The Importance Of Thermal Clothes In Snow Sports

Snow sports held outdoors under climatic conditions which do not go unnoticed, such as cold, wind or humidity. For this reason, bundle up correctly is very important if we want to enjoy our day in the snow.

A few months ago our colleague’s blog, Jorge Ramírez, spoke to us 3-layer technique to dress in the snow. Today we will see a little more fully the importance of thermal, clothing , layer 1.

Layer 1 is the layer that is in direct contact with the skin, should be adjusted, but without pressing and therefore it is also called, second skin. These items are: t-shirt and thermal pants, thermal gloves and socks.

It has two main functions, the first being the evacuation of perspiration, i.e. the ability to evacuate the water vapour produced by the body, avoiding the feeling of humidity and avoiding our body to cool down.

The breathability of the garment is measured in g/m224 h: to enjoy a satisfactory evacuation of moisture, you should choose an index of at least 8000 gr/m224 h.

The second function is to isolate us from the cold by keeping our body heat. We cannot speak of contribution of heat since contributes it no garment alone, what does is keep ours, in greater or lesser extent depending on the weight and technical characteristics of the garment. Thus to greater weight, body will keep you warmer. Normally these higher density garments have different areas of greater transpiration tissues such as the armpits and the lumbar area.

These garments are mostly composed of synthetic fibers, although we can also find thermal garments of Merino Wool, which is very breathable and keeps body heat despite being wet as well as having natural anti-bacterial properties according to ScienceDict.com

What we should always avoid is cotton since wet easily (due to sweat), it takes long to dry and creates feeling of cold.

Cecilia Manzanares

Selling mountain in Decathlon Santander

Technical sport of Alpine skiing. Level II