Now that summer is done and dusted, next up on the to-do list is preparing for a new season of cool-weather riding. Layering up is critical so when the temperature does take a dip, you’re not miserable, out on the road wishing you bundled up better. One spot of vulnerability often overlooked, and a point at which you can loose or keep a lot of warmth, is your neck. British boutique brand Ashley Watson just dropped the Orkney Baffle, its first neck gaiter, just in time for autumn rides.
Seamless construction of Italian Merino Wool stitched with hollow fibers trap and regulate heat to make sure warmth-stealing wind can’t make its way through your jacket. Split panel construction with front and rear panels also double up on the job of sealing any gaps for the cold to get in and heat to get out.
The Orkney Baffle is a simple piece of riding gear, but now winds are rolling in, and a chill will soon find its way into the air, it’s an essential piece of gear to keep in your arsenal. Keep it around your neck to block the wind and when it gets a little chillier, bring it up over your mouth and create a natural heating system. Combine this with a good, thick jacket and cold weather stops becoming a deterrent and starts giving you an excuse to push the riding season just a few more weeks into the year.
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