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How to dress when you are heli skiing

Special equipment is required for heli skiing in Canada. In the following lines we would like to present the most important pieces of clothing and some tips on how to choose them.

 The base layer should be made up of clothes that are permitting the skin to breathe properly. At the same time they need to ensure an increased thermal comfort. Do not even think of choosing cotton. Although at first you may warm up without making any intensive effort, the great disadvantage of cotton is that it keeps moisture inside the fibers and so the material remains moist over time. Preferable materials are the synthetic ones, which will eliminate excess moisture in the upper layer and will also dry quicker thanks to the heat that is emanated by the body.

The second layer is usually composed of a fleece, a sweatshirt made from Polartec (100, 200 or 300). The 100, 200 or 300 numbers relate to the thickness of the material, which can be divided into three categories so as to offer reliable solutions for the different types of activity undertaken. Polartec Classic 100 is thinner and generally used as a "first layer" or to replace a long sleeve shirt. Polartec Classic 200 falls within the medium thickness category and it is the most popular one. Polartec Classic 300 is only used for outdoor activities in extremely cold weather conditions. So, for heli skiing in Canada, you will be better off with a Polartec Classic 300.

 The Polartec material has the following characteristics: “Hard Face Technology”, which provides durability and increased resistance to scratching through a waterproof fabric that also allows air flow; “Odor Resistant Technology”, which provides odor protection by inhibiting the growth of bacteria inside the special micro fiber fabric because of the "Silver Fiber Yarn"; “Durable Water Repellency”, which means that rain and snow are not absorbed by the material, providing protection against sudden changes in weather and a faster drying time; “Sun Protection Technology” which offers protection against UV rays; “Flame Resistant Technology” which offers protection against fire, meaning that the material will not melt under the action of heat; “Recycled Fiber Technology”, which means that its fibers are made ​​from recycled PET containers (plastic bottles) and post-industrial polyester waste.

Te third layer consists of the jacket and trousers and should have different specifications depending on the needs of the heli skier. It is better to choose clothes having strong stitches and reinforced areas. Canada heliskiing.

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