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Effective layering for the ski slopes: Sweaty Betty's 3-step system explained

posted on Wednesday, 19th November 2014 | find under Fashion
If, at the first bite of frost, your mind wanders to black runs and ski chalets, then you may also be dreaming of a new ski wardrobe from Sweaty Betty’s Winter collection. Which means you’ll need to know a bit about the 3-layering system that ensures you’ll stay warm and dry from the first run on the mountain to the final round of après-ski. Here the Sweaty Betty design team explains why a complete ski outfit requires thermal base layers, technical mid-layers and weather-proof outwear.



Base layer

The first thing you’ll put on in the morning, base layers are crafted from sweat-wicking fabric that moves moisture away from the skin. Designed to fit snugly to the body, they act as a second skin and traps in the warmth from your body to create a naturally-insulating micro-environment. “When it comes to staying warm on the slopes, base layers are the single most important item you should never sacrifice,” says senior designer Lisa Ndukwe.  

Sweaty Betty base layers are available in full length tops and bottoms or capri and vest styles. The Alpine Ski Merino Capris (http://www.sweatybetty.com/clothes/bottoms/capris/black-alpine-ski-merino-capri/) end at the mid-calf for easy layering with ski socks, reducing excess bulk beneath the ski boot. Likewise, the Fall Line Cami provides thermal coverage for your core while offering added breathability around the back and arms. During extremely cold conditions, you can even pair these with full-length base layers like the Criss Cross or Ski Betties for extra warmth.  

Mid layer

This optional layer is useful on particularly cold days. It’s usually thicker and looser, crafted from either merino wool or technical fleece with essential sweat-wicking capabilities. By sitting further from the body, the mid layer creates air pockets between your base and outer layers for extra insulation.  Shop the Mountain Climber Ski Merino Knit and Knit Leggings.  

Outerwear 

The final piece of the ski puzzle is your jacket and salopettes or all-in-one. These act as the barrier against the elements  like wind, rain or snow, so technical weather-proof performance is crucial - look for waterproof fabrics with over 6,000mm water-resisting capability to stay dry on the slopes.  The fabric of the jacket should also be breathable to effectively transfer body moisture. Shop the Exploration Ski Jacket, Astro Ski Salopettes and Avalanche Ski All In One
 
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