Recently, the Polaris Outlanding Project team ventured across Iceland with nothing but their camping equipment and the side-by-side off-road vehicles- stripping things back to basics for an adventure filled with nature and beauty – but that doesn’t mean their KIT was basic.
If you’re wondering how to pack for an off-road adventure in Iceland (or anywhere else for that matter…) then you’re in luck! They’ve shared their top clothing picks and advice on how to layer-up, below…
LAYER 1: BASE LAYERS
The layer closest to your body: Underwear, base layers, socks. Primarily, this keeps you warm and acts as a second skin, regulating your body temperature.
It should have a snug fit (not too tight), be able to wick moisture away and preferably be made with bamboo, wool or synthetic materials. Avoid cotton because it absorbs moisture and isn’t effective at insulating when damp.
POLARIS MIDWEIGHT BASE LAYERS: Two-piece made with polyester for lasting wear and moisture-wicking properties, with added spandex for stretch and easy movement. There’s a brushed lining designed to feel cosy against the skin. The top has thumb loops that allow for easy dressing when adding more layers, and the leggings have a padded back waistband for extra comfort when riding. Available for men and women.
LAYER 2: MID-LAYERS
Insulated garments that you wear over your base layers for added insulation of body heat. You can layer up your mid-layers depending on how cold the conditions are, and it’s always good to wear more than you need, as you can always take some off when you get too hot. The insulation of the mid layer comes from the air that the material contains – look for layers like puffer jackets and woolly jumpers.
Top tip: Down jackets aren’t good when wet – they don’t heat well, are heavy and take a long time to dry – make sure that it’s waterproof or have a waterproof layer ready to put over the jacket on wet days!
POLARIS ADVENTURE CREW: Part of Polaris’ lifestyle collection, this comfy soft-touch crew is the perfect mid-layer for warmer conditions when riding, or just for everyday casual wear. It comfortably fits over a base layer with its relaxed fit. For men, check out the Polaris crew sweatshirt as a suitable alternative.
POLARIS TECH FULL-ZIP HOODIE: It’s easy to stay warm with this fleece-lined sporty hoodie – perfect for an added mid-layer when riding or just on its own for casual wear. The outer has added spandex for comfortable, flexible movement that keeps its colour and shape. The hoodie has two front pockets, as well as a separate, bigger zipped pocket on the right to stash your belongings. Available for men and women.
POLARIS TITAN MID-LAYER: An extremely warm yet breathable mid-layer that is a perfect companion for riding. The 319g Polartec Thermal Pro rib provides superior warmth and feels luxuriously thick without being heavy and bulky. The full-zip layer is quick drying and moisture wicking to keep you dry all day, as well as breathable to wick away sweat and moisture away from the body to the outer surface. Available in men (S-3XL) and ladies (S-3XL).
LAYER 3 - SHELL LAYERS
Technical outer garments protect you from the wind and rain, whilst evaporating moisture and retaining heat from the layers beneath. Things to look out for include its water column rating (i.e. how much water pressure the fabric can withstand before it lets water in, as well as its breathability, and handy features like having a hood, waterproof pockets, sizing (so you can make sure all your layers will fit underneath) and ventilation features.
FOR WET CONDITIONS…
POLARIS RAIN JACKET: Thanks to its specialist PU coating and polyester ripstop outer shell, this jacket has a high tearing and water resistance(10,000mm), with a mesh lining for added breathability and a non-removable hood.
FOR WARMER CONDITIONS…
TECHNICAL JACKET: Water-resistant and ultra-light thanks to its polyester ripstop and softshell fabrics, the technical jacket makes a great travel companion. Featuring breathable lining and a zip ventilation system on the body and back, as well as a hydration hose outlet, it provides serious all-day comfort for serious riders. Matching technical trousers are also available.
FOR CASUAL PROTECTION…
POLARIS WORK JACKET: For a casual outer layer that could be worn anywhere, anytime (with or without under layers) the Polaris Work jacket is warm and tough enough for all-day work, plus comfy and stylish enough for play. It’s got a durable water-repellent coating as well as 80g 3M Thinsulate thermal padding for added warmth, alongside a stylish brushed flannel interior trim. Available for men and women.
FOR EXTREME COLD / WET…
POLARIS TECH54 SNOWSUIT: Taking full advantage of Polaris’ diverse portfolio including its snow brands, why not explore Polaris’TECH54 Full-Zip Pro Monosuit/One-Piece Snowsuit for those extreme weather trips?
No off-roading trip is complete without a helmet! The ECE 22.06-approved Polaris TACTICAL 2.0 helmet was worn on the Polaris Outlanding Project, featuring comfort and safety innovations like the Venturi vent system, magnetic Fidlock chin-strap technology, and eyeport seal co-integrated with the breath box for a draft-free seal when worn with compatible goggles.
When you’re not wearing your helmet, stay warm with a Polaris POM knit beanie featuring the Polaris logo on a leather patch and a fluffy pom.
If you’d like to get your hands on this kit, speak to your local Polaris dealer today!