Winter woes are starting to emerge as temperatures begin to decline and the days become shorter. While many of us may feel like days spent outside are limited, you can still partake in outdoor activities with the right preparation and your OGIO gear.
Just because temperatures are dipping doesn’t mean you have to put your clubs away this winter. Proper gear can keep you reasonably comfortable during your golf game, and it’s feasible as long as there isn’t three feet of snow on the course. There’s also a good chance that you won’t have to compete with other golfers, and you may even be able to snag discounted pricing. Invest in some quality winter golf clothes, such as the Radiator Golf Pullover. This lightweight thermal is perfect as an outer layer. Made of durable polyester, this pullover is breathable and wind resistant.
Keeping your hands and head warm is especially important, so make sure you’re covered with gloves and an OGIO Oflex Golf Cap. You’ll need golf balls as well, specifically, colored golf balls since white ones will be difficult to see if there is any snow on the ground. Don’t forget to stay hydrated during your game. Even though temperatures are relatively low, you’ll still need to fuel your body with water.
Surprisingly, when it comes to biking, the key is not to overdress in the winter. Your body will produce heat when riding and you can become too hot and sweaty, leading to hypothermia and dehydration. Dress in layers, and wear just enough clothing to be a little cold in the beginning of your ride.
Start with a base layer, which is in place to keep you dry. Choose a base layer made of a synthetic wicking fiber that pulls sweat away from your body. Avoid cotton, which soaks up sweat and holds it next to you.
Choose an outer layer that is breathable, but will still keep you warm and dry. In wet conditions, riders may require a good waterproof or water-resistant jacket. Outwear usually features a longer cut in the back and arms so it doesn’t ride up. Keep your head and hands covered as well. Make sure your bike is also properly outfitted and that your tires offer good traction on wet surfaces and run them on lower pressure. Don’t forget to stay hydrated as well! Our Atlas 100 Hydration Pack supplies an easy and lightweight source of water for the entirety of your bike ride.
While people may think it’s time to store the motorcycle when winter comes along, it’s still possible to ride in the colder months with appropriate attire. Correct gear choice and layering are important aspects of riding comfortably in winter. Base layers that wick away moisture are a must. You can cover your base layer with an insulating fleece; it’s important that your outer layer be durable, windproof and possibly waterproof for certain climates. Don’t overdo your layering; you still need to maintain arm mobility. Gloves and head gear are also important since most of your body heat will leave from those areas.
Decrease your exposure to wind by prepping your motorcycle with proper gear. A large windscreen, handguards and other add-on windguards can help protect you from the elements. If you need to carry a bag with you on your ride, choose a streamlined, wind-resistant design such as OGIO’s Mach 1 Motorcycle Bag. Remember that colder weather means colder tires, which leads to less traction. Make sure you have adequate tread on your tires and good tire pressure. As always, if the weather becomes too inclement, take yourself home. Don’t get caught in a snowstorm.
Don’t let the winter months ruin your outdoor fun! With these helpful tips and the right gear, you can enjoy your favorite activity year-round. Just remember the most important tip: be prepared. Shop OGIO gear to find the perfect gear for your favorite activities