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09-29-2009 04:25 PM
tekniq33 As far as gloves go I highly recommend the Marmot Randonnee mittens for super cold days. They are like big, cushy sleeping bags for your hands. Throw a pair of powerstretch liner gloves underneath and you will be set no matter the temp.

For facemasks, I have posted this on the site before but the best one out there is the Outdoor Research Gorilla Balaclava. The thing is money. It aint cheap but its well worth it.

I have used both of these in sub zero temperatures in VT where warnings were issued about exposed skin and I was fine. For jackets I also recommend something down or primaloft.
09-29-2009 03:58 PM
goalieman24 Moving there? Or working/employee housing?

Headed up there myself with a friend... got a place near the base of one of the lifts.
09-25-2009 11:25 AM
blindpig Thanks guys. I think I'm going to get another nice and thick jacket, a few warm under layers, couple north face mid-layers, 2 gloves, and 2 pair of snow pants. Trying to get at least 2 of everything so I always have a back up. Really excited to move up there!
09-25-2009 12:49 AM
chrisp41 ok i was there in late february last year, and we had a huge snowstorm over night fresh pow you know, just perfect conditions. At the summit it was fucking cold but when i got down to this valley, they had a thermometer by a chairlift and i swear to god it was 65 degrees.

basically, the weather in montanna is really crazy. I have the burton poacher outfit, and all i wore under neath was the warm underarmour and a northface fleece sometimes. Just layer well, and youll be fine. You dont really need like a whole gore tex suit but i do recomend gore tex gloves. I had em and they were really nice

have fun
09-10-2009 12:44 AM
Nivek Honestly I trust Volcoms High-end Gore more than Burtons. Frozen glove tips usually means that the tips got moist. Typical actually since that is where the most wear is going to be happening. Only thing you can do really is to get the appropriate water-proofer and re-apply as necessary.

True about circulation playing a big role in how gloves work. Joey Sex probably has really good circulation to his hand cause he says he doesn't even wear gloves. I also know people that have lukewarm hands wearing mitts with handwarmers in late Feb. So it definitely helps to know you're circulation. If yours is average or better, worry more about core and less about the "tech" in your gloves. If its less than average then I would make sure you get gloves with handwarmer slots or mitts.
09-09-2009 06:45 PM
goalieman24
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Originally Posted by blindpig View Post
I found this browsing on Burton's site.
Men's Idiom Reversible Snowboard Insulator | Burton Snowboards
Looks like I could get that and most decent jackets would do. Any chance anyone has seen/used one of these? Maybe the route to go.
I'm sure it's a quality piece... but 250 bucks?!? It seems like there would be much better alternatives that would save some money.
09-09-2009 02:11 PM
j.gnar and to think this whole time ive been taking t-shirt boarding for granted
i wouldnt know what to do in temperatures that low hahaha
09-09-2009 03:34 AM
blindpig I found this browsing on Burton's site.
Men's Idiom Reversible Snowboard Insulator | Burton Snowboards
Looks like I could get that and most decent jackets would do. Any chance anyone has seen/used one of these? Maybe the route to go.
09-07-2009 04:06 PM
blindpig Thanks for the info!

So not to have to start another thread and to deal more with "fashion"
I really like the Burton Ranger pants in the blue and brown plaid, what jacket/color would you recommend? I'm horrible with matching so I have no idea, but I don't want anything to bright or out there, and of course warm enough to hold up in the bitterly cold.
08-30-2009 04:04 PM
ATOTony76
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....maybe get an airblaster NINJA SUIT?! I hit tab without reading the rest and googled this. I WILL be dressing up as an undercover Ninja most days of my winter season, especially rocking the Underarmor facemask too! Haha.

I will agree with you to an extent with the gloves. When I went up to Kirkwood, it was about 7 degrees and windy as hell at the peak. I layer up and was really toasty (besides my face which I later went and got a turtle neck thing at lunch, got back up there and the wind had stopped lol). After awhile though my gloves started to freeze up at the finger tips, and then obviously soon after my hands are cold. Same thing happened with them and a couple other pair of gloves even at the local mountain for Las Vegas. Is there just a secret to this to keep them from freezing up?

Everyone is recommending Volcom because of the pant/jacket zip interface. On all the new Burton line up I saw they have the same thing. I know Burton's not popular around here, same with me, but it seems a company as big as Burton would be producing some warm quality jacket/pants? Think I have heard some other people saying their gear is pretty good. And with a lifetime warranty on the PANTS and jackets (always get a tiny hole in the butt of my pants every pair!) how can I say no? Any one use Burton jackets/pants?
Burton tends to get that same hole in the butt of the pants as well, and lifetime warranty might be nice, but who wants to deal with customer service when you could have a pants that will last a long time. Volcom gear is pretty solid. No warrenty, but how they are made who needs one?
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