Jesus. Leonardo da Vinci. Chuck Norris. History's greatest men have sported face curtains. But we know, beards are no picnic. They frustrate women, they accumulate wayward food particles and they require more maintenance than an antique car. Most of the time, they're simply a nuisance. In cold temps, though, they sure do come in handy. Santa knows.
The Old Faithful Zip Neck from Core Concepts has just about everything you want in a base layer: function, comfort and style. The anti-microbial Polartec Recycled Power Dry fabric keeps you dry, warm and odor-free, and provides 30+ SPF. The top is fitted but not skin tight, and it’s tagless. Old Faithful also comes in Sport Blue and Black, but we love it in bright red Cayenne, with contrasting blue plaid arm vents. 100% polyester.
WinterSilks’ new Techno Silks line is the company’s first foray into peak performance wear. The crock neck top keeps warmth in and snow out, and the fabric (a blend of spunsilk and Spandex) wicks moisture and slides across your skin with each turn. As for the feel – did we mention it’s made of silk?
Available in men’s and women’s styles in dark grey (pictured) and terra cotta.
Spyder’s Winterskyn baselayers incorporate strategic muscle support, venting for heat-prone areas, and moisture wicking to keep you dry. The new X-Static line also includes anti-microbial silver fibers to fight odor. Made from polypropylene, nylon and stretch Spandex, the fabric moves with you, and the capri cut (it stops right above the boot) offers even greater flexibility.
Crashes happen. But with body armor, injuries don’t have to
Your ski-movie heroes might be fearless, but they aren’t stupid. So don’t think for a second that they aren’t padding up underneath that cool outerwear before they go huge in the pipe or charge that steep, rock-studded line in Alaska. In the past, lots of pro athletes have adapted padded motocross apparel to their uses. Now companies like Scott USA (which happens to have a motocross line, too) are offering ski-specific body armor. Example: the Compression Reducer X.