Getting Dressed With Jay Petervary

Winter may be inching its way toward the exit in the northern hemisphere, but it is never too late to start planning ahead. Today, Jay Petervary shares some of his knowledge with us.

Jay is perhaps one of the most accomplished, but least heard of, endurance cyclists in the world. He specializes in self-supported events. Among a host of accomplishments, he has twice ridden 1000 miles to Nome in the event now known as the Iditarod Invitational. It is not a journey for faint of heart, nor for those short of winter survival skills.

Jay took this year off from riding to Nome, but did take the time to share his winter expedition riding clothing system with us. This video represents many years of trial and error, experience, and knowledge. We hope it is a benefit to you whether you are riding to Nome, or somewhere else much closer to home.

Many thanks to Jay for his time and willingness to share his knowledge.

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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.


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JayP | March 19th, 2012

thanks Salsa for sharing the knowledge. i am more then open to specific questions if anybody has them.
stay warm…

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gypsybytrade | March 20th, 2012

Jay,  It’s cool to see layers that have twice been to Nome.  Do you have challenges balancing perspiration and the build-up of condensation inside your VB layers while active.  I use a vapor barrier inside my sleeping bag, but it’s easy to manage moisture while inactive.  Any time I wear my rain shell or down jacket while cycling in the cold, I capture tons of moisture, especially in the arms and pits.  Is the vest better than a full-sleeved vapor barrier?  And, how about cold feet?  Your boots are awesome, btw.

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BenW | March 20th, 2012

damn Jay, nice job. Thanks Salsa for getting this out there.

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Matt Maxwell | March 20th, 2012

Best clothing primer I’ve seen.  Just one question, what do you use for bivy/tent?  Not clothing exactly, but I’d hate to try and stuff myself into compression tights either standing outside in -30f or in the confines of a bivy sack. 

It was nice meeting you at the Arrowhead.

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J C | March 21st, 2012

Could you elaborate a bit on your footware setup?  It sounds like you are using lake winter boots, with an insulated cover, and a gator over the top of that - is that correct?  What sort of insulated cover are you using?  Thanks for putting this together, the information is great!

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JayP | March 22nd, 2012

Just checking in, sorry for delayed response…

gypsybytrade - Moisture management is a discipline that as an individual needs to figure out and manage. The vest is easier to manage then a full length sleeve VB. Cold feet - another discipline. I run next to my bike when I do sense cold feet.

Matt - I use a Montbell Expedition bag, size extra long, for the additional room to move as well as store gear I want to keep warm, like my boots! Montbell Gore Bivy too. I hardly ever use it, mostly sleep on top of it…I will use it to boost sleeping bag rating if need be.

JC - You are correct on the shoe set up. I have used several different kinds of insulated covers, currently using a Crescent Moon neoprene cover.

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Glenn Charles | March 26th, 2012


Great clothes primer, thanks for sharing.  I am heading off tomorrow for 3 weeks of winter bikepacking and I wish I had seen this a week earlier so I could have brought a couple of different things to try.  In the end it is clear that winter clothing is incredibly personal as we all run at different temperatures and have different tolerances to the cold.  Experimentation and time in the field is the only way to figure out what works.



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Andy Amick | April 19th, 2012

Jay, very informative video, and I especially like how you shared some of your simple but effective tips.  Nice to see products that made it multiple times to Nome.  Who would have thought that the Woolrich socks would have been the best option?

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snowfloatn | May 16th, 2012

The average guru doesn’t like to part with all his years of compiled experience. This is inspirational! Thanks for sharing all your top secret beta JP. Proud!!!

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J4jacket | May 19th, 2017

Sure Jay,, Such a wonderful story.. i’m just loving it.. keep sharing in future

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