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Baggy Slalom Shorts

post #1 of 24
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Last night marked the final night of "open training" at a local ski hill.. A fun time was had by all with some really fast racers out messing around in SL and GS courses.

One racer in particular startled the other participants with his overly baggy slalom shorts. Is this a new-school trend that I am not aware of?

Our beer league is considering a shorts and softshells rule for the fastest class for SL next year and I am contemplating some softshell shorts. Just want to make sure I'm not missing anything or "leaving time on the hill" so to speak.:

Thoughts?:
post #2 of 24
I dunno, to me

post #3 of 24
it would be pretty funny (and dangerous) if said racer got shorts caught on the chair and could be seen dangling from the chair by his shorts as it rode around the bullwheel.

they are to keep your a$$ warm on the ride up, and should be easy to take off come race time. I suppose the baggier they are, the easier they come off...but it is really hard to get down a slalom course with your training shorts around your ankles.

So as far as I know, no trend, sounds like he got a good deal on an End of Season Sale but they only had XXXXL left.

But if they guy is FAST then I guess he can wear any size shorts he wants. but I would think it would be counterintuitive, hard to go fast with your shorts ballooning out around you like a sailboat coming down the hill
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by Holimonter View Post
One racer in particular startled the other participants with his overly baggy slalom shorts. Is this a new-school trend that I am not aware of?

Thoughts?:
Startled? : They are just a men's size medium normal Karbon training short... [before they went to the more slim designed shorts] I think you are right about the velcro and zippers being short though. They kept coming apart. I guess I'll have to upgrade for next year to something that is more stylish and less like something that would nornally be found in the terrain park. Although... maybe said racer has started a fashion trend... more than likely maybe not though.

I'm not sure how I feel about all this talk of undressing this racer though... :
post #5 of 24
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but it is really hard to get down a slalom course with your training shorts around your ankles.
Now I have an excuse! I love excuses. Maybe I'll start wearing them in races...

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But if they guy is FAST then I guess he can wear any size shorts he wants. but I would think it would be counterintuitive, hard to go fast with your shorts ballooning out around you like a sailboat coming down the hill
Fast is a relative term.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Startled?
Yep. Proof in the video room, "nice skiing, BOY those shorts are big!"

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I'm not sure how I feel about all this talk of undressing this racer though... :
Nope. Never talked about undressing a racer and probably never will... Ok, maybe I will but it won't be you, that's for sure.

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Fast is a relative term.
Sure is... you qualify. If you do decide to race with us, I, for one, would appreciate it if you wore baggier shorts. Maybe one of those sumo suits would help as well.

Video of the offending shorts to come in a few days...

Cheers!
post #7 of 24
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Nope. Never talked about undressing a racer and probably never will... Ok, maybe I will but it won't be you, that's for sure.
That was directed to Linda!

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Video of the offending shorts to come in a few days...

Cheers!
Uh oh! I was just about to send out some emails to retrieve last night's training video. Are you going to be there Saturday for the race/excuse-to-drink-beer?
post #8 of 24
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Uh oh! I was just about to send out some emails to retrieve last night's training video. Are you going to be there Saturday for the race/excuse-to-drink-beer?
Keeping that video from seeing the light of day will cost you!

I am actually putting on a training session / BBQ / excuse-to-drink beer event on Saturday so I can't make it. I am sure that it will be a blast :
post #9 of 24
woah woah, wooooah now.

What is all of this about undressing? I assume we were talking about having speed suits on underneath our training shorts???

no one is undressing me...you would have to catch me first! (wink)

Heluva skier is the guy with the Baggy Shorts? have I stepped into some inside joke here?
post #10 of 24
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Heluva skier is the guy with the Baggy Shorts? have I stepped into some inside joke here?
Perhaps yes, perhaps no...

Inside joke... yeah.
post #11 of 24
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Heluva skier is the guy with the Baggy Shorts? have I stepped into some inside joke here?
Yep - Heluva is the guy with the heluva big shorts!

