Ideal weather is a relative term. Some riders prefer wet, heavy snow like you’ll find in the PNW. Others would rather cold air and dry snow, like the champagne powder of Utah and Colorado. Then there’s the year-rounders and summer shredders who mostly ride on warm, sunny days. To make the most of each climate, it’s important to consider your wardrobe and gear choices. We rounded up some of the best products for cold and dry weather, foggy and rainy days, and warm, bright days. Click on the title links or images below to learn more about which gear we recommend for each climate.
Cold and Dry
The warmest layers are essential when mercury levels drop, but simply donning thick garments won’t cut it while you’re hiking, lapping, and working up a sweat. Fabrics need to breathe so sweat evaporates instead of cooling, sending shivers up the spine. Dress wisely, strap in, and shred bell to bell on the coldest days.
Fog and Rain
Poor visibility and water soaking through to the core can kill good vibes, even cut the day short. But wet, gloomy days can be some of the best if you’ve got the right gear, so don’t leave home without waterproof—not water-resistant—outer layers and fog-cutting lenses. Think of these things as mood enhancements.
Warm and Bright
Warm, sunny days are often among the most memorable. And in many regions, it’s not out of the question to ride nine or 10 months out of the year, leaving plenty of days on the warmer side of the spectrum. To make the most of spring and summer at altitude, think lightweight, versatile gear to play defense against the sun’s harsh game.