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What to wear under shell pants?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
For those who wear shell ski pants, what do you wear under them?

One thing I like about shell ski pants, is that I can drive to the slopes in my jeans, just slip them on, and ski. I've never had an issue with reduced flexibilty with jeans or warmth, so I am generally quite happy with them.

But, my wife has been telling me I look too much like a farmer (jeans and flannels) and appears to be intent on getting me to dress nicer. So I am looking for something else I can wear under my shell that offers decent warmth, flexibility, and looks OK when I am in a restaurant.

My general outfit typically consists of
1. Columbia parka with a jacket I can add (it zippers in) if it is cold - I've had it for >10 years and it is very warm
2. T-shirt
3. Flannel shirt, sweater, sweatshirt, or fleece pullover (depends entireley on weather and is generally selected somewhat randomly)
4. Jeans - (no thermal stuff underneath, as I've never gotten cold legs with this get up)
5. Ski shell pants - Columbia

I have a pair of fleece pants that I could wear under the shell, but it doesn't have any pockets in the back to put my wallet.

On the slopes, you can never tell what people are wearing under their shell. If I recall, my friends and I when we were young all went with the jeans and shell set up.
post #2 of 25
Don't put your wallet in your back pocket when skiing. A friend of mine fell badly and broke his credit cards and ended up with strange bruising on his lower back (oh, the joy of eufimisms..)

Do you realise how p**sy whipped you sound?

Anyhoo, wear some nice pleated slacks..hehe

Or on a serious note: corduroy non pleated pants, soft, warm and slightly less farmer style than jeans.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/xq/...qx/product.htm


Jeez, I'm getting worried about myself, handing out clothing advice....heck its been a hellish day at the office
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 

It's Christmas time

I have to come up with something for her to get me for Christmas.

I never thought of it as p***sy whipped? I generally used that term for kids with girl friends.

After being married for 15 some years with multiple kids, it is more of an "anti-nagging" defense. Plus, she has been telling me that only kids wear jeans when skiing, etc. I find this hard to believe. But, I figured with Christmas coming, I could let her buy me something.

(Also, when skiing I move my wallet to a coat pocket if for no other reason than it becomes too hard to reach when I put the shell pants on. I do though like to put the wallet in my back pocket when not skiing).
post #4 of 25
Nothing, OK maybe a pair of 3/4 length thermal pants if it's really cold.
post #5 of 25
I have no fun if I'm uncomfortable. So I don't do uncomfortable. What's being uncomfortable? Cold and wet, mainly. I want to keep moisture from the outside from getting in and moisture from the inside from staying in. I want a thermal zone that won't saturate and chill and pack down. I want to keep cold air from blowing through to my skin.

As far as I'm concerned only synthetic, wicking base layers work. Yeah, yeah, wool... I know, I know...

As far as I'm concerned, only water/windproof, breathable outer layers work.

As far as I'm concerned, synthetic fleece mid-layers work best.

I could spend more on better gear than I have but that's my program. I thought it was everyone's.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by jstraw
As far as I'm concerned only synthetic, wicking base layers work. Yeah, yeah, wool... I know, I know...

As far as I'm concerned, only water/windproof, breathable outer layers work.

As far as I'm concerned, synthetic fleece mid-layers work best.

I could spend more on better gear than I have but that's my program. I thought it was everyone's.
That's what my wife and I wear.

polypro-fleece-sometime more fleece-gore tex
post #7 of 25
I too wear a shell over pants- however, I use a flannel lined cargo pant my wife bought me. Just google "flannel lined pant" LL Bean has a good selection. On really cold days I start with a polypropolene (sp) base layer, flannel lined pants and a shell. I am always warm and dry - sometimes even too warm.
post #8 of 25
Polypropylene bottoms and a pair of athletic shorts. Keeps you butt warm on the chair but at the same time prevents sweating and preserves freedom of movement.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by CavalierLion
Plus, she has been telling me that only kids wear jeans when skiing, etc. I find this hard to believe.
But it's true.

Get a decent base layer. And change into whatever pants are appropriate for dinner.
post #10 of 25
Padded lycra bike shorts for me. Wicking, a little insulation where it counts, and no underwear required. I wear them under my jeans on my drive up, but have no problem wearing them in the parking lot while changing into my ski pants.

I keep a pair of unpadded lycra bike tights on hand for colder days. They're a second layer, so they slip on over the bike shorts.
post #11 of 25
I could never ski in jeans under anything.

Get yourself some layers.

1. Some quality long underwear like Chillys
2. A pair of thin fleece pants
3. shell

On warm days wear just your shell (and your briefs). I sometimes wear a pair of flannel boxers too.

On cold days wear your chillys and shell.

On really cold days wear your Chillys, fleece and shell.
post #12 of 25
SnoSkins

then add fleece pants if needed (I feel the cold so in cold weather that is yes.... in spring no 15C is nice & cosy).....

If it is really cold change the skins for icebreaker thermals (superfine merino.... if you go wool do not be fooled.... the superfine merino is MUCH finer than normal wool & a thinner fibre than man made thermals are made from.... it also breathes through the whole fibre & does not SMELL).....

Side benefit

Skins are good for general sports workouts of legs...

