Start With The Base
When skiing, your baselayer works to keep you dry by transporting or wicking moisture and sweat away from your skin. It’s easier to regulate your body temperature when your skin is dry and helps prevent hypothermia. The baselayer you choose will sit directly against your skin so should fit tight and sung, helping to retain your body’s natural warmth. This is your “all-day” layer -- make sure it’s comfortable and doesn’t restrict you in any way.
The men’s, women’s and kids’ baselayer you choose from Sport Chek can range from light undergarments to full-body thermal underwear and comes in a variety of weights appropriate for different levels of activity and outdoor temperatures.
Look for these materials:
- Merino wool
And these features:
- Flat seams (prevents chaffing)
- Antibacterial fibres (reduce odour retention)
Get Mid-Layer Insulation
The baselayer keeps you dry. The mid-layer keeps you warm. The main purpose of a men’s, women’s and kids’ skiing mid-layer is to insulate your body by providing an extra layer of comfort and warmth in cold-weather conditions. Your mid-layer can be added or removed based on the conditions you’re skiing in, so it should be relatively easy to remove or put on.
Look for these mid-layer materials:
- Synthetic insulators such as polyester and fleece
These materials are lightweight, breathable, and with the exception of down, will continue to insulate even when they get wet.
The Outer Shell
Designed to protect you from the wind, snow and rain, the outer shell is the final piece of your winter clothing. Ranging from rain jackets to insulated outer shells, you have a wide variety of different shells to choose from. The best shell for you depends on the conditions you plan to be active in.
Most ski jacket outer shells use a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) technology to create a waterproof or water-resistant coating. Durable Water Repellent (DWR) Technology is a chemical finish that adds microscopic fibers to the jacket’s material. This causes water molecules to bead and roll off the fabric, maximizing the jacket’s protective qualities while still ensuring breathability and allowing moisture to move from the inside to the outside of the garment.
Your layers should complement one another, working together to keep you dry, warm, and protected from the elements. Adding a helmet, hat, gloves, and warm socks, will help ensure you make the most of your time on the slopes.
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