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Base layer for the legs...which one is the warmest...

post #1 of 13
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I must be some kind of magnet for cold weather and snow...
I went skiing 20 times last year...only 5 were in sunshine and temps above 15*...
I have been up 4 time this year...same thing..all 4 times it was snowing and around 15*...
Trust me i am not complaining...I will gladly deal with this rather than warm or no snow...
The ski areas should hire me..I would make sure they get snow...
I have no problems with cold except my legs...
I have a a pair of Burton pants, they are great when the sun is out and its not windy...
If its snowing or windy, they are not enough..
YES. i am wearing long underwear...but its the off the shelf stuff from Sports authority...
Instead of spending big money to get a really nice pair of ski pants..i would like to upgrade the base layer to improve the cold weather performance...
What do the bears recommend...
post #2 of 13
Layers. Add one. (e.g. fleece pants). Repeat as necessary.

This has been another in a series of simple answers to simple questions.
post #3 of 13
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Layers. Add one. (e.g. fleece pants). Repeat as necessary.

This has been another in a series of simple answers to simple questions.
Yep. Multiple layers are exponentially warmer than one, even if individually they're not much heavier.

Try polypropylene as the bottom layer, then some of that fancy Smartwool/Icebreaker stuff over that. Polyester fleece probably works well too.
post #4 of 13
I love my patagonia capilene 3 base layer when it's chilly, if it's really cold, then fleece pants between your base and your shell are the way to go.
post #5 of 13
I wear very light long undies when it is warmer and a pair of heavier running tights when it gets really cold. Also have 2 pairs of ski pants, one with insulation and one without so that I can adjust my gear to whatever temp it is.

Mike
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info...
I will check into getting another layer on top of the base layer I have...
That's got to help...
That also give me the ability to adjust for different temps...
post #7 of 13
Are the pants insulated or shells. Do they have lots of big zippers or are they windproof? If wind is making a big difference you need to figure out where it's getting in since that's a big part of the problem.
Cheap "Expedition Weight" polypro unless you need the wind protection of tights. If they are cut a little more loose than your other underwear you can wear them alone or over the lighter weight stuff you already have.
post #8 of 13
i wear a midweight smartwool base under my ski pants. i love wool. i hate layering. i wear a wool bottom base layer, a wool top base layer, pants and jacket and i'm good to go.
post #9 of 13
Marmot makes a light weight fleece pant, "Reactor", perfect for wearing under unlined ski pants. I used to wear them before I purchased lined pants.
post #10 of 13
Silk, nothing is more comfortable, warm and less constrictive than silk long johns under your ski pants while skiing or snowshoeing.

Eddie Bauer or campmore around $30 or less.
post #11 of 13
One easy option that doesn't require buying new stuff would be to layer some synthetic or light wool pants under your shell. If you have perm press dress pants that are baggy enough those would work. But I think knit works better since it is stretchier. Also I some times wear board shorts under my shell ski pants because they keep my rear from getting cold while I am sitting on lifts.
post #12 of 13
Where have you been skiing that the high was 14* this season?

Now, add more layers
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Loveland...
Just this past Thursday it was around 12*...
Fortunately there was very little wind...
Loveland is always on the cold side...
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