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"Park Wear" In the Backcountry?
I'm just curious on who wears brands like Jiberish, Tall T, 4bi9, and any other so called "park wear" while skiing anything else besides park. I ask this because I wear all those brands but I'm TRASH at park so I stick to backcountry.
most people i know wear some form of outerwear while skiing. why do you gotta get all segregatory?
brands like Jiberish, Tall T, and 4bi9 do streetwear lines and produce some media, not outerwear you want to depend on for bc mission. Armada however makes excellent outerwear that looks and functions great if youre skiing in a terrain park or national park. I like 'park wear' brands like virtika that make stylish outerwear but are considerably less expensive, but they mostly sell impractical insulated outerwear to teenagers and have a somewat limited selection of shells that bc skiers and most adults in general prefer
I used to always ski with a jiberish hoodie and a coaches jacket that wouldnt keep me that warm or dry... This year my dad gave me his old patagonia down jacket (he's a coach and they got armada jackets this year) and good lord it's nice being warm. I wear a mammut shell that I found for like $100 over it and it's all I need for anything.
It doesn't matter the brand, just make sure it's a shell that you can pack well that wont be bulky or heavy.
out of the brands you posted, Flylow and Marmot both make good technical shells that work great in the backcountry. I use an Arcteryx or Black Diamond 3L Goretex shellset for my backcountry stuff. they work great and are packable.
I have noticed the more dedicated BC brands are focusing on keeping cool while touring as well as staying dry. Also they are getting away from bulky oversized hard shells. That would be the only practical reason I can think of to be picky about brands.
Im late on the thread, but here is goes.
Cotton is the worst thing to have in outdoor sports. Its the material of choice for suburban outwear because it looks good and they can overcharge the gear due to cheap production. Here is the fact: Cotton soaks, does not wick sweat and does not dry up. All those factors will kill you in the back country. For example, You hike for 2 hours in -10C and sweat quite a bit. By 3 pm, temperatures drop, you are wet and you get to the bottom and have to hike back to the car. If you dont warm up your core temperature on time, you will get hypothermia. Without anything else to wear (cotton is bulky) your cotton hoodie will freeze and you might as well be swimming in Arctic waters.
Technical wear is nylon polyester with other woven fabric to wick the sweat (breathing), a waterproof top layer and thinner insulation to prevent overheating. You should think clothing for touring as multiple layers. A base layer to wick sweat, a softshell for waterproof and a hardshell for cold weather or difficult condition as well as transitioning.
But if your touring at a resort and going in after 1 hour in perfect sunny days...you dont need anything special.
I always just look for second hand technical back country gear. I've managed to get arcteryx bibs and a jacket at steep discounts this way. Since I'm in the PNW I always look for stuff that is very waterproof but has huge vents for the uphill.
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