Tips for choosing ski clothes for beginners


05 October 2020

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First, it is important to understand that ski clothing has a major impact on the skiing itself. Much more than many people realize when they first start. But think about this: if you ski in ill-fitting clothes, it will not be very comfortable and it will also ruin the way you ski. There are a few basic things you need to understand before shopping for ski clothes.

Always stick to the three F's. Form, function and function. These are the things you need to look for when going through the various elements of ski style. Skiers come from all walks of life, so it's only natural that no matter what style you prefer, you will find something you like. However, finding that style combined with everything you need is where things can get a little tricky.

Things to generally look for are features like powder skirt, helmet compatible caps, sealed seams, velcro cuffs, pit zippers, removable caps, insulation, all kinds of weather or waterproof and breathable fabrics, and depending on what discipline of skiing you go with, there may be more features you need.

The basics of skiwear will be your pants, jacket, base layer items and gloves. You need ski pants to stay comfortable and warm when you are out there. Most offerings are not only extremely functional but also flattering styles that are completely in line with current fashion trends. Things to remember is, no matter how great these ski pants look, if they do not protect your body from the elements, they are worthless. There is nothing fashionable about frostbite.

Maybe the cornerstone of ski equipment in terms of clothing is your ski jacket. The jacket itself should protect you from cold, wintry weather and also keep you warm. These jackets, like the pants, all come in many different styles and you will choose one that not only has the look you like but possibly this item will be where you need most of the features. Removable hoods, hoods that are compatible with helmet, zippers, insulation and the other factors mentioned earlier will play a critical role
in how well your ski jacket is doing.

The foundation is also important. You need to choose a base layer that keeps your sweat away from your body and keeps you not only warm but dry and comfortable no matter how long you are out there. Underwear must always be very light and tightly fitted. This is to ensure that your body heat stays in, but your sweat stays out. Spyder and Black Diamond are both known for having stylish offerings in base layer choices, but you can find other brands that suit you just as well.

Ask anyone who has chosen the wrong pair of mittens or gloves how easy it is for cold hands to ruin even the best day on the slopes. A pair of warm, durable ski gloves or gloves is a very important part of your ski equipment. They will need to not only keep your hands protected from the harsh wind, but also keep your fingers warm while still allowing for wide direction of movement.
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