Since I'm also new to skiing, I haven't learned all the small nuances of various brands and models within those brands. I saw a thread about the BeyondClothing site launch and spent time last night building some custom clothing and was really really impressed with the [perceived] value of the kit. Is there anyone who owns stuff from BeyondClothing that wouldn't mind sharing their impressions? I'm particularly interested in the Cold Fusion X jacket, but am curious about their pants and thermal base layers, as well.
I'm also considering a jacket from Karbon, Helly Hansen or North Face. I ski Kirkwood in Tahoe and my core doesn't tend to get as cold as my extremities; so super warm isn't as critical, but wind and waterproof, as well as ease of movement are very important. If you have other makes of jackets to suggest please feel free (bonus points if you follow up a jacket name with why I should be looking at it ).