Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Another vote for the mesh gear. I lived in southern Idaho for 10 years and never wore non-mesh stuff. I wore First Gear HP Mesh pants with the zip in water/windproof liner and a series of FG mesh jackets that I just wore out before I bought an Olympia Airglide2 mesh jacket with the 2-piece zip in liner. Very versatile over a very wide range of temperatures, and waterproof to boot.
I recommend leaving the non-mesh gear at home and wear the mesh. Take a Gerbings or other heated jacket liner, as well, and for raingear, Frogg Toggs are great stuff, if for no other purpose than to cut the wind before it gets inside the riding gear when it's cold out. The stuff is totally waterproof and makes for a great first line of defense if you get caught out in a heavy downpour, and you could.
It just makes sense to only take one set of gear to save room, and the mesh stuff with zip in liners pretty much covers all possibilites, save for a sleet storm, perhaps, and that's not likely.