Ok so after pouring through the forums and interwebs, I've become a bit confused about what I should get for new ski gear. I've been using a 686 "smarty" jacket/pants for the last 5 years or so and it needs to be replaced. As I'm entering the latter half of my 20s, I want to finally upgrade to a more premium gear set.
I'm a California native and an ex-ski instructor so my main concern is the high temps that crop up out here especially when I'm smashing moguls and such. I often ski in mammoth, but local hills (snow valley/bear mountain) can get pretty warm. The 3-in-1 system of the 686 allowed for flexibility, but is too boarder style baggy for my tastes these days (and isn't the best construction). I've also noticed that 3-in-1 systems tend to have poorer construction and many recommendations are to go with stand alone shells and buy separate mid-layers.
Ive been looking at spyder gear, as I've been enamored with it since I was a kid, but it seems that their jackets are all geared toward colder climes. The leader jacket is a pretty slick design, but has 100g/60g insulation, which I assume would roast me alive on most sunny ski days. The garmisch is 60g throughout, but is that still too much? It doesn't seem like there's much of any shell options offered by spyder this year.
I'm a strong fan of the technical look of spyder and want something of that style. The boarder-ish plaid styling that is popular these days just does not do it for me.
As a newbie to premium ski attire, I'm seeking the advice of the seasoned pros here. Thanks in advance.