perfect snowmobile outfit

Anatomy of the Perfect Snowmobile Outfit

One of the keys to enjoying snowmobiling is staying dry, warm, and safe. With the wide array of snowmobile apparel available, though, it can be hard to figure out what you really need.

We’re taking the guesswork out of choosing the proper snowmobile outfit with this list of must-haves. With these essential pieces, you can ensure a comfortable and fun ride every time you head out on your sled.

Base Layers


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Under layers are vital to staying warm. These clothing pieces reduce the risk of frostbite and protect against wind chill.

This first layer should be lightweight, allowing your body breathe. That can be challenging if you’re wearing restrictive clothing.

The base layer includes:

  • Tops and bottoms – Opt for polyester, silk, wool, or synthetic materials that are flexible and wick moisture away to keep you warm.
  • Socks – Again, you’re looking for moisture-wicking materials such as fleece, wool, or silk. Bring an extra pair in case you need to change during your ride.



Snowmobile outfit midlayer

Between your base and outer layers, you’ll want to add a layer or two to help retain the heat.

Typically, the mid-layer includes a midweight fleece liner that may or may not be attached to your outer piece. Obviously, the more heavily insulated your outer layer is, the less you’ll need in-between that and your base.

A balaclava is also a good idea. This piece covers your entire head except for your eyes and mouth, providing additional wind and cold protection under your helmet.

The Outer Layer


Snowmobile outfit outer layer

The outer layer is meant to protect you from the wind and moisture you’ll encounter. For the main piece, you can choose a jacket/pant combo, pair your jacket with a bib, or select a monosuit with a one-piece design. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach, so it basically comes down to personal preference and comfort.

Your outer layer also includes:

  • Helmet – With the high speeds and uneven surfaces, a helmet is critical to your safety. A helmet should be worn at all times to prevent a head injury in case things go awry.
  • Face mask/eye protection – These are necessary if you’re not wearing a full face helmet. The best materials for facemasks are polyester and silk since they’re lightweight. Similarly, eye protection should be worn to keep particles from hurting your eyes, and they also block the cold. Some forms of eye protection include goggles and sunglasses. Colored lenses are also useful in diminishing snow glare.
  • Gloves – Choose gloves that repel water and wind to keep your hands warm while also providing a strong grip for your sled’s handles. It’s always smart to bring an extra pair of gloves in case there’s damage to your original pair.
  • Boots – The best boots are rubber and waterproof. You want boots that have a lot of traction so you won’t lose your footing when you’re snowmobiling. Additionally, your boots should be lined with a moisture-wicking material like wool or fleece. Don’t buy tight-fitting boots; they should have room for mobility.

Ready to Ride

Once you have the proper snowmobile outfit that ensures your safety and warmth, you’re set to ride! You can now hit the trails without having to worry about frostbite, wind chill, or safety issues. Up North Sports has everything you need to ride right.

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