Gearing Up: Base Layers

Riding throughout the year is a challenge for many reasons, but clothing is certainly one of the trickiest. We have always been told that layers are the way to go, and for riding, particularly year round riding, this couldn't hold more true. Unfortunately, when we go to our motorcycle oriented shops, we are presented with a lot of top layer options, but almost nothing when it comes to suitable base layers.  When it comes to dealing with temperatures, it all starts with what you are wearing closest to the skin.

Pro athletes have known this for years, and have had access to gear that has only become widely available to the consumer in the last few years.  We probably know it best by the brand image of UnderArmour, but good moisture wicking compression style gear is available from many companies, and ranges in price from $10 to well over $100, depending upon your needs. Good base layers apply to all four seasons too, with some providing warmth and others working to more efficiently cool. There are added benefits as well.  Recent studies in the sports world show benefits from the compression gear in terms of reducing  muscle fatigue and improving recovery, in addition to the protection from the elements.

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