Always Buy High Quality Clothing, Especially Ski Wear

There are a huge number of garments available to ensure that skiers remain dry, toasty, and comfortable on the slopes, but they aren’t all created equal. To make sure you enjoy your hard-earned holiday, buy a jacket which has all the technical features and specifications required from a quality product.

Firstly, make sure you pick a jacket with quality fabric; you’ll need something breathable enough to release sweat, and waterproof enough to keep you protected from snow melt. Sounds impossible, but there are a number of high-end materials which have been manufactured to meet those very requirements.

To help you select the right product, high quality ski jackets will provide ratings for both breathability and waterproofing. To keep yourself suitably dry whilst skiing, look for a waterproof rating between 16,000 and 20,000mm; this will shield you from heavy rain and wet snow under any foreseeable amount of pressure. Make sure your new jacket also boasts a breathability rating of 10,000 – 15,000 grams, and remember to wear a breathable or wicking base layer so moisture can escape your skin.

Once you’ve checked the fabric’s ratings, take a look at the design of the jacket, and make sure it has the following features: a high collar, decent hood, and either extra-long sleeves or snow cuffs. These are essential for keeping out the cold air, and making sure snow doesn’t funnel inside the jacket if you take a tumble.

Ensure the collar is high enough to protect your neck, chin, and lips from cold winds, and that the hood is adjustable, with drawstrings to tighten it up when the wind is blowing hard. If you’re planning on wearing a helmet, make sure to try it on with the hood up to make sure everything fits. Finally, though not of essential importance, think about your choice of colour. For example, a men’s red ski jacket will be great if you want friends and family to be able to easily pick you out from the crowds.

Choosing a poor quality ski jacket can ruin your holiday, and possibly force you to spend an exorbitant amount buying a replacement at the resort. Think of a high quality jacket as an investment which will pay for itself over years of trusted service.

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