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post #1 of 69
Thread Starter 
Every once in a while I see a reference to something called stretch pants. Some of the guys say they like them on a woman. Some of the women say they like them on guys. My question is, does anyone wear them any more? Where do you find them? Is in the boot as stylin' as the boot cut?

While I'm on the subject, is the one-piece suit (aka body bag) still fashionable among serious skiers, or would wearing one signal "loser!"?

What are discerning EpicSkiers wearing this millennium to express their style and savvy?
post #2 of 69
While I'm on the subject, is the one-piece suit (aka body bag) still fashionable among serious skiers, or would wearing one signal "loser!"?
You better be able to REALLY ski good.
post #3 of 69
Should we turn this thread into "What are you wearing this season" ?

skieast (who gave up his one piece many years ago)
post #4 of 69
We all wear stretch leather pants with braces and sing songs from the "Sound of Music" here in Austria. The new trend sweeping the world for this season is ......

Males - Ski pants (with optional duct tape)
Females - stretch thong with pelmet mini skirt or wide belt.

You heard it here first.

post #5 of 69
When the Swiss began to come to the start of an SL with a modified GS race suit...from then on, SL racing suits changed from
stretch pants and sweater to the kind of suit we still see today.
From what I saw, when that happened, the "original" stretch pants quickly faded into oblivion, at least here in Italy..
Here's my cousin wearing those:
AFAIK, he still wears stretchs when skiing (we haven't skied together for a coule of years now)
My wife has the more stylish version, the one which actually enters the boot, and void of all the bulkier reinforcements around the knees, but she rarely uses those when skiing, more for the apres-ski times, truly.
I still have a pair of stretch myself, from COLMAR, in my closet. I wore those a couple of times, but stopped when, one day I sat on a wooden bench and found my backside full of splinters (stretch pants are very good at catching splinters )
The girlfriend spent that evening with a needle and a plier extracting said splinter from...my gluetus, and that decided the pants fate until
Usually I'd rather use a one piece suit, it's comfy, and keeps the snow out in case of a deep pow fall.
Strangely enough, despite my clear preference for those, in the past years, I've won mainly two pieces (see my profile) and this winter I've bought a new two pieces...probably b/c I've to drive and take care of the kids, and the two piece is more flexible.
As for what my choice of clothing signals to other skiers, well I do not really care, as long as I like it (and with like I mean:warm, comfy, appealing colour combination, gives me enough freedom of movements, and keeps the water out, importance not necessarily in the given order)

[ September 05, 2002, 05:46 AM: Message edited by: Mateo ]
post #6 of 69
My boss saw the ultimate ski clothing today, we had a bunch of models up for a photo shoot for a clothing catalogue.

Most were wearing mini (read micro) skirts. Mink mind you. The average price of each article of clothing was $5,000 (NZ prices)

I missed out in ferrying them around in the groomer cos I swapped my days off around. I'm never doing that again!
post #7 of 69
You find them in the same place you find Bogner one-pieces, trendy euro resorts and Aspen (never been to Aspen but it sounds like they would hang there).
post #8 of 69
Thread Starter 
Around here it's Carhartts, Patagonia, or TNF.

The older set likes one-pieces. On cold days we see all vintages/makes of one pieces, including Carhartts.
post #9 of 69
At our "home resort" garbage bags are acceptable. That's when you know your a local.
post #10 of 69
I find the two piece arrangement more comfortable. I like a large jacket so I can add a lot more layers if required. But I also find a medium pant fits better. Hard to find the same combination in a one piece.
post #11 of 69
I don't wear the old stretch pants anymore, but back in the 80's that all anyone wore. Then CB came out with the first Gore Tex pants and it was pretty much over for the old style of stretch. Now there are a few manufactures that are making a new style that seams pretty hot.
Its still pretty hard to beat a nice one piece on a big powder day. The biggest problem is no one makes really good technical ones anymore because of the "*** Bag" stigma. My Patagonia is almost shot and I will really miss it when its gone.
post #12 of 69
I have stretch pants, boot cut. I like them...they are comfortable, and surprisingly warm...

at Killington last year, however, wearing said stretch pants, I flew past a couple of "young'ns" on twintips... who took off after me and then past me to a shorter liftline...I dont think they noticed I switched lines too, and I heard that conversation...
"see THAT?"
"uh-huh...I could live without the tights, though"
"yea, not necessary..."

TIGHTS? from what I gathered, I was skiing ok, but the stretchpants were just not COOL, at least according to the next generation...

oh well. I wear what I want. cant please everybody...

