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Foo goes skiing. Sartorial disaster?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Well-Known Member

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    Matt, you're getting lots of good advice.

    Another that I suggest for you is becoming familiar with what these guys look like:


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    Also, Ortovox and Pieps make good avalanche transponders.
     
  2. mcbrown

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    I can't pass up what will probably be my only opportunity in life to offer clothing advice to a man of Foo's formidable sartorial expertise...

    Skiing is one of those activities where the most stylish thing to do is wear highly functional gear. You look like you are well on your way. The yellow gloves might match a bit too much with the yellow accents of the jacket (looks like you're trying too hard). But it sounds like you got a good deal on the gloves, in which case you should keep the gloves and change the jacket, if you care. Overall the combination of gray pants and plain colored jacket is quite compliant with modern ski/snowboard style, and you will be fine.

    Follow the advice others have given and wear a helmet. The argument against doing so is the same argument against wearing seatbelts: "I've never had an accident before, so therefore it must be unnecessary." The big head-injury risk for a beginner isn't from a fall but a collision - you will be going slowly on a green run that happens to be at the foot of a black or blue run, and some teenager with more adrenaline than sense will come barreling through at too high a speed, not respecting the right of way of the slower people in front of him.

    Goggles are not necessary for eye protection at low speeds, and may be more trouble for you than they're worth at this stage. The upside is they do cut glare. YMMV. I would suggest trying them, but don't be concerned if you decide to take them off after a couple of runs.
     
  3. Manton

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    I was on ski patrol at Boreal (easy, easy mountain, we used to call it "Boring Hill") my junior and senior years of high school. That jacket was a crazy chick magnet. Good times.
     
  4. F. Corbera

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    Would you agree that a wide, arcing, uncontrolled turn on the slope is most likely to take out the greatest number of other skiers?
     
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    Is the the 80s? I think I had those Rossies back then?
     
  6. F. Corbera

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    You could lend that jacket to Foo.

    It might be big on him, but he could button it 4x1 to cinch it up.
     
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  7. F. Corbera

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    My guess is that it was 1999.
     
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  8. cbbuff

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    The most effective technique I have seen is the lean way back on your tails and go straight down method. They never see you coming.

    They can sometimes pick you up in their peripheral vision on the wide arching turns.
     
  9. yarnsforth

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    As seen above, wear sunglasses without a helmet. If you wear a helmet and want eye protection, use goggles.
     
  10. Patek

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    Oakley is the Hugo Boss of eye wear. My favorite brand is Zeal. They can be a bit pricy but less than a Hermes wallet. I would go with Smith or Bolle before Oakley.
     
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    Triple face palm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

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  12. mafoofan

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    Sigh, okay--who makes a good goggle and helmet? I'm seeing lots of Oakley for the former and Giro for the latter.
     
  13. cbbuff

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    The photo was, the skis sure as hell were not. 4Ss I would guess.
     
  14. Patek

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    Zeal is really one of the best for goggles. Oh, and they are in Bolder, CO.
     
  15. Manton

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    I don't know why but we all considered Rossingnols to be "girl" skis. I had K2s and then we all came to believe that Volkl were the baddest.
     
  16. mcbrown

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    For maximizing body count, I lean towards a straight path downhill at high speed through the beginner slope on the first afternoon of a long weekend.
     
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    When you're finished shopping, please report back and let us know how much money you spent on a sport you don't intend to peruse.
     
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    The picture is from '99, but yeah the skis were from the 80's. I hadn't skied regularly in a few years at that point so I just put new bindings on my old skis and went out. It was fine, but since then I've switched to just renting new equipment whenever I go. The new shaped skis are a hell of a lot easier than my old Rossi's, but I figure if I could ski diamonds on those, I can ski anything :slayer:
     
  19. mafoofan

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    Been relatively inexpensive, actually. I'm picking from sales bins.
     
  20. Bradford

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    And yeah, pretty sure my wife's jacket was from the 80's as well. :)
     

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