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What do you wear under ski gear??

post #1 of 10
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Hi, So I outgrew my kids Spyder pants and Spyder jacket of which I just wore shorts and tee shirt under all last year because i don't own any long underwear or anything like that to go under neath. I never really got cold except the FREEZING days. The jacket was a big bulky one that had good insulation and the pants were about the same as my new ones. Anyway i just got my Salomon reflex jacket and ski pants today and I am going to make the first turns of the season tommorow and I don't know what to wear under them, It is going to be pretty cold around 20 I think and I will go buy something for a base layer at least for my top if I have to because tommorow we are expecting a foot in the mountains about and I don't want to be suffering cold if I just wear shorts and a tee because my new coat isn't as heavy as my old one and I have to keep my core warm or else my toes and fingers freeze. The jacket does have insulation just lighter than my other one and pants feel about the same so I will probably just see how shorts underneath goes for that tommorow. So tell me what do you guys wear underneath your ski gear??? Thanks!
post #2 of 10

Smartwool base layer and either a short or long sleeved crappy cotton shirt over that. If it's cold, I'll wear a fleece vest under my shell. If it's really cold, long sleeved fleece.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Ok, I just got a chili pepper thing and I tried it with the coat on and it feels plenty warm so i think I am all set.

 

Off topic but should I take it kinda easy tommorow for it being my first day and I am kind of out of shape, I'd hate to put an end to my entire season from the first day, any stretches or something you'd reccomend because I remember last year I had a problem where my knees would feel sore and it would hurt to bend them especially right when I sit down on the lift, when i went skiing and also sometimes over the summer mountain biking and it is a really weird feeling that i don't like, any body else have this???

post #4 of 10

even better than stretching is warming up, jogging in place, calisthenics, instead of or in addition to mild stretching.

post #5 of 10

You mean next to my boys!

 

Something thin and what they refer to Hydrophobic. It sheds and passes water into your next layer and doesn't retain it. Don't use cotton it is a sponge. I trust and use Arcteryx and Patagonia products in this "base layer."


Edited by skimalibu - 11/18/11 at 8:02pm
post #6 of 10

I usually wear a thin Baselayer (Smartwool) and a mid weight Polaric Fleece top and bottoms or heavyweight if it's cold under my shell  If it gets extremely cold I throw on a down sweater.  The key to your baselayer and midlayer is to move that moisture away from your skin and retain the heat.  There are synthetic (under armour) and natural (wool) that do that.

post #7 of 10

I use both soft shell and hard shell jackets, and soft shell pants. I have about fifteen thermal tops, mid-weight, expedition weight, stretch fleece,  and micro -fleece, plus a couple heavy fleece tops; I have four pair of thermal bottoms ranging from light weight to expedition weight, plus a pair of heavy fleece pants, and I waste a tremendous amount of time, some mornings, contemplating and fretting, over getting the right combination of them to optimize my comfort while minimizing bulk and/or restriction of movement. I repeat this contemplating and fretting approach, when it comes to deciding what ski to ride, and what hat and goggles to wear. biggrin.gif

 

Need I mention socks? roflmao.gif

 

 

 

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Smartwool base layer and either a short or long sleeved crappy cotton shirt over that.


Worst idea I've seen on here in many months.  Cotton does not belong anywhere on your body when you're skiing.  

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Worst idea I've seen on here in many months.  Cotton does not belong anywhere on your body when you're skiing.  


Cotton kills!
post #10 of 10

It's all about layers & vents.  I used to wear a lot of cotton back in medieval times.  Nowadays I am forced to do much more hiking & my cotton stays in the summer drawers.  Come to think of it those drawers are pretty empty now.

JF

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