My wife is almost completely outfitted, save the mid-layer, which I'd greatly appreciate advice on. I've got her a pair of Filson's midweight "Alaskan Long Johns"; both pants and long-sleeved crewneck. I'm hoping these will keep her warm as a base layer.
As mentioned in previous threads, we'll be skiing Lake Louise at the tail-end of December and it's not uncommong for chinooks to blow in bitter cold winds that drop temps to -15. If she read this, she'd kill me for planning this trip! :)
I was looking at some of the women's midlayers from Salomon but I really have no experience or knowledge when it comes to any of this... I want something WARM! She runs cold naturally, and isn't partial to extreme weather conditions. I want her to enjoy this trip so keeping her warm is my number one duty!
Next up, I was looking at both the REI Thermo Neck Gaiter and the women's Turtle Fur Polartec Stria Tube which are both fancy high-tech neckwarmers, haha. Is one better than the other? Is there anything that exceeds both? Her base-layer is a crewneck top, so I figure neck coverage is essential.
At the same time, I've been eyeing the Icebreaker Apex balaclava, which is not made specifically for women, but according to the rep at REI that I chatted with, should fit the missus no problem. It's a one-size fits all (most) deal. I wonder if this is necessary or excessive? I'm leaning towards pulling the trigger on it as a precautionary "better safe than sorry" measure. Will this even be comfortable to wear skiing? And is it necessary to get both the balaclava AND the neck warmer?
Thanks in advance once again for any advice and suggestions!