Gear up for the season with cool snowmobile clothing

February 3, 2015

When it comes to riding, keeping warm and dry is the name of the game. Here’s a list of the snowmobile clothing you’ll need to stay out on the trails all day.

Gear up for the season with cool snowmobile clothing

Balaclavas and neck gaitors

Two of the most overlooked articles of snowmobile clothing, especially where beginners are concerned, are balaclavas and neck gaitors. These items are designed to keep the head, face and neck protected against the cold and high-speed winds getting through helmet seams. Most balaclavas and neck gaiters designed for snowmobiling are made of combinations of polyester, nylon, Spandex and fleece, and cost anywhere between $20 and $30.

Jackets and bibs

The style and type of jacket you’ll need rely mostly by the type of snowmobiling you’ll be doing and the weather conditions. For the recreational rider, solid all-around shell styles, offering protection from the elements, at a reasonable price will do. There are hundreds of entry-level options on the market, with prices starting at $250.

For more advanced riders, lighter weight and breathability become important factors. These jackets offer more range of motion and breathability, enabling riders to work up a real sweat and not overheat.

Riders will also need a waterproof bib (pants that extend up to the chest and back). Try to avoid wearing snow pants designed for skiing. Instead, look for specially designed snowmobiling pants (bibs) that not only offer protection against the elements, but are also made of materials designed to help prevent slipping off snowmobile seats.


Good gloves are an absolute must for snowmobiling, so if possible, spend a little extra here to get your hands on and in some quality ones. You’ll want to keep an eye out for lines that are waterproof, cover the forearm and have a fastener at the wrist. Tightening up the fastener will prevent snow and wind from sneaking in. For advanced riders, look for gloves featuring padded knuckles and special grip technology. For those that prefer the feel of a mitt in favour of a glove, there are many brands now offering a hybrid glove that’s half glove, half-mitt.

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