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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2014, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Weather in AK? Which pants?

So I've been digging around for awhile now and haven't really found what I've been looking for.

I'll be riding to AK this summer leaving June 21st, roughly a 3 week trip.

I'm definitely really close to being all geared up to go, but my pants are still in question at the moment. My current pants are Tour Master Air Venture's, which are a great pant, but they're bulky and not as "breeze" proof as I'd like them to be. My current jacket is the Tour Master Transition 3 and I'm definitely planning on taking it, as it's been a perfect jacket for all my other riding.

One pant I'm considering is the normal Venture Pant from Tour Master? But I'm not set completely yet.

My main concerns and needs is that I want the outer shell of the pant to be waterproof and windproof (like my jacket) then also have thermal layer for extra warmth when needed (like my jacket) and also have vents to cool down a bit (like my jacket). So basically I want my jacket in a pair of pants?

What kind of weather will be I be expecting in AK and northern Canada? I'm not that sure, but I'm not expecting it to be "hot" at all.

Obviously there are all sorts of threads about pants out there, but I'm looking for something to help me out specifically for this trip, and I'll definitely be able to use the pants more aside from this trip since I like to ride year round here in the PNW. :mrgreen:

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The rain pants you choose will be far more important than the riding pants underneath, both for wet protection and wind-resistant warmth. You could even wear open-mesh pants underneath supplemented with thermal undies for extreme cold (unlikely in summer), and the combination will see you through all weather contingencies from hot to cold to rainy.

Worked for me anyway -- including April snow flurries around Whitehorse.

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This summer is predicted to be a very nice summer. Which means that there will be plenty of sunny warm weather, with temps in the 70's, and at times in the 80's. June is typically the best time to come up here for the best weather.

Any brand of riding pants with a solid, rainproof outer shell and a zip/snap in thermal liner will work. I have a pair of First Gear Mex-Tex pants that work well. My only complaint is that the liner, not the shell is (supposed to be) waterproof. Also, it's not thermal, but I usually wear a pair of pants underneath, anyway.

The jacket I wear most of the time is a First Gear Kilimanjaro in hi-via green. The other one is an Olympia Air Glide II that works well, too. Bring a set of warm gloves and a set of summer riding gloves, and a pair of gloves that will keep your hands dry in the rain.

There is nothing special about Alaska that requires some kind of expensive, specialized riding gear. Whatever works for you down there will work just fine up here and in Canada, however mesh gear would be my second choice, just because the likelihood of having to ride in 85 or 90 degree temps is pretty slim.

As for what kind of weather to expect on the trip up here (and back), expect about anything. It's been known to snow along the Alaska Hwy in July in places, and it's been known to get very hot, too. Just because it's 80 degrees one day doesn't meant it will get very warm the next, and the weather can be unpredictable. Just plan for anything, but just good, waterproof riding gear should be sufficient. Oh yeah, because it can get pretty chilly, especially in the mornings, you might consider taking a Gerbings or Warm & Safe electrically heated jacket liner to ward of the chill until the day warms up.

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Thanks all for the input thus far.

I guess I should add that I will be bringing my Gerbings heated jacket liner along, as well as my set of Frogg Toggs outers just in case I end up needing an extra water proof later on the outside.

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I won't trust the best of suits that far from home. I'll take dedicated rain gear, also.

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This summer is predicted to be a very nice summer. Which means that there will be plenty of sunny warm weather, with temps in the 70's, and at times in the 80's. June is typically the best time to come up here for the best weather.

Any brand of riding pants with a solid, rainproof outer shell and a zip/snap in thermal liner will work. I have a pair of First Gear Mex-Tex pants that work well. My only complaint is that the liner, not the shell is (supposed to be) waterproof. Also, it's not thermal, but I usually wear a pair of pants underneath, anyway.

The jacket I wear most of the time is a First Gear Kilimanjaro in hi-via green. The other one is an Olympia Air Glide II that works well, too. Bring a set of warm gloves and a set of summer riding gloves, and a pair of gloves that will keep your hands dry in the rain.

There is nothing special about Alaska that requires some kind of expensive, specialized riding gear. Whatever works for you down there will work just fine up here and in Canada, however mesh gear would be my second choice, just because the likelihood of having to ride in 85 or 90 degree temps is pretty slim.

As for what kind of weather to expect on the trip up here (and back), expect about anything. It's been known to snow along the Alaska Hwy in July in places, and it's been known to get very hot, too. Just because it's 80 degrees one day doesn't meant it will get very warm the next, and the weather can be unpredictable. Just plan for anything, but just good, waterproof riding gear should be sufficient. Oh yeah, because it can get pretty chilly, especially in the mornings, you might consider taking a Gerbings or Warm & Safe electrically heated jacket liner to ward of the chill until the day warms up.

Great information for my trip!

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