Skiing is as fashionable as ever. And for many skiers, an important part of being on the piste is seeing and being seen. This winter season 2017/2018, fashions don’t just focus on colour and style, but also demand high performance in comfort and safety. Stretchy, functional materials are popular, as are intelligent 3D cuts, lasered air vents and virtually no stitching on the clothes. The aim is to achieve the right balance between warmth and movability as well as provide protection from extremely cold conditions and falls – it’s an added bonus if the design makes it wearable both on and off the piste. Sounds impossible? It can be done! The latest winter sport collections are timeless in style, eco-friendly and have an eye-catching design. This last point is very important as bright colours like orange and vibrant blues are really fashionable at the moment, explains sales assistant Barbara from Intersport. However, clothing in muted, earthy tones also continues to be popular, as well as the classic black and white.
This winter, freeriders in particular should check out the range of extremely stretchy pants which offer great range of motion and are available in lots of cool designs. Modern GORE-TEX C-Knit technologies provide ultralight, breathable material which doesn’t make you feel as if you are wearing plastic. But, how is it possible to manufacture breathable clothing which provides enough warmth but doesn’t make you sweat? Fibres and fabrics are specifically adapted for the different parts of the body. Some areas need more protection from the cold than others, and so fibres which trap the heat are used in these places. Other body parts require fabric to wick away moisture. The fabrics have to meet these individual requirements.
One of the key concerns facing manufacturers in 2017/2018 is to produce eco-friendly, PFC-free collections. The brand ‘Vaude’, for example, uses an elastic outer fabric, three quarters of which is made from recyclable polyamide.
The Perfect Ski Outfit
In addition to the look and fit of the clothing, functionality is also an important consideration. Make sure jackets and trousers have pockets for your ski pass, easy-to-do-up zippers, and a powder skirt. It’s a good idea to dress according to the onion principle, with several layers. Three layers including thermal underwear, a fleece or PrimaLoft with an insulating effect, and an external layer like a hard-shell jacket, offer optimal comfort. Last but not least, well-fitting and padded ski socks, water and wind proof gloves, a ski helmet and goggles are all essential kit.