Staying warm without overheating is a key factor if you want to enjoy your total snowmobiling experience. So finding the right riding gear that will protect you from the cold—whether its 30 degrees F or below zero—can be a real challenge.
Also, you need something that keeps you warm when your body is somewhat idle, yet offers some ventilation when you’re exerting a lot of energy.
The editors of SnoWest Magazine have looked at several companies that do a great job in providing technical riding gear that works well in the cold, yet can keep you comfortable when you are generating a lot of body heat. We have assembled some of the more popular lines of jackets, bibs and gloves that can enhance your snowmobiling experience. We have also thrown in a few one-piece options for your consideration.
With the limited space, we could not include every company that produces quality winter riding gear. Go to our website to find those companies that may have been squeezed out of this article due to space.
Klim Valdez Parka
Premium materials, construction and features abound in all aspects of the Valdez collection. From genuine Cordura raw materials to innovative ventilation systems that work hard to keep you riding harder, the Valdez pieces are truly epic performers. Engineered with an all-new Gore-Tex Pro Shell Three-Layer chassis, the new mountain-born collection eliminates the hanging internal liner in all pieces, providing superior layering comfort and massive mobility upgrades for the most aggressive moves on your sled.
Klim Togwotee Bib
Klim’s pinnacle collection of backcountry riding gear continues its no-compromise approach as the Togwotee Bib features massive improvements to fit, durability and comfort. Complete with Klim’s exclusive Seat-Dry Technology, the Togwotee Bib offers reinforced Cordura knee panels, inner boot panels and seat to ensure you stay dry throughout your ride.
Klim PowerXross Gloves
The Klim PowerXross glove is reborn with racers and chute chasers in mind. Now built with 100 grams 3M Thinsulate Platinum Insulation on the top-of-hand and incorporating the Gore-Tex grip technology in the palm, the PowerXross Gloves allow you to maintain a sure hold to the handlebars regardless of the temperatures and snow conditions. These gloves stay dry and keep your hands warm throughout the day.
Fly SNX Jacket and Pant
For this winter Flyid a complete re-work of its SNX line for added versatility. The jacket will be a true crossover piece, with a removable liner and added/better flow-through venting for backcountry deep powder and to help regulate temps during trail riding. A removable liner was also added to the bib pant as well. The SNX line features a race legal design for competition, a bright/loud for those that want to be seen, and a more subtle design that isn’t super bright.
Fly Boundary Glove
New to the Flyacing glove line is the Boundary cold weather. The Boundary features a genuine digital goatskin water resistant leather palm and a windproof membrane for maximum wind protection. Direct-inject finger and knuckle protection are uniquely lightweight and flexible.
Ski-Doo Helium 30 Jacket and Pants
The Ski-Doo Helium 30 gear has become a favorite of most Ski-Doo Backcountry Experts who value that ease of mobility, yet absolutely need the protection and performance of a waterproof, windproof and breathable shell. The jackets and pants are constructed of a Sympatex 2-ply Laminated Polyester with all seams and logos sealed for maximum protection against water and wind intrusion, while allowing perspiration to evaporate through the membrane. Design details on jackets include water resistant zippers, a removable hood, powder skirt and venting under the arms and on the biceps.
Ski-Doo Mountain Glove
Featuring mcFit technology for a better grip, the Ski-Doo Mountain Glove is an non-insulated snowmobile riding glove that allows you to have optimum control over your sled. Designed for mild weather riding, or for those times you are most active in the trees, this Hiporat waterproof and windproof glove is breathable and shaped for your hands. It has a Velcro adjustment for easy sleeve fit.
The classic one-piece snow suit is back and it’s nothing like the one from the sport’s early days. Constructed from the latest in new tech fabrics, this stylish suit serves up riding performance with ample venting to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable when the ride gets active. A rugged polyester shell cuts the wind and features Superior Durable Water Repellency coating to help prevent snow and moisture from penetrating. Packed with features including ample pockets, adjustable vents, waist and cuff adjustments, leg and wrist gaiters to seal out snow dust, and integrated adjustable suspenders, this suit delivers incredible comfort and performance.
