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post #61 of 79
For base layers, merino wool rules - smartwool, icebreaker, ibex . I have some pieces of each. It's softer, warmer, wicks as well as anything else and doesn't get stinky!
post #62 of 79
Hestra gloves... My hands feel the cold and so far only Hestra keep them warm and cozy in the cold...

In Oz light and breathable is VERY important(it was +17degrees C at one snow place yesterday)... so I'm a goretex shell only and layer underneath type of person...
Mont works well and is pretty technical... my jacket has also lasted amazingly well considering it skis/bushwalks etc
Arcteryx pants rock (thanks to this thread I now know NOT to buy cloudveil for the same reason I buy canadian and not alaskan salmon - usa free trade agreement is NOT a free trade agreement - support those who trade fair!)

My Mountain Design softshell is great for running around in Ireland everyday and comfy to ski in...
I'd love to try ant's Ocean and Earth gloves but haven't made it to the factory (maybe I need to visit ant for a trip?)...
post #63 of 79
Oh and Icebreaker is brilliant stuff....
I like the naturally dyed stuff from NZ too (ecoridge??) and there is some good fabric out of Western Australia but Icebreaker have the cut right for girls... (If I was a guy I'd go the Oz stuff but the cut is n ot right on women like the icebreaker is.... it is cut more for little girls than for women with curves)
post #64 of 79
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I've been well chuffed with my Schoffel jacket. Not sure if you can get in the US or not as I don't live there!
I whole heartedly endorse Shoeffel too. I had an anorak that lasted almost a decade or hard use. Best Ski jacket I ever owned. Replaced it with a Spyder that I bought from the factory in Shanghai for under $50 US (how could you say no to that?)

I’ve skied on North Face Extreme pants for a few years and they have always worked fine.

As for long undies, I have to find something new as I always skied with a bright red merino wool one-piece and the new girlfriend won’t ski with me if I’m wearing it... Something about leaving the trap door open or something...
post #65 of 79
Levi's
post #66 of 79
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Originally Posted by BigE View Post
Levi's

we want photos of you skiing in them Big E
post #67 of 79
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Originally Posted by disski View Post
Hestra gloves... My hands feel the cold and so far only Hestra keep them warm and cozy in the cold...
There are a lot of good gloves out there but HESTRA is certainly at the top in terms of quality, durability and comfort.
post #68 of 79
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Originally Posted by wingnutter View Post
I am a big fan of Phenix. I have a jacket and pants from their FIS line and one of their "Aerothermo" soft shell jackets --- best ski clothing I have ever owned.
I 2nd that!!!
post #69 of 79
Ooh, good thread, I just had early Christmas today. (Spent a rainy Saturday shopping online gear sales, and UPS came today.)

Just opened an Arc'Teryx Gamma SV jacket, some SmartWool ski socks, a Mountainsmith backpack, a Marmot softshell, and a Mammut softshell.

The Marmot is going back, and maybe the Mammut, but it's very lightweight. I might be able to find a use for it.

I love the Gamma SV -- Arc'Teryx tops (but not pants) fit like a dream. I know they are well made, too, but finding something that fits so well is harder for me than finding high quality. Patagonia is great, but it fits me weird.

I have some older Marmot pants that have worn very, very well. Too well. I finally bought some new ski pants last month: two pairs of last-season's Salomons (one Gore-Tex) for a total of $130. That's my deal of the year.
post #70 of 79
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There are a lot of good gloves out there but HESTRA is certainly at the top in terms of quality, durability and comfort.
So far they have never sprung a leak in the Oz rain.... we nearly always get rain before the snow.... I had reusch gloves - but they sprung leak after a while.... the Hestras keep on keeping on... but the padding slowly gets flatter after a few soaking days.... My older Hestras just become the finer weather gloves.... STILL no holes or leaks and the oldest are very old and well worn...

and I mean I feel the cold... I suffer with Raynauds(although it is not severe) ... I have washed a plate in NZ in a river in mid summer... and the people I was walking with refused to let me leave the fire for nearly an hour.... that is how long my hand took to defrost(get some blood in it).... the hour was spent making me jump up and down and feeding me warm drinks... I kept telling them it would come back when it was good and ready.... but they were not leaving a hut and fire with my hand looking like it belonged to a corpse...

