We look at the best snowmobile suits available
Whether you’re cruising on a nicely groomed trail or ripping through deep backcountry powder, wearing a snowmobile suit that keeps you dry and warm is key to ensure you have a fun and comfortable day of riding. Nothing is worse than a cold or wet rear end, or getting snow up the back of your pants while digging your sled out. We’ve got you covered (literally) with our top recommendations for snowmobile suits. While researching and deciding what snowmobile suit to wear, take into consideration the type of riding that you do, the terrain that you ride in, and overall feel, quality and wear of a suit.
KLIM Lochsa One-Piece
This Klim men’s snowmobile suit screams quality, from it’s breathable and durable GORE-TEX shell to it’s waterproof and windproof outer materials. Klim guarantees that this suit will keep riders dry, and they go an additional step forward with an industry-first beacon pocket that comes with an integrated harness and tether. This jacket has eight vents, and comes in several bright, stylish colors making this a go-to suit for backcountry snowmobilers.
FXR Mens Boost Lite Dri-Link 2pc Monosuit
This FXR men’s snowmobile suit is unique and industry-leading with FXR’s Dri-Link technology. Essentially, while this suit looks like a monosuit and offers the added warmth and moisture protection that comes with a one-piece, it’s design fits like a two-piece suit for added flexibility while riding. It’s the best of both worlds really! This men’s snowmobile suit features a dry vent system, waterproof zippers and sealed seams in key areas, along with snow proof and moisture resistant chest, side and leg vents. It also comes with added knee pants, reflectors, and adjustable collar, hem and hood to ensure the best fit possible.
Castle X Freedom Monosuit
The Castle X men’s monosuit is a one-piece design featuring a durable, insulated shell made of polyester and nylon materials. The suit is made of 3M Thinsulate insulation that is water resistant, and a Ven-Tex 2.0 shell with windproof, waterproof and ventilated materials allowing moisture to escape while keeping heat in. It also has padded kneepads, sealed seams and 2-way waterproof zippers, in addition to backpack friendly ventilation.
Joe Rocket Men’s Snow Suit
For those who are looking for simplicity, this is the snow suit for you! Sure this one may not have all of the bells and whistles of other suits, but it still features a windproof, waterproof and breathable shell, along with a sealed seam, reflective zippers and enough insulation to keep you warm on the trail.
RefrigiWear Men’s Iron-Tuff Insulated Coveralls with Hood
This men’s snow suit is definitely not your typical sporty, high viz suit, nor is it marketed specifically to snowmobilers. However, it offers a unique design that may suit your style, and is a great all-around suit that you can wear while riding on the trail, chopping wood at your cabin, ice fishing or more. These coveralls are incredibly warm, and rated to keep you warm in up to -50-degree temperatures. The outer shell is water repellant and will work hard to block out wind, and the exterior is made of tough nylon material to prevent wears and tears. Plus, it has extra pockets for all of your gadgets and tools that may need while out working or riding!
DSG Outerwear Women’s Snow Monosuits
Diva’s Snow Gear (DSG) offers this one-piece women’s snowmobile suit that has a feminine fit, yet is functional and durable while out riding on the trail. Appreciated by many women, this monosuit features a drop seat option which is often not found in one-piece suits, along with fashionable colors and reflective piping for added visibility at night. Other features include a number of vents to ensure ultimate breathability, and it also has a waterproof coating to keep riders dry while riding. Add in adjustable suspenders, waist, cuffs, and removable hood for an all-around great monosuit option for women snowmobilers.
Tobe Outerwear Ludo Mono Suit
This Tobe women’s snowmobile suit, aside from being bright and bold, is waterproof, windproof and breathable to ensure moisture wicking combined with warmth at all times while riding. It’s made of 100% nylon with ultralight 3 layer construction to ensure active riders don’t get overheated. In addition, it has sealed zippers, reinforced knees and extra pockets for everything you need while out riding.
Should I buy a monosuit or a two-piece snowmobile suit?
In the past several years the monosuit or one-piece snowsuit has made a major comeback and many snowmobilers are trading in their bibbs and jacket for the one piece wonder. The decision to go one piece or two really comes down to personal preference. A monosuit is great because it eliminates snow getting into your pants and adds additional warmth as there aren’t additional exit points for temperature to escape or wind to enter. However, some riders don’t like the idea that you can’t separate your top and bottom, complaining that its difficult to use the restroom, or that it’s tricky to manage the top half if you get warm (i.e. its awkward to tie the top part of a monosuit around your waist vs. just removing a jacket). In addition, you can’t wear just the top half of your monosuit separately like a jacket. So again, it depends on your preference, the type of riding you do, and whether you plan on wearing your jacket on occasions other than snowmobile riding.
Why does everyone buy brightly colored snowmobile suits?
While bright colored snowmobile suits look really cool, they also serve a functional and practical purpose as well. When out in the backcountry, it’s much easier to see a riding buddy on a mountain, through trees, or worst case, if carried by an avalanche, when they are wearing bright colors. Riders who wear white or light colored snowmobile suits, or suits that match the terrain (i.e. black, brown, green) can be harder to spot, and so, to ensure safety it certainly can’t hurt to throw on a fluorescent snowmobile suit. Again, it’s your preference!
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