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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by lemmiwinks View Post

I used to think goggles weren't necessary but if it snows at all while you're skiing you kind of need them.

You will need them after you have conquered the never ever beginner terrain.  You won't need them for trudging around the magic carpet trails of the West while it is snowing   You will likely need them in the East or Midwest when snowmaking operations are in progress-that kind of snow is more blinding than big fat western flakes.. , skiing slowly out West on day one or two.
post #32 of 44
Yeah the day I got stuck without them they were making snow, so I guess you're probably right.
post #33 of 44
Goggles will be a future need, and they are always good to have.  They just aren't as necessary as say, gloves or a hat/helmet on a cold day.  Just don't spend $60.00 on a pair for your first day skiing at a place that it isn't likely to be blowing snow guns full blast.  A pair of paint ball goggles would be sufficient come to think of it..

or these

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10928533
post #34 of 44
Agree w/ crgildart ; Goodwill,Salvation army.  A good pair of moisture wicking socks(prob wanna buy them new tho.) lol
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by spymonkey View Post

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
most versatile.
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
Torso
'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.

Bottoms
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...
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by oldtri View Post

Agree w/ crgildart ; Goodwill,Salvation army. 

Yep.  If you don't mind wearing used and can find your size there, this is the most economical.

One more thought: Buy yourself one of these:

http://www.rei.com/product/663041

It's a neck gaiter and will do more to keep you warm than any other accessory.  Best ten bucks you will spend on winter apparel. Just trust me on this one. Buy yourself one.  You won't regret it.
post #37 of 44
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Goggles will be a future need, and they are always good to have.  They just aren't as necessary as say, gloves or a hat/helmet on a cold day.  Just don't spend $60.00 on a pair for your first day skiing at a place that it isn't likely to be blowing snow guns full blast.  A pair of paint ball goggles would be sufficient come to think of it..

or these

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10928533
 

Are these goggles ok even though they don't have UV protection?  I've heard stuff about blah blah make sure goggles have UV protection, the sun's rays are stronger up high, etc. etc.  I'd shell out the extra money just to protect my eyes, unless it's all just marketing fluff.

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Originally Posted by Walt View Post




Yep.  If you don't mind wearing used and can find your size there, this is the most economical.

One more thought: Buy yourself one of these:

http://www.rei.com/product/663041

It's a neck gaiter and will do more to keep you warm than any other accessory.  Best ten bucks you will spend on winter apparel. Just trust me on this one. Buy yourself one.  You won't regret it.
 

Thanks, I never even thought of that :)
post #38 of 44
 Many general purpose socks won't come up your leg high enough to prevent chaffing of shins from boot tongues.
post #39 of 44
Do you have Academy stores out there in FL?? I live in Houston, TX so relatively similar weather and the ones here even carry ski gear.

I've gotten ALL my stuff there, I've always shopped on a budget because in the past I was in college when I went and I've just recently been a grad last trip. I got a pair of ski pants for $19 marked down from $40 I think, and a Polar Edge jacket for less than $70 that has done an AWESOME job. I love to go tree and powder diving now and then and this cheaper jacket came with everything needed for that, a waist gaitor and wrist gaitors. Kept EVERY bit of snow out when I bit it once and was chest deep. Had to dig my way out of that one...

I know a lot of people on here have said ski socks really aren't important, but I will say that from the times I used to rent equipment, socks will make a big difference. Rental boots aren't really the most amazing things ever...A comfier pair of wool socks always served me well.

I've always been weary of buying clothing online just due to fit and not being able to try it on, but other things like goggles I'd say go for it if you find a good deal online.
post #40 of 44
cheap gloves ($15-$25) kinco makes a lot of leather gloves that will outperform the majority of the $100+ ski gloves out there.  something along the lines of http://www.kinco.com/prods/L03-04.php treated with snoseal will keep you warm and dry all day long.
post #41 of 44
Best advice above is from snofun.  Here's my two cents.  Purchase a good set of base layer.  If you dont, the rest is all downhill, once you start moving.  You can get it cheap, at back country outlet, stp, ll bean, or even lands end.

Then scout out the kohls, marshalls etc. for pants and a jacket. they have some decent stuff if you hit a few stores.  Level nine to fill in anything else you need. 

You can do it on the cheap, But do it right. If you use cotton baselayer, you will be uncomfortable-period. Other advise for a midlayer is to buy a used but modern merino or cashmere sweater from various sources, ebay, etc.  While it may not look cool, you can not do better for a mid layer.
post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by spymonkey View Post




Are these goggles ok even though they don't have UV protection?  I've heard stuff about blah blah make sure goggles have UV protection, the sun's rays are stronger up high, etc. etc.  I'd shell out the extra money just to protect my eyes, unless it's all just marketing fluff.

 

If it is dumping snow you won't need UV protection.  If it is not, then you can wear regular (good) sunglasses for UV protection.  You asked for cheap.  If you have the $30.00 for a cheaper pair of all around goggles then go for it
post #43 of 44
kbuzz makes a good point regarding mid layers.

A good source I've found for Merion Wool sweaters and tops is Dillard's.  Here they blow stuff out at 70% off and then an additional 30% off that in the offseason (i.e. NOW).  

I got a collection of Merino sweaters in various weights that I wear day to day.  Some of them would make excellent mid layers if I needed them.  I paid in the single digits for all of them.  Just make sure they're 100% wool (which all of mine are).

Might be a good source for other things as well (fleece, etc.) though I've never looked personally.  Living in a warmer climate makes it a little harder to find appropriate stuff, but when you do, it's easier to score crazy deals.

There is enough good advice on this thread, that I don't have much more to add.  I echo everyone else though.  Don't skimp on the base layers and try to build a wardrobe you can add to as time goes on.  

The other thing I will offer up (which I voiced to the OP in a PM) is to go for shells vs insulated if possible.  I think this is key, especially when you live in warmer climate where there isn't much opportunity to wear much "winter" wear.  I live in Austin and we rarely get the severe cold weather, but we get our fair share of rain, etc. and I can't tell you the number of times my nice waterproof gear has come in handy in the "off season".  This years Austin City Limits Festival was a downpour and while my cohorts were wet and miserable, I was completely dry in my TNF Gore shell with all vents open and waterproof shoes!  Fared much better than all the folks (almost said fools) in $1 plastic panchos (sauna!!!) selling for $20 at the festival.

OP, keep us posted as you progress on this and your forthcoming skiing adventure(s).  This is a great site and hopefully you can pay it forward one day as you learn.
post #44 of 44
Thread Starter 
Sorry to bring this back from the dead, but I wanted to thank everyone again for their useful advice.

I did search through a lot of thrift shops, only to find them unfortunately devoid of jackets.  Probably because FL already had a cold snap, so all of the jackets were probably taken by the time I started looking.  I did however find a decent-ish pair of ski pants for $30 at Burlington coat factory, who knows how they'll fare but at least I didn't break the bank on them :).

I got a helly hansen jacket through steep and cheap (or tramdock, I don't remember) for about 50 or 60ish.  Nothing high-end of course, but it should hopefully work out fine.  Got an under armour base layer half off at the outlets, the kinco ski gloves, cheap $15 pair of goggles from amazon, a merino sweater from dillards for about 15, so overall I was able to get everything I needed for < $200.

Thanks again for all the suggestions in this thread!
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