What do you wear when backcountry snowmobiling?

The exact type of clothing you wear is also dependent on the type of riding you will be enjoying. There are three basic categories of Ski-Doo riding apparel; deep snow, trail active, trail passive.

Riders use the layering technique where a thin base layer is worn next to the skin to wick any perspiration away from the skin, followed by a thicker insulating layer to create an airspace to keep you warm, and finally an outer shell to block the wind and provide added insulation. Base layers are generally a thin, wicking polyester or merino wool. Insulating mid layers are generally fleece or thicker merino wool. Outer shells are typically a textile jacket with a windproof and membrane. This three-layer technique is proven to not only keep you dry and comfortable, but also allows you the flexibility to remain comfortable through a wide range of riding conditions. Learn more about layering to stay warm and comfortable while riding your new Ski-Doo.

Base Layer

Choose breathable material like merino wool and polyester, stay away from cotton!


XC-4 Cross Helmet

Full or Open Face Helmet

EDGE Goggles

Neck Warmer

Your activity level plays a large part in clothing selection. Active riders will stay warmer than riders who are going at a more casual pace and not physically exerting themselves. Those riding off trail and in deep snow are generally the most active of riders and typically will wear even lighter jackets and pants to prevent overheating. Waterproof clothing is also more important off trail, as you will be in contact with the snow far more often during the ride.

Riders should always check the weather forecast for the day and adjust clothing and route for the greatest enjoyment. Days that are windy or colder are best enjoyed on winding trails that create a more active riding style to keep the rider comfortable and warm. Smoother trails are colder than rougher or bumpy ones.

If you are unsure or have more questions, your Ski-Doo dealer can help you select the right gear for the type of riding and the location you will be riding at.

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