We are always asked by our customers - what should
The concept is the same, whether your are coming for a horseback
riding, snowmobiling, atv'ing or dogsledding tour. The name of the
game is matching your garment with the season - read on for tips!
Layers & Synthetics are the name of the game!
You need to put a thin layer, that is non-absorbent, next to your skin, to avoid
chilling your body when sweating.Synthetics such as acrylic, lycra or polar fleece
- or natural fibers such as wool - work just fine for your first layers. Synthetics
are made of plastic, hollow fibres, so they won't absorb moisture, and wool is
nature's best natural water resistant insulator. You don't have to purchase
special garments - improvise with what you already have at home! Workout
tights, nylons, or leotards next to your skin can really help! Just check the
labels of your current garments, and you might be surprised what you find.
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 to your body, robbing you of precious heat, and giving you the chills!
If you want to be more active year round, you might want to invest in
polypropylene long underwear. Polypropylene is a fantastic material
that is the best material for spending alot of time outside in all conditions.
Polar Fleece is also a great layering material, the thicker the pile, the better.
You can get these now, much cheaper than in the past, if you shop around!
Next, you'll cover your thinner, inner
top & bottom, with one or more bulky layers.
Think 'insulation' and you'll get it right. A loose
fit will help you 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
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.
The key words are WINDPROOF, WATERPROOF, NON STICK, BREATHABLE.
If you have it, Gortex is great. But it's sometimes cost prohibitive if you aren't
staying in Canada. For a cheaper alternative, think NYLON. Thinsulate is now cheaper
than ever and the major stores carry many inexpensive alternatives. Avoid rubberized
'raincoat' type fabric, as moisture will accumulate inside because it is not breathable.
Again, avoid Cotton outer shells, even
those 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 will ever be
completely waterproof, but you aren't running in rain, you are running in
snow so think 'slide' - you need slick material so that snow will not 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
fleece, polypropylene or thinsulate liners
are excellent. MEC 'WINDSTOPPER' (TM) gloves are fantastic,
& don't always need an outer shell. (quite amazing, and quite warm
on their own, but are 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 best gloves are
cheap, and found at chain stores like Zellers or 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
of 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 keeping hands warm 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!
Again, the dollar store carries many synthetic, cheap socks that work just fine!
And as always stay clear from cotton - it's the worst possible choice for winter.
If you are Snowmobiling
We supply snowmobile boots, so don't
worry if you
have nothing suitable. If you have a really great pair
of your own winter boots, bring them! Read on and
check out the chemical solution for cold toes in winter!
If you are Horseback Riding
Remember, when horseback riding, boots
have a minimum 1.5 cm heel! Check your regular
winter boots, or your snowmobile boots, you'll probably
find they are just right and have the necessary heel.Max
width for stirrups is 4.5 cm, although we do have a few
pairs of oversize stirrups for those with big feet.
A Final Note
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 just want to be sure!)
Head down to Canadian Tire and grab some of those
fantastic HAND or FOOT warmers. They cost a couple of bucks,
you shake them up, and put them in your gloves and boots and they'll
keep you toastey all day! (for feet, make sure you get the 'foot' variety)
SPRING, SUMMER & FALL TOURS
FLEXIBILITY & LIGHTWEIGHT LAYERING
is the key to dressing right!
Waterproof, breathable layers are even
at this time of year, because our weather CAN change
drastically over the course of the day, going from balmy
to cold, or dry to rainy, in no time flat! You need to be
able to peel off (or add) several lightweight layers, to get
to your comfort range. Don't forget your gloves! All of our
saddle bags have room to tie coats, add sweaters, etc.
Bring what you think you might need, and we'll sort it out.
It would be helpful to read the
winter hints above, then
take into account the temperature of our spring and fall,
to get an idea of suitable layer weights.
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
HEAT, BUGS AND SUNSHINE
dictate what to wear!
There's no need to hide out in bug
We are used to the schedule and habits
of our pesky friends, and with a bit of planning,
we can ride throughout bug season and
enjoy the best of SPRING and SUMMER.
Lightweight and Long sleeves for the bugs,
or, just bring your favorite can of bug spray.
If it looks like rain, be sure to bring a lightweight waterproof jacket.
FOR THE TOP
The goal is to cover exposed skin, so
for riding in our early,
more 'buggy' days near Algonquin Park (late May - early July)
you'll simply need a long sleeve jacket or shirt! (The weight should
match the temperature outside) The key is to wear your shirts
tucked in to the waistband of your pants, and choose ones
with snug fitting cuffs and collars - or a turtleneck. This will protect
you from everything from deerflies to mosquitoes, and make early
summer rides perfectly comfortable. We can even provide you
with inexpensive 'bug' jackets - they work great!
Rest stops on high points, overlooking our lovely
lakes, help us
to enjoy a breeze, which whisks any winged critters away, and makes
for peaceful lunch stops. Plus, we know the more 'open' trails to use
during this season - and we make good use of them!
For warmer days, short sleeved teeshirts work fine if you apply
bug spray to exposed arms. Choose bug repellant with deet as
an ingredient. Deep woods OFF works great!
FOR THE BOTTOM
Long pants are a must - riding in shorts
and you can get scratches from branches along the trail.
Blue jeans are great at this time of year, but don't bring
those tight fitting jeans - they pinch!
FOR HORSES** Track pants work, but they are
loose and will rub you in places you never imagined!
Breeches if you have them are quite welcome, or a tight
fitting spandex pant works well. No matter what,
make sure it fits well, and it's comfortable.
Socks are necessary, to cover your exposed ankles
and keep your boots from chafing.
(cotton works well during hot/dry weather, and wool or acrylic during cold/wet weather)
Remember to choose boots with a minimum 1.5 cm heel, that aren't more than 4.5 cm
across the ball of your foot. If you don't have appropriate footwear, don't worry!
We have extras of all sizes here at the farm, and we'll be glad to lend them to you!
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