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any recommendations for race wear for gs beer league racing, in which gs suits are not permitted? thanks

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In my race league, nobody even wears speed suits...  Any regulations regarding what is and is not permitted in terms of equipment would have to be directed to the organizers of your particular league.  The two leagues that I'm familiar with pretty much have an "anything goes" policy.

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Originally Posted by wthomaso View Post
 

any recommendations for race wear for gs beer league racing, in which gs suits are not permitted? thanks

 

This probably falls into the category of, "when you need it, you'll know." For example, I ski in such a league, and have now, for the second time in a half dozen races, arrived home with a bruised and swollen hand. Time to source some gloves with knuckle protection.

 

I also like the pads in my GS suit. If I weren't allowed to wear the suit (which I kind of wish, actually), I would consider wearing pads under my regular jacket / pants.

 

Meanwhile, you might find yourself gaining a little time just by wearing a form-fitting hard-faced sweater or fleece under your coat and leaving the coat behind. You could do the same thing with pants if you want, and if it's legal. E.g., CWX tights. 

 

But REALLY, as far as I can determine, for 90% of the racers at 90% of the beer leagues, working on the ability to make really clean arced turns of varying radii, on demand, on hard snow, is the thing that's really going to improve your race times. Most of the stuff about tactics and gear is peripheral. Which is why my first and - I think - most helpful comment was, "when you need it, you'll know."

post #4 of 9

Oh, I apparently misread the original question...  I was thinking the OP's question was related to what type of GS suits aren't permitted.  Drink more caffeine before posting.  :o

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any recommendations for race wear for gs beer league racing, in which gs suits are not permitted? thanks

 

DH suit!

:ski

post #6 of 9

I've always understood true beer league as run whatever ya brung.  It isn't often if ever that someone goes and cries :rules:

 

Now, USSA and other junior through young adult organizations do have very strict guidelines and policies that must be adhered to. 

post #7 of 9

For speed and safety - wear a padded suit.  A suit is worth at least a full second in a 30 second course.  

 

The pads go without saying.  If suits are REALLY not allowed, a spyder stealth type top and padded race gloves or pole guards are essential.

 

You will also find that if you are skiing well, you will hit the gate with your hip (arm shoulder elbow head knee) which is also kinda stingy.  You can also borrow Jrs lax or hockey pads.  A well whapped GS gate also sometime has the tendency to whip the outside pole around to smack you across your back,

 

Otherwise, old school stretch pants and tight fitting shirt.  Lose the coat.   Helmet is a no brainer :D 

post #8 of 9

Run what you brung.

 

The dude that crushes the coarse wearing a Carhartt jacket is 10 times cooler than the guy skidding around decked out in race garb.

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Originally Posted by Voltron View Post
 

Run what you brung.

 

The dude that crushes the coarse wearing a Carhartt jacket is 10 times cooler than the guy skidding around decked out in race garb.

And much warmer!

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