What to Bring

Fat Biking


Winter Biking / Fat Biking What to Bring

Winter biking is a blast, but we need to ensure we plan for all weather, and protect ourselves in the cold. 
When planning what to bring for Winter Biking/Fat Biking, use this chart to determine the appropriate layers to wear on your ride.

Weather Chart



+5 to –2

-2 to -12

-12 below

Head Cover

Light ear cover

Head cover

Fleece head cover





Face Cover

Only if preferred

Light buff

Fleece neck warmer


Light Gloves / Liners

Heavier gloves

Heavy gloves + hand warmers


Windbreaker or Shell

Snow Shell

Snow shell

Insulation (Torso)

None or light

Lite insulation or fleece

Fleece or Synthetic Down 


Tights or light pants

Snow Pants

Snow Pants

Base Layer

Light wicking

Merino Base layer / mid weight

Merino Base layer / heavyweight


Sport wicking socks

Ski socks

Ski socks 


Waterproof trail shoes

Winter boots

Winter boots + foot warmer


Riding Pack

We suggest a bike specific backpack or hip pack to store water, tools and a small first aid kit. An insulated waterbottle with tea or warm water is a great addition especially to keep you warm and hydrated on your ride.


Even though we're riding in the cold, we are still expending energy - so we need to stay fueled. Remember to bring some snacks on your ride, but remember they may freeze, so plan accordingly. We suggest dried fruit bars, or crunchy energy bars as they tend to freeze less.

Other Gear

Winter Mountain Bike

For all Dirt Series Fat Bike series and clinics, we require all bikes to be outfitted with front and rear brakes equipped with fat tires that are at least 3.8" wide (if you have studded tires, that is great!). Keep is basic to start, as this is all we need to have a great time in the snow!


Everyone needs to wear a helmet at all times while they are on a bicycle, so we suggest you pack an appropriate mountain-biking trail helmet. As we are riding in the winter, please ensure you can fit a head covering under your helmet, and in some cases you may consider sizing up for a winter helmet to be able to fit this extra layer. Remember, helmets need to fit snug, but not squeeze our head painfully, so please ensure you fit your helmet appropriately.

Shoes & Pedals

We suggest that everyone brings flat soled shoes (like skateboarding shoes), and rides with flats at camp as they help develop proper technique when learning new skills. If you have flat pedals, please bring them with a pair of stiff, flat soled shoes to go with them. If you don’t have flat pedals, we have flat pedals and riding shoes in our demo program available for you to try.

In the case of cooler temperatures, winter boots with flat soles (no heeled or platform boots) are recommended.