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Essential performance properties in ski clothing

January and February are peak times for ski trips, especially in the February half term. Ski trips can make a great outdoors holiday for families, groups of friends or couples.

To ensure that you are prepared for your trip, make sure that you are equipped with the appropriate clothing and equipment. There’s nothing worse than being on the slopes and finding that your equipment has broken or that your jacket is completely soaked through because you decided not to opt for a waterproof jacket.

So here’s a list of some of the performance properties which you should consider when purchasing ski clothing:

  • Water resistance – This is self explanatory. Skiing when wet can be uncomfortable and lower your body temperature which may result in a cold.
  • Wind resistance – The wind can send chills down your spine especially if you are skiing at high speeds down a mountain. Opt for a wind resistant garment to help you to stay warm.
  • Moisture wicking properties – This is a particularly good feature for next-to-skin garments like baselayers. This property will help to regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable and dry.
  • Breathability – To keep warm, it is necessary to wear a lot of layers. But breathable garments can help to make your clothing just that little bit more comfortable to wear.
  • Lightweight – You are bound to be wearing a number of layers when on the slopes, so lightweight garments won’t weigh you down and can ¬†sometimes give you that extra flexibility when¬†manoeuvring.