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    • AubreyMac
    • By AubreyMac 9th Feb 18, 11:03 PM
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    ski jackets - really necessary for skiing?
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    ski jackets - really necessary for skiing? 9th Feb 18 at 11:03 PM
    Hi, I will be going on a ski trip in Bulgaria next month and am just listing things I need to buy.


    One of them is a ski jacket. Having looked online they seem quite pricey.


    It'll be my first time skiing so I'm reluctant to spend a lot as it's no guarantee I'll go ever again.


    So I'm wondering whether I can just wear my usual winter jacket? (a down one from superdry).
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    • waamo
    • By waamo 9th Feb 18, 11:49 PM
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    In a word yes. Sports Direct have some good ones branded No Fear that are cheap.

    Search around for cheap ones, ex hire are ok too.
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 9th Feb 18, 11:56 PM
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    I had mine from TK Maxx - didn't pay a huge amount and it was fine. Might be the wrong time but Aldi have also had ski wear/cold weather stuff in if there's any left.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • waamo
    • By waamo 10th Feb 18, 12:03 AM
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    I had mine from TK Maxx - didn't pay a huge amount and it was fine. Might be the wrong time but Aldi have also had ski wear/cold weather stuff in if there's any left.
    Originally posted by elsien
    Likewise. Ski socks are really important too. Don't skimp on those.
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    • AubreyMac
    • By AubreyMac 10th Feb 18, 12:42 AM
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    • 10th Feb 18, 12:42 AM
    Thanks guys. Didn't think of sports direct and tk maxx - there I was looking at Mountain Warehouse and Tresspass (no wonder they were expensive). I just remembered Decathlon too.


    Yes and socks - are they the same things advertised as 'ski tubes'?
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 10th Feb 18, 11:32 AM
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    I bought mine from TK Maxx for £50, I don't ski any more but it's excellent in wintry weather. You need a jacket that is both warm and waterproof, and made of a material that is resistant to abrasion and cuts (as you'll be spending a lot of time falling over).
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 10th Feb 18, 11:38 AM
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    I wear my light weight waterproof when skiing, anything else is far too warm when being active and a waste of money considering how often it would be used.
    • 814man
    • By 814man 10th Feb 18, 11:55 AM
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    • 10th Feb 18, 11:55 AM
    Jacket, socks and gloves are essential items but as mentioned look at TKMax in particular, I got a Spider top there a few weeks back.
    • loskie
    • By loskie 10th Feb 18, 12:05 PM
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    • 10th Feb 18, 12:05 PM
    I was in the same position as you last year. At 47 my first weeks skiing. Bought a ski jacket from TK Maxx online for £58 the rrp was "supposed" to be £225. Jacket is fine for a winter coat and going skiing again this year
    • Coolhandluke
    • By Coolhandluke 10th Feb 18, 3:23 PM
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    Thanks guys. Didn't think of sports direct and tk maxx - there I was looking at Mountain Warehouse and Tresspass (no wonder they were expensive). I just remembered Decathlon too.


    Yes and socks - are they the same things advertised as 'ski tubes'?
    Originally posted by AubreyMac
    Yes ski tubes are the same thing but think of getting a few pairs of fitted socks , ones with proper toes and heels with no seams and not to thick.
    It's so important to be able to feel the ski .
    • Macadamia
    • By Macadamia 10th Feb 18, 3:56 PM
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    People often buy too much ‘special gear’ for a first ski holiday.

    If you are looking to keep costs under control I wouldn’t bother buying specialist thermal base layers etc – use any long sleeve T shirts and leggings /longjohns you already have. Go for layers rather than single thick items.
    In March, conditions may be wet at times, so make sure your gear is waterproof.
    Borrow things if you can – ski pants and jackets especially.
    But buy good, warm, waterproof gloves that are a comfortable fit, well fitting ski socks, and some basic goggles.
    Also put uv protecting sun glasses, sunscreen, and lipbalm on your list. (All of these can be painfully expensive in some resorts.)

