This post will be a short one, it will cover what I like to use on my lower body for cold weather riding and racing.
First off lets start with covering the important stuff, Literally.
I use smartwool wool boxers that have a windblocker panel sewn across the front. Windproof Boxers like this are an essential item for helping to not freeze your Important parts off (The Ladies could benefit from windblocker wool undies also I’m guessing). While sitting on the bike, this position leaves the area between your legs very vulnerable to the winds cold blast.
Next layer added is a thin wool 260 weight Icebreaker or similar wool long john/base layer tights.
If the temps are in the extreme low range or my pace is going to be more of a chill cruising I tend to add a thicker wool tight like the 370 weight Ibex energy free winter tights on top of the 260 weight or some combination of those pieces depending on temperature.
I cover all my base layers with a soft shell water resistant highly breathable soft shell pant/tight like my favorite pants which is the Ibex Climawool tight.
That is all I use on my lower body for layering.
I do bring along a pair of Arc’teryx Beta SL Gortex shell pants on longer adventures and races just in case I need a great fitting lower body wind and waterproof shelter.
Here’s a picture of my son Ryan at 9 yrs old ripping up some of our local trails.
My next post will be on the most talked about, asked about, all important topic of winter footwear!