Gator Skins | Cold Weather Riding Gear

Used And Abused

Gator Skins | Cold Weather Riding Gear - Hot Bike Magazine

I hate being cold. I’m pretty much a baby when it comes to riding in cold weather. Hence, I live in Southern California. But even in sunny SoCal, it gets cold come wintertime, which is why I was eager to test Gator Skins’ undergarments against the elements.

When I first unwrapped the packaging I was a little put off by the Skins’ somewhat rough material made from a blend of polyethylene, nylon, and lycra. It feels similar to a lighter weight version of my wetsuit, yet way more pliable. The company claims though that after a couple washes the Skins are as smooth and comfy as an old T-shirt.

I received a pair of pants ($54.99), a long-sleeve shirt (S-4XL, $44.99), gloves (S-XL, $29.99), and boot liners (S-L, $19.99). Missing was the much needed balaclava (headsock), which Gator Skins carries for $22.99-$28.99 (unlined and lined S and L).

After suiting up in the Gator Skins and throwing on a pair of jeans and a jacket over them, I hit the road. The thermometer read 37 degrees. At low speeds I was surprisingly comfortable in almost all areas except for my legs. My core, arms, and hands weren’t cold, but my feet and legs could have been warmer. At speeds up to 70 mph, my legs started to get cold. Everywhere. But to Gator Skins’ credit, it made all the difference as opposed to not wearing anything underneath.

All in all, the price is a bit steep for an entire set. Spending $160 plus tax, etc., is not really affordable for underwear, at least for most people I know. Then again, I just bought a house so I’m broke. But if you’re planning to do some serious all-weather riding, then keep Gator Skins in mind. Gator Skins definitely protected against the elements better than not wearing anything underneath my jeans and jacket. HB

Ratings: *******
**Quality of Product
****
Comfort ***
**Value ****
**Overall *****

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