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Poll Results: What fashion-related things do you like in skiing outerwear this year?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 8% of voters (16)
    Black shades
  • 1% of voters (3)
    Red shades
  • 3% of voters (7)
    Gray shades
  • 1% of voters (3)
    Yellow shades
  • 2% of voters (5)
    Blue shades
  • 1% of voters (3)
    Green shades
  • 3% of voters (7)
    Earthy tones -- beiges, browns, etc
  • 2% of voters (4)
    Patterns - camouflage, spiderwebs, etc
  • 7% of voters (14)
    Bright colors
  • 3% of voters (6)
    Dull colors
  • 3% of voters (7)
    Unusual colors/patterns
  • 6% of voters (12)
    Matte finishes
  • 1% of voters (2)
    Shiny or slick finishes
  • 3% of voters (7)
    Textured fabrics
  • 4% of voters (9)
    Flat, plain fabrics
  • 6% of voters (12)
    Streamlined/fitted carefully
  • 7% of voters (14)
    Loose-fitting
  • 4% of voters (8)
    Like tons of pockets
  • 5% of voters (10)
    Like average amount of pockets
  • 2% of voters (5)
    Not many pockets
  • 2% of voters (4)
    Zippers galore
  • 9% of voters (18)
    Pure function -- whatever works
  • 2% of voters (4)
    Conformity -- I don't want to look weird
  • 1% of voters (3)
    Other
183 Total Votes  
post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Boots schmoots! Sidecuts? Ged outta here.

We all know that the only thing that really matters is outerwear fashion.

Erm, OK, maybe not. But what colors are you planning to wear this year, and why? What else? You looking for a more streamlined look? Are things going baggy again? Seems to me that earthy tones are a little more prevalent this year, but I could be wrong. Is brown the new black? Seems to me that bright red is out this year.

Some questions you can mull:
Are there any particular companies whose outerwear fashions you lust for?
Are you a totally "I don't think about it" kind of skier?
Do you like bright colors for safety reasons or for fashion or both?
Are you dressing perfectly for 1989, with bold patterns?
All you an all-black kind of dresser?
Do you pretend not to care but secretly plan everything VERY carefully?
Are you anti-coordination or shamelessly gapertastic?

There's a nifty little fully flawed poll to add to the fun. The poll allows for multiple choices and it's anonymous, so go ahead, admit your secrets. BTW, the use of "shades" means shades of color, not sunglasses -- but that would work, too, wouldn't it? Please correct me where necessary and ... enjoy.

(Soapbox comment: I know there are plenty of people who disavow any interest in fashion, but personally, I just don't believe them. Even anti-fashion is a kind of fashion)
post #2 of 25
I wear whatever color I can get cheap. I've been wearing the same very basic Marmot shell since probably 1999 or 2000, my windshirt since 2002, and my pants are about 3 years old. I replace pants more often because I tend to cut them up. The only colors I wouldn't do would be white and gray. Everything else is golden. If I could choose a color for my next jacket, it would probably be hot pink.

edit: Anti-fashion may be fashion, but "dork without a care in the world" is a different thing. Seriously, you should see how I dress sometimes, it's like I don't own a mirror.
post #3 of 25
paging Richie-Rich.

Richie-Rich to the fashion counter courtesy telephone...




(sorry, bro, couldn't resist)
post #4 of 25
Can we start a fund to buy Trotski a plane ticket (preferably one way-) to someplace snowy?

Black shades, 'cause I wear my sunglasses at night.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post
Can we start a fund to buy Trotski a plane ticket (preferably one way-) to someplace snowy?
Hey, I have no problem with that!
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
paging Richie-Rich.

Richie-Rich to the fashion counter courtesy telephone...




(sorry, bro, couldn't resist)
I know, I know ... where is the fashionista when you need 'im?
post #7 of 25
There has to be a flaw here somewhere, but hell I am too tired to look for it.

For some reason, I keep coming back to reds. SOS is my brand of choice.
post #8 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I keep coming back to reds.
Philpug
EpicSki Patroller

It is built right in eh?
post #9 of 25
orange and puke/lime green is my color combo of choice.

my long time riding buddies in tahoe call me the skiing sherbet.

another friend says that she likes the color combo cuz she can always find me down the hill (i ride a lot faster than she does).

i tend to mix and match those colors and then (yes, I am vane to an extent, but isn't everybody secretly) coordinate as necessary.

for example, i have Hot Rods. so when my lime green pants developed edge tears at the boot cuffs I patched them with red gore-tex (to match the boots).

i also rock women's snowboard pants, which the collective at LGC3 seemed to get a real kick out of (they still "rib" me for it).

but honestly, none of this was pre-meditated or carefully coordinated. most of it happened by accident or was impulsive purchasing. The lime green pants were stumbled upon when demoing skis and I had just ripped the dimestore windbreak pants I'd been wearing for 20 years up the crotch. The burnt orange wool Patagonia that traditionally gets paired with the green pants was in the Bargain Attic at REI. The women's snowboard pants were onsale at Any Mountain. There really is no rhyme or reason, the stuff just ends up looking okay when mixed and matched.

my only real concern is that sometimes i feel a little flash in relation to my half-assed well skills. that's where self-effacment comes in handy (either that or I need to learn to huck something serious).

post #10 of 25
For 10 yrs it was my trusty Marmot red/black shell and black pants. Late last season and during the summer I have replaced it with new Marmot bonfire (orange)/drk gray jacket and fleece and back Marmot pants. My ski buddies say I have to wear bright colors for them to find me on slopes .
post #11 of 25
Trotski, you missed the most popular color in skiing; Orange.