NO one-peices, though.
post #13 of 69
Billy Kidd must own several hundred of these body bags, and this is one of the least offending examples. Together with the cowboy hat (isn't he from Vermont?), and the 1970s sunglasses, it creates a pretty unforgettable picture.

post #14 of 69
Billy Kid Has been in been in Steamboat for at least 20 years. The cowboy hat is his trade mark. If yoy ski like Kidd then you can wear whatever you want. But after watching him ski some runs at Deer Valley I have to say he glues that hat on. There is no other way that hat could stay on at those speeds. How mind you your average skier on vacation from back east, just look plain silly attempting to ski while wearing a cowboy hat. As for bodybags They are a highly under rated garment. On powder Days there is nothing better then a well made powder suit.
post #15 of 69
Both stretch pants and one pieces were pretty popular in Bormio Italy, but then again, so were straight skis and rear entry boots.

I'm of 2 minds about this. For my own work, it is more practical to wear only form fitting clothes. My students need to see what I'm doing, and baggy clothes just don't work with a stability ball! It took me a long time to get used to moving in such baggy things. I'm not just talking about esthetics. It just feels really wrong.

That being said, the one pieces, although lovely, are just darn impractical for obvious reasons. To avoid being ridiculed, I go with the baggies, and contend with looking like a puple hippopotomous coming down the hill. At least its better than looking like a khaki green or bright orange hippo. On the slopes, everybody looks guilty of having about 5 too many big macs a day, so what the heck!

Secretly, I do believe that Warren Miller was sort of on the right track with his commentary on the subject!
post #16 of 69
i have stretch pants (that rul/blo WISHES he owned) that i picked up in aspen's version of a thrift store when i was there and about to take my first lesson. they're these sky-blue obermeyers with snowflake-like patterns on the knees. (sweet, huh?) hell, i had to wear SOMEthing.
they gotta be, like, 70's era, but i don't know for sure.
so, my second day, at snowmass, one patroller skis up to me, says "those're some fast lookin' pants." well, looking back, i see he was obviously ribbing me, but in very friendly way. i assured him the pants had yet to go fast at all, at least with me in them.
i still have them - miles also wishes he owned them - and happen to not mind them at all. in fact, i like 'em. they're comfortable, they "move" with me (baby), and i stay warm. dorky lookin'? i don't care much about that. can't say if/ewhen i'll wear them again.
maybe utah.
post #17 of 69
This has to be the last word in ski fashion, taken from a site called "The Good Life - for the Luxusry Lifestyle":

Planning a ski vacation? Remember that each of the top resorts has its own sense of style.
We would like to take this opportunity to let you know what to wear when skiing during this upcoming Olympic event.

Several of the world’s best ski resorts are clustered in the western part of the United States in the Rocky Mountains, the Tetons, and the Sierra Nevadas. Each provides skiers with their winter fixes of deep powder, enormous vertical, and cozy nights beside a warm fire. However, despite their proximity to one another, each maintains its own distinct personality. The terrain, the location, and the size of the town help to determine a resort’s personality, and what you wear on its slopes is an expression of it–from haute couture to hard core.

Olympic Style

It is easy to spot Deer Valley’s director of skiing, Olympic gold-medalist Stein Eriksen, on the slopes. His Bogner ski outfit of the day is displayed on a mannequin just outside the Bjorn Stova ski shop in the lodge that bears Eriksen’s name. Eriksen is the epitome of the Deer Valley skier–clean-cut, good-looking, and well-dressed–as he glides across the resort’s immaculately groomed slopes with effortless grace. Even if you cannot ski like Stein does, you will be treated like a cele-brity at Deer Valley, so plan to dress like one. Pair your Bogner parka with a pair of all-mountain cruisers such as Völkl’s Carver Motion or Rossignol’s T-Power Viper X.

Lose the embroidered parka with the fur, but keep your fashion sense if you venture next door to the Park City Mountain Resort. Here, you will still want to look elegant, but you will also want skiwear with the latest technological features–such as an inside powder skirt, a detractable storm hood, or pockets for goggles and two-way radios. Nils delivers both for women, offering flattering silhouettes and feminine colors in technical fabrics. For men, Marker and Descente provide all the technical features in reds, yellows, blues, and other traditional colors. "Hats are out, helmets are in and are being purchased to match an outfit," says Pam Sandberg of Jan’s Mountain Outfitters in Park City.

Bring skis that can do double duty, models such as Atomic’s Beta Ride 11.20 or Völkl’s Vertigo G3 that you can wear in the far reaches of Jupiter Bowl as well as on the cruisers. On powder days, opt for Rossignol’s Bandit XXX.

Bonus: The coolest wintergear, click here!

Technically Telluride

Telluride, Colo., boasts that it is conveniently located nowhere near the real world, yet this season it will be easier than ever to get to this exclusive ski town tucked into Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The resort is increasing the number of flights to the Montrose airport (65 miles from the resort) by 47 percent, just in time to attract skiers to its new Prospect Bowl, which adds 733 acres and nearly doubles the size of the ski area.

Before booking a ticket, stock up on the latest high-tech skiwear from Arc’teryx or The North Face. "Layering dominates here, so opt for shells with little insulation or ones that have zip-in liners," says Michael Brown, owner of Paragon Ski and Sport in Telluride. Many of the serious 100-day skiers choose Arc’teryx for its superior functionality rather than its fashion, but you can still appreciate its lightweight fabric ,snappy colors, and sleek fit. The North Face clothing offers a roomier fit with all the necessary technical features, such as two-layer Gortex and fully taped seams.

