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post #1 of 15
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OK, I know I'm a geezer, but jeez....what is it with the kids' outfits these days????

 

I just watched some of the Dew Tour competition from Breck on TV.  What gives with the clothes?   All the guys were wearing clothes that looked at least two sizes too big, with lots of underlayers hanging out and down, and pants that were all bundled up b/c the inseam was way too long.  Worst of all was the helmet style: they all wore their goggle straps INSIDE their helmets so 1) the helmets obviously did not fit right and 2) they couldn't push their goggles up out of the way w/o taking off their helmets. 

 

I can/do understand that style is important, but these kind of things seem functionally impractical.  Baggy clothes exacerbated the effect of the wind, underlayers sucked up snow spray, helmets bounced around on their heads when they fell, and they couldn't take the goggles off for the interviews.  What up??????

post #2 of 15

As I understand it....looking like a loser is "cool".  Its comes from snowboarding.  The idea is two fold...

 

  1. I am not at all concerned with style and just a humble park skier (of course thou, they are the most style concioius)
  2. I may be a mega loser...but I still ski better then you....(so despite the humble above, its a slam too)

 

Generally its the type of dichotomy that only young and stupid can make sense of.

post #3 of 15

Hey you kids, get off my lawn!   smile.gif

post #4 of 15

Well they certainly can't use my excuse... when I was a younger kid, my dad would buy me clothes a few sizes too big so I could grow into them. We didn't have the budget to buy new ski clothes every season, and I grew a lot.

post #5 of 15

Haha, every generation of skiing has had it's ridiculous trends, baggy and thugged out is just the park trend right now, imo it looks good if done a bit, some (Henrik) go a bit far. I did just start wearing my googles on the outside of my helmet again, must be getting old :( 

post #6 of 15

You'll notice the big exception to this kind of style is Shawn White, who wears much tighter clothing (leather pants?!?) to cut down on the wind drag and go much faster and bigger than anyone else is going.

 

I don't get why more guys don't do this.

post #7 of 15

When I read the title "New School Clothes" I immediately thought, "Yeah my kids got new clothes for school: sweatshirt, shoes, jeans, shirts..."

post #8 of 15

Style is style it doesn't really make sense. You don't see too many people wearing neon one pieces or jeans any more. 

 

The wind thing is true but the wind was a cross wind which they account for. Winds aren't too big a problem unless they are going straight up or straight down the jumps. The much bigger issue this weekend was the new snow. A lot of guys were  knuckling the last jump simply because the snow wasn't fast enough

post #9 of 15

The other day I looked through some old ski photos of me in the 70's *shudder* .. Neon one pieces and wool caps were cool? And before that.. jeans and a baseball cap. Ugh.. 

I suppose a few years from now I'll look at my photos from the last 10 years and go.. "The North Face" .. "Spyder" .. oh how quaint.

post #10 of 15

For many it's just style, but I have heard one good explanation for it.  That is with tight clothes you can see imperfections in technique while in the air, legs apart etc..  With baggy gear it all flows together and covers up any imperfections and makes tricks look smoother.  

 

That being said I feel like many people don't think this way and just do it because it is in style.  

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by focker View Post

You'll notice the big exception to this kind of style is Shawn White, who wears much tighter clothing (leather pants?!?) to cut down on the wind drag and go much faster and bigger than anyone else is going.

 

I don't get why more guys don't do this.

 

 

He is just old, relatively.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by focker View Post

You'll notice the big exception to this kind of style is Shawn White, who wears much tighter clothing (leather pants?!?) to cut down on the wind drag and go much faster and bigger than anyone else is going.

 

I don't get why more guys don't do this.

It's just a different trend. Tonnes of guys are wearing tight pants now, and it looks far more ridiculous than baggy pants.

post #13 of 15

Didn't they try to DQ a board cross racer in the Olympics because her clothes weren't loose enough?

Every generation has it's style --if it pisses you off it's working.

post #14 of 15
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Didn't they try to DQ a board cross racer in the Olympics because her clothes weren't loose enough?

Every generation has it's style --if it pisses you off it's working.

 

They dq'ed her for a band around her leg. I believe the looseness thing has more to de with trying to prevent the sport from becoming all about suite technology and other forms of speed reduction and keep it focused on rider skill

post #15 of 15
I believe that either:

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
~Oscar Wilde

or:

“Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.”
~ Quentin Crisp

must be appropriate here. Maybe both.
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