Welcome fashionistas, ski beginners, and sports fans to one of the most exciting places we meet: ski clothing. Skiwear is not only fashionable and looks good but is a masterpiece of design. As you know true design combines aesthetics with functionality in a sophisticated way. With the following 5 technical information about ski clothing, we’ll show you what the design of ski wear is about and show you what’s important in high-quality ski clothing. Get ready to become more excited about your ski outfit than ever before. Let’s admire the clever side of fashion.
How to stay warm: Gore-tex
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One of the challenges ski clothing has to overcome is protection from the cold. Wind, snow, and rain are ought to be the no-fun part in skiing but luckily innovation brought us something called Gore-tex. In fact, Gore-tex is an ingredient brand that works together with the world’s best outdoor-, sport- and lifestyle companies. They invented a technology that makes your ski clothing waterproof, breathable, and wind-proof.
As we all know snow is water, and we skiers surround us with snow – even on sunny days – water is omnipresent. Consequently, we need to make sure that it does not find its way underneath our clothes and make us freeze. That’s because, as soon as you are wet the cold will creep onto your skin through wind and air temperature. Gore-tex developed a membrane that let’s water pearl just the way a lotus plant does. With this modern technology, we stay dry and cuddly warm. Moreover, this modern technology protects you from rain, storm, and snowfall.
Skiing is a sport and physical activity makes us sweat. And guess what – sweat is water. Yes, this brings us back to the water freezing problem mentioned above. But Gore-tex also solves this problem. Sweat escapes through evaporation and that whilst jackets and trousers are highly isolated.
Wind lowers our body temperature that’s why it is so important that we protect ourselves against this force of nature as well. Please do not think that this is only the case on windy days – no – wind emerges when we passionately carve down the pistes too. Gore-tex safes you again. Ski clothing with this proven technology is robust and wind-proof, not even zippers let the wind get underneath your clothes.
How to cool down: Additional Zippers
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Many ski jackets and ski trousers have got additional zippers in unusual places you would not expect them to. For example under your armpits or on the sides of your thighs. These zippers are your best friends on – let’s say – “hot” ski days. On some ski days in spring or on sunny winter days during your winter holidays, you will get hot on the pistes because you do sports and the sun warms you. The additional zippers on the side make it possible for you to open them and increase airflow in such moments. Now you see how clever ski clothing really is: staying warm but also cooling down – this is sophisticated temperature control.
Snow skirt and collar zipper
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Ski jackets have some special features other jackets do not have. Two of them are the snow skirt and the collar zipper. The snow skirt is almost a secret feature. It is an additional piece of fabric added to the lower front part of your jacket. You will find it on the inside so that when you close your zipper nobody will see it. With buttons or zippers, you can open or close the snow skirt. When closed they build a close hugging your lower belly, making sure snow can’t penetrate if you fall or ski in deep snow. A practical secret feature right?
The other feature, the so-called collar zipper is a special form of a collar. So that on windy occasions you can not only protect your throat but also your chin, and sometimes your nose. They are very high collars protecting your face and keeping you warm.
Military technology on the piste: PrimaLoft
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Have you ever felt the pure cuddly bliss of a goose down insulation jacket? If so then I get it if you do not want to refrain from this comforting piece of clothing in winter. The only problem with such jackets is that goose down clumps at contact with water which will ruin your beloved jacket forever. As keeping a jacket dry whilst skiing is almost impossible a technical solution needed to be found. Even the military wished for a solution dreaming about the goose down jackets. Subsequently, they challenged a team of experts to find a water-resistant synthetic alternative to goose down insulation. The result of the masterminds came up with is called PrimaLoft.
PrimaLoft jackets are worn underneath hardshell jackets or simply as winter or outdoor clothing for cold and wet days. Now we can blissfully enjoy the comfort of goose down jackets and not worry about ruining them on the pistes.
Hardshell vs. Softshell
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Ski clothing nowadays is not what it used to be several years ago. Formerly, people would wear some thick but soft anorak and ski trousers and that’s it. Most of the time you got wet and sweaty after a certain amount of time and adjustments to seasons (spring or winter) were difficult to master. Modern clever solutions make it easier for us today. One of the most interesting innovations, that even gives you a choice, is the option between hard shell, soft shell, and the combination of the two.
Hardshell is your outermost layer and protection against all sorts of weather conditions. As the name indicates a little you will find it a bit stiffer and to most people, it is surprisingly thin, even though it keeps you warm. Hardshell jackets are perfect because they are a practical piece for layering. In case of cold winter days, you wear them with a soft warm jacket underneath and on sunny warm days, you are fine with just the hard shell.
Softshell jackets are what we would say we are used to. They are soft, elastic, and warm but not as water and weather-resistant as hardshell jackets. Most of the time they have an inner lining of fleece and are made of fabrics like nylon. Softshell jackets are ideal to wear under hardshell jackets on the colder days and to wear just them on sunny spring days.
As you see you can wear a combination of the two on the colder days and both of them can be worn as the only jacket. In the end, this two-piece solution of hardshell and softshell is that clever because the jackets can be used for other activities exceeding the use of skiing. Softshells for example are perfect jackets for spring and autumn time. Whereas hard shells can be used for other outdoor activities, just like a raincoat with functional features.
5 technical information about ski clothing: Conclusion
Now our fashion and ski friends, are you just as excited about putting on your ski outfit as we are? The sophistication and technology behind such a functional but fashionable outfit surprise us every time we give it a thought. And we cannot express how thankful we are for the constant innovation in that field because the growing independence of weather conditions makes skiing more fun. Now we can be comfortably warm on the pistes even though it snows or is windy. We have perfect adjustable layering solutions with hard- and softshell equipped with weather protecting Gore-tex technology. PrimaLoft makes us goose down lovers happy and animal friendly and features like snow skirts and snow collars protect us to the max. Additionally, we can cool down on warm days thanks to additional zippers.
All that’s left to say now is, invest in such intelligent ski clothing and applause to their smart inventors. Feel beautiful on the pistes well-knowingly of the technology behind the fabric protecting your skin.
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