Pile/pertex - smock or jacket

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Arne Aas, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Arne Aas

    Arne Aas Guest


    I am new to the pile/pertex system of clothing, but after some
    research I have decided to give it a go. We don't have these clothes
    in Norway, though, so I have to order online without the opportunity
    to look at the clothes first. So I have a few questions.

    First, I have (almost) decided for a Mardale Alpine Pile System jacket
    or pullover and Alpine Performance Lite Salopette:
    since they are said to be less warm than the Buffalo gear, and offer
    nice venting options. My use will be mountain skiing (up and down) in
    Norwegian winter conditions, typically +5 to -15C. I intend to follow
    the original concept of not wearing anything underneath (except boxer

    1. Does anyone have any viewpoints on pullover versus jacket? I am
    inclined to believe that although a jacket theoretically can give
    better ventilation, having airflow directly on the chest may be
    uncomfortable (particularly when moving at speed) and that a smock
    with side zips and mesh front pocket may be better in practice.

    2. Are there other brands I should consider than Buffalo, Mardale and
    Montane? I am not interested in anything hotter than the Mardale

    3. Any opinion on the www.outdoorclothingonline.com online store?
    Recommended? Others I should use instead?

    Thanks for any advice.

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