Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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.