In just 9 short weeks, I will be swishing (elegantly?!) down the slopes of Park City, Utah. The last time I donned a ski jacket and salopettes was February 2006, when we went to Chamonix. Back then I was
quite much heavier than I am now, so I’m guessing that my old ski jackets and salopettes won’t actually fit me any more. In light of this, I’ve been having a look around for some new gear and thought I’d share some of the items that have grabbed my attention! I also came across some good options for men and children, so will share those with you shortly.
- Arc’teryx Women’s Beta FL GTX Active Jacket, £349.99 from Ellis Brigham
- Spyder Women’s Winner Tailored Fit Pant, £220 from Snow & Rock
- Kjus Women’s Ray Jacket, £560 from Snow & Rock
- Kjus Women’s Formula Pants, £370 from Snow & Rock
- Columbia Women’s Lay D Down Ski Jacket, £142.50 from Ski & Trek
- Trespass Women’s Meredith Ski Pants, £74.95 from Ski & Trek
Domestic Princess tips
- Decide which type of jacket you want: insulated or shell. There’s no right answer – it all depends upon your body’s temperature regulation. If you get hot quickly, go for a shell and if you’re the type that feels the cold more, then an insulated jacket will be more suitable for you.
- Insulated jackets are typically measured in grams. The greater the weight in grams, the toastier the jacket will be. A jacket with down filling will probably have around an 800g weighting. If you feel the cold, opt for the highest gram weighting jacket you can find.
- Shell jackets offer protection from the wind and are normally waterproof. However, they don’t provide any built-in insulation. The Domestic Prince chooses to ski in one of these sometimes, normally if he’s taken a ski trip later in the season. He’s a naturally warm blooded person who doesn’t need to be bundled up as much as me!
- If you don’t want to be soaked through to the skin, then you’ll want to look at the waterproof rating of the jacket you’re considering purchasing. Waterproof ratings are measured in millimetres – the higher the number, the more waterproof the jacket will be.
- Another thing to consider when purchasing your jacket is the breathability rating. The breathability rating measures how effective the jacket is at letting moisture from the inside, out. The higher the number, the more moisture is allowed to escape, thus more breathable.
- Look for fully taped seams, as this will mean the jacket and pants are more waterproof. However, these will be more expensive than critically taped items.
- Always try ski jackets on over the type of layers you will be wearing on the slopes.
I am sooooo excited about hitting the slopes again!! Can you guess which jacket and pants I’ll be going for?
With much love
The Domestic Princess