Polaris Mountain Level 1 Glove
The Mountain 1 Glove is the perfect glove for the high-activity riding style necessitated when riding off-trail or boon docking the backcountry. The lightweight, non-insulated design keeps hand comfortable while the synthetic leather palm with silicone print ensures a positive grip when you need it most. A Dry-zone anti-slip insert keeps hands dry preventing chaffing, while an adjustable Velcro wrists strap allows for a perfect fit.
Motorfist Blitzkrieg Frost Suit
When it comes to comfort and style, it’s tough to beat the Motorfist Blitzkrieg Frost Suit. Constructed with Primaloft Insulation throughout, the Blitzkrieg features eVent Fabrics outershell with fully taped seams plus 300D Polyester body, legs and arms. It offers waterproof stretch underarm and lower back panels for comfort and all zippers are YKK. For increased durability the Blitzkrieg has 500D nylon panels on the seat, knees and lower legs. It also features a moisture-wicking liner with fleece lined sleeves.
Motorfist Killswitch Gloves
When you’re looking for comfort and performance, it’s hard to top the Killswitch Glove. It is a waterproof, non-insulated wrist length glove designed with water resistant leather palms and seamless wraparound fingertips. Its ergonomic Carbon Fiber Knuckle Protection protects your hand while articulated fingers and reinforced thumb gusset provides a comfortable fit.
Arctiva Vibe Jacket And Bib
Although Parkas were really cool and kept dad warm while he put new plugs in the sled to see if that would get it running, they did little to help maintain your core body temperature. Fast forward to the new VIBE Jacket and Bib from Arctiva—a complete windproof, waterproof and breathable snowmobile suit. Strategic venting to cool you down as you hit the rugged terrain and heat it up. The Vibe comes with durable long lasting Sympatex Nylon shell that will stand up to the most aggressive riders’ adventure, while providing all the stretch you need.
Arctiva Quest Glove
The Arctiva Quest gloves have been designed with the aggressive mountain rider in mind. The Arctiva Quest glove is a long gauntlet style glove that features a non-insulated palm that is adhered to the 100 percent waterproof/breathable Hipora liner for increased feel and grip. The glove features pre-curved fingers and 150 grams of 3M Thinsulate in the backhand to keep your digits at the optimal temperature while still providing maximum dexterity and control when sidehilling.
Tobe Novo Jacket
The Novo Jacket is built to be durable yet lightweight, providing the reliability you demand from all your gear when in the elements. Wear it where you want in any conditions; the Novo Jacket has a 45,000mm Sympatex membrane making it 100 percent windproof, waterproof and optimally breathable.
Tobe Novo Bib
Performance, durability and comfort are built into the DNA of the Novo Bib. It uses the 45,000mm Sympatex membrane making it 100 percent windproof, waterproof and optimally breathable, as well as Cordura fabrics and Armortex Kevlar reinforcements at high wear areas. This bib offers ergonomic shoulder braces and a regular fit throughout for incredible comfort all season long.
Tobe Capto Undercuff
The Capto Undercuff is designed to maximize the utility of your hands, while keeping them warm, dry and safe. One continuous piece of high-quality leather is applied directly to the palm of the Capto Undercuff to provide a reactive fit and feel. The top of the hand is shielded by 40 grams of Thinsulate insulation and the same 45,000mm Sympatex membrane found in all our 2.0 Series outerwear, making the Capto Undercuff completely waterproof and windproof. Sealed at the wrist, they’ll fit under the cuff of any jacket.
HMK Ridge Jacket And Peak 2 Pants
The HMK Ridge Jacket and Peak 2 Pants features a soft Poly Moisture Wicking mesh lining that will keep you dry throughout the ride. Both jacket and pants are water resistant and features YKK zippers. Both feature taped seams to keep you dry. Fleece lined collar, cuffs and interior pockets are just a few of the creature comforts found on this jacket. It also features an interior goggle pocket. A powder skirt with snap-to-pant interface keep unwanted snow from getting to your body.
HMK Hustler Gloves
With Gold Weatherproof Technology, these gloves feature a Hipora waterproof and breathable insert and Neoprene cuff for optimal comfort and flex. The pre-curved finger construction offers dexterity and comfort. The synthetic suede palm with palm overlays provide increased strength. A mid-weight Thinsulate insulation keeps you warm and comfortable all day. The glove also features reflective piping on back of hand, a goggle wipe on the forefinger, padded knuckles and a Velcro cuff closure.