If you're planning on partaking in any sort of winter sport, it's crucial to make sure your clothing is as up to the challenge as you are. Breathability is the key, and combined with the other key features listed, you'll be in perfect comfort and ready to rip up the slopes.
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The mid layer exists to equip you with versatile insulation, both on and off the slopes. Often made of wool or fleece, this layer must be highly breathable to allow the moisture escaping from your base layer to be released, but must also trap air to provide extra warmth. Multiple thin layers are less bulky and more versatile than wearing a single thick layer.
Your jacket and pants form the outer layer of your clothing system and are designed to protect you from the cold snow and harsh wind. The outer fabric should also be breathable, but not let the cold or moisture in.
Ventilation: Your jacket and pants should feature zippered venting to allow you to dump excess body heat.
Synthetic: Synthetic materials, such as “Primaloft” may not be as warm as down, but is more versatile and takes on less moisture.
Hood: A detachable hood is recommended. Use it in bad weather, or detach in good weather.
Pockets: Weather-protected pockets are necessary to hold your lip balm and money, while keeping the snow out.
Internal Snow Skirt: It keeps the snow out. If you don’t have one of these, make sure you have a draw cord.
Socks: Knee length socks are a must for skiers and snowborders alike - to keep your feet warm and comfortable in your boots. Merino wool is a popular choice as the fine fibers are much less scratchy and irritating than normal wool.
Gloves: Protect your fingers with warm, waterproof gloves. If you're desiring higher performance and maneuverability go for less bulk.
Googles: Your eyes will thank you for wearing googles, which protect you from all harsh winter elements, including the bright glare of the sun reflecting off the snow.
Helmet: A helmet is the primary way to protect your skull on the slopes.
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