Colours: Army Cot Green, Black, Blue Nights
  • Available at REI
Reviewed by Jeff Barbier. Photo: Lea Barbier.

singletrack hat

Between you and me, I don’t comb my hair very often. It’s a combination of WFH and DGAF, mixed in with the fact that regular riding leaves me with seemingly perpetual helmet hair. Whatever the cause, I quickly put my Singletracks hat on almost immediately after the ride and if I drive to the trailhead, chances are my hat is on before the ride as well.

There aren’t many technical details or features to share here; our hats are embroidered, Yupoong Classics in black. However, I will share a tip for riding with a hat. Of course, I always wear my helmet when riding, so I attach the hat to a belt loop or backpack strap using the adjustable band on the back of the hat. The hat keeps its shape, and I keep my dignity when it’s time to take off my protective cover.

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