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post #1 of 14 Old 10-11-2007, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Keeping Warm

I know this sounds crazy, but I am a bit concerned about keeping warm enough when doing track days during the winter. Keep in mind I do live in Los Angeles so winter means 50's and 60's.

But some of the tracks that we run ( Willow and CMS) are further out from LA and can get pretty cold during these months.

So (especially for tracks like Willow...is it even open during the winter?) what do you guys do to keep warm in between sessions and also when out on the track?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-11-2007, 02:58 PM
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Under Armour is great stuff but spendy. it comes in diff weights for diff activities but its all sport oriented so it wicks moisture away to help keep you dry.

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Yes, Willow runs year round... in fact WSMC is the only Club Racing organization that runs 12 months out of the year.

Willow in the winter is VERY unpredictable. I've seen mid December trackdays/race weekends run in pretty damn comfortable weather... probably in the 60's. I've also seen it snow. You never know what you're going to get!

As far as keeping warm, for me it's my hands that really get cold out there... I try to keep a pair of glove with less venting for winter riding and that seems to help a bit.

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I did a track day last January at Buttonwillow where for the first two

sessions temps were in the 40's ... except being super careful with tyres

first 3 laps I was wearing the same gear than in 90 f. weather ...

But I'm from Europe and used to ride all year long that includes icy snow.




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I was out at Buttonwillow a couple times last winter when it was FREEEEEEEEEEZING too. Hell, one day I was out there it was 24 degrees as I was pulling in the gate!!

Honestly, like Felix said, other than giving the tires a little longer to heat up (and KNOWING they they just aren't going to get trully HOT like warm weather riding) everything worked out just fine. No lap records were set that's for sure but we did have a lot of fun.


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Under Armour shirt or a knock-off brand and a windbreaker shirt and pants. Finding the windbreaker was the hardest part. I wanted it to be a fairly tight fit so that it fit under my leathers but not so tight that it would restict my movement on the bike. As for pants I have some lined nylon pants that block the wind and fit under my leathers nicely. My leathers are fully perforated and the jacket and pants did the trick.
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I have a long sleeve heated vest...and thermostat....toasty warm...

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Great suggestions guys.
My buddy got the under armor stuff and after only 1 track day you can see some serious wear and tear on the fabric. All the areas on both the top and bottom have major wear areas in all the places his alpine stars 1-piece suit has armor (shoulders, elbows, knees, forearms..etc)


I found this North Face lightweight underwear that looks like it would be just enough to add the extra warmth without adding any bulk:
http://www.rei.com/product/754206

I'll try these out this coming Monday at Streets of Willow and see how they work. (That is IF its cold, but it looks like it should be okay)
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Yeaah buddy! I feel ya on the ice and snow!

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I did a track day last January at Buttonwillow where for the first two

sessions temps were in the 40's ... except being super careful with tyres

first 3 laps I was wearing the same gear than in 90 f. weather ...

But I'm from Europe and used to ride all year long that includes icy snow.

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