    Enjoy your trip.
    arghhh!!!
    • Soot2006
    • By Soot2006 10th Feb 18, 4:02 PM
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    Depends on the weather (and altitude!).
    I ski a lot and for it makes total sense to have 2 ski jackets, one for -12 and lower and one for the warmer days ...
    As a beginner you're unlikely to be far away from civilization and a nice easy-moving winter jacket will be more than sufficient. Last year, I used an £25 Aldi jacket for up to -5, as mine didn't come back from the cleaner's on time ... Now I use that jacket as my dog walking jacket in all seasons here in the UK and I love it!

    OR something like this?
    https://www.sportsdirect.com/campri-ski-jacket-mens-408167?colcode=40816703
    Last edited by Soot2006; 10-02-2018 at 4:05 PM.
    • loskie
    • By loskie 10th Feb 18, 6:10 PM
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    remember no cotton base layers. Cycling clothes do well for skiing too
    • wazza99
    • By wazza99 10th Feb 18, 6:51 PM
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    You'll be fine
    • Coolhandluke
    • By Coolhandluke 11th Feb 18, 10:29 AM
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    Everything is painfully expensive in a ski resort
    • oldbrookmum43
    • By oldbrookmum43 12th Feb 18, 5:42 PM
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    Check out Facebook or sports direct
    • michele-p
    • By michele-p 14th Feb 18, 10:24 PM
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    hi, I'd recommend Aldi, I have their Merino wool base layer and mid layer, its just as good as my more expensive gear. My first 2 holidays I wore a £15 sports direct jacket and salopettes. They also have silk blend ski socks in now. I also wear glove liners, usually silk, but used Aldi merino ones at £4.99 this year. Cold hands are my biggest issue.

    As a beginner you may be slightly warmer anyway, more effort is needed when you're learning! March again may be slightly warmer than -16 we had last week in France!

    I saw a deal on hotdeals for a dare2b jacket tonight on Amazon, so good prices are out there: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dare-2b-mens-fervent-pro-ski-jacket-200-rrp-2159-delivery-starting-from-379-amazon-sold-by-portstewart-clothing-company-2894329

    I'd recommend a ski jacket, as they let out sweat whilst keeping you dry from snow and wind.
    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 14th Feb 18, 10:37 PM
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    I'm not long back from a couple of weeks in Italy, which isn't as cheap as Bulgaria but a lot better than expensive French and Swiss resorts which, as a beginner, you don't need to go to.

    Plenty of decent advice here. I'm experienced but don't buy the top brand names unless they're in somewhere like TK Maxx. I've bought from there, Decathlon (good for under layers and bits and pieces too) and Aldi/Lidl.

    Lots of the stuff will come in useful in other circumstances if you ever go outside into the variable British weather, so don't see it as money wasted on 'ski' gear. Even my proper ski socks get occasional use in my wellies!
    • ciderboy2009
    • By ciderboy2009 15th Feb 18, 4:05 PM
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    I'm surprised nobody's mentioned looking on eBay.
    We're getting to the point of the year where people have been on their first trip skiing, decided they didn't like it & are therefore selling off their kit - loads of bargains to be had.
    • AubreyMac
    • By AubreyMac 18th Feb 18, 12:25 PM
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    Thanks guys, I did pick up a jacket from sports direct for £42, I tried the one as recommended by @soot2006 but the one I bought was a better fit and feel and I intend to wear it in very cold weather here too, I just love the amount of pockets it has.


    I'll look for trousers next, what is the difference between skiing trousers and salopettes? do I really need the shoulder straps?


    The package I have with the ski resort already provides boots, skis, poles, helmet and goggles. I was told all I need to bring was jacket, trousers, baselayers, socks and gloves. I already have thermal baselayers along with long sleet tees and leggings.


    ps - someone mention not to wear cotton under the ski stuff, why is this?
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