Choosing your Riding Gear
If you want to use 100% of the potential of an Adventure Suit, you should first learn more about the “microclimate” (Micro Climate) and how it relates to you so that you are more comfortable during riding. The microclimate defines a thin, invisible layer of air that is around your body. For the majority of people, the most convenient microclimate is 32 degrees Celsius (comfort temperature) and a relative humidity of 30%.
Different parts of our bodies react differently to changes in the microclimate. Some parts are more durable, for example our hands and feet are more comfortable when the temperature is 7 degrees lower than in the rest of our body. The most sensitive part of our body is the head. We lose much heat from our heads in relation to the rest of the body. Different parts of the body react differently from each other. Shoulders and lower back are more sensitive points to excessive cooling. Hands and our feet are constantly sweaty and need more care to stay warm and comfortable.
Our microclimate can be affected by many things. To stay comfortable when driving, it is important to understand what things are affected by:
- The environment we are. If we are not dressed appropriately for the weather and environmental conditions, our microclimate will be affected.
- This leads to the second issue which is our equipment. If we wear proper equipment, our microclimate will have a better chance of staying in optimum temperatures.
- Our body type may also be an influencing factor. The more healthy you are, the more stable are the prices in our microclimate. Also, the more mass we have, the more heat it will produce.
- The level of activity will also affect our microclimate. If you work harder, it will produce more heat.
- Anyone can have a different sensitivity to the temperature data. The temperature gauge between people can vary up to 12 degrees Celsius.
It is important to remember that to maintain a comfortable microclimate, your equipment must be able to keep you dry. Staying dry means that you will be comfortable. The heat balance is also important to stay comfortable during driving. The heat generated must be equal to the heat lost.