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Old 01-01-2012, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Doing my first snowboard trip to Europe. I'm heading to Val thorens and I don't want the trip to suck because I am freezing the whole way down the mountain. I'm used to snowboarding in Lake Tahoe and it doesn't really get too cold over there.

I have already purchased gordini vertigo gtx gloves, and a seirus combo scarf (Seirus Neofleece Combo Scarf - Free Shipping at REI.com)

I usually wear thermals under my underarmor pants and I'm usually sweating by the end of the day, but since the weather will be much colder in France, I'm thinking of picking up some 686 smarty insulated pants. The only reason I specified those pants is because those are the only ones that I've tried on so I know what size I need. Do snowboard pants all run relatively the same fit?

I have some decent socks, and if it isn't warm enough I think I'll just double them up.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what else I should purchase to prepare myself?

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Old 01-01-2012, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I used 686 Smarty pants in Tignes a few weeks ago.

Firstly really nice pants. Look good, well waterproof and well made.

Secondly I wasn't cold at all. I wore the liners a few times as some days were -10c (14f) but ended up with the vents open a lot of the time. Was nice to have the versatility though. But I reckon I'd have managed ok without the liners even on the cold days if I'd had to. I was also wearing merino wool socks, knee pads and impact shorts so those probably provided some extra warmth.

The liners did make pretty good lounging pants for around the apartment in evening thought!

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Old 01-02-2012, 02:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, it's exactly what I was looking for. Now I just need to decide on what color I want for the pants.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't double up on socks. They'll make your boots too tight.

Just get some decent ones instead
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Im from Denmark and have only been boarding in austria and Italy in Europe and my setup have always been..

Inner layer:
1: Set of thermal underwear.. Dryshell
1: T-Shirt..
1: layer of socks

Outer layer:
Thirty Two shiloh jacket
Burton pants.

The outer layer are only wind and waterproof and this work fine for me down to -10 Celcius ( maybe a little more ) but its around here i would bring some more..

Hopes this helps a little..

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Old 01-02-2012, 03:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Under Armour has 4.0 Map coldgear. Check it out.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks The-Snoopy. Thats usually how I dress for Lake Tahoe, and depending on the weather, I also wear a fleece under my jacket. I think the Combo scarf and new gloves will help keep me warm since I never used a face mask before and my other gloves were all ripped.

The 686 smarty pants have been purchased so I'm sure I will be plenty warm now.

Thanks for the help guys
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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0 deg centigrade is 32f...The single warmest thing you can buy (in my experience) is a primaloft down sweater. I got the Patagonia Nano-puff jacket. You don'e even feel it under your shell.



it's super warm and very compressible. I use it instead of the sweater or over it when it's really freezing and windy.
the REI one is good to, a bit cheaper materials.
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0 degree will need a combo of quality baselayer, like UA Cold Gear, a fleece mid-layer like EMS Atlas series, and a shell outerwear with fully taped seams.
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.The single warmest thing you can buy (in my experience) is a primaloft down sweater. I got the Patagonia Nano-puff jacket. You don't even feel it under your shell.
+1 for primaloft. I got a Northface primaloft liner a couple of years ago. Wore just the liner around at -25C with only one issue: it is so light that you have to sort of re-program yourself. I found myself thinking: "There's no heft, no bulk, so therefore I must be cold....wait...no I'm not. Really?"

In fact, it's -19C here today and I walked to work wearing the liner over over a dress shirt and sweater. My legs froze, but my torso was fine.

They compress down to nothing (mine stuffs in one of its pockets) Great for the backpack.

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