Base layers (top): Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino Long-sleeve T (S) (155g) + Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino T, Blue (S) (128g) + Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino T, Gray (M) (140g) + Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite T, Black (M) (118g)
► Three short-sleeve t-shirts, one long-sleeve, three Merino wool, one synthetic, two small for a body-hugging fit, two medium for a slightly looser fit.
Mid-layers (top): SmartWool Merino 250 Quarter-Zip, Navy (L) (319g) + Ridge Merino Solstice Lightweight Hoodie, black camo (Women’s M) (197g)
► The Smartwool is a staple item for all conditions, this is the third I’ve owned over 15 years. The Ridge Merino sun hoodie is a hand-me-down from Rett (she wanted a looser fit), acquired mid-trip, and it’s similarly versatile.
Dress shirt: Pendleton wool long-sleeve button-up (363g)
► A shirt I sewed myself for non-bike-touring life, out of Pendleton’s Umatilla Wool fabric. But it works really well on the road as a never-wrinkles, barely-needs-washing, insulating, relatively-classy layer. It takes up a lot of space in the pack, but still worth it. After years of normal-life wear, the elbows got patched a couple months into our nomadacy.
Down Jacket: Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoodie (S) (294g)
► Here the small size definitely shows up in too-short sleeves, but otherwise it works. It got some snag-looking defects across the back fairly early, but it hasn’t gotten worse.
Shorts: Columbia Royce Peak Shorts, 1 green, 1 gray (30Wx12L) (2x 243g)
►Another rare bottom-half I can get with a narrow waist and long inseam. And they’re just the right amount of trim-fit to not billow up on the bike, but also not bind up. After 18+ months, the fabric has stretched out and become ripply at the seams, and I’ve had to re-stitch the rear pocket top-stitching as the bike seat wore it away to nothing, but so far the fabric itself hasn’t worn through.
Pants: Prana Stretch Zion, Charcoal (30Wx36L) (399g) + Columbia Silver Ridge convertible, green (32Wx36L) (311g)
►The Pranas are one of the favorite pieces of clothing that I’ve ever owned (excluding those made by myself!), not least because they sell them in a narrow-waist, long-inseam size that actually fits me correctly. The Columbias, which work both an extra pair of shorts and pants, are my “backups”, which I rarely wear, partly due to the thinness of the fabric making me worry about their durability.
Tights: Performance Bike (258g)
► Probably from ~2003, they’re synthetic, but thick and warm, and somehow still in good shape. I’ll wear them under shorts on cold riding days, and under pants during cold camping.
Underwear: Icebreaker Anatomica Boxer Briefs (M) (2x 64g)
► Another insanely-priced item ($45 for one pair of underwear?!) that is 100% worth it. These two pairs have been my only underwear for 18+ months, and they’re still in good shape, super-comfortable, and feel fresh forever between washes.
Cycling underwear: Andiamo Skins Unpadded Cycling Underwear (L) (70g)
► I’ve never worn padded shorts when cycling, but I’ll be in trouble if this small company ever stops making these wisely-seamed, quick-drying pseudo-bike shorts.
Rain Jacket: Arc’teryx Beta SL Hybrid (S) (344g)
► Size small somehow fits my 6’4″ frame perfectly, the hood can go over my bike helmet, it seems like it’s held up pretty well.
Rain Pants: Gore Bike Wear C5 Active Trail Pant (XL [EU], L [US]) (182g)
► Much lighter weight than my previous Gore Bike Wear (Alp-X) version. We’ll see how they hold up.
Socks: 2x Darn Tough Run Quarter Ultralightweight Cushion (XL) (2x 46g) + Icebreaker Mid-Ankle, thick cushion, Gray (XL) (54g) + Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock, Black (XL) (95g) + DexShell Waterproof (138g)
► Darn Tough is the new merino wool sock leader. I haven’t used the waterproof socks (yet?)
Shoes: Arc’teryx Konseal FL 2 Leather (Red, 12.5) (854g)
► “Approach shoes” have a good combination of a stiff sole for biking, good for hiking, and these dress up fairly well.
Sandals: Teva Forebay (13) (840g)
► Post-ride or warm-weather shoes. I generally like Keens more, but they didn’t have a good protection/weight/hikability option at the time. I followed some random review on Amazon where a guy said he deconstructed the heel section to remove a stiff plastic piece (that rubbed badly) and stitched them back together, and they’ve been comfortable ever since (and flatten better without that plastic bit).
Cycling cap: Headsweats Super Duty Shorty (22g)
► I’ve worn one of these under my helmet for years, mostly as a sweat-band, but increasingly to protect my balding head.
Knit cap: Smartwool Beanie (54g)
► I’ve used this as my cold-weather hat (both in normal life and bike touring) for over a decade, and I don’t know what’s more miraculous: that it’s still in good shape, or that I haven’t lost it!
Sunglasses: Tifosi Duro (33g) + alternate lenses (46g)
► My second pair of these relatively non-dorky “sport sunglasses”. I probably don’t need to be carrying to the different-colored lenses anymore.
Cycling Gloves: Specialized Sport Gel (short) (40g) + Specialized Deflect Gel (long) (79g)
► Glove cushioning is less-critical now that I don’t do the marathon days of my youth, so I think most anything would work fine. Wouldn’t mind having long-fingered ones that were touch-screen-compatible though.
Camp Gloves: Northern Watters Knitwear fingerless mitts (99g)
► (acquired 2022-08) After seeing the utility Rett got out of her pair, the perfect time to get a pair of my own was when browsing a local shop in downtown Charlottetown, PEI. Grandmother-knitted in Canada of classic British wool!
Belt: Nylon webbing (28g)
► Harvested off some other pair of shorts/pants.
Buff: Merino Buff, green (49g)
► A hand-me-down from Rett. Haven’t used much.
Helmet: Bontrager Starvos (L) + CycleAware mirror (346g)
► The helmet-attached rear-view mirror is much more critical to our safety than the helmet!