Icebreaker are nice for doing Yoga etc
post #13 of 25
Oh thought - when I say shell pants I mean a simple gortex layer... no lining etc etc.... just the 3 layers of the gortex fabric between me & the outside world..... (sorry have skied with some who said they had a shell jacket - but it was padded & lined!)
post #14 of 25

No offence meant

Cavalierlion,

I didn't mean to offend, if I did I apologise!

I know what you're trying to achieve I was just horsing around....

I wear dead sexy long johns under me pants, but I wouldn't walk into a restaurant wearing them, hehe
post #15 of 25
I wear some form of synthetic long underwear. I often drive to skiing with shell pants. But for the return trip, I usually pull the shell off and put on a pair of jeans in the parking lot. I haven't quite figured out if parking lot changing is low-class or not.

I used to ski in jeans. In the 80s. With gaitors!!! : I
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
I wear some form of synthetic long underwear. I often drive to skiing with shell pants. But for the return trip, I usually pull the shell off and put on a pair of jeans in the parking lot. I haven't quite figured out if parking lot changing is low-class or not.

I used to ski in jeans. In the 80s. With gaitors!!! : I
And plenty of Scotch-Guard! ('70s for me)
post #17 of 25
Under Armour Cold Gear is all you need. I have been using this for the last 3 years as my base layer and I swear by it. I use both the shirts and pants.

http://www.underarmour.com/ProductFu...id=1&coll_id=4
post #18 of 25
I'm trying to imagine what Charlotte Moats wears under her ski pants... (but only because these two threads happened to appear next to each other).
post #19 of 25
I used to ski in jeans. In the 80s. With gaitors.............I still do. Maybe some people don't like it. Oh well. I do put on a gortex shell when the snow is damp.
post #20 of 25
Ski socks - wicking compression shorts - inexpensive fleece pants from Target with multiple pockets - Columbia shell pants.

I always wear the fleece pants to and from the mountain and out for a beer after skiing. I'm a tourist and don't care what the locals think of my fashion sense since they'll never see me again anyway. However, I have gone into some nice casual restaurants after skiing wearing my fleece and at least had the courtesy to ask if I'm dressed appropriately enough. I have not been turned away yet. Nicer places or later in the evening I head back to the room and change.

More importantly, wearing fleece and wicking layers keeps me far warmer, drier, and more comfortable than when I too wore jeans under my side zip pants back in the 80's! Putting your shell on at the mountain, instead of before, keeps you from overheating and sweating while on your way there as well. Remember, "cotton kills".
post #21 of 25
Many many years ago I used Descente cycling long lycra pants or if you will tights. warm, moisture wicking and supportive to the muscles.

Then I swithched and I used to wear a pair of thin fleece interior and mildly wind resistant exterior. Works well in the cold (-20 C and under) but was bulky, bunchy and too warm otherwise.

I switched a few years ago to a simple lined track pant with a elastic bottom. I wore these to the hill and slipped on my shell overtop, super comfy for our 4 hour each way drive and warm enough and yet cool enough for all use.

I have now gone back to my Descente tights. Very unrestrictive, slids easily under the shell, warm and again supportive to the muscles. I wear jeans to the hill in the truck and parking lot strip to change.

key points: slides well under the shell, no bunching, and moisture wicking and in my opinion don't go overboard on warm. Your leg muscles work hard skiing I find you don't need much underlayering on the legs.

But I ski in -15 c with only a moisture wicking thin long sleeve shirt and my shell jacket and love colder, less lift lines, lots of hill and the snow is oh so good at that temp.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Cornbread
Remember, "cotton kills".
No joke. A couple of years back, I began using a pair of cotton (not lycra) bike shorts under my ski pants. They were usually drenched by mid day (from sweat, from sweat).

I put up with it a few days out until, one day on the hill, I got a severe case of frosted vittles. Seems I had a minor-soon-to-become-major tear in the crotch of my ski pants and got a massive blast of nature's air conditioning on my runs down that applied a deep freeze to the wet cotton layer underneath, leaving the boys hunkered down in blue prune fashion as a defense against the chill.

Friends don't let friends wear cotton!
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by speede541
leaving the boys hunkered down in blue prune fashion as a defense against the chill.
And we worry about wives and girlfriends leaving us with blue balls. Ma nature is one mean bit-ch
post #24 of 25
Your oufit sounds fine as it is...strange how everyone who is so desperate about wicking every last bead of moisture away from their skin can invariably be found at any given time in some outrageously over-priced outdoors centre trying their hardest not to break into a sweat. spend your money on wax, lift tickets and dunkin' donuts.
post #25 of 25
For me, I normally just wear a comfortable pair of jeans or other pants under my shell, just incase the windchill drops really low. And then some thermals under that. My outfit:

Top:
Thermal
Fleece
Shell

Bottom:
Thermal
Jeans or other comfy pants
Shell

Normally I just put on my gloves without anything underneath, and I wear my ski boots just with some ski socks on (single layer). Layering in those areas doesn't really do much good for me since one or both layers uncomfortably shift and bunch up after a while. This causes some problems with warmth, but that can be fixed with some glove and toe warmers (though I don't buy them).
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