Buying Guide For Ski Jackets

Types of Jackets

When shopping for a ski jacket you are going to find two different types that are available. One is an insulated jacket and the other is a soft shell jacket. The most common question that people have is, “which one should I buy?” The simple answer to this question is that there is no right answer. The reason for this is that each person has a different body temperature regulation. Some people will get hot very quickly and thus having an insulated jacket would cause them great discomfort. Others, however, are routinely cold and having an insulated jacket only makes sense because a soft shell jacket would leave them even colder. With this being said, the first step to selecting the jacket that is best for you is by determining if you are warmer or colder person by nature. Once this is determined, you can then move forward in the process of selecting your jacket.

Insulated Jackets

The construction characteristics of an insulated jacket include an outer layer that is waterproof and windproof, along with an insulated layer that is built directly into the jacket. The insulating inner layer is likely to be made of fleece, down, or a synthetic fabric such as Primaloft. Also, many insulated jackets will contain an additional insulator piece that can be removed. These types of insulated jackets are some times referred to as system jackets or 3-in-1 jackets.

The insulation that is found in insulated jackets is most commonly measured in grams. The greater the number weight in grams, the warmer the jacket will be. Insulation types can range as low as 30 grams and go as high as 800 grams, which is most commonly found with Down material. For people who are colder by nature, an insulated jacket is the most suitable option.

Soft Shell Jackets

Soft shell jackets are windproof, waterproof jackets that have no internal insulation and are highly breathable. Now, you might wonder why anyone would choose a jacket that contains no internal insulation. The reasons for this are several, one of which has already been identified; being a warmer person by nature. Another reason that one may choose this type of jacket is because they prefer to have added mobility that is not available with an insulated jacket. As soft shell jackets are usually worn over a base layer and a mid layer, soft shell jackets do not have the added bulkiness of an insulated jacket. This means that you can contain the warmth of your body via your base layer and mid layer, but have added range of motion.

A soft shell jacket can be worn on its own on warmer days or layered with base and mid layers for colder days. However, for extremely cold temperatures and extended periods of time outdoors, a soft shell jacket is probably not the best option, but the final decision is ultimately up to you. For more information on base and mid layers, please review our article on the importance of layering.

Waterproof Rating

Probably the most important characteristic of any ski jacket is the waterproof rating. This rating tells you how quickly your jacket will become saturated and begin allowing water to penetrate to the layers below. Waterproof ratings are measured and indicated in millimeters(mm). The level is determined by placing a tube filled on the fabric and filling it with water. The level at which the water begins to penetrate through the fabric is the waterproof rating. The higher the number, the more waterproof the jacket is and the longer it will withstand snow and rain. For a jacket to be deemed legally waterproof, it must achieve a minimum 1,500mm rating. Jackets can be rated as high as 20,000mm, but the average rating is typically between 5,000 and 10,000mm. Keep in mind that as the rating goes higher, so too will the price.

There are many different types of waterproof fabrics that are used on the market today. Among the more well-known materials that are used are Gore-Tex, Hyvent, and Event. What makes materials such as these so effective is that they contain pores which are larger than a molecule of sweat, but smaller than a molecule of water. This means that not only is the material waterproof, but also very breathable.

Breathability Rating

Just like the waterproof rating measures how effective a jacket is at keeping water outside, the breathablity rating of a jacket measures how effective a jacket is at transferring moisture from inside to the outside. The same fabric pores that help prevent water from penetrating inside a jacket, allow sweat molecules to escape and ultimately keep your warmer.

Breathability rating is measured and indicated in grams (g). The measurement is determined by finding the Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR). The MVTR determines how many grams of sweat per 1 square meter can escape a jacket in a 24 hour period. The higher the number, the more moisture escapes and the more breathable it is. Entry-level breathable fabrics will have MVTR ratings in the range of 2,000-3000g. Fabrics at the high end of the breathability scale will have an MVTR around 25,000g.

Fabric Durability

Contrary to what many people believe, ski jackets are different than your everyday winter jacket. Yes, you can wear your ski jacket as your everyday jacket, but if you haven’t purchased a jacket specifically for skiing, you’re best not to wear the everyday winter jacket that you bought at the department store to the slopes. The reasons for this are several, but one of the most important ones is that your ski jacket is going to be far more durable.

