Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson
SmartWool from head to toe. I like the lighter layers. I take two light layers and double them up. The light weight skiers sock from SmartWool is also very nice.
Remember warmth comes from the boot, not the sock. Oft times, a thermal sock makes you colder in a ski boot.
Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor
If they're actually getting soaked in that short a time, it may be that your gloves are made of a material that doesn't breathe, so none of the moisture is escaping. Most gloves are decent about this however, even cheaper ones, but it's worth a look. The other option is to try some gloves that aren't as warm. It sounds counter-intuitive, but if you have very warm gloves, they're probably making your hands sweat excessively, thus getting your gloves wet and freezing. Lighter gloves may be an option.
Finally, get some glove liners as I suggested, and make sure they're ones that wick well. Wicking means they don't soak up moisture, but rather expell it, so that your gloves may get wet, but at least the liners and your hands stay relatively dry.
Unfortunately hands and feet sweat a lot, but you should be able to mitigate the problem somewhat.
Originally Posted by Matthias99
Good points here. I have a pair of "Hotfingers" gloves that are great when it's really, really, really cold, but otherwise make my hands sweat (which then makes my hands really cold).
Near the end of last year I picked up a pair of the Smartwool 'Spring' gloves. I think they'll be warm enough (for me) most days, and should breathe a lot better than the crappy lighter-weight gloves I had before.
, hopefully you have already decided on SmartWool Phd Racer socks, and SmartWool or similar merino wool base layers (Ts).
Your gloves should be warm and breathable as posted above. I recommend Hestra, Gore-Tex XCR Glove
and the Guide Glove
The XCR is Hestra's "bomber" glove, recommended for skiing, freeskiing, and backcountry, for very cold days. The Guide glove with its removable wool pile/wool terry, for average cold days.
I wear a POC Scull Comp helmet at all times. Last season, I still
got a moderate concussion after a bad crash..my doctor said it was a good thing I had it on, or I might not be here today.
Anyways, it's your choice whether or not to wear a helmet. So, on to beanies. Wool hats are warmest, many have fleece lining, and some have a GORE WINDSTOPPER laminate membrane. I have a complete shelf in my closet dedicated to beanies...my favorites are my Kjus, FUR, Helly Hansen, and Burton. Get what fits you, looks good on you, and is comfortable...it's a + when it goes with your jacket[s]!