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Monday, 26 January 2009

alpine skierIt is worth preparing for the skiing season right at the moment since you need to travel to mountains ahead of the game, yet the true fashionmonger will find the great choice of outfit, clothing and accessories not so simple.

Equipment is a must

The most important elements of skiing equipment is skis with timbering, shoes and poles. Popular manufacturers like Atomic, Armada, Fischer, Rossignol, Stockli and Dynastar produce various skis to fit different sizes and different skiing styles (sloping down the arranged routes, carving, free-ride, slalom, etc.). Apart from it, the skies vary in structure, used material and design.

Some companies manufacture strictly limited lines of exclusive skies. For instance, skis of hand assembling by Bogner & Indigo with bamboo and individual marking of each pair are available. Or downhill skis of the famous automobile mark Ferrari performed in the brand red color. And the Chanel House launch special skis of blameless design for fashion ladies.

As for the alpine skiing footwear, they should be snug fitting shoes, neither loose nor tight. And anatomic stocks and thermo shaping inner soles are important (under influence of heat, the inner surface of the shoe is shaped exactly by the foot). Solidity of the shoe is preferred respective of the skiing style. Timbering for skis should be precisely adjusted to the shoe size, weight and height of the alpine skier.

Skier poles are selected according to height respective of their durability, rigidness and ease. Good poles must have comfortable handles and a good opportunity to change rings for different skiing styles.

Skiing wear

The functionality of the skiing outfit based on application of the most up-to-date technologies and materials conforms haute couture. The attire of the mountain winners consists mainly of three layers. The lower layer - thermal underwear and skiing socks. The next layer is sweatshirt jacket from fleece or polartech (Windblock) (light material keeping warmth and taking away moisture). And finally, the top layer - a skiing jacket and trousers or coveralls. You should choose them very carefully since it is the garment that protects the skier from getting wet, they keep dry taking water out and this is the exact item that is the top of skiing fashion.

Outwear for slope skating is made from special «breathing» and water-proof material - membrane. The higher is the water resistance and vapor permeability coefficient of the membrane, the better is characteristics of the jacket and trousers. Also the sign of quality alpine skiing outwear is water-proof zippers, glued stitches, additional airing and a special "skirt" at clasps to protect from snow into the jacket. So pleasant details like kid collar-gloves, a pocket for ski-pass (ski-pass for the elevator) and a player, key holder, will only add comfort for the skier.

As for the look, the variety of models of alpine skier jacket, trousers and coveralls is abundant, indeed. And the most popular brands include Sportalm, Rossignol, BOGNER, MDC, Helly Hansen, Phenix, Descente, Colmar, Spyder, Salomon and Völkl.

Those who prefer looking luxury at the slope will need to pay a special attention to alpine skiing wear collection created by specialized factories jointly with the most famous designers like Emilio Pucci and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac altogether with Rossignol, Karl Lagerfeld jointly with Napapijri.

The distinguished Fashion Houses also draw special attention to this outfit.  So, Igor Chapurin launched his collection of jackets and trousers for skiing studded Swarovski gems, a strikingly elegant and trendy alpine skiing outfit is available with Chanel, Prada and Escada Sport. The latter, by the way, was favorably mentioned by Lady Isabella Hervey.

Accessory is worth thinking

When you go skiing you cannot do without some minor but rather important accessories. First of all, gloves or mittens. They should be comfortable, warm and water-proof. They are produced mainly by the same manufacturers of jackets, thus you may choose between very simple models and very luxury designer ones. The gloves have a specific feature to protect in falling, so some models have a carboxylic protection of the hand, wrist and fingers.

Second, a headwear for downhill skiers. It should be warm and seat very tightly. There is a great choice of headwear, and it's up to you to choose a really trendy accessory to fit your costume.

Third, special gloves (shield) to protect eyes against cold air, snow in the face, blinding sun and hazardous ultraviolet rays, as well as from tree branches when you ski close to them. Color of the filter is worth choosing subject to weather conditions and sun activity at the place of skiing (the most universal are yellow and golden colors). The most famous and respected brand to produce «shields» is Oakley.

Those who prefer aggressive style of skiing or those who think more of personal safety may think of additional protection. Helmets, knee-pads and elbow-pads, protection vests, "shells" and shorts by the well-known manufacturers, like Carrera, Scott, Dainese, Head will safely protect you from trauma.

And finally about safety of the downhill skier. When you go skiing to the mountain resort, remember to take a lip balm or a hygienic lipstick, sun protection cream (yes, it is too easy to get burnt in mountains!) and a special cream against wind bites and skin spills in frost weather. Also the ointment to heal muscle pulls and hurts is useful to have on you.

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