Ski - Snowboarding clothing?
THREE LAYERS OF PROTECTION
Snowboarding requires clothing that both ensures protection from extreme weather and allows perspiration to escape. There are three types of layer that combine to guarantee rapid adaptation to different levels of temperature and activity.
New technologies and material
Winter boardsports (skiing in all its forms, snowboarding, sledging, etc.) require lightweight clothing that protects the wearer from cold and moisture, combining comfort, ease of wearing and stylish shapes and colours. Sports experts and manufacturers have understood this and worked to develop new materials with modern technical properties: breathable, waterproof, insulating, adaptable to different body shapes and with innovative, fun designs.
To be perfectly at ease in the snow, you will need to wear clothing that protects you. In extreme temperatures, go for warm clothes such as those made with feathers, wadding or down. These materials are, however, not very waterproof. If you perspire, or in damp weather, choose polyester base-layers that wick perspiration away from the body. Prepare for falls by wearing clothing made from durable, tear-resistant, protective material (with cavity inserts or padding).
Stratermic and Novadry, new materials developed by Wed'ze, have been tried and tested in consideration of the needs of the body in cold weather under different temperatures. They have all the characteristics to give each item of clothing heat, freedom and durability. You can't go wrong!
First layer: warm and breathable!
Base layers, such as the Wed'ze Simple Warm range, are designed to wick moisture away from the skin, evacuating perspiration to leave the body dry. They are worn close to the skin and is designed to prevent overheating by creating a dry microclimate around the body. Their composition also helps the body keep warm.
Second layer: insulation!
This layer (down, wadding, fleece, etc...) is designed to prevent heat loss and to maintain an envelope of warm air around the body. The air trapped around the body creates insulation from the cold. The thickness of this layer can be adjusted according the outside temperature. A liner jacket can be worn for clement temperatures. The Mide, made of feathers and down, is best suited to colder weather. You can also wear a fleece as a second layer.
Third layer: protection!
Your jacket will protect you from snow, wind and rain. Waterproof, water-resistant and windproof, it ensures the breathability and performance of the multi-layer system.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WINTER HAT?
A must-have winter accessory, your hat defines your style and completes your look, but above all it protects your head from the cold! We lose most of our body heat through the extremities (head, hands and feet). Wearing a hat can reduce this loss by 50%. So get your hat on!
On the slopes, in the resort, or even around town, a hat is always useful. Fun or classic, you can use it to reflect you mood! The hard thing this winter is knowing which to choose: Along with basic, soft, warm fleece hats in various colours to match your clothing, there are woollen hats, bobble hats, hats with visors, headbands, berets for little ones, and fur hats in this season's colours. Small, practical, and effective:
Ideal for very cold days or for those of us who feel the cold
The fleece neck warmer. Stop the cold from invading your jacket at the collar, and shield your face from attacks of cold.
We've thought of them too, with our powder mask. Easy to put on, it protects the face, keeps it from freezing, and allows you to breathe when powdery snow flies up and sticks to your face.
Try our balaclavas! In very cold weather, helmets protect the head from impacts, but don't insulate enough against the cold. With a balaclava worn under the helmet, the young snowboarder will be perfectly equipped against all the elements... and won't get cold in the eyes!
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SKI - SNOWBOARDING PROTECTIVE GEAR?
Freestylers, freeriders and other snowboard acrobats can spend more time in the air than on the snow. But as you know, it's not the fall that matters: it's the landing. To cushion yourself against impact and protect you from crashed or unsteady landings, we recommend, in addition to a helmet, of course, that you wear body protection. Spreading your wings and jumping a 25-metre stone obstacle won't make you invincible. There's no substitute for good physical fitness, attention and vigilance, and a technical understanding of Alpine boarding.
All back protectors should comply with safety regulation 1621-2. Above all, it is essential to try on your protector to ensure that it is the right size (a back protector that is too big can damage lower back if you fall). It should match the size of your back. Is should also feel comfortable. Don't hesitate to make some large movements when you try it on, to make sure.
• There are various kinds of back protector: a simple protector in absorbent foam (Defence Back), or a protector with an articulated shell made of several ergonomic plaques (SBS Protect). Both kinds attach to the back using a belt around the waist and adjustable shoulder straps. The third kind (SBS Jacket Protect) also has an articulated shell, but as well as protecting the upper body it is worn as a jacket, guaranteeing better support. Beware: When you try on your protector, try on your snowboard jacket underneath to make sure you can do everything up!
