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Foo goes skiing. Sartorial disaster?

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

  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    So, I'm going to Vail this weekend. Skiing for the first time since childhood--not good then, don't expect to be good now. Had to buy new clothes. Have no idea what I'm doing. Too coordinated? Concerned I will look too much like one of the X-Men, but the yellow gloves were too good to be true.

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  2. Wolfador

    Wolfador Senior member

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    yellow gloves are a bit much. Would probably look better snowboarding.
     
  3. ethanm

    ethanm Senior member

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    The sweet spot for a skiing fit is to look as obnoxious as possible without looking foolish. I wear a black and white gingham jacket, black pants, white gloves and goggles and a black helmet.
     
  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Just wear your DB suits, like Luca R.
     
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  5. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How far off am I from achieving that goal? This is as obnoxious as I get.
     
  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think Rubinacci should be consulted on this question.....

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  7. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Everyone looks ridiculous in ski clothes. Only exception: hot chicks with great asses in stretch pants.
     
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  8. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    I highly recommend Triple Aught Design Gear for Softshells and other tech clothing which isn't schemed up like a Japanese motorcycle.

    Also, look at Ibex, Icebreaker and Woolpower for mid layers.
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not by a wide margin
     
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  10. ethanm

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    Looks fine to me. I would look into getting a helmet though. Vail is a serious mountain. I've been doing it my whole life but I'm pretty sure I'd be dead or a vegetable if I didn't wear a helmet.
     
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  11. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks for the recommendations, but too late.

    I bought the stuff pictured: Marmot Vertical soft shell jacket, Obermeyer Saranac pants and Stoic gloves. I picked the jacket simply on the basis that I thought it looked cool and the pants because they come in the size I need. The gloves pick up the yellow in the jacket. Underneath, I'll just wear an OCBD and sweater on top and long underwear on bottom.
     
  12. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Don't they have bunny slopes?
     
  13. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You know, I skied almost every (winter) weekend from about age 7 until I went to college, and then several times a year after that. I never, ever wore a helmet, took a lot of nasty falls, and I never got hurt in the slightest. Looking back, I realize I was lucky. But nobody really thought about injury at all in those days and absolutely no one wore a helmet.

    Foo, stay off the black diamond runs and you should be OK.
     
  14. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    wearing an OCBD skiing is :roflmao:
     
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  15. Wolfador

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    I'm sure they do but you should still wear a helmet, even if you are the best in the world, all it takes is someone behind you to come flying into you. Seen it many times. Plus they keep your head warm and some have built in bluetooth speakers.

    Load up http://phresheez.com/site/index.php on your smartphone so we can track your runs and make sure you don't die :)
     
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  16. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I will probably make a few token attempts at the easiest slope so that I can claim participation points, then go inside and drink hot chocolate.
     
  17. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Haha thanks. Appreciate the safety concerns.

    But what about what's really important, the clothes?
     
  18. Bradford

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    Cool look - have fun in Vail!

    I see nothing wrong with the gloves, but I have a yellow LL Bean parka that I wear with black gloves and ski pants.

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  19. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^^^ Do I need some kind of eye protection, or do beginners not need (i.e. look stupid) wearing goggles?
     
  20. ethanm

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    Yea, they have greens and some pretty long ones too. You can get a helmet for $50 and not have to worry about a head injury. To me, mitigating the risk of a head injury far outweighs the cost of a helmet. You need goggles, your eyes will water and blur your vision if you're not wearing any.
     
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