Out of a fear of getting cold and wasting the day's skiing, we tend to want to pile on the layers of clothing.
Despite this, you need only need 3 layers of technical clothing to be warm and dry on the ski slopes. Discover their roles!
Full sun and fresh snow, the ideal temperature and perfect slopes, these are the ideal conditions for a great day skiing. But it is not always like that on the slopes, there are also great cold spells, wind and fog. We wait in the queues for the ski lifts, we may be carrying children's skis, we walk, we sweat, etc. This is why you must respect the 3-layer rule.
3 Layers, 3 Specific Qualities, 3 Times the Comfort
The 3-layer system is based on a simple principle: water transfers heat 30 times more quickly than air. As such, wet skin gets colder 30 times more quickly than dry skin.
To stay warm in the worst conditions, first of all you must stay dry
This waterproof layer aims to protect you from the outside elements (wind, water, snow). But the third layer also aims to wick away the moisture, which has been transferred by the two inner layers, outwards, via the involvement of waterproof and breathable fabrics.
Layer No. 2
The ski under-jacket
The main role of the intermediary layer is to keep the air around the body warm and dry. This layer must be very breathable and preferably not waterproof. The liquid vapour produced by the body must pass through it to reach the outer layer.
This layer must be worn close to the skin to wick away the sweat from your body as quickly as possible. A good base layer aims to distance the moisture produced by your body to keep you dry and warm. A good absorbent fabric draws the liquid moisture and uses the heat of the body to turn it into liquid vapour, for quick drying.
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