Advances in Snow Sport and Ski Apparel

April 2, 2007 by  
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Since the start of snow skiing and other activities began on the powdery white slopes, the equipment, safety measures and apparel has improvement dramatically. The skis that you purchased five years ago are probably ready to be sold as antiques. With the new and trendy clothing lines that have emerged, you probably feel like a veteran of the slopes. Twin tip skis, differently shaped skis, midfats, carving skis and the introduction of ski boards and snowboards, has many snowskiing enthusiasts struggling to keep up with the latest trends.

Most snow boarders and ski boarders don’t find it necessary to be taught by professionals and that increases the risk of injury and the design of bindings. Bindings are there to protect us if we fall so automatic releases must be adjusted according to your skiing or snow boarding style, abilities and weight. All snow sport enthusiasts are also advised to wear helmets and wrist guards at all times.

Even finding the correct boots and shoes can be a technically challenging event. Boots need to fit snugly. With modern snow skiing equipment, you can purchase a pair of boots that can decrease your level of fatigue and be customized and aligned to meet your requirements and the shape of your feet. Like their mail counterparts women’s sizing and fitting is made easier with separate lines of boots which are specially designed for comfort and function.

Staying warm on the ski slopes and at your favorite snow skiing resort used to be more important then making a fashion statement, but your jacket, ski pants, hat, goggles and gloves are all about creating the look. New fabrics that are soft to the touch, waterproof and are available in a variety of prints and colors are making their way into the market. Lighter, durable and stitch-less technology has been the inspiration for a new range of jackets, that include waterproof zippers and some even have a small passive radar attached to the clothing item to assist in search and rescue efforts.

And the accessories do not stop there. Most skiers, snow boarders and ski boarders enjoy listening to a little music while executing their tricks and entertaining the onlookers. As in any industry, the challenge to invent and provide the next best thing keeps competitors on their toes and ensures the constant evolution of the apparel and accessories in the world of winter sports.