Womens Long Underwear Shopping Tips
Ski clothes are designed with performance and comfort in mind. The various pieces of long underwear, midlayers and outerwear should be worn in conjunction to create a layering system. Outerwear will protect you from the elements, while midlayers add additional warmth. Long underwear is designed to wick moisture away from the skin if you begin to sweat or happen to get melting snow in your outwear.
When it comes to staying comfortable on the slopes, quality pieces of long underwear are the most important garments to invest in. Since long underwear is worn next to the skin it is important to ensure that the pieces are comfortable and fit properly. The manufacturers of long underwear take special consideration of a woman’s physique when cutting each piece of long underwear. The contoured styles are designed to fit snuggly to the body. The snug fit allows the long underwear to work efficiently, by wicking moisture away from your skin to ensure that you stay dry on the slopes.
To do the best job possible of wicking moisture away from the skin, long underwear is made from wool or synthetic fibers. Companies like SmartWool which use mostly wool fibers to make their long underwear use Merino Wool which is incredibly soft. The pieces of underwear made out of wool typically have some spandex or stretch fibers in them to help them hold their shape better.
There are varying weights or thicknesses of long underwear to ensure that each skier or snowboarder can be as comfortable as possible on the slopes. The weight classifications are typically divided into light, medium and heavy weights. Determining the appropriate weight of long underwear to purchase is a personal preference but may be influenced by the areas you typically ski or snowboard at. For example women skiing or snowboarding at Jay Peak where temperatures consistently fall below zero might be more inclined to need heavy weight long underwear as opposed to resorts which typically experience temperatures closer to the freezing mark.
Hopefully this information along with the buying and sizing guides available on Skis.com will help you make an informed decision about long underwear. If you have any questions or want help selecting the perfect pieces of underwear for you please ask our customer service team via Live Chat.