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post #1 of 16
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Hope this is the proper place for this thread. Wanted to keep it in the beginner forums as I'm sure the advanced skiers don't want to read this sort of thread in their forums for the more advanced stuff. But the story is I went skiing 2 winters ago using borrowed clothes and I had a great time. Last year I was too broke to get out there and ski some more but have a little bit of money to work with this winter and need to get some relatively cheap clothing and accessories to get me only the slopes. Extra emphasis on the cheap part as I'm a college student and could always find a use for my money. I'll be doing most if not all of my skiing locally around Pittsburgh, PA so it's not the tundra but it can get fairly cold. Here is a link to average Pittsburgh temperatures if you aren't familiar: http://bit.ly/99feKX.

 

So here's what I was thinking for my gear. Keep in mind I'm really skinny, 5'10" 130ish lbs, so I really prefer gear with a nice slim fit as I hate having on bulky clothes.

 

Baselayer:

http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/mens/apparel/tops/coldgear/pid1000512-Men-s-ColdGear-Longsleeve-Mock/1000512-400

or

http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/pid1215483-Men-s-UA-ColdGear-Fitted-Mock&cross_sell=1000512#BVRRWidgetID

 

Second layer:

http://www.backcountry.com/the-north-face-momentum-fleece-jacket-mens-tnf4034#reviews

 

Shell:

I really have no idea on this one. Not sure how warm of an outer layer I'll need for the type of temperatures I'll be dealing with, especially because it was pretty warm the only time I've skied. Would like to spend the smallest amount possible as this and my pants are two of the most expensive items but also the two I will get the least use of outside of skiing.

 

Goggles:

http://www.backcountry.com/smith-intake-mx-goggle

 

Lower-half Baselayer:

http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/?&l=shop,pwp,c-1%20100701/f-4294961717/t-Nike%20Pro%20Cool&sitesrc=usnp_staycool#l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-149097/pgid-368643

I already own these Nike Pro tights that are fairly warm so they should work?

 

Pants:

Again, not too sure just what I'll need. Like I mentioned above on the jacket though, would like to try to keep spending minimal

 

Socks:

I have terrible circulation in my feet and it's not uncommon for them to be freezing in 70 degree weather so suggestions for some socks that will keep my feet nice and toasty without a bunch of bulk are much appreciated

 

Gloves:

Open to suggestions here too, haven't done much looking yet.

 

 

Appreciate all comments on the potential gear that I posted as well as suggestions, both where I though I may know what is I need or where I had no idea. I'm the noob here so school me

post #2 of 16

Welcome to Epic and skiing.  But, I have to say you don't sound too poor with that lineup.  IMO, UA is grossly overpriced just because a bunch of overpaid professional athletes wear it.  There is a lot of stuff around that is just as good and often less expensive.  If you want cheap, go to www.mountaingear.com and check their sale page, also check Sierra Trading Post, Department of Goods(assinine name for what was Backcountry.com outlet) and also Gear Trade, another affiliate of Backcountry that deals a lot with used and returned gear.  If your feet actually get cold at 70F I honestly don't know how you can ski, but the general recommendation is one light to medium weight sock and that is all.  I've had students complain about cold feet and find out they're wearing three pairs of cotton socks.  I wear one pair of knee high compression ski socks and my feet are fine.  If your boots don't fit right your feet will almost always get cold.  The Nike tights should be OK.  I wear 3/4 length compression tights and love them but they are not Nike.  I wear soft shell ski pants over the tights and have skied in very cold conditions here in Montana and my legs have been fine.  Ski shops are always having sales on gloves and mittens so it shouldn't be too hard to find those.  If your hand tend to get cold easily, get mittens and you'll stay warmer.  Get a good hat or helmet that will keep your head warm because that will help keep your hands and feet warmer.  The biggest no-no is cotton, it provides little warmth, and once it gets wet it stays wet for the entire day.  As for the shell, you should be able to find a shell that you can use for everyday use so it won't be a special purpose thing.  Just make sure it is windproof, at least water resistant, drawcord at the hem and has lots of pockets.  You may or may not want it to have a hood.  I dislike hoods on ski jackets but that is just me.  You really need to try on the goggles to make sure they're comfortable and fit your face - some are much larger than others.  It is also pretty easy to find goggles on sale.

post #3 of 16

x2 regarding UA stuff. 

Key here is to avoid cotton.

 

As a college student, you must have some wicking synthetic long sleeve tees and/or zip necks - those will do. If you have both - put the tee under the zip neck if the zip bother you. Wear both on really cold days.  

Any existing polartec fleece pull over and/or zip front jackets can be the next layer. 

No point buying stuff you already have and blow your wad. 

