So I'm going skiing (with lessons) for the first time and I need the following:
ski jackets (maybe, I already have a very warm winter jacket; a bit bulky though)
face wrap/ wind breaker
I dont have a huge budget; I'm aiming for around $300 total, but want to aim for the best-bang-for-you-buck price range.
Without knowing your locale there is little way to help you other than find a bunch of internet/amazon purchases.
Most areas have a salvage store. Ocean State Job Lot, Big Lots, etc You can typically pick up ski bibs for dirt cheap. May not be great quality but are certainly good enough to learn in. Basic black ftw.
Weather is a huge factor. I can go skiing in a turtleneck one day, light shell another, full parka another, trash bag over lining in the rain. Done it all.
For learning goggles aren't critical if you aren't leaving the bunny hill. Sunglasses are. Snow is bright.
Gloves are critical. breathable, waterproof is good.
I expect you can pick a hat.
Have fun, don't spend a ton until you know you're sticking with it.
The closest outdoor stores are cabelas and academy. academy had squat shit, and im heading to cabelas today. I am considering purchasing via amazon, but Im going in two weeks so having to return something if it doesnt fit probably wont be doable.
Ebay from china will probably take a month so no go.
don't buy anything from china that you're going to put in your mouth, on your eyes, or that will touch your butthole
Invest some of that money in a helmet.
I never used to wear one. Thought they were dumb.
Then I fell and hit my head so hard it knocked me out. I felt like shit for 2 weeks.
After getting one, I realized what I had been missing. Not only are they safer they are so much nicer than a hat. Your goggles stay exactly in place, you never are fusing with your hat, they often have vents when it gets hot, and they are just so much nicer than a hat.
Seriously, get a helmet. Even if you're new, and think "well I wont be going that fast", it's often someone else that's running into you at full speed. Even while you're stopped.
They aren't even that expensive. $80 and you can have a decent helmet.
Go to Sam's club. They had awesome jackets there for $25 a few weeks ago. I picked one up and it's great. They also had merino wool base layers for cheap, AND even had ski goggles and helmets.
I'm assuming you are doing downhill?
300 bucks isn't much, I only do cross country and my full set of clothes/goggles/helmet(for the camera mount, And Muh safety) costs about 1500 buckaroos.
there's some pastebins about shit in the skiing general on /asp/
your existing jacket will be fine for learning in. you can start thinking about 20k waterproof gear once you are seriously committed to the sport.
gloves you can pick up any cheap pair for $20 basically anywhere, just make sure the tag says they have thinsulate in them. there is better shit obviously, but that can wait too.
cheap nasty goggles can be acquired at any outdoorsy store pretty cheap, but aren't entirely necessary on the bunny hill, just pop on some polarised sunglasses
hat any beanie will do - it's not that cold on the bunny hill usually, at higher altitudes it gets colder. that said, like the other guy said, a helmet is a really fucking good investment
you don't need a neckwarmer/windbreaker/balaclava for the bunny hill
pants ehh it might be easier to rent them at the skifield or a snowstore nearby than buying some. if you go this route, you can also easily rent a helmet and most other gear you need
once you start getting into the sport, I would recommend investing in quality helmet and goggles first, then jacket/pants/balaclava etc, then skis, boots, and bindings.
also don't forget your base layer, polypro gear usually doesn't run too much and is much, much better than wearing cotton. merino is nicer but more expensive
100% this, concussions add up. helmet / goggles / neck warmer of some sort is the ultimate comfy tier in cold weather
I'm thinking of buying a team Wendy bump helmet for the night vision goggle mount that I can use for a gopro, those should be sufficient for your regular skiing impacts, right? They are rated for white water rafting and such.
for goggles just use polarized sunglasses
for jacket/hat/etc just use your normal cold weather gear
only thing you may have to buy is pants but don't bother with special pants just buy cheap rain pants and put them over warm clothing
if you're only going a few times you'll be 100% okay
Julbo Luna master race
Gryphone fleece and Arcteryx MX
Marmot Exum Guide
Wear a helmet instead: Scott Rove master race
Forget about not spending money.
Ski lifts/ski patrol fag here.
Here is my setup for skiing/work on a normal day.
Polyester Buff over my head and down the back of my neck. Scott helmet & clear-glass goggles
T-shirt if -10c or warmer, long sleeve wool shirt if colder.
Thin fleece jacket.
Medium thick winter jacket that is windproof. A thinner windproof shelljacket will work fine on warmer days.
Comfortable long boxers that dont go up your ass.
Sweatpants, thicker ones on colder days (-20c or colder).
Windresistant softshell skiing trousers.
Long, medium thickness normal socks.
Thick wool socks
Hestra Army Leather
>Long, medium thickness normal socks.
>Thick wool socks
I find doing this means I either need to go up a size or two in boots, which is not ideal, or have circulation problems from tightness, also not ideal. just one medium thickness merino sock is what I use. smartwool and icebreaker options are good
Would probably work fine. I've got very thick legs and use size 47 ski boots so that I can actually close the top clasps, while normally using 44-45 for normal shoes
42 are the size I have my Sorel Glacier boots in, but they are damned large for their size. Best winter work boots I've ever used
If you're looking for boots like these get the XT model. Better rubber than the standard, and the inner "sock" slips on a lot easier aswell as having a type of shielding on the inside that retains heat better... with that being said, I've spent 15 hours in -30c with these on my legs without the slightest tingle of cold
28.0 here, I go 1/2 (mondopoint) size down and wear thin compression socks in these. Pretty comfy
I think I recognize that lift! Trysil? Pic related. Minus 25, had to use two Woll buffs.
Get a hydranus backpack for continuous hydration, they sell them at REI for 45$, although I've seen them on clearance for 29.
Be sure to get the insulated sleeve as well, you don't want ice-cold water entering your butthole. A friend of mine went skiing in -30°C and his sphincter and descending colon got severe frostbite because he thought he'd cheap out. Never cheap out on the essentials, m8.
Hehe, yup - T10 Hesten.
If your photo was taken at the 6th of January then you might've run into me, I think I was working at the T1 Fjellexpressen chairlift that day
Enjoyed your stay or what?
T2, not T1... geh
Conditions were goddamned perfect that day
The season has been a bit rough on us snow-wise, with warm temperatures & few and small snowfalls
Most of the stuff is up and running now, although we would REALLY love some heavy snowfalls like we had the previous season