Avoid having to eat your night-time "tartiflette" standing up because sitting down is to painful. With strategically placed foam and plastic padding on the pelvic, thighs and coccyx, these protective shorts absorb shock. They are ideal for beginner snowboarders, who spend more time sitting that standing, or for boarders who want to try out freestyle. Tip: if you also wear back protection, choose compatible models to prevent having two sets of protection on the coccyx. Just like with the back protector, try your protective shorts on with your snowboarding trousers to make sure you can fit them both on together!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WINTER CLOTHES FOR YOUR CHILDREN?
Snowboarding is an activity that takes place in a unique outdoor environment that can be challenging and changeable. To get the most out of the mountains and the snow, it is important that your child wears clothes that keep him or her dry, shielded from the wind, and protected from low temperatures.
To make the right choice, identify your child's needs:
The need for warmth and durability will vary depending on whether you are spending a week in the mountains in January or April, or heading there for the entire season, and on whether your child spends two hours on the slopes or a whole day rolling around in the snow. Here's our advice:
Down, feather and wadding
It's worth knowing that the best insulator against cold is air, so clothes that capture large amounts of air in their fibres or materials are the most effective.
- Wadding: a light, compressible, synthetic material made with polyester fibres. The thicker the wadding, the more air inside, and the warmer the clothing.
- Feather and Down: with a high heat-to-weight ratio, these are natural materials that capture large quantities of air, especially in the case of down. The more down, the warmer, lighter and compressible the clothing.
It is essential to have clothing that is waterproof, but also windproof, as the wind increases the feeling of cold. Two processes are used to make material waterproof: membranes and coating.
Membrane is a film placed on the inside surface of the material. It is generally suppler and less noisy than coating, but is more sensitive to perforation.
Coating is a paste that is spread onto the interior surface of the material. This process is less expensive than membrane, but can sometimes lose its waterproof quality more quickly. Beware: although a garment may be made of waterproof material, it will not necessarily be waterproof at the seams. For optimum protection, some garments have seams that are weatherproofed with heat-sealed tape. These are called weatherproofed or waterproof seams, or heat-sealed seams.
Powder skirts (or snow skirts) prevent dampness by stopping snow from rising up into your clothing.
Breathability describes how clothing wicks moisture outwards. It is very important because, despite the cold, your child will perspire during activity. If the perspiration is not wicked away, your child will quickly become damp and cold. As well as the breathability of the material itself, there are various features (zips, ventilation, mesh, etc.) which will improve the overall breathability of the garment
All-in-one suits are ideal for children, as they will allow them fully to enjoy the snow without getting wet! Even if they roll around in the snow during mythical snowball fights or while making devilish descents on the sledge, the snow will not invade between their jacket and trousers.
When choosing an all-in-one, there is no substitute for trying it on. It is very important for your child to be able to move freely in his or her clothes.
- When standing, with the arms held out to the front, the cuffs should remain beyond the wrists.
- When moving, bending the arm, crouching down or stretching the legs, all movements should be free and easy. The crotch should not rise up too high, and when bending, crouching or sitting the material should not press too tightly on the back or bottom.
What makes the difference?
Remember the small details that can make all the difference: Drawstring hoods, chin flaps, ski-pass pockets, etc..., are all designed to keep your child well protected in the winter environment.
Pull'N Fit technology: these clothes grow with your child! The legs of these trousers can be lengthened to ensure that they last for more than one season.
CARE FOR YOUR SNOWBOARDING WEAR
- Wash at 30°C on the synthetic setting.
- Turn the item inside-out.
- Avoid mixing with other clothes or with delicate items.
- Fasten attachment straps to protect the lining.
- Use a small amount of detergent.
- Spin twice if required.
For down items
- Wash with one or two old tennis balls in the drum to massage the down better.
- Rinse at least twice. Do not dry clean. Do not use softener, bleach or stain remover.
- Tumble-dry the down item on a gentle (synthetic) setting.
- Continue drying until the item is fully dry.
- If you do not have a tumble dryer, place the garment on a rotary clothesline.
- Massage the item regularly to keep the down plumped up.
- Do not place down items on a radiator.
- If the item has rings on it after washing, there may still be washing powder inside. Rinse once or twice more.
- If the item has an unpleasant smell, it has not fully dried out deep inside. Shake and beat the garment, then continue drying.
- If the item shrinks, some of its interior components have been exposed to excessive heat.