Jacket wise - if you are skiing the NE - go with a insulated parka. Western skiing can be handle with a wind-proof shell.

 

Bottom base layer wise I like silk but most of my groups perter mid-weight. Key is make sure the bottom of the leg openings are large enough to go over you ski boot top. This keeps the base layer out of the boots (pressure point) and act as an additional snow cuff to keep snow out of your boots. If you feet get cold - go with a pair of insulated pants.          

 

Sock - go with a brand name ultra-thin ski sock. It's actually warmer, no pressure points (from the sock) and keep the stink down.

 

Goggle - go to your local ski shop and try on as many pair as possible and note the brand and model of the ones that fits your face. Most goggle fits depend upon finding a match between your face shape and the goggle shape. Pay special attention to the fit around the nose - no lights. Once you know what fits - getting them cheap on the net is easy.  

 

Most of these items can be found easily in discounted sites on the net. Just browse around.   

post #4 of 16

Altrec, www.altrec.com is having their semi-annual sale.  I've purchased from them and it's a good company, very quick shipping and good customer service. 

post #5 of 16

Champion C9 line at Target if you have one near you (and if you're not boycotting Target).  I know a lot of people (figure skaters, not skiiers) who swear by UnderArmour tights, but many also swear by the C9 stuff.  I'm a pretty cold person and my C9 stuff--especially tights--work pretty well for me, both for skating and skiing.  And we're talking $20 for women's tights vs. $50 for the UnderArmour pair.  Mind you, I've never tried UnderArmour so I can't compare, but I know of people who say they're comparable.

post #6 of 16

A little late to the game but, Overstock.com is a great place to shop for ski clothing as well.

post #7 of 16

Ok, this is kind of an old thread, but it's still on the front page and it asks the right question, so...I've never heard of this outfit but I like the look of their stuff. Anyone had any experience with them? For stuff like ski boots, ski jackets, etc.?


Edited by PhilP - 10/14/11 at 3:27pm
post #8 of 16

Your username is PhilP ?  I'm sure that won't lead to any confusion around here...

post #9 of 16

Why? Is there already a PhilP here? I haven't noticed. It wouldn't have let me register it if there were, would it?

post #10 of 16
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Your username is PhilP ?  I'm sure that won't lead to any confusion around here...



 



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Why? Is there already a PhilP here? I haven't noticed. It wouldn't have let me register it if there were, would it?


LOL, I assume JayT (not to be confused with J-Lo) is referring to me...PhilPug. I guess I put the ug in your name. Either way...welcome to Epic. If need any help, lemme know..us Phil's Groundhog and all) need to stick together. 

 

post #11 of 16
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I've never heard of this outfit but I like the look of their stuff. Anyone had any experience with them? For stuff like ski boots, ski jackets, etc.?


Welcome to Epic.  What company are you referring to when you say "this outfit?"  If you mean Overstocks, they've been around quite a long time and are reputable AFAIK.  I've bought a couple things from them but nothing for skiing.  You would not want to buy ski boots from them or any other online seller for that matter.  When you're first starting you need to go to a knowledgeable boot fitter so you don't end up with boots that are 2 sizes too big

post #12 of 16

Go get some goggles and gloves at Costco. Helmet too. Even the Costco in CA has them these days. Right next to the snow sleds. They're cheap and plenty good enough for a beginner.

post #13 of 16

I just meant that PhilPug is one of the most frequent posters on this forum.  I don't think there will actually be any confusion.  I mean to put a wink.gif at the end of my other post.

 

Welcome...
 

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Why? Is there already a PhilP here? I haven't noticed. It wouldn't have let me register it if there were, would it?



 

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by PhilP View Post

Ok, this is kind of an old thread, but it's still on the front page and it asks the right question, so...I've never heard of this outfit but I like the look of their stuff. Anyone had any experience with them? For stuff like ski boots, ski jackets, etc.?



Ski boots are in a completely different category than base layers, socks, jackets, gloves, goggles, etc.  Have you looked around at the threads related to boot fitting?  Unless you have unusually hard to fit feet, renting a couple times first is probably worthwhile.

post #15 of 16

Gotcha, and thanks for the welcomes. I think I'll take your advice on the boots, I can see how it would be important to have them fitted right. the place I was talking about is an online store, I'll check out Costco and some army surplus stores for other stuff. I have a lot of hunting clothes that'll do me to start. i really am starting at the bottom level. already starting to feel the ski equipment PAD coming  on:)

post #16 of 16

This is also the time of year you might get some real bargains at ski swaps. Don't get boots there unless you have been fitted and know exactly what works for you. Beginners typically get boots that don't really fit them properly. Anything else should be fine. Clothing can be real cheap.

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