Originally Posted by James Haytham
Hey guys I personally have decided to go with the Beaufort. I have a ski trip this coming winter and was wondering how it stood up with skiing! (Take note that I'm not the best skier so I should be falling down and hitting the snow a lot)
Cotton in wet, freezing conditions would be a terrible combination. Waxed cotton will both wet out and trap moisture in the lining and once it does, would be an enormous liability in typical skiing weather. It will also get very stiff in low temps and is not particularly good at blocking out those cold blasts. All-in-all, really bad choice for skiing.
If you're doing a standard lift-served ski trip and not slapping on skins for a day of AT or some tele, breathability may not be a huge concern. But, while you may not 'need' something like 3-ply Gore-Tex (which, contrary to some opinions here, is actually waterproof and reasonably breathable), you certainly should not try to make it through a ski trip in cotton outerwear. In addition, as wacky as some outdoor fashions look in the city, a Beaufort on the slopes would look equally out of place.