When you are planning your first ski trip, it's important to pack the right ski wear. Workout pants, jeans or clothing made of cotton will not keep you warm and dry on the slopes. What you need is a layering system, which is composed of a moisture-wicking layer, a middle insulating layer and an outer layer to protect you from the harsh weather elements.
This layering system traps the body-warmed air between layers of clothing, while allowing moisture vapor from perspiration to escape through breathable outerwear materials.
Your long underwear is the wicking layer of ski wear. When choosing this layer of ski wear, keep in mind that synthetic fabrics are better than cotton. Synthetics move moisture to the outside of the fabric, where it can evaporate. Most long underwear fabrics such as polyester have been treated with special chemicals that improve their wicking abilities.
Lightweight long underwear works best, for spring skiing or for skiers who tend to sweat profusely. Midweight long underwear is preferable for most skiers. However, if you ski in extremely cold climates, you should choose heavyweight long underwear. For odor control, some fabrics are treated with a microbial chemical.
The Insulating Layer of Ski Wear
The next layer of ski wear is responsible for insulation. This is the layer that helps you retain body heat. It does this task by forming a layer of still air around your body.
Insulation ski wear is usually composed of polyesters, which are treated with a process that makes the fibers stand up and trap air between the fibers.This trapped air creates the protective layer of still air that insulates your body from the cold. While fleece is a popular fabric for insulation, many people still prefer to use wool.
The ski jacket is the outermost layer of ski wear. It is designed to protect your body from the elements. Ski jackets are composed of waterproof, windproof and breathable materials. They may only be considered waterproof if they can bear a water column of 120 to 150 centimeters.
True ski pants are designed with a two-layer construction. The inside layer, which is responsible for insulation, is composed of a soft and breathable fabric. The outer layer, which is in direct contact with the environment, is composed of a waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric.
Article Written By Lisa Mercer
In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.