Ski jackets are made of tightly woven nylon or polyester. Materials which are designed for high performance use in the elements of winter. Extended exposure to high winds and the wet elements of the winter is what makes the construction of a ski jacket different from your everyday winter jacket. This is also why you’ll find that ski jackets will cost more than a jacket you’d buy from the department store.

Seams

Fully Taped

Fully taped seams is exactly what it sounds like. All of the stitched seams have been taped for waterproofing. This is done with a waterproof tape that is glued on the interior and exterior of the seam. Fully taped seams are the best option if you want to be waterproof in these important areas that are prone for moisture. They will, however, cost more than jackets with critically taped seams. As an additional note, higher-end garments will offer Welded Seams, which are even more effective at protecting against moisture penetration at the seams.

Critically Taped

A less expensive option than Welded or Fully taped seams is Critically taped seams. Critically taped seams means that only some of the seams are taped and protected against moisture penetration. On a jacket this is not necessarily a bad thing, so don’t be scared off by the fact that not all seams are covered. As long as you don’t spend long periods of time in wet weather, or spend a lot of time falling in the snow, Critically taped seams will offer the protection you need.

Features

When shopping for ski jackets it is important to know that beyond how waterproof and breathable a jacket is, there are a number of features that you can expect to find available to you. In the following sections, we’ll cover many of these features so you will know what to expect when shopping from one model to the next.

Front Zipper Cover: This feature is sometimes referred to as a storm flap. The purpose of this feature is to cover the front zipper of your jacket to prevent the wind and moisture from penetrating inside. As the zipper can be a highly prone area for moisture, this is considered by many as a must have feature.

Powder Skirt: A powder skirt is an elastic band that is located inside of a jacket at the waist. It provides a snap closure in the front and is intended to keep snow from going up the front or back of your jacket. Additionally, it help retain heat and keep you warmer when you’re out on the slopes. This also means that if you’re starting to feel a bit warm, you can unsnap the skirt for a moment to allow heat to escape and cool you down, then snap it back up to protect against the snow. This features is considered by many as a must-have, and it is highly recommended for maximum comfort when out on the snow.

Hood: While not all jackets offer a hood, those that do will offer a hood in one of several options: attached (non-removable), detachable, or stowaway. Attached hoods are fixed to the jacket and cannot be removed. Detachable hoods offer the luxury of protection on windy or snowy days, while also offering the versatility to be removed on warmer or fair weather ski days. Stowaway hoods offer the same luxuries as a detachable hood with the difference being that stowaway hoods do not need to be removed from the jacket. Instead they will tuck into a designated area of the jacket.

As your hood is intended to protect your head and neck from the elements, you want to make sure that your hood can fit over your helmet. Your hood should have enough room so you can look from side to side, and it should also adjust for your helmet size so it isn’t too large or too small. The bill of your hood should be generous enough in size to shed rain from your goggles and eyes. Hoods, regardless of their style, are highly recommended for protection against the elements.

Wrist Closure: Wrist closures are one of the common adjustability features you can expect to find on jackets. Wrist closures will be present as an elastic, Velcro, snap, or thumbhole adjustment. This purpose of such an adjustment is to help keep cold air and snow from going up your arms. You will want to make sure that the wrist adjustment will work in tandem with your gloves.

Cinch Cord: Another adjustment feature that you can expect to find is a Cinch Cord adjustment. This is located at the bottom of the jacket and can be tightened so your jacket and pants are positioned closely together. This will help keep snow and wind from creeping up inside your jacket.

Pit Zips: Under arm zippers, or Pit Zips, are temperature regulating features that are present on many ski jackets. Pit Zips are zippers located under the arm that can be adjusted on the fly to help retain or release heat that builds up inside a jacket. If you’re cold, or the temperate starts to drop, you can close them up to help keep heat close to the body. On warmer days these can be opened up fully to allow heat to escape while you remain fully protected from the elements everywhere else. While not considered a must-have, they are certainly suggested if you want the luxury of regulating your core temperature easily.