"For gear, the ticket to Telluride is an all-mountain ski," says Telluride’s communications manager, Annie Kuhles. "You need a ski that can navigate powder-covered chutes, groomed cruisers, and bump runs." Völkl’s Vertigo G3 or Rossignol’s Bandit XX will serve that purpose.

Action Jackson

Jackson Hole, Wyo., receives more than 500 inches of snow annually, features the longest vertical drop (4,139 feet) of any U.S. ski resort, and has a new boundary policy that lets skiers venture into the backcountry at their own risk. In Jackson, learning how to read the snowpack for avalanche danger is more important than having your ski pants match your jacket. It is a playground for hard-core skiers, with 50 percent of its terrain deemed expert. Show up at Jackson dressed for serious skiing–in Marmot, Spyder, local company Boulder Gear, or Patagonia, which locals affectionately refer to as "Pata Gucci"–and you will fit in just fine.

Fat skis such as Dynastar’s Intuitiv 74, Rossignol’s Bandit XX, and Volant’s T3 Power will get the job done on this mountain. Add a Boeri helmet or Digme hat, Croakies to hold your sunglasses in place, and a backpack outfitted with backcountry travel gear from LifeLink, and the look is complete.

Wall Street West

Vail, Colo., was built to resemble an Austrian ski village, but you will not find anyone wearing lederhosen here. Contrary to its reputation for flamboyance and flash, Vail attracts a more conservative, corporate-world crowd. "You often hear Aspen referred to as Hollywood, but Vail is Wall Street," says Kenny Friedman, owner of Kenny’s Double Diamond Ski Shop in Vail. Phenix, which blends a racer look with a relaxed silhouette, and Killy, with its traditional designs, are fashion staples on Vail’s sprawling seven-mile-wide Back Bowls.

While blue suits are not required to ski Vail’s back side on a powder day, all-mountain skis, which can easily go from powder to the groomed cruisers on the front side, are. Völkl’s Vertigo Motion, Volant’s Gravity Power, and Salomon’s Crossmax 10 Pilot are wise choices.

Hip To Be Squaw

At Squaw Valley’s High Camp, 8,200 feet above sea level, you can dine, ice-skate, night ski, go snow tubing, or even take a dip in the heated lagoon-style pool and hot tub, which opens in March during the spring ski season. But the biggest attraction is the impressive 360-degree view of the Sierra Nevadas and the Caribbean blue Lake Tahoe.

Squaw attracted the world’s attention in 1960 when it hosted the first televised Winter Olympics, and today the resort draws a regular crowd of hard-working, hard-playing skiers from the Bay Area (195 miles away). More than 70 percent of Squaw’s terrain is dedicated to beginners and intermediates, but Squaw’s true die-hards head for the vast acreage and 2,000 vertical feet of steeps and cliffs off KT-22.

Squaw skiers also like to take risks with their skiwear. "The best athletes ski and snowboard here, and they are decked out in the hippest stuff," says Katja Dahl, media manager for Squaw Valley. Some locals even coordinate their hair color with their gear, while the weekend crowd opts for cutting-edge clothing like Salomon’s new line, which features a four-way stretch fabric in colors with names such as ray and lagoon. "Prada Sport is popular with the San Francisco set," says Tracy Burton of the PlumpJack sport shop in Squaw Valley. "But the locals may say it’s a bit much." And no visitor wants to be scorned by the locals.
post #18 of 69
This is painful.
post #19 of 69

Early Alta spring fashion
post #20 of 69
Also from that article:

When visiting Mountain High above Los Angeles, be sure to pack the right equipment. While the Uzi keeps threatening to become THE firearm of the hip set, most guests will be happier with the now classic Glock 9mm.
post #21 of 69
and bring your posse.
post #22 of 69
Ryan's famous pants
post #23 of 69
Who was that Masked Man?
post #24 of 69
Ow! Hey, that hurts!!!
(Ah, Mr. Dependable comes through.)

Looks like I'm surrendering.
Fitting, I guess.
post #25 of 69
DangerousBrian! I knew there was a reason I
wanted to ski Europe. Are the outfits you mention
just is Austria or also the UK? Stretch leather
thongs -- I think I could sell a ton of 'em at
post #26 of 69
I thought miles was your friend.
post #27 of 69
miles! Pleeeeeaaaaasssseee post more!
post #28 of 69

[ September 05, 2002, 01:03 PM: Message edited by: AC ]
post #29 of 69
Ryan You should have those pants Bronzed and They could be handed out each year for the Barking Bears Fashionable skier of the Year award.
post #30 of 69
That pic was taken 2 years ago. Rumor has it that there are more recent pictures with him exhibiting much better form and taste in clothing.
But you would have to consult with him about that, as it is, for now, just a rumor. :
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