If you’ve never been skiing before, it can be a little bit of a minefield when it comes to putting together your ski outfit. This guide has been created to help you create an outfit that has you covered when you’re on the slopes for the first time.
When planning your ski outfit, you need to start with your base layers. Base layers or thermal layers are important to help regulate your body temperature whilst feeling comfortable and allowing you the full movement that you need during whatever winter sport you’re taking part in. When it comes to Dare 2b base layers, you have two main options to choose from. Our Exchange range and our In The Zone range.
Our In The Zone range of base layers are perfect for beginners all the way up to experts. The Q-Wic material offers quick drying properties ensuring extra comfort along with the seamless finish. The ergonomic shaping means it fits your body and doesn’t restrict any movement.
Our Core Stretch collection has been created to be warm whilst also being light, quick drying and incredibly stretchy thanks to the 4 way stretch of the material. The majority of our men's, women's and kids Core Stretch mid layers have been created with Ilus Core fabric, which comes from recycled plastic bottles. Not to mention, they come in a rainbow of colours!
So you’re nice and warm now with your top half thermal layers, it’s time to get yourself waterproof with your outerwear and ski jackets. Our women’s Enclave and men’s Intermit III ski jackets come with some of the same high tech features including being made from ARED 20/20 material which is seen in the industry as having one of the highest ratings of waterproofing and breathability. The taped seams help to offer another layer of waterproofing protection.
Our ski jackets also come with a ski skirt which has a gel grip around the edge to stop any loose snow getting into your jacket. This skirt combined with the adjustable hem provides a really good barrier around the bottom of the jacket.
And we can’t forget about the ski pass pockets, internal stow pockets, adjustable hoods and fleece lined panel that comes on standard in our men's, women's and kids ski jackets!
We’ve got your top half sorted, now it’s time to look at your ski trousers and salopette options. All of the ski pants shown below have been made with recycled ARED 20/20 fabric ensuring some of the highest levels of breathability and waterproofing. They also come with taped seams, adjustable braces, high warmth padding and fleece lining as standard. These ski pants also have abrasion resistant fabric in the inner ankle and binding areas for extra durability. Then when it’s time for après ski, you can tab up the hem which makes the ski trousers easier to wear with normal shoes.
Having the full range of movement is incredibly important and that’s why our ski trousers and a lot of our ski wear has been created with articulated panels to follow the curve of your body. The articulated knee allows for an increased performance fit.
And no outfit is complete without the right accessories! You’re looking for ski socks that have a high leg and cushioned padded zones which provide comfort and durability.
And once your toes are suitably warm, it’s time to look at some ski gloves. Our gloves are waterproof, insulated and have a gripped palm along with articulated fingers for more movement. The cuff has both a Velcro and adjustable finish to ensure all the warmth stays in!
We hope you found our guide for beginner skiers useful! If you’re looking for more great skiing related content, check out the ski and snow section of our blog