Wife and I are relatively new to skiing.
Currently, I have a North Face 3-in-1 and it's way too bulky, stiff, and...hot? When the day starts it's fine but I'm an anxious skier and when the terrain gets tough and I'm concentrating hard I sweat. And then I deal with sloshy pits and a wet back before lunch time and strip down to cool off.
I'm debating arcteryx sidewinder since it's so highly rated here versus the pinnacle by spyder. Both seem to have great reviews. Does Spyder come with an insulation layer that Arcteryx Sidewinder does not? How do you guys typically layer?
I currently wear a baselayer (under armour or something), a midlayer half zip (mountain force), and then the north face. When I get sweaty and sticky, I literally cannot wait to strip off the base layer, and then lounge in the mid-layer quite comfortably the remainder of the evening, and wonder why I don't skip the base altogether. My thoughts are, would I be able to skip the base layer altogether since that's what seems to make me sweat, keep the mid layer, then maybe do a fleece or lightweight down jacket, and then the arcteryx sidewinder hard shell on top? Would that be warm enough? Most of our skiing is in Washington, Oregon, and Whistler, with the vast majority of our trips being to Whistler.
My wife loves frauenschuh and I looked at some of there stuff; stylish, but I can't find any reviews on how it actually functions.
For legs, I wear the base layer, mid layer, then ski pants. Does anyone out there skip the base, and just go mid and ski pants?
Would this plan work for, say, 0-20 degree weather for those colder Whistler days atop the mountain?
Any and all input is greatly appreciated! I'd like to hear how you guys layer up depending on the conditions.