Customers always ask, "what should
The concept is the same, whether your are
coming to our business for a horseback riding,
snowmobiling, or dogsledding tour. It's VITAL
to match your clothing with the seasons!
You need an inner layer that's
next to your skin, to avoid chilling your body
when sweating. Synthetics such as acrylic,
lycra or polyester or natural fibers like wool
work just fine for your first layers. Synthetics
are made of plastic, hollow fibres that won't
absorb moisture. Wool is nature's best natural
water resistant insulator. No need to buy
special clothes, improvise with what you have
at home! Workout tights, regular nylons, or
leotards next to your skin can really help!
Check your material labels, looking for any
materials that are sythenic and not NATURAL.
Whatever you do - don't wear bluejeans!
DON'T wear cotton outside in winter - keep it
for lounging by the fire. Cotton absorbs sweat
and moisture and clings, robbing you of heat,
and giving you the chills! If you want to be
active year round, invest in polypropylene long
underwear. Polypropylene is a great material
that works well in ALL conditions. Fleece
is a cheap layering material, thick pile is best!
Polar Fleece is the BEST VALUE. Combine
that with tights underneath, and stay warm!
Next, you'll cover your thinner inner
layers with one or more bulky layers.
Think 'insulation layer' and you're good.
A loose fit will keep from restricting your
movement once the final layer goes on.
Choose this layer based on the conditions
outside - add another layer when really cold!
A Wool, or acrylic blend sweater, or better
yet, thick and toasty POLAR FLEECE does
the trick! Often you can buy a cozy polar
fleece combo top/bottoms at department
stores & it's great because it's non absorbent.
For our Snowmobilers...
We supply all outer layers, boots, helmets,
fand mitts. If you have gear that is good,
bring it along! We can combine to make
you comfortable during your guided tour.
Otherwise, follow the directions above
and in combination with our outer gear,
you should stay warm for your tour.
WEAR WOOL SOCKS for best result.
The key words four outerwear are
WINDPROOF, WATERPROOF, BREATHABLE
Gortex is FANTASTIC - but NOT CHEAP.
For a cheaper alternative, think NYLON.
Thinsulate is cheaper now and stores have
many cheap alternatives. Avoid rubberized
'raincoat' material, as moisture will quickly
accumulate and chill, as it's not breathable.
Avoid Cotton outer shells, even
that are treated with water repellent material.
Snow lands on you, and when it melts, it can
soak you down through the layers and chill
you to the bone. Nothing is completely
waterproof, but you aren't running in rain,
you are running in snow so think 'slide' - use
slick material so snow doesn't stick & melt.
*snowmobilers - we supply all the outer suit
you'll need, follow above tips for INNER layers*
FOR YOUR HANDS
As above , thick polar
or thinsulate liners are excellent.
'WINDSTOPPER' gloves are fantastic,
and don't always need an outer shell. Quite
amazing, and quite warm on their own,
but can be expensive. No matter
what, don't use cotton! Add an outer shell of
gortex or similar material over your inner
glove, to keep snow off. Silver 'reflectant'
glove liners work as an extra layer.
Remember, it doesn't have to be fancy!
Some of my own best gloves are cheap,
and found at chain stores like Walmart.
In fact even Dollarama has some excellent
gloves for the money. Choose from any
one of a variety of great 'all in one' products
on the market. Just be sure and try them
out first - to avoid nasty surprises! Because
for your activities, gloves are better than
mitts, but you can always bring more than
one pair in case the first pair gets wet. Read
on for chemical solutions for warm hands
when the thermometer plunges!
FOR YOUR FEET
Remember, just like your upper clothing,
wool or synthetic blend socks will make
you so much comfortable than cotton!
You can also buy thin polypropylene
socks to wear under an outer, wool pair.
Don't cram your feet into boots however!
Layer, but don't overdo it as you can
impair circulation. Read on for chemical
solutions on keeping feet warm, even
when the thermometer plunges! The dollar
store carries many cheap synthetic gloves.
AVOID cotton, the worst choice for winter!
FINAL WINTER NOTES
Do you have .....
CHRONIC COLD FEET & HANDS?
There are also CHEMICAL solutions for
those of us who have real problems with
hands and feet (or if you want to be sure!)
Head down to Canadian Tire and grab those
fantastic packaged HAND or FOOT warmers.
They cost a couple of bucks, you shake them,
& put them in your gloves and boots, they'll
keep you toastey all day! It's TWO different
products, so be sure and check whether they
are HAND, or are they FOOT warmers? The
foot warmers are rounded, and designed to
stick into the bottom of your boot. Hand
warmers, though GREAT in gloves, will NOT
work in the absence of oxygen, in boots!
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
HEAT, BUGS AND SUNSHINE
NO need to hide out in bug season!!
We are used to the schedule and habits
of our pesky friends, and with planning,
we can ride throughout bug season and
enjoy the best of SPRING and SUMMER.
Lightweight & Long sleeves for the bugs,
or bring your favorite can of bug spray.
Bug Jackets can also work well!
When summer heat hits, if you MUST
wear shorts, wear LONG shorts. If
you don't, you can get leather rubs
on your legs. Also, bug spray will be
required for arms, and legs in shorts.
Coming from the cottage, wearing
flip flops? We do have boots for
our customers, but you will need
SOCKS for this footwear, BYOS!
During the FALL, lightweight outer
jackets and inner synthetic layers
do the trick. Remember, in the
spring and fall, LAYERS, LAYERS!
If it looks like rain, be sure to bring a
lightweight waterproof jacket.
To book a tour call
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