Ok top answer, orange Salomon SS, green camo pants for cold

Red Arc' Sigma SS and brown shells for warmer days.
post #12 of 25
I usually wear last year's colors. At least the first year I buy something anyway. I wore a bright orange Helly Hanson jacket for 10 years or so that came into style about 3 times. I tend to wear alot of black stuff mainly because it doesn't show dirt and grease. The way it thaws/freezes here we often get grease drips off of the chairs. I started adding dark blue in the latest stuff for the same reason.

I finally broke down and bought a fleece after wearing a freebie Columbia one with some company's logo on it for 5 years. I got a North Face Denali that is "root green" on super clearance. I guess it's not a popular color.
post #13 of 25
I wear whatever I'm told to wear. I have perfectly good stuff in my closet that would last a second 20 years, but NOOO! I have to get some new jacket or pants or something. Oh, well. It could be worse. She's not telling me to buy a new car.
post #14 of 25
interesting that tight fitting and loose fitting clothes are tied? personally, i can't ski in tight clothing.
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
orange and puke/lime green is my color combo of choice.
If Oscar Wilde skied, this is exactly what he would wear.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
Trotski, you missed the most popular color in skiing; Orange.

Ok top answer, orange Salomon SS, green camo pants for cold

Red Arc' Sigma SS and brown shells for warmer days.
Orange -- I am thinking about these two vests:



VERSUS (which is actually called a red)



But I'll probably just buy black -- I'm into blacks this year for some reason. Maybe I'm in mourning for America.
post #16 of 25
buy white.

then give your kids some of those crafty permanent markers and let them go to town one evening after dinner.

now that would be some classic ski wear!
post #17 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
interesting that tight fitting and loose fitting clothes are tied? personally, i can't ski in tight clothing.
Cross-referencing dookie's Hot Dog thread, it didn't look like Shannon Tweed could ski in tight clothes either. So at least you have that in common...

FWIW, about 5 years ago I sold my old TNF Steep Tech jacket to a buddy, and he still wears it. Steep Tech got really popular with the rap/hip hop crowd, but my buddy truly hates rap (i.e., argues it isn't real music, etc.). He hated it when I laughed & told him his Steep Tech was tha' shizzle. (Personally, I hated the jacket: heavy, stayed wet, and didn't breathe. Aside from that, it was fine.)
post #18 of 25
you forgot "silver Descente Alpha Solar one-piece with USA in white letters across the back" -- i would wear that thing everyday if i could get away with it... unfortunately deer valley is the only place I ski in it without feeling foolish.

other than that, a generously sized pompom on a knit hat is the way to go.
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mortimer View Post
you forgot "silver Descente Alpha Solar one-piece with USA in white letters across the back" -- i would wear that thing everyday if i could get away with it... unfortunately deer valley is the only place I ski in it without feeling foolish..
Rise of The Silver Surfer Part II?
post #20 of 25
blocks and bands of contrasting colors is over.

Black is a classic.

earth tones and grays are in harmony with the environment colors.

White/gray camo is good for fence ducking on storm days, bright red could look like a patrol jacket, and reversible jackets are useful .

Too much color on the hill makes the place look like disneyland!

form follows function.
post #21 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dino View Post
FWIW, about 5 years ago I sold my old TNF Steep Tech jacket to a buddy, and he still wears it. Steep Tech got really popular with the rap/hip hop crowd, but my buddy truly hates rap (i.e., argues it isn't real music, etc.). He hated it when I laughed & told him his Steep Tech was tha' shizzle. (Personally, I hated the jacket: heavy, stayed wet, and didn't breathe. Aside from that, it was fine.)
thats cause tnf sucks....
post #22 of 25
Yellow on top and black on the bottom is the fastest combo.

And it helps the kids find me.

You should not have hurt Rich's feelings... Meanies.
post #23 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by davluri View Post
blocks and bands of contrasting colors is over.

Black is a classic.

earth tones and grays are in harmony with the environment colors.

White/gray camo is good for fence ducking on storm days, bright red could look like a patrol jacket, and reversible jackets are useful .

Too much color on the hill makes the place look like disneyland!

form follows function.
I think the functionality of color depends on where you ski. Here at the Big Fog, browns, grays, white, etc. blends in with the surroundings too much. You might get run over OR lost in the trees and never found. Brights? There's a chance they'll find the body.
post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 
I want this old helmet:
post #25 of 25
Back in 1995 IIRC, I had a friend with a custom airbrushed American flag JOFA helmet.

FULL FACE NO LESS.

That thing was awesome. I was jealous. He was one of those kids who would barely leave the ground over a roller and then regale us with stories of how much air he got. I think we called him Big Air Doug for the rest of the decade...
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