Extreme sporting activities have grown in popularity over the past few years. In a world where many are stuck in the dreary nine till five, extreme sports provides a way to make yourself feel alive again. Extreme sports are good for both the body and the mind. The surging of adrenalin and sense of adventure involved in the activities can provide you with a youthful outlook on life and can lead to dramatic results on the body. Most importantly, extreme sports are extremely fun.
When considering taking up or getting back into an extreme sport, it is important that you dress appropriately. The last thing you want to be thinking about when mountain biking, bungee jumping or climbing is how uncomfortable your clothing feels. This can negatively affect your performance. At worst, wearing the wrong clothing can be extremely dangerous. Not dressing for appropriately for the weather, or wearing low quality clothing can cause accidents and lead to illness.
The key aspect of dressing for extreme sports is to layer. Layering is ideal for most sports as it means you have good control of your temperature. You should always include a base layer that will wick up the sweat from your skin. Try to avoid materials like cotton which will promote sweating. Breathable materials will take the sweat away from your skin leaving you cool, dry and comfortable. Many top brands have specially designed base layers that are made from breathable fabrics that have been vigorously tested. Top brands include Quiksilver, Volcom, Santa Cruz and O’Neill.
Another staple item is a fleece. Try to find fleeces that are windproof and made from material that will last. This will keep you warm and comfortable. Although you can find cheap fleeces, they are often more suitable for a short hike than an extreme sport. Again, check out top brands that will endure throughout adverse conditions.
To top this off you should try to find a waterproof layer. Ideally this will be both breathable and waterproof. To achieve this combination, you often require top branded items that will have invested in the best fabric technology. Make sure that none of your items are too tight as this will restrict your movement and negatively affect your performance.
Another crucial aspect of clothing for extreme sports is the correct footwear. Many extreme sports require co-ordination and balance. The correct footwear is a big part of achieving this. If you buy shoes that are not fit for purpose, you are likely to experience an accident. Unfortunately, footwear is often a part of clothing that many neglect. Your regular trainers, not matter how high quality, will not be suitable for many extreme sports. When picking footwear, make sure you find as specialised shoes as possible. It is very important to stick to well known brands that can be trusted. Volcom and Quiksilver stock a wide range of shoes. Volcom clothing also provides a wide range of accessories for extreme sports such as sunglasses, gloves and other equipment.