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December 9, 2008

Ski Fashion – It IS Strange!

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Written by: Janne Niini
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Well, this post does not need a lot of words! I will let the pictures do most of the talking.

Tall T’s

So-called Tall T’s are all the rage in the new school scene at the moment. I guess someone is always taking things a bit too far…

Tight pants and skiing?

On the contrary, snowboarders and now some skiers too are starting to wear the tight rocker pants on the slopes. Functional? Anyway, to me those look quite a lot the same as the popular stretch(!) pants in the late 70’s and early 80’s…not that there is nothing wrong with that, in the end? Check out the clip anyway, the skiing is pretty damn good/personal no matter if you like the clothing style or not!

Neon, wild prints and one pieces

On the more mainstream side of things, neon and wild prints have been making a comeback for a few years. Anyone remember the eighties?

Source: shop.surftheearthsnowboards.com

Talking about the eighties and neon…did I mention the one-pieces already? Oakley has several such outfits; here is an example:

Source: snowhugger.net

Techical gear getting a bit too technical perhaps?

All kind of gadgets sewed into the clothes seem to be another rage for the ski clothing industry – there’s heaters, i-pod pockets, headphones, reccos etc. Here is a couple of pretty interesting concepts.

1. W-X Insulator Stabilyx tights—high-tech long johns with elasticized straps to support muscles. Well, those seems like a normal technical-material long johns to me. I just wonder that if you need special underwear to support muscles, maybe it is a time to hit a gym instead?

Source: thegearjunkie.com

2. Scullcandy Scullcrasher beanie, featuring e.g.

•    Skullcandy SkullCrushers Amplified Dual Speaker Bass System Adjustable on Cord
•    Compatible with any iPod®, MD, CD or Tape Player
•    Flexible Padding
•    Soft Fleece-Lined Headband / Ear Pad
•    Mesh Top Keeps You Warm and Dry

Well, that is a pretty cool product actually. I am just one of those old school guys that like to hear the sound of snow, edges, other skiers etc. around and don’t like to mess my skiing/riding with any music whatsover.

Source: snowboards-for-sale.com

That said, I still think the following helmet from Giro is even cooler and offers more functionality (and protection too, of course). What I wonder here is that does anyone produce blue-tooth equipped walkie-talkies? I mean walkie-talkies are much more in use in the backcountry than cell phones: you can communicate with your ski peers, give guidance on lines, and if you are filming/shooting they are pretty much essential. Currently every manufacturer seem to think of the masses with their gadget-minded ski gear/wear but it seems to me that few have actually listened what the skiers/riders actually do on the mountain? In my opinion integrated/blue-tooth based walkie-talkie solutions on ski gear and clothes would be quite functional for your average off-piste/backcountry skier.

Source: buckmans.com

Someone always has to be the weirdest guy/girl!

At last, this is a few years old. But I still wonder what the hell the designer had in mind?

Source: besportier.com

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About the Author

Janne Niini
I am a former (not-so-competitive) mogul-skier who nowadays enjoy many aspects of snow-gliding: alpine, telemarking and occasional snowboarding too. I have two small daughters and try to ski with them as often as possible.




 
 

 
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7 Comments


  1. This is one of those sports that has changing fashion every year. It is always interesting to me to get back on the mountain and see all the trends every season. The Tall T shirt trend was everywhere when I took a trip out to Colorado in February.


  2. The younger skiers here at Stowe are rockin’ the tall T’s. As an older rider, I like the ability to move, “old school steez” yo!


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