How to Buy the Right Ski Gear
If you are preparing for a skiing holiday the most important and learned decision you should make is the choice of ski gear. Apart from the different types of ski gear available in the market such as insulated or non-insulated, there are certain technical features of ski gear you should have knowledge of before going shopping. This article highlights some of the features of ski gear you should look for while shopping for your ski holiday:
Waterproofing rating: Perhaps the most important feature of any ski clothing is water proofing. If your gear is not appropriately waterproofed you are going to gather moisture and become cold quickly. The level of waterproofing of a fabric is scientifically determined by placing a tube of water vertically at the cloth, and its unit is millimeter (mm) of water. To declare a cloth water proof, law requires that it should having water proofing rating of at least 1500mm. Normally you want to have rating of 5,000mm to 10,000 mm.
Water proofing helps keep the moisture out of the ski gear but at the same time sweat is also produced by the body which should not be allowed to accumulate in the clothing. Breathability rating is the measure of how effective a cloth is at transferring moisture from inside to out.
The breathability rating is scientifically measured by determining Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR). The rating determines how many grams of sweat per 1 square meter can escape from a fabric in a 24 hour period. The higher the rating, the more moisture will be drawn away from your body. Beginning level for ski gear is between 2,000g to 3000g. However, gear with breathability rating up to 25,000g is also available in market.
Ski clothing is normally made of tightly woven nylon or polyester, designed for high performance and to withstand the extreme weather conditions. However, the durability of ski gear varies with price. You should decide for how long you need your pants or jackets to last and how much you want to spend on your ski gear.
Apart from above generalizations, you can look for the following features in your ski gear:
Articulated Knees – you may go for a pant with articulated knees that has extra flexibility and reduces bulkiness at the knee area.
Inner Vents: This is a feature in some Ski pants and jackets. They consist of zippers that allow you to control the heat that builds up in your clothing by adjusting the zippers.