- Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:55 pm
I'm probably a bit quirky when it comes to HG clothes - I certainly am amid my group of flying buddies. I have a stuff bag for all my flying tools and accessories, but the vast majority of it is taken up by my flying clothes.
I nearly always wear shorts to the flying site, but have sweatpants or thin cotton sheeting pants depending on temperatures. I pull them on over the shorts, so I can take them off in the LZ. I never fly in shorts, simply because I can't stand the feeling of nylon harness against my bare skin.
I have a snug-fitting zip-up sweathshirt - the snug fit keeps the sleeves from flapping, so no need for speed-sleeves. I also have another set of sweatshirt sleeves - a sweatshirt I cut most of the torso away from. There's just a strip of fabric across the back to hold the sleeves together. I can wear this under my sweatshirt for additional arm warmth, or by themselves if I don't want further insulation of my torso. Lastly, I have a zip-up nylon speed sleeve which I can wear over just a shirt if it's a hot day.
The obsession continues - I have a half-dozen different pair of flying gloves. From lightweight cotton for the warmest days ( I never fly without gloves) to heavy ski gloves for winter or high-alt soaring. I'm always on the lookout for a better glove, so I sometimes have to remove a pair to make way for another set which I like better.
I have two fold-up hats. One is a wide-brimmed model which I often wear while setting up. the other is a visor with a back flap to keep the sun off my neck. The visor usually ends up in my harness, because it doubles as a sweatband in hot LZ's.
I even have a pair of HG-specific flying shoes. My Vulto harness doesn't allow for just any footwear, so I found a specific shoe which works well. Thin-soled and constructed without a lot of protrusions to take up room in the harness boot, I only wear these shoes while actually flying. I put them on at launch and take them off once my truck shows up wherever I land. They were hard to find so I don't want to wear them out with supplemental use.
The only thing I don't keep in the bag is my heavy winter flying jacket. Living in California, I don't need it that often so no need to enlarge the bag in order to contain it. I'm able to use a 12"x12"x18" duffle bag, with 3 zippered pockets for all my gear.