Winter Motorcycle Clothing - How To Keep Warm!
Winter layers are a necessary fact of life when the mercury drops into single figures and at Infinity Motorcycles we have loads of solutions to help you make it through the worst of winter.
Starting at the top there are a number of options for keeping out the chills such as balaclavas and in stock we keep several different models in stock from Oxford Products plus others from EDZ and Forcefield.
Another popular item that can be not only a balaclava, but also a neck warmer, a hat and many other things is the Buff. For the winter months there is the Polar Buff, and for those in-between days we recommend the Merino Buff. Ask the ever helpful Infinity Motorcycles staff to show you what the differences are, if you’re really lucky you’ll get one who knows how to do a full demonstration.
Next up (or down) is something to keep the torso a bit warmer and nothing beats layers for keeping the cold out. The better the layers the less you have to wear and let’s face it no-one wants to bulk up unnecessarily and then ride a bike. We stock a wide range of thermal base layer tops from respected brands such as Rukka, EDZ, Oxford, Pro-skins, and Forcefield. All of these people make different items that are designed to work in different ways and some, such as the Rukka Outlast base layer range, use NASA technology to trap heat and release it when it's needed. Another product to use the latest technology is the EXO 2 heated body warmer. Its low current draw means it works very well on a motorcycle. It’s slightly bulkier than regular thermal layers so make sure you try one on with your regular winter motorcycle jacket. Most of the garments we sell are designed to work with other motorcycle clothing and so are relatively thin in order that they will fit easily under your motorbike jacket. One of our most popular tops last winter was the EDZ Yeti jacket and we have some words of wisdom from our London manager Keith based on his personal experience with this product and his Rukka Dingo jacket.
“I have a 30-40 minute commute on my motorcycle into London every day from the suburbs and got caught a little short last year when the temperature failed to rise as high as I thought and I found myself at work with a cold commute home and not many layers to drape over myself. I took a punt and put my cash down for an EDZ Yeti jacket. Fashion is a very subjective thing but personally I really like the look of this fluffy top. It didn’t take long to confirm what I had heard from a couple of customers, this thing was warm. Its bulk wasn't too bad under my Rukka jacket and it works off of the bike as a casual top. I also have a Rukka Dingo jacket that was my main source of warmth before the Yeti joined in. The Yeti squashes down under this lightweight windproof jacket and gives me another layer behind my outer jacket to keep the elements out. I rode to work every single day last winter with just a tee-shirt under the Yeti and Dingo tops and I didn’t feel the cold at all. I can personally recommend both.”
For the legs we keep a wide range of long johns in stock which are designed to be thermal and close fitting to allow you to get your regular riding trousers on over the top without needing to diet. Incidentally the winter cold reveals the secondary purpose of knee armour; it helps keep the chills off of your knee joints as they catch the breeze.
For the feet we recommend that your first defence is a good pair of waterproof motorcycle boots. If that’s not quite enough then we sell thermal socks, waterproof overboots and even heated insoles; whilst for the other extremities we keep in stock a massive range of winter gloves. In addition we also keep in stock a variety of popular inner gloves from manufactures such as EDZ, Tucano and Oxford. Layers are the secret to warmth in the winter and if a thin inner glove fits nicely under your regular gloves then it’s another layer in the battle against the cold.
Obviously the hands are the most vulnerable and the first to feel the cold which is why we stock and recommend EXO2 heated gloves. These are brilliantly effective, safe and easy to use and because they use the latest in heating technology, very reliable.
If you feel the gloves are a step too far then we also keep in stock a wide range of heated grips and as a first basic defence against the cold we stock several different types of handlebar muff. There’s no reason why a bit of a chill in the air should deprive you of your riding needs, and at Infinity Motorcycles we have lots of ways to keep you out there.
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