Pockets

Electronics Pocket: Thanks to the influx in portable electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, personal audio players, digital cameras), having a pocket designated specifically for electronics is a must have for many. For others, it’s not a make or break feature. The important thing to understand is that pockets do exist for such items and they are certainly a convenience if you own such items. For those who enjoy listening to music while on the slopes, this pocket is extremely useful because electronics pockets have openings for wires to be run for headphones. This keeps the electronic device protected and the wiring internal so it is not ruined.

Goggle Pocket: Like an electronics pocket, the goggle pocket is designated specifically to house your goggles when you’re not wearing them. This pocket will also typically house a goggle cloth that can be used to wipe your goggles if they get foggy.

Additional Fabric Lining: On many higher-end jackets you are likely to find additional fabric lining the inside of the jacket. This added fabric liner starts at the wrist and extends down over the palms with holes provided to insert your thumbs. This added lining adds extra warmth to the palms and wrists.

Avalanche Rescue System: Built into a select number of jackets an avalanche rescue system can be an invaluable feature if you’re the type of skier who ventures into areas that prone to avalanches. Unlike a separate beacon system, jackets with this feature have a small, weightless transponder that is easily detected by a search rescue team. This feature is not necessarily a must have, but for safety is recommended. If you opt against a jacket with a built-in rescue system, you can always purchase a separate rescue system at a later time.

Hopefully all these guidelines will help you determine the best jacket is right for you.

Publishers of Lingerie Trade Magazines Around the World

Asia

China:

• Lingerie Mode (lingerie-mode)

India:

• Inner Secrets (innersecrets)

Europe Belgium:

• The Lingerie Post (the-lingerie-post) keeps its browsers up to date with “what’s hot and what’s not” on the lingerie fashion front. Celebrity fashion designers and their brands are showcased on the site. Browsers are well informed of the hottest deals and sales promotions being offered on lingerie and underwear. What’s more, are reviews and videos on the latest products.

Czech Republic: • Mondi Pradlo (modnipradlo)

England:

• blogleaves (blog.figleaves): Here’s a site that focuses on current affairs, men’s underwear, swimwear, sports fashion, press releases in the UK, as well as the US, and the latest in lingerie fashion. Bloggers tell us about their travel plans and what they plan to take with them for the summer vacation.

• Lingerie Blog (lingerieblog.): This blog invites its browsers to learn about a whole range of accessories and promotions, participate in numerous competitions, and read about celebrities and the latest news of the fashion world. Not just that, celebrated lingerie designers give us their take on lingerie fashion.

• Lingerie Buyer (lingerie-buyer): Besides updating browsers of the latest news, events, trends, and products in the lingerie fashion industry, the site lets them about all of the various training programs that are being offered. It also allows advertisers to showcase their brands and products.

• Simply Gok Wan Lingerie Blog (simplygokwan): The blog, dedicated to Gok Wan for his immense contribution to the lingerie world, allows users to purchase from his collection of “Simply Yours.”

France:

• Creations (creations-lingerie): This site, which informs browsers of the latest news, also offers them to subscribe to the magazine. Browsers are informed of the rates per year, as well as for a two-year subscription.

Germany:

• Die Linie (linie-international)

Italy:

• Lingerie (lingerie)

• Margherita (margherita): This site showcases the products of some of the biggest brands of the lingerie fashion world, such as Chantelle, Dolce & Gabbana, Passionata, just to name a few. Not just that, the site invites browsers to keep abreast with the latest in lingerie fashion.

• Network Dessous (networkdessous)

Poland:

• Bielizna (bielizna): From wedding gowns, furs, leather, shoes to jeans and underwear, this site has it all — especially for the fashion-conscious browsers.

• Kinga Blog (kinga): This blog invites browsers to watch videos of the latest fashion shows, as well as let them read posts from several fashion-centric bloggers.

• Modna Bielizna (bielizna)

Scotland:

• Knickers (knickersblog): This site gives its browsers the latest “bargains,” allowing them to take quizzes and make queries. They will be guided on the best places to shop and given up-to-date fashion information from bloggers. Advertisers get the opportunity to showcase their products and services here as well.

