Different approach to choosing apparel?...
Originally Posted by thaar
My last jacket was a NorthFace shell and then I'd layer up for warmth. Though I didn't like the bulkiness of everything especially when I had to throw on a fleece on ultra cold days. I also didn't like that the hood could not be removed, but rolled up into a large bulk around the neck.
Anyways, what would you recommend for a non-bulky, warm jacket, with preferably a detachable hood (unless it tucks away nicely)? Not sure if it matters, but I'm an above average guy around the chest (44"). Thanks.
I too have lots of North Face, Descente stuff...racer chaser-like stuff from Spyder, etc. But I have come to the conclusion- after layering up or wearing these high-tech, feature laden stuff...that it weights a TON! A skier along with heavier and heavier hardware is further burdened by weight!
I now wear ski wear an outer shells made from 4-way stretch non-membrance thin Goretex. It is super light and thin and has 80% of the effect of wearing the "membrane" fabrics. There is a commerical name for it, and I don't have my Jacket set with me now.
Additionally, underneth, I only wear muscle supporting stretch tights made with polyproplyne-ish moisure wicking capabilty. The key is wearing a helmet all the time...I say all the time, even on hot Spring days. You would be surprised how little you have to wear if you religiously wear a helmet...if I get chilly, I close the air vents of my helmet and I get sufficientl warm again (yes, while skiing).
When I put all my outerwear, layering, helmet, in a pile and pick it up...it is surprising H-E-A-V-Y. I suspect how much this factor aggravate an active skier's stamina or ability to perform over a whole day...whole week...10 days of training, etc.
Just my opinion.