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Newby winter clothing guide (for the tight-fisted)

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sn00boarder, too late in the season now for TilliMax. You need to be looking August onward. Decathlon is a good own brand and have a look at Sport Pursuit too.
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Masque, thanks.
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Spamoment, I reckon... Toofy Grin
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Hi,

MissusMac reckons I'm tight, Shocked I reckon I'm just careful ... Cool Sooo, some random thoughts ...

TKMaxx - Ime, the jackets and trousers start to appear about now, the smaller stuff - gloves, base layer, etc. - in a few weeks time. Virtually all of said "small stuff" and most 'normal' sizes in jackets and trousers will be out the front door well before Christmas, TKMaxx aren't a ski-wear retailer as such so ... If You Snooze, You Lose ...

Trousers - Being a long-time motorcyclist/biker, first time I went skiing/boarding, I took a pair of cheap lined waterproof motorcycle overtrousers. Bad Idea - think of the Viz character Betty Swollocks Embarassed - I use cheap overtrousers on a motorcycle because all that leg-stretching getting on and off does for the crotch seam sooner or later; but cheap motorcycle overtrousers aren't breathable ... because you're sitting still on the bike, you don't care; skiing/boarding is hard exercise, you will care.

Second time I went skiing/boarding was late in the season, I happened to stick my head in a local ski-wear shop for something else, they were flogging off some ex-hire stuff, I got two pairs of salopettes for £20. snowHead too

Goggles - Otoh, many makers of 'ski' goggles also make 'motorcycle' goggles - particularly for off-road motorcycle sport - that bear a striking resemblance to one another. Smile Handily too, the ski season roughly coincides with the motorcycle sport off-season; pick a specialist seller of off-road motorcycle sport equipment in, say, Wales and some useful bargains can be had. Twisted Evil I've a pair of Oakley 'L-frames' because I wanted goggles that would fit over glasses. Curiously, the Oakley 'L-frame' clear lens for motorcycling transmits 100% of available light, while the clear lens for skiing transmits only 91% of available light ... Puzzled

Ski socks - No-brand-name socks are false economy. I suffer with poor circulation in my toes and fingers, I'd been using thicker cheap, no-brand socks for years; two seasons ago, after I shelled out on some Nordica socks in TKMaxx ... didn't cost any more than the no-brand-name socks but are wa-a-a-a-ay more comfortable ... Things I Wish I'd Known Earlier ... Evil or Very Mad

Base layer and Mid Layer - In the last few years, I've acquired Trek Mates, Surfanic and Trespass base layer from The Store That's Had Many Mentions but I've found it's worth signing up particularly to the Surfanic and Trespass websites for clearance bargains.

Otoh, Decathlon's £7 fleeces have worked well for me and I've yet to work out what advantage there is in paying more for a 'better' name. I've skied in -6 with just a base layer, Decathlon fleece, the no-name salopettes and still been toasty-warm. Got a soft-shell jacket for sick squid at the end of the 2011/12 season too ... snowHead too

Gloves and Mitts - Got a couple of cheap thin pairs of gloves from Decathlon - ok for ski-ing in the Alps Smile but fall to bits when shovelling snow and ice off the drive in GB. Sad For skiing in Finland - where it can get a tad chillier (-23 last February half-term Twisted Evil) - MissusMac and I acquired pairs of Shredz and Surfanic mitts big enough to fit thin gloves inside, she uses silk inners, I use thermal golfing gloves - thin for finger control for a fiddly job and can be washed and dried quicker than the mitts, to stop the mitts smelling like the proverbial Tram Driver's Glove. Very Happy

Hth.

Regards,

P.S. TKMaxx and Decathlon get a number of mentions only because they sell good stuff for not a lot of money and, as I said at the beginning, I'm careful ... Big Wink
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No mention of eVent shells, jackets etc?
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Not a bad guide at all, but just a couple of things I would not agree with:

Its a complete myth that you loose 30% of your heat through your head, if you are naked heat loss is pretty even. The head figure comes about as this is the biggest area of exposed skin.

Also you state "Your Head MUST HAVE A HAT OR HELMET"

Not true, that's completley weather and personal choice dependant. I ski approx 25 days a year, and on at least 60% of those no hat or helmet with no worries at all. Cold days, tree skiing or mogul days then the hat/helmet comes out.

I would also mention that nearlly all beginners wear to much clothing, I've seen them at the end of March dressed up like the next stop is the North Pole.
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adie wrote:


I would also mention that nearly all beginners wear to much clothing, I've seen them at the end of March dressed up like the next stop is the North Pole.


I used to find exactly the same thing on the mountain. The last time I climbed Ben Nevis on a 3 Peaks in 24 hours I went up in February in boots, wool socks, baselayer wool jumper and a Karrimor Sympatex ski jacket.
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The last time I climbed Ben Nevis on a 3 Peaks in 24 hours I went up in February in boots, wool socks, baselayer wool jumper and a Karrimor Sympatex ski jacket.


No trousers? Must have been chilly......
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galpinos wrote:
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The last time I climbed Ben Nevis on a 3 Peaks in 24 hours I went up in February in boots, wool socks, baselayer wool jumper and a Karrimor Sympatex ski jacket.


No trousers? Must have been chilly......


I'm sure I typed shorts.....but yes, no trouser, very similar to what enduro type cycle shorts are now....this was about 1989ish, well 88-91 anyway
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Sportsdirect.com, very good stuff, and good price to.
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What a great thread this is... still a little early at the moment but does any one have any "inside" knowledge of when we might start to see Ski gear in the shops for the coming season, TK Maxx for example?

Was persuaded to go Skiing for the first time last year at the last minute and bought a lot of my gear from Sports Direct. Absolutely nothing wrong with the gear (got kitted out all in for about £100) but now I'm hooked skiing wink just want to look for a few different pieces. One thing I noticed was a lack of pockets in my salopettes which was a bit annoying so might treat myself to a new pair.

Cheers Very Happy
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It's a good time now to pick up last seasons kit at vastly reduced prices; Snow and Rock / Ellis Brigham and the like all have 2013/14 clothing on their sale racks.

Nick
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
skiers i know dispense with the percieved mid layer and wear say coolmax white tee shirt over a base layer and rely on an insulated jacket rather than a shell, works for me as I hate removing a layer on the piste.
also its a cool kind of baseball look particularly if you are a bit blobby in the torso. Madeye-Smiley
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I note Aldi are having specials on 4 dec of soft shell trousers.
Any knowledge if they are any good.
Have always used padded salopettes as more padded when falling but would welcome any opinions.
At £35 are they worth it and will they be windproof.


YHANKS
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Aldi stuff is usually good value and reasonable quality for the price (tautology, sorry.)

Softshell isn't everybody's cup of tea and personally I find it a bit sweaty and thus inclined to get damp on the inside. It will be as windproof as you could wish for, possibly too much so. As an experienced Aldi customer. I would say be careful over sizing. The guide on the pack is accurate, but they tend to be a bit on the big side for fit. The smart move is to buy two (if in doubt about size, that is) and take back the ones that don't fit. No problem with this as long as you keep the receipt.

Good luck. You usually have to strike early to get the stuff.

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Just bought my husband a 'Leader' Spyder jacket on amazon for £233.00. It's a really nice technical jacket - 2015 model. I thought a bit of a bargain on this year's price of £475.00.
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Smartwool ski socks at TK Maxx, £7.99. I got the last pair from the Darlington store! Cool
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it's a great guide. Thanx a lot man!!! snowHead
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Thanks a lot for the information, really detailed guide!
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