What is the best thing about winter?
Somebody would say it’s the holiday season. Others would say hot chocolate and winter snacks, but we would say that the best thing about winter is winter sports.
There is no feeling that could replace that moment when you are sliding down the slopes and enjoying the fresh air. For a long time, I did not understand this. I thought winter is meant for sitting in the warmth of your home, watching the snowflakes from the inside. For years, I have been rejecting calls to join my friends on skiing trips, because it did not seem like fun to me, at all.
Last year, however, I finally decided to give it a try, and I fell in love with snowboarding. I became a winter person over the night, and I cannot imagine missing another season.
As a newbie in winter sports, you can imagine I did not prepare very well for the trip. I did not have the proper gear, nor the proper clothes since I bought only the “essentials”. It was my first season, and I did not think of everything.
So, for all the newbies out there who just entering the world of winter sports – I hear you! And here are my tips for packing for a winter getaway.
Winter sports gear essentials
As you would imagine, winter sports gear essentials are definitely a good skiing jacket and a pair of skiing waterproof pants. However, even though these are absolutely essential, there are a few more things that you simply need in your suitcase.
- A good pair of socks
- Ski compression thighs
Ski compression thighs are an absolute must. A good pair of leggings will keep you warm up and prevent wind and snow from getting into your clothes. If you choose compression thighs, they will improve your blood flow and stimulate your muscles making you more agile and providing you with the feeling of light-weightiness. SKINEEZ compression leggings can be an awesome base layer for winter sports for their amazing compression properties, but also because of how comfortable they are on the skin. Winter is the number one enemy of your skin, and you will need a good protector. Carrying a 5-moisturizers’ formula in them, SKINEEZ leggings will easily become your favorite ski compression thighs.
- A quality pair of gloves
It’s not a secret that you cannot go skiing without snow gloves. But, what to wear under your ski gloves? Well, there are many opinions, but our opinion is – compression gloves. Compression material is clinically designed to boost your circulation and energize the area you are covering.
Since your hand is one of the most exposed body parts during skiing, you would benefit from compression gloves. You are constantly using hands while skiing, AND you are most probably leaning on them while falling down (if you are new, this will happen a lot). Stay a bit more to find out why SKINEEZ compression gloves are awesome for winter.
- Breathable face coverage
One of the most forgotten winter sports gear essentials is face coverage. Cold air and the wind can damage your face quickly while you are rushing down that slope. The cold air and snow particles also make it hard for you to breathe, so face coverage is a necessity. There are numerous ski masks and ski bandanas on the market that you can use, but we would recommend putting on a hydrating face mask underneath. Why?
Ski masks and bandanas can often feel make your face sweaty from the breathing and cause skin irritation. Hydrating, skin-healthy masks – such as the one from SKINEEZ, will protect your skin and area around the mouth and nose. Put a mask underneath your bandana, and you will have both skincare and warmth. Be sure that the mask you put is breathable and moisture-wicking, like the one from SKINEEZ.
What to wear under ski gear?
So, let’s summarize – what to wear under ski clothes?
Our honest opinion is that if you decided on going with the compression base layer, skiing will be so much more comfortable. Ski compression layers will help you be more stable and add to your agility. They will not slip and move under your skin clothes, because they are designed to fit firmly around the skin.
What to wear under ski pants?
For example, we mentioned ski compression thighs. Regular thighs may wrinkle inside your ski clothes which will make you uncomfortable. And let’s be honest, there is no way of adjusting them while you’re on the slopes.
In comparison to that, ski compression thighs will sit firmly on your skin. Besides not wrinkling, they will also provide you with extra support. Compression thighs are frequently used as workout clothes because they sit firmly and boost your circulation. The compression prevents muscle cramps and fastens muscle recovery. That is why many people use workout leggings as a winter base layer.
SKINEEZ compression leggings not only offer this support and blood flow boost but also nurture your skin with 5 moisturizers which are vital in the winter. They will keep you warm, energized AND make sure your skin is no sweaty, and it is soft and healthy.
So, if you’re wondering what to wear under ski pants, we recommend SKINEEZ hydrating compression leggings.
What socks to wear under ski boots?
Don’t hesitate to wear compression socks under your ski boots. Compression comes in different levels of firmness, so you can choose your fit. The best compression for sport is mild to moderate, depending on whether you usually have aches, cold feet, and numbness.
SKINEEZ offers a variety of compression socks, but here are 3 types that we would recommend the most to wear under ski boots:
- Medical Grade Hydrating Compression Socks (10-15mmHg – MILD)
- Graduated Light Compression Socks
- Active Medical Grade Compression socks (10-15mmHg)
What to wear under ski gloves?
Under your ski gloves, choose SKINEEZ Advanced Healing Compression Gloves. The gloves will warm your hands, help your fingers stay agile and flexible, and prevent ache whether from the cold or the activity.
They are also infused with a formula of 5 natural moisturizers that will protect your hands from the cold, wind, and from sweat.
Best base layers to wear in winter
The best base layer to wear in the winter, and the truly best base layers for winter sports are the ones that you are the most comfortable in and that protect you from the cold, wet weather.
Compression clothing might feel different in the begging if you haven’t had a chance of wearing them before. But once you get comfortable in them, you will not want to trade them for anything else.
Compression garments also make an excellent winter hiking base layer. With the proper base layer and a good circulation boost, you will find hiking easier and yourself more durable.
When it comes to winter base layers with face masks, SKINEEZ cloth masks are the best decision. Infused with zinc and 5 natural moisturizers such as Shea butter, apricot kernel oil, and more, they are breathable, durable, and comfortable. SKINEEZ hydrating cloth masks will also nurture and hydrate your face during cold winter days, helping you avoid dry and cracked skin.
Are compression socks good for skiing?
Compression socks are an amazing choice for winter sports. But are ski socks compression socks?
No, not necessary. Some ski socks are compression, but the most basic ones are not. Ski socks are usually padded, thicker than regular socks, and knee-high. However, ski compression socks are a much better choice than regular ski socks because they will boost your circulation which is vital for a great skiing experience.
Wearing compression socks while skiing may even improve your performance.