Essential Skiing Clothing Guide


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Skiing clothing help you stay warm and yet you cannot overdo it because you need to stay agile as well. There is a difference between layering up to stay warm and comfortable and getting too stuffy and miserable on the slopes. Here are some essential skiing clothes that you must invest in before going for your skiing adventure.

It is best to have three high-quality layers – one should be a body-hugging thin base layer, next should be an insulating layer such as one made from fleece and the third layer should be waterproof such as your ski jacket.

Close-Fitted Base Top and Trousers

A person skiing down a mountain

The base layer wicks away sweat and prevents the body heat to escape. This can be a body-hugging fabric that covers from your head to ankle. You need a separate base top and a base top for the base layer. The base top can be a tight-sleeved synthetic blended or a merino wool t-shirt that keeps your body warm and dry. Do not wear a fabric that easily absorbs water. While skiing, you will be sweating constantly and so, if you wear cotton, it will absorb all your sweat and get wet and make you cold. The base bottom can be pants or trousers with a close fit so that they can fit easily inside your ski trousers. It is ideal to wear a length that stays above your ankles. You can go for a lightweight, middleweight or heavyweight base layer garment depending upon the skiing temperature. 

Middle Layer of Fleece Garments

A man riding skis down a snow covered slope

The mid layer traps warm air and also provides insulation. It is between the outer layer and the base layer. A mid layer clothing can be generally made from fleece that can easily trap warm air and keep the person warm and comfortable. These garments are available in a variety of fabrics, thicknesses and fits. You can choose from tight to lose garments depending upon the fit and preference of comfort. If the middle layer is too tight, it might restrict the movements and if it is too loose, it might not provide enough insulation. 

Outer Layer of Jackets, Gloves and Ski Trousers

The outer layer is a fully waterproof shell that protects the skier against the wind and snow. It can be the ski jacket or the ski trousers that act as the final barriers between the person and the outside weather. It is best to wear ski specific jackets and trousers that have a high waterproof rating and high breathability rating as well. Waterproofing helps the skier against getting wet under snowfall or from falling on the snow. The outers shell helps the skier stay dry. You also need to ensure about the breathability. It is measured by how long does the fabric take to get dry completely. Your ski trousers and jackets should be able to wick away internal moisture and not lock it inside. 

These are some important skiing clothing that you need to invest in.

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