The great thing about kick scooting is that you can simply jump on your scooter and just scoot away. It does not matter what clothing you are wearing at the time, be it the business suit you are wearing to work, the trendy state-of-the-art clothing you wear to the gym or whatever else takes your fancy. However, as with all outdoor activities giving some thought to clothing for scooting does have some advantages.
I tend to use the same clothing for scooting that I use for cycling and walking, and have over the years, pulled together a collection of clothing items that are minimalist, lightweight and flexible, in short a clothing system for most eventualities.
I used to have all manner of shorts, some specific for cycling, some specific for walking but these days I use just one style of short, swim shorts. These are simply cheap swim shorts bought online in end-of-season sales for a few pounds and I’ve accrued a whole range of colours over the past few years, including bright pink, of all colours. I find them most comfortable on their own with the mesh liners removed and no underwear. Being swim they fit nicely, are not too baggy, yet loose enough for both cycling and kick scooting.
To be honest, I must admit to having gone a bit crazy on the topic of leggings. A few years ago I wore bog-standard black leggings, usually Ron Hill Tracksters, but decided one day to look for something a bit more interesting, something with a bit of colour. Again, the Internet came up with the answer, AliExpress. A search for leggings will come up with tens of thousands, many only costing around £5.00 to £10.00 each and that includes shipping from China, though it can take a few weeks for them to arrive. Yes, they are cheap and I won’t expect them to last forever but I find them ideal for kick scooting and fun to wear.
My clothing system includes two styles of t-shirt, short sleeved for warm weather use and long sleeved for the colder days and nights. Both styles are synthetic to help wick sweat away from the skin and when its really cold, wearing both t-shirts under a windproof jacket is more than adequate for kick scooting. You tend to be cold at first but soon warn up and a layer can be removed if required.
A simple lightweight windproof jacket forms the outer layer of my clothing system. I have three to choose from, a Buffalo Windshirt, a Bergans of Norway Microlight Anorak and The North Face Fanorak jacket. Only the Buffalo Windshirt is still available, the others have been discontinued. All three are pull-over style, pack away next to nothing and weigh very little. Note they are not waterproof but as I tend not do scoot in the rain that’s not an issue. For riding in wet weather, I have a Alpkit Gravitas breathable waterproof jacket and when really cold I wear an Alpkit Filoment duck down jacket.
No special requirements with regards to footwear, as long as they have a decent grip when kicking, just about anything will do. Personally, most of the time I tend to wear a pair of Keen Clearwater sandals without socks, only adding socks in colder weather. At other times I use approach shoes, either The North Face or Berghaus. My kick scooting clothing drawer also holds a pair of waterproof Sealskinz socks which get occasional use with the sandals.
Hats & Gloves
Finally head and hands. A plain lightweight Ando II cap from Haglofs for most scoots with an Outdoor Research Rando winter cap for colder days. The latter has a pull down flap that covers the ears, great when the weather turns cooler.
And that’s about it for my kick scooting clothing system, other than to say I also have a buff to keep my neck warm during chilly times.
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