Investing a lot of time and money in choosing the right colour and look for your new skiwear? Have you thought to first look at the label and note the fabric used?
Skiwear manufacturers are as concerned about the technical performance of their clothing as they are about the style. The best brands know that dressing you in the right fabrics for your ski holiday could mean the difference between a wet and windy wipe out and a comfortable glide down the slopes.
Polartec is the world’s leading fabric innovator. Their award-winning fabrics are worn by the military, Olympic athletes, and extreme adventurers. We asked them to pick their top five fabrics to look out for this season when buying new skiwear:
Power Dry for your base layers
The weather on the slopes may be chilly but as soon as you start skiing you’ll still build up a sweat. The most important thing in cold temperatures is to ensure that that sweat doesn’t stick to your skin. If it does you’ll either become an uncomfortable hot, clammy mess or, as soon as you stop skiing, you’ll experience a flash cool that’ll make you shiver and could be harmful. Base layers should work by wicking that sweat away from your skin and dispersing it as quickly as possible.
Polartec Power Dry is designed with a patented bi-component knit construction that uses different fabrics on either side of the material. Creating two different surfaces. One to move moisture from the skin using “touch points” to wick it away and the other to spread the moisture out to many times its original surface area enabling it to dry at least twice as fast as cotton.