2. I’m confused by all the different fabric names. What’s the difference between Gore-Tex and other shell fabrics?
Whats wrong with wearing cotton or wool?
When natural fibers like cotton and wool get wet from snow or perspiration, they retain their moisture, leaving the wearer wet and chilled. Not only is this uncomfortable, it can affect performance and potentially dangerous. When skin remains wet in a cold environment, the boy’s core temperature can be lowered enough to cause hypothermia. Not only do synthetic fabrics wick moisture away from the skin, they dry quickly and help keep the wearer warm in the process.
I’m confused by all the different fabric names. What’s the difference between Gore-Tex and other shell fabrics?
Gore-Tex is actually not a fabric; it’s a membrane that is laminated to a shell fabric such as nylon or polyester. Before the mid-1970’s, when Gore-Tex was invented, wearing a water and windproof shell jacket meant sacrificing breathability. Both waterproof and breathable, Gore-Tex set a new standard for technical outerwear. Today, many outdoor clothing manufacturers offer functional alternatives to Gore-Tex, all of which provide varying degrees of waterproofing and breathability. One of these alternatives might work for you just as well or better than Gore-Tex – it’s really a matter of assessing your personal needs depending on your activity level, body type, and where you’ll be skiing or snowboarding.
I can only afford so much technical clothing. what items are absolutely essential?
For any outdoor winter activity, an inner wicking layer is crucial. Nothing will help you stay warm and comfortable as well as a garment with moisture-transport capabilities. You can purchase an inexpensive fleece insulator that will function during most activities. Look for features that add versatility, such as a snap turtleneck or full zip. An outer shell doesn’t always have to be both waterproof and breathable – you can consider more affordable alternatives that are highly water-resistant yet sill breathable. Again, keep versatility and ventilation in mind. Snap off hoods, underarm zippers, and ventilating pockets are features that add value and performance to a shell garment. A pair of full side-zip shell pants is another investment worth making. As the weather changes, you can easily put them on or take them off without removing skis.
How do i know which weight of fleece to choose?
Most outdoor manufacturers offer fleece garments in various weights for different activity levels and climates. When shopping, think hard about the type of activity you’ll do most often, and where you’ll do it, as well as how your body functions. Lightweight stretchy fleece garments are best for highly aerobic sports like cross-country skiing and running; the stretch allows arms to swing freely and makes the garment easier to add or shed. For downhill skiing and snowboarding, you might need a thicker fleece to retain warmth between runs. There are numerous fleece weights and styles to help outdoor enthusiasts find the perfect fit for their specific needs.
where can i get more information how to dress for winter sports?
There are many good sources of information and apparel. On the Internet, check out the website for Ski and Skiing (http://www.skinet.com/), which contains sections on apparel and fabrics used in the outdoors. Also, the SnowSports Industries of America website (http://www.snowlink.com/), can help you locate many outdoor manufacturers.