Snowmobile Basics—Before You Ride
Dress for Cold Weather
As with any outdoor winter recreation, you need clothing that will keep you warm and dry.
- Remember that the “wind chill factor” can lower your temperature considerably. If the thermometer reads 30°F and you ride at 25 miles an hour, your exposed skin feels a wind chill temperature of 0°F.
- Cold weather conditions call for clothing that is worn in layers. Layers offer superior insulation. Also, as weather warms up, you can shed a layer at a time to stay comfortable.
- Layers should include:
- A vapor transmission layer (material such as polypropylene). Worn next to the body, it should release moisture from the skin while retaining warmth.
- An insulating layer. Weightier or bulkier than the first layer, it should hold warm air around you.
- Wool is the best all-around insulation in both dry and humid conditions.
- Polar fleece or other synthetic materials are also good in high humidity.
- A protective outer layer. Available in various weights and materials according to conditions; it should protect the inner layers from water and wind.
- Wear a warm head covering under your helmet.
- Gloves with gauntlets will keep cold air from blowing up your sleeves.
- In extremely cold weather, wear two layers of socks—a heavy wool pair over a light pair.
- Do not wear:
- A scarf or loose clothing, which may get caught in the snowmobile’s machinery or snag in branches and bushes
- A fixed bubble-style face shield, which doesn’t provide proper ventilation to prevent fogging or frosting
of Snowmobile Handbook