The Layering System

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How do I stay warm on the slopes?

The Layering System

Because of the new high-tech fabrics, the layering system of cold weather dressing traps body-warmed air between layers of clothing while
allowing moisture vapor from perspiration to escape through breathable outerwear materials. The layering system is made up of three important components:

  1. The inner moisture-wicking
    layer, also known as thermal underwear.
  2. The middle insulating layer, which usually involves a fleece turtleneck.
  3. The outer shell layer, which a wind and water-resistant ski jacket.
The beauty of this system is that allows skiers to shed layers during periods of high exertion and add layers should temperatures suddenly plunge. However, it is important to choose garments that are lightweight and compressible. For example, if you need to take off your pullover, it should easily fit into a small bag or sack.

Your first layer of clothing is your long underwear or wicking layer. Its function is transfer moisture away from your skin. Your next
layer should be designed for insulation. Most skiers prefer a fleece turtleneck. The outer layer, which is your ski jacket, should be composed of a
breathable, waterproof and windproof fabric. For extra cold days, the layering system can be used with your helmet and ski goggles. A balaclava is a lightweight form of headgear that fits under your ski helmet. Since it combine a head covering and a neck gaiter, it protects both the head and neck from cold temperatures. If you tend to have cold hands, you can also use a layering system for your gloves. Most ski shops sell lightweight glove liners, which are perfect for sub-zero weather.

   

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