Originally Posted by spymonkey
I'm sure you guys probably hate clothing questions, but I'm pretty clueless about cold weather clothing (Florida native, I've never owned a jacket). From researching the forum ... I'll be in Colorado in mid-February, where I guess the temperatures are gonna be in the 10s or 20s or so. I was going to simply buy whatever was cheapest on sierratradingpost.com, but I figured I'd ask first before I buy junk :)
Also if anybody has a suggestion on cheap gloves (< $30) I'd also appreciate it :)
use layers, as much as possible
try to stay away from cottons, stuff collects moisture and releases it poorly.
If you're a runner or cyclist, the base layers used in those sports work great as skiing base layer. Running and cycling vests make a great addition to real utility skiwear.
Think some medium weight long underwear, again not cotton.
you can get that anywhere, sierratradingpost - I like Campmor.com, store in Paramus NJ.
Then a good wicking Mock Turtleneck - preferrably trading off from one day to next on all items, except maybe the parka and pants.
'PolarFleece' or other lofting tech fibre for a sweater/Mid layer - NO COTTON SWEATSHIRT!
Parka of some water resistant, breathable tech microfiber or layer (Goretex). Good adjustable around the wrists, collar which closes high enough to cover at least to the chin or a bit higher.
Snowcuff around the waist is ideal, but a good snug fit via drawstrings or elastic (for high hip length) works ok. Back Bib pants (high in back) works ok. Sleeve lengths are important.
So layers going outward - strcitly for your skiing time - this does not include your off-hill wear
'base layer' light wicking Tee or tank - 2 (easy handwash in shower and let dry on 'off' day)
Mock T or full Turtleneck - wicking medium weight - 2 will take you for 3 days, 3 will usually get you set for 5 days - not used for off-hill activities or wear
Polarfleece - I Prefer pullover design since a front zip usually doesn't have underlay - that zip area becomes a cold spot on a cold or windy day- having 2 is nice - don;t need to be fancy or pricey.
Light Nylon Overshell 'vest' design (no sleeves) for over the Polarfleece when its colder. My cycling vests (full nylon back for these, not the mesh back kind) work great.
They basically turn the Polarfleece into almost another jacket layer...
Vest design - because you really don;t need more arm insulation than the sleeves on the stuff before the vest. Means better mobility.
Parka - Insulated is OK, but prefer one with a Zip-out Liner, more versatile. Tech Microfiber or Goretex Type layer, Pockets, zip vents are nice, high collar. A well constructed overlap/overflap and underlay on the front zip is important.
Thin Smartwool type Ski Socks - usually they come well up the calf and even up behind the knee - not heavy, thick socks, don;t buy too big in size either. one pr each Day!
Medium Weight Tech Long underwear - one for each day !
Bib Overpant with multi-layer tech fabric.
hat/helmet/gloves/googles/sunglasses/chapstick/sunblock (you'll get fried on a sunny day at altitude)/snotrag-bandana/and so on...