The final piece of your layering system, is
the outer layer, and what that does, is protects you from winds, and moisture in the form of
snow or rain. They do come in a variety of waterproofing durabilities, and what we found
in the West, is that it’s pretty dry, so you don’t need quite as waterproof materials,
and in places like the North, both East and West. That’s where it’s going to be more important
to be waterproof, but what you’re going to find in all these jackets, are some different
options, including whether it’s insulated or not. This one has some down installation
to it. Great for just hanging out around on the slopes, or on those really cold days.
You’ll also see things specific to skiing and snow sports, like the powder skirt. This
actually snaps around right here, and keeps snow from getting in your pants or jacket.
With any of these things, you want them to fit comfortably. You are doing a sport, so
it shouldn’t be really tight, and I would say, as baggy as you care to be, without getting
in the way. It’s I think something that’s more of a personal style, but it’s up to you.
You’ll see some, especially in the insulated pieces, what we call mechanical venting, which
actually when you’re working so hard, that the garment can’t remove all your perspiration
vapor, that actually lets air into the jacket, to cool you off. The same can be found in
pants. Usually these vents are in the thighs, right here, to vent moisture that way. You
also see a lot of styles these days have hoods, to keep your head warm, of course. You’ll
see anything in these jackets, from something pretty calm like this, but still pretty fun,
some subdued prints and things. All the way to maybe a little more of a statement, but
once again, pretty personal. Just as long as what you’re looking for is waterproof and
breathes easier, perspiration vapor away from your body. Those are the main concerns that
you’re looking for, when you shop for outerwear, for snow sports.