The instructors got me a pair of the gloves they throw on over their gloves in the rain - which may extend my rain skiing times.... they are big and clumsy but I'm told they keep the rain off....
post #71 of 79
Arcteryx makes the best fitting and the best quality Gore-Tex shells in the business. Their softshells are also the best in business. I also have (and use) Phenix FIS jacket which is looks great, feels soft and non-restrictive, and so far it has been working flawlessly for me; if you like insulated gear, you cannot go wrong with the Phenix.

I have been using Marmot Randonnee pants which are in my opinion the best ski pants ever created (rumor has it that the late Doug Coombs helped to design them; if it is true, it certainly shows).

Hestra is by far my favorite glove maker, their leather gloves are simply peerless. If you race, use Reusch, but if you just ski the Hestras are more comfortable and just are better made.
post #72 of 79
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we want photos of you skiing in them Big E
Levi's, FUBU hoodie and a starter jacket.

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post #73 of 79
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
Phenix, Avalanche, Kjus, Arcteryx Spyder is sized really big!

Spyder Func T-Necks

Patagonia capilene silk weight (lightest, thinnest) base layer.

Avalanche is out of business
post #74 of 79
I'll be doing some serious shopping this season and am keen on getting a softshell. Actually bought one last year from Steep-n-deep (golite) but they used the PO to send it and they sent it back. grumble. this year for sure. It'll have to be waterproof though, which will narrow the field somewhat.
anyone found a nice waterproof softshell?
post #75 of 79
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Avalanche is out of business
How do you know this? There is still a link to the business on the CSIA web-site -- they are sponsors, and provide the national uniform....
post #76 of 79
Patagonia is the stuff!!!!

Jacket: Patagonia (DAS Parka, Down Sweater) *want to buy a waterproof shell* I also use the French Roast for hiking and other off-season stuff
Fleece: Patagonia (R2, Synchilla pullover, Synchilla vest)
Pants: Spyder (because I race)
Socks: Smartwool!
Gloves: Marker, and vintage *colorful* Reusch gloves for style over function.
Base layer: Patagonia capilene- can't go wrong with this

When I was younger my parents always bought me Patagonia and I've always loved their stuff- they are turning me into a hippy with all their organic cotton and catalog!!! Some of the stuff above are hand me downs (gloves, pullover). It lasts forever!

By the way- my brother uses almost all Cloudveil, they are great too.

For the complete list check out: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=39401
post #77 of 79
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post
I have been using Marmot Randonnee pants which are in my opinion the best ski pants ever created (rumor has it that the late Doug Coombs helped to design them; if it is true, it certainly shows).
I hope that rumor is true, cause i'm gonna tell every1 this winter... Even though i'm planning to swap my Randonnee's for a pair of Norröna pants. Norröna really kicks butt, def. functional clothing, and the cleanest looking ski clothes on the market!

Jacket: Norröna Lofoten
Pants: Marmot Randonnee
Gloves: Hestra
and then some Haglöfs for the lower layers...
post #78 of 79
I've had good luck with the L.L. Bean Rugged Ridge Parka. Kept me dry and warm in minus degree weather. Liked it so much that when they went on sale, I got one in another color. Another plus is their lifetime warranty on their items. Had a zipper mess up once after 4 years...had a choice of a replacement or a credit for anything else. Can't beat it.

Also look at the Boeri Tactic helmet. Good fit (for me anyway) and easy to vent by pusing a slide over. Don't need to take your helmet off or lose plugs.
post #79 of 79
My first 5 or 6 years teaching we wore Spyder parkas. They were nice.

My next 5 years we had Avalanche parkas. Those were great jackets. When the ski school retired them, I bought 2. I bought mine and I bought a second one for my son. Still love that jacket.

Last year we got new Avalanche parkas. Very nice although I didn't like the sleeve/cuff design as well. But a beautiful parka.

I'll let you know how these hold up in another 4 or 5 years.
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