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Why do racers wear short pants?

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Does anyone know why racers, when they are practicing, wear a jacket and short training pants over their race suit, rather than long ski pants like recreational skiers do?  (See, for example, this link .)  Just curious....

post #2 of 7

more freedom of movement, less drag, keeps you warm enough without over heating, easier to strip, looks cool. cool.gif

post #3 of 7

Not sure but always figured it was because the chair lift seat is so cold.  One of the instructors I work with wears a "butt buddy".  It's like half a pair of shorts; the back half, for that very reason.

post #4 of 7

With the edge angles that "racers" generate, full-length ski pants would brush the snow surface, slowing them down and possible getting snagged and a brake, or something.

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Originally Posted by jzamp View Post

more freedom of movement, less drag, keeps you warm enough without over heating, easier to strip, looks cool. cool.gif

This.  Keeps you warmer during the training session.  Also saves some wear on the race suit

post #6 of 7

slalom shinguards fit a suit better than over pants

 

If you're doing timed training, wearing shorts is a lot warmer than stripping completely
 

post #7 of 7

what SS and B14S said. Except for the looks cool part. ;-)

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