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Re: Need a jacket for skiing

Someone else mentioned this - but just to reinforce - pockets are key! You want an outside zip picket on your arm to put your ski ticket in. And two inside pockets - preferably one water proof for your phone and one mesh one for wallet, tissues and sunscreen etc. I keep one outside pocket for the map of whereever I am and anything else goes in the other outside pocket.

I bought a jacket once without checking pockets and I HATED it - I couldn't take anything with me!
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Re: Need a jacket for skiing

Get a gore-tex shell for the outer layer. Get a fleece (or some thick non-cotton sweater for the next layer) and a merino wool base layers.

It's not the cheapest option but works very well. I would strongly advise against the 'down' jackets that are like sleeping bags. Sure they are warm but they are too bulky and puffy. That makes them uncomfortable for sports like skiing.

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Might also be worth going in with an open mind and telling the assistant what you want. I went in expecting to buy a shell and came out with a Primaloft filled one.
i'm going to check out the north face store in the trafford centre. a 50% discount plus VAT back should mean bargain prices
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i'm going to check out the north face store in the trafford centre. a 50% discount plus VAT back should mean bargain prices
What's this about 50% off? I'm home over Xmas and want some new salopettes...
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Someone else mentioned this - but just to reinforce - pockets are key! You want an outside zip picket on your arm to put your ski ticket in. And two inside pockets - preferably one water proof for your phone and one mesh one for wallet, tissues and sunscreen etc. I keep one outside pocket for the map of whereever I am and anything else goes in the other outside pocket.

I bought a jacket once without checking pockets and I HATED it - I couldn't take anything with me!
Good point about the pockets. Although I don't think it is essential to have a pocket in the arm. I have one jacket with an inside waist pocket for the ticket and it works fine. Another jacket I have doesn't have either so I use the outside pocket at waist level and it has worked fine so far.

Definitely an advantage to have the pocket in your arm if you can though.
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i'm going to check out the north face store in the trafford centre. a 50% discount plus VAT back should mean bargain prices
My tip would be to spend more on the jacket than salopettes, unless you're into seriously hard-core stuff.

I've had a North Face jacket for the past few years, been very happy. Key points (that have mostly been mentioned):
  • Lots of pockets (internal & external)
  • Big underarm vents for when it's hot
  • Snow skirt (useful for when my skiing ability doesn't quite live up to the slope I find myself on)
  • Hood for cold chair lifts
  • Lightly padded - on warm days just need a t-shirt underneath. Then simply add additional layers of fleece or longer sleeves the colder it gets.
After that, I got cheap-ish salopettes from Decathlon (Quechua branded). For some reason my legs don't feel the cold so much. They also have small vents which are very handy. This combination has worked well from -30 in Lapland, up to pleasant sunny days in France.

My missus got cheap-ish jacket and trousers from Decathlon, and it shows - she feels the cold a bit more (anyway), and the jacket in particular just isn't as well thought through.
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Re: Need a jacket for skiing

I have this:

http://amzn.to/v8jpxm

Like it, until now the best I had...

Unfortunately Mammut jackets does not fit me in the armpit, but I fell in love wit this one:

http://bit.ly/u7qNRO

also the first one is insulation as well, the second one is only an outer layer, so a microfiber second layer is needed...

but again, as said before, it mostly depends on what you want to do: snowboard, alpine ski, skitours, off-piste... all needs not only different equipment, but different clothing as well.
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My tip would be to spend more on the jacket than salopettes, unless you're into seriously hard-core stuff.

I've had a North Face jacket for the past few years, been very happy. Key points (that have mostly been mentioned):
  • Lots of pockets (internal & external)
  • Big underarm vents for when it's hot
  • Snow skirt (useful for when my skiing ability doesn't quite live up to the slope I find myself on)
  • Hood for cold chair lifts
  • Lightly padded - on warm days just need a t-shirt underneath. Then simply add additional layers of fleece or longer sleeves the colder it gets.
After that, I got cheap-ish salopettes from Decathlon (Quechua branded). For some reason my legs don't feel the cold so much. They also have small vents which are very handy. This combination has worked well from -30 in Lapland, up to pleasant sunny days in France.

My missus got cheap-ish jacket and trousers from Decathlon, and it shows - she feels the cold a bit more (anyway), and the jacket in particular just isn't as well thought through.
I also have the Quechua branded salopettes from Decathlon and am happy with these.

For the past few years, I've been wearing either a waterproof rainjacket/shell (not designed for skiing) or a down filled coat (also not for skiing) and haven't had a problem with either, but I guess it was about time I got some 'proper' skiing gear.

Never had a problem with pockets either. I had 2 on my jacket and 2 on my trousers. Enough for: phone, bottle of water, camera and skipass/money. I guess extra pockets can't hurt though
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