Part of our week long series of Gift Guides, my picks for all the skiers on your shopping list.
Just about every guy I know would be happy to receive any of these items.
What every guy should wear on any ski day. This stuff’s soft and seems to hug the whole time it’s on. The merino wool naturally pulls moisture off the skin, which helps with staying warm, and locks in plenty of heat. It’s also odour resistant. Even after a sweaty morning ploughing through waist deep I don’t stink too bad at lunch. It’s not cheap, but it lasts more than twice as long as a synthetic alternative.
The biggest enemy to warm hands is wet hands. These gloves or mitts fight the wet in few ways. A waterproof membrane keeps the moisture out, but allows sweat vapour to escape. When the steeps bring on sweaty palms a wicking liner moves the moisture deep into the glove. And to keep the insulation working properly the down insulation is treated so moisture won’t impact its performance.
This is the classic wool ski sweater updated. It’s got the clean and simple lines, but not the itch or 20 pound weight. Outdoor Research used its drirelease merino blend, a mix of merino wool and synthetic yarns. Together they create a soft, anti-odour and fast drying sweater. Under a jacket in winter or on its own spring skiing, either way any guy will look good and stay warm in.
RYAN REPORT is a frequent web post by Ski Canada magazine’s technical editor, Ryan Stuart.Gordini, Icebreaker, Outdoor Research, Ryan Report