エイダン.シダル wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:41 pm
CoreyLayton wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:50 pm
The key to "softshell" is to select products *without* any internal membrane (like Goretex "windstopper", "infinium", etc) because they just don't breath well enough (for xc purposes).
I couldn't agree more! And they've put membranes in almost everything. I've got an almost thirty year old Schoeller fabric jacket I'm desperate to get a replacement for, before more zippers fail on it. I'm almost ready to get my outer layers in fine woolen twill.
To flesh out my Nordic outfits a bit more, two basic set-ups.
When skiing quickly on tracks:
- synthetic base layers of temperature dependant weight
- merino wool socks of temperature...
- synthetic gloves, neck-warmer, and hat of temperature...
- very breathable softshell pants, and jacket or jersey
- a fleece wind-vest, or down sweater, in my backpack for any stops.
When skiing slowly with my children, or off-piste myself:
- same as above, but warmer, perhaps less breathable
- and I may choose merino base layers, because I find them better for stop/start activity
- spare warmer hat and gloves
The key is the softshells, because trapped perspiration is the enemy. MEC used to make great 'Ferrata' softshells with Schoeller fabric, and Sporthill made great stuff of their own '3SP fabric': no membrane, highly breathable, mostly wind-proof, moderately weather resistant. What's the modern, affordable equivalent?
I swear by Merino wool socks. The only way I've been able to minimize blisters in all sports.