The shorts were a recurring theme last night and I just had to call him out on it here (oops, not another call-out ).
post #12 of 24
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(oops, not another call-out ).
Go ahead - challenge me to a contest of who has bigger shorts. I win.

Call outs are good - as long as they are the right kind... like calling everyone out to come race with us saturday would be a good call out.

Last night was definitely fun though. It is too bad that training is over already. Hopefully the program will continue next season... More miles = faster times...
post #13 of 24

Baggy shorts...

...are one of the secret trends around here, especially with some of the juniors. Either because they have limited budgets or just because they don't want to look like mom and dad (who are spiffily attired Masters racers...) a lot of the kids just go to Sports Authority or someplace similar and buy Really Big basketball shorts...you know, the kind that hang down past Michael Jordan's knees...in the most outrageous colors available. And of course, this is nothing compared to the Loveland Derby, a serious points race where races of all ages attire themselves in all kinds of incredible customes (witches, elves, Santa, guys dressing up as girls and vice versa, Superman, Batman...you name it) and shred plastic in the spring at Loveland...
post #14 of 24
What is a shorts and softshell rule?
post #15 of 24
[quote=SkiRacer55;878176 spiffily attired Masters racers[/quote]

Ooooohhhh, someone post a photo of Holimonter here quick....



Shorts and softshell rule goes something like this- it's a gentlemens (and ladies) agreement that all competitors in a certain group or division agree to wear training shorts and softshells over speedsuits in the name of comfort. This usually works until they get beat by someone in a lesser division, then all bets seem to be off!
post #16 of 24
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What is a shorts and softshell rule?
There is a proposal to mandate that all class 1 racers (of 5 classes) wear a softshell jacket and shorts over their race suits for all races that aren't USSA Masters events. The purpose of this is to look more inviting to new racer that would otherwise steer clear of our race league because it looks too intense.

I can totally see the point. Who wants to jump into a race course whose start area is littered with spandex clad guys and gals corking ceraF into their skis to run a 20 second GS or a 24 second SL.

Everyone that joins our league falls in love with it and the great people that race in it but that initial shock of, "Man, that's a ton of spandex" may scare some people away.

Actually, while I'm on this subject, what are everyone's thoughts?
post #17 of 24
Cool. That is a great rule. No hardshells because they slide? I think you should just apply it to all classes if it isn't a USSA event.
post #18 of 24
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Ooooohhhh, someone post a photo of Holimonter here quick....
OUCH!

That's it! I've had just about enough of you!

Now I'm calling you out too! I challenge you to a "my shorts are baggier than your shorts contest!"

As my stand-in, I pick HeluvaSkier
post #19 of 24
The older guy in lycra body suit is very funny. Softshell rule would rob the public of a lot of grins and giggles. Don't spoil the fun. Long live the leotard!
post #20 of 24
Tele, You don't even want to know what some of these guys look like in our league..:

Holimonter, I plead no contest- you'd win!
post #21 of 24
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The rule is intended to make the league more inviting. It's more of a "NO SUITS" rule. But we can't actually say that because of all of the other positive stuff that a suit brings (padding, etc.)

If someone shows up in jeans and a windbreaker, we'd welcome them as we have everyone else that joined this year. The intent is bring more people in and not have them feel as if they're at a huge disadvantage from the get-go.

Oh, and the obscenity and shrinkage mitigation are nice byproducts.
post #22 of 24
Agreed - it is a good rule. If everyone sticks to it, things can be just as competitive without suits as they can with suits. The competition in the top 10 or so is already pretty tough though, so if one person caves I imagine they all do. I seem to remember training while some of those races were going on and thinking that everyone was crazy for stripping down (8 degree, windy nights).:
post #23 of 24
Holimonter, I yanked the post you refer to, thanks for not quoting it. I'm glad your rule doesn't exclude any garb other than race suit. That's cool. I expected that was the case. Sorry for the jibe at those prone to obesity and shrinkage. I have experienced both conditions.
post #24 of 24
I have maroon cut off sweat pants. Are those cool enough?

They fit over boots and stuff into a coat sleeve.
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