Spain:

• Blint (blint): Blint International is considered one of the “leading” trade magazines in the country. Browsers of this site can subscribe to the magazine and take a sneak-peek at their magazine archives.

North America

USA:

• Bella Bella Boutique Blogspot (bellabellaboutique): From current news and products to lifestyle and relationships, this is one unique site to check out often.

• Contours (contoursmagazine): The magazine, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009, is one of the oldest trade magazines in the US. From intimate apparel and hosiery to body-wear and swimwear, it allows users to advertise their products and brands, subscribe to the magazine, and read the press releases.

• Eve’s Apples (evesapples.) brings its readers the latest in lingerie fashion as well as ongoing sales promotions.

• Frou Frou Fashionista (froufroufashionista): This site displays some of the most exquisite pieces of lingerie, informs readers of the latest press releases, and invites bloggers to give their insightful thoughts on lingerie fashion.

• I love my bra (ilovemybra): As the name suggests, the site brings to its browsers the latest trends in “inner” wear.

• Intimate Guide (intimateguide): Readers indulge in a plethora of articles on lingerie. What’s unique about this site is its “Giveaways” that should capture readers’ attention.

• Life in Lingerie (lifeinlingerie): From sensuous underwear, hosiery, and sleepwear, to home décor, jewelry, and antiques, this trade magazine has it all. Buyers are invited to shop from some of the most unique collections and designer brands.

• Lingerie Blog (lingerie.haberji): Subscribers of this online lingerie magazine get the latest on fashion shows, events, and news. They can view models showcasing designer lingerie, as well as download fashion-related screensavers.

• Lingerie Diva’s Diary (lingeriediva): Buyers have the opportunity to purchase lingerie from an exquisite line of brands such as Escante, Leg Avenue, Elegant Moments, Dreamgirl, Shirley of Hollywood, and Coquette. This blog also shares current news of the store and gives expert advice on matters related to lingerie.

• Lingerie Ladies (lingerieladies.blogspot): This site brings its readers everything that they need to know about lingerie.

• Lingerie Planet (lingerie-planet): From news to brands, shops, companies, magazines, trade fairs, and books on lingerie, browsers will find it all on this website.

• McPete Sez (mcpetesez) allows advertisers to showcase intimate apparel, sleepwear, club-wear, swimwear, lingerie, dancewear, loungewear and hosiery.

Your Functional and Fashionable Sweater

For men sweaters form an important part of their wardrobe as much as the T Shirts and blazers do. Sweaters have dual utility for they help you look good as well as keep you warm. Whenever you are tired of wearing blazers and a formal look you can wear a sweater and sport a fashionable semi formal look. They can also be teamed up with your blazers and coats during winters and make a fashion statement.

Let us take you through a few pointers about men’s sweaters so that you get a bit more familiar and can shop better. If you know these tips you can have a much better time looking and buying future products.

You ask anybody anywhere in the world and you will get only one answer pointing to the best sweaters which are known as a Cashmere sweater. The soft and thin wool is the sophisticated variety and most expensive too. They feel so soft and nice that almost everyone would wear one if they could and money was no object.

You will find some of the most fashionable sweaters and designs in cashmere wool varieties in the premium stores all over the world.

The winter fashion is always topped by Cardigans that are in monotones or with strips and teamed up with a buttoned up shirt. Cardigans can also be worn with t shirts and makes a good set for office wear. Most men look smart and younger wearing such sets especially when the color combination is chosen well.

What about the turtle neck sweaters in bright colors that you sometimes see? You cannot afford to miss out on them for a change of pace. They make you look slimmer and can be teamed with a pair of denims with tennis shoes or even formal pleated pants with formal leather shoes too.

Check out your collection and put together a turtle neck sweater with a nice leather jacket or a sports coat and you can have all eyes turned on you. All those things can compliment each other as long as the colors match.

The quality of wool varies from place to place and hence it is always important that you try on the sweater and see if you feel comfortable with the wool against your skin. If you feel itchy or uncomfortable you should not go for it. Very important is to maintain your sweater which means you have got to pay attention to the washing instructions given in the label.