Ski Clothing: The Basics

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Choosing your ski clothing can be a difficult task as the conditions on the slopes tend to change throughout the day. It might be clear blue skies with sunshine one minute and raging snow storms the next. This leads to a lot of confusion as to the type of clothing you should wear whilst skiing – do you wear lots of layers to ensure you will not be cold only to find out it is a warm, sunny day on the slopes, or do you opt for the minimalist approach and end up freezing in a snow storm? This blog will cover the basic principles of ski clothing to ensure that you are equipped to deal with every eventuality.

You can encounter a range of weather conditions on the slope, so the right ski clothing is vital.
You can encounter a range of weather conditions on the slope, so the right ski clothing is vital.

First Layer

We begin with your first layer. Ensure you have a good base layer – this layer will ensure you are warm and comfortable and will move sweat away from your skin and evaporate it from the outer layer to prevent it from making you cold. This layer should be very close-fitting to ensure maximal thermal and wicking properties. There are many different types of base layer available ranging from simple polyester to ultra-fine merino wool. A polyester base layer such as the Wed’ze Simple Warm will ensure a high level of warmth and good breathability due to the hydrophobic nature of polyester. A more technical base layer such as the Wed’ze X-Warm uses a composite of polyester and wool, taking properties from each to create a very functional garment. The addition of wool gives the base layer a very soft and comfortable feel, whilst still maintaining a high warmth to weight ratio. Wool also contains a natural substance called Lanolin which is antibacterial and therefore prevents the garment from creating any odour. Whichever baselayer you choose, ensure it fits correctly as this first layer is the key to comfort – snug but not uncomfortable is the ideal fit.

Second Layer

Next you will need a mid-layer. The purpose of a mid-layer is to provide extra warmth. Mid-layers come in many different styles and are designed to suit many different situations. If your jacket is well insulated, you can get away with a thinner mid-layer such as a simple fleece, whereas if your jacket is less well insulated, you may wish to choose a mid-layer that offers more warmth such as a hoodie like the Wed’ze Midwool, or alternatively an ultra-light down jacket. The beauty of a mid-layer is that you can simply remove it if you are too warm or add it if you are too cold. Ensure you choose a comfortable mid-layer which offers a high level of warmth, but also is not too bulky so that it can be worn underneath a jacket.

Third Layer

The third layer is the final layer and arguably the most important one. The purpose of this layer, which involves both ski jackets and ski trousers, is to provide protection from the elements and therefore should be fully waterproof and breathable. Aside from these core aspects, a good third layer should also feature a hood that is compatible with a helmet, a good amount of pockets and a snow skirt to prevent snow being pushed inside the jacket should you happen to take a fall on the slopes. The Wed’ze Protrip jacket is an example of a good third layer – the jacket is fully waterproof and breathable using a Novadry membrane. The jacket has an inner synthetically insulated jacket which can be removed and worn separately on its own. This essentially means that the jacket is both a mid-layer and a third layer, making it a perfect choice for any weather. Other features include a front ventilation system, a snow skirt and a ski pass pocket. Check out the video below to see it in action.

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Summary

Through following the principles above, you can be well-prepared for whatever weather should come your way and ensure that you are warm and comfortable at all times.

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