There is no denying that appearance is a big part of skiing and snowboarding. Part of what makes it so awesome is that people bring their own style to it, and that style is a combination of the way they go downhill and what they wear. Choosing new outerwear is a form of expression; your get-up should be a reflection of who you are on the hill.
Outerwear companies include some impressive technology in their gear. If you plan on riding any fresh snow this winter, then a powder skirt is a must. This ingenious addition to the inside of a jacket stops snow from filling in through the gap between your pants and your jacket. Most jackets are now wired for sound, and include Recco receivers (an avalanche detection device), but the most important thing to remember is that good quality gear will make an incredible difference to your comfort level.
When checking out our range, be sure to check the water-proof and breathability information. In general the higher the number the more waterproof (stops water coming in) and the more breathable (allows moisture to go out). This progression in outerwear technology means that you can now stay completely dry on those damp and wet days. Our staff can explain these details to you so you can find the right outfit at the right price.
How to choose the right fit
Equally important as the technical quality is the fit. You could have the best jacket in the world but if it doesn’t fit you correctly you won’t see the benefits. At a minimum, your jacket should give you enough length in the arms to reach comfortably over the cuff of your gloves, while the length should be long enough that it doesn’t let in cold air when you’re riding. Because sizes and cuts vary between brands, you can try on five different jackets in say, a womens small, and each one will fit you differently. So its crucial that you try on a few different brands to find the one that fits you best.
But choosing your gear should also be fun. There are no boundaries anymore, and these days most brands cross between sports, so if you’re a skier, don’t be frightened to try on a Burton jacket or if you’re a snowboarder, just because a jacket is made by Columbia doesn’t change the fact that it’s awesome. Thinking this way greatly increases your range of cuts and colours. Our staff are passionate about this stuff and know the products well. They know which brands have a roomy, generous cut and which brands have a longer, narrower cut. All you need to do is ask and they’ll happily suggest some pieces that are right for you.