Ski Clothing Uncovered

With so many ski wear products out there offering an array of performance features, it can be difficult to know what all those features actually mean and what you need in your ski clothes. Here’s some explanations:

BREATHABLE : - Simply put, breathability tells you how quickly moisture passes through a fabric. It’s measured by the mass of moisture that passes through a square meter of fabric in 24 hours (g/m²/day). The level of breathability needed really depends on your activity level. Typical breathability ratings range from 5K - 20K+. The average ski holiday piste cruiser would find 5K sufficient but higher energy skiers should be looking for a higher rating breathability
INSULATED : - While goose or duck down are nature’s insulator, they won’t insulate as well if wet and they take time to dry. Look for synthetic insulations in ski clothing as they use compressible, water resistance fibers and when wet, will dry faster, and keep you warm too.  NB: Puffiness does not equal warmth! Lightweight superfine fibers can provide lots of warmth.
SEAM SEALED :  - In ski clothes, look for fully sealed/taped seams. This means seam tape is applied to every seam, not just “critical” seams. This will help keep you dry.
STRETCH : - The stretch shell and lining fabrics of ski wear are what gives it such a responsive, comfortable feel. They also allow for more tailored fits that don’t inhibit performance. The stretch comes from the blend of Spandex (or similar products) with polyester or nylon. There’s both bi-stretch and 4-way stretch options on the market. Look for pieces with 4-way stretch to truly upgrade the look and feel of your gear.
WATERPROOF : - Finding the right balance between waterproofing and breathability, so you stay comfortable on the mountain is important. In terms of ratings, 5K is the minimum for low water resistance and then it goes up to 20K+.
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