Gear Review for Extreme & Downhill Snow Skiing & Snowboarding
We all have a perception of what is considered "cold" when we look outside the window in the Winter time, especially as we get older and our bodies continue to change and go through the aging process. When we were younger we had no fear of the cold and usually when we conceded that it was time to come inside and warm up, we could barely feel or toes or fingers and our cheeks were a shade of frozen deep red. If you grew up in the 50's, 60's or 70's, you also know that the choices for Winter Gear were limited and usually the best thing to wear on your feet and hands were the wool socks and mitts knitted by your own Grandma.
At the same time back in the old days, many of the downhill ski boots came with laces and you learned how to ski on the neighborhood hill and who the heck ever knew the term "snowplow" as it related to snow skiing? The "star" skiers in our neighborhood were the ones that could make it all the way to the bottom of the hill before crashing, as the only way some of us learned to ski was straight down the hill with speed to burn. The gear we used to stay warm was poor in terms of today's standands and by the time we got back home we were wet and frozen, but that hot cup of cocoa and six slices of buttered toast to dunk into the cocoa easily melted away the memories of the crashes and the snowplowing that we did with our faces down to the bottom of the hill, but we did have fun, I think?
As the year's passed, slowly, the Winter gear advancement was tremendous. The warm mitts to wear had progressed to leather choppers with a wool insert liner and our feet were apeased in our boots with synthetic socks that didn't seem to work much better and didn't wick the moisture away any better and our hats were made from some type of cheap woven material that stretched to fit every different sized head on the planet and who knew what neck gaiter was? We looked cooler with the always wet leather choppers on our hands that weren't much warmer, our toes were still frozen and we never thought twice whether our head was cold because the scarf to cover our face was down around our neck and the wind was burning our face, so who gave a second thought to whether our heads were warm or not.
Some of us were there when 3M Thinsulate(r) was introduced as an insulation to Winter gear and garments, however not much has changed in all of these years in terms of much better warmth, because the manufcturers never stick in the adequate grams weights of Thinsulate that they in our opinion, should be putting in. What has changed from then to now for a fact, is that most Winter Gear and Garments are not built here in the USA, rather they are built for the purpose of making huge profits on mediocre stuff built in China or elsewhere.
The difference with our Technical Advantage Gear, besides being built here in the United States, is that we build it to actually work. We build it so that it actually works and it surpasses your expectations when you use it. We manufacture Expedition rated gear under and within our "Arctic Series" heading in our Products Tab, but we also build gear for the end user that is not going on a Polar Expedition or racing in the Iditarod, but still wants something that is better then what they can find in the store and is going to keep them warm on their weekend adventures like skiing or snowboarding. This type of gear is designed, sewn and referenced under our "Prairie Snowstorm Series" of gear under our Products Tab.
Prairie Snowstorm Windblocking Thermal Headbands:
We designed and built our new Headbands for those of you who like to use them for your outdoor Winter activities, such as downhill snow skiing and cross country skiing, but are tired of the same old headbands that are made from straight fleece that doesn't block out the wind, loses its stretch after a few wearings and doesn't have the full coverage that you are looking for on the forehead and the ears. Our Headbands have 2 layered warmth, block out 100% of the wind in the coverage area, are DWR water repellent and they provide perhaps the ultimate total coverage area of any headband built, which ensures that your forehead will never experience brain freeze and your ears and neck will be the warmest ever.
We have sizes available for Juniors/Teens and of course for Adults and they are available in two colors. The temperature range for our Headbands range from tropical Winter highs around +32F to +35F to the chilly January temperatures of -20F below zero. Click here for more information>>>>>
Prairie Snowstorm Thermal Stocking Style Hats:
These hats are designed for recommended outdoor temperatures ranging from +32F to -30F. They are built using a 2 layer technical fabric layering system, with the outer shell layer consisting of a 100% thermal windblocking, breathable and DWR water resistant fabric and the inner shell layer consists of a mid-weight technical fleece. These hats are great for any temperture range that you are going to challenge when you're out snowboarding, downhill or cross country skiing and are proven to keep your head warm and toastie. For the same price as a logoed knit hat from one of the better known brands, you could instead actually own a hat that really works!
The Prairie Snowstorm Winter Hats are available to 2 different sizes, Small/Medium and Large/X-Large. As you can see from the two pictures, they are also available in the colors of Black and Red. These hats will block 100% of the wind, will keep your head warm and they generally don't make your head overheat and sweat. Click here for more information>>>>>
Prairie Snowstorm Windblocking Thermal Beanie Style Hats:
We designed our Prairie Snowstorm Windblocking Thermal Hats for those customers that live in normal Winter conditions, where cold is considered +5 F to +35 F degrees above zero. These customers want a hat for these everyday Winter temperatures, but also want one that works great when the thermometer falls in the -minus temperature range as well. Our Prairie Snowstorm Hats are built with a 2 layer fabric system that not only blocks out 95% to100% of the wind with the Outer Shell fabric, but also provides thermal warmth with both layers of technical fabric combined that produces an average insulating thermal R-value of R-2.5.
We designed these hats for people who desire a simple pull-over "beanie" style hat that pulls on over the head and covers down to the bottom of the ears. The style cut is nothing new, but the fabric configuration is because it will keep your head warmer then most of the rest of the beanie style hats out in the market. 8 Different Colors to choose from! Click here for more information>>>>>
Prairie Snowstorm Neck Gaiters (Gators):
Our one size fits most straight Winter Neck Gaiters are built with a 2 layer technical fabric system, with the outer layer blocking 100% if the wind, with the inner layer constructed of a mid-weight technical fleece. These neck gaiters will NEVER EVER FREEZE UP and you will always be breathing in warm air when they're up over the nose area. Finally, a neck gaiter that doesn't get wet and soggy or frozen up from your breath moisture and it won't sag down around your chin and neck. Take these skiing at 10,000 feet or just to the local ski hill or trail, as you won't be disappointed.
The Prairie Snowstorm Straight Neck Gaiters are built to operated in temperatures from +32F to -30F and will turn around your face with ease because your breath NEVER penetrates the moisture throught the 2 layers of technical fabric to ever have a chance to freeze up. These gaiters are slightly wider and longer then the status quo and they also come in two colors as shown. Black or Red. Click here for more information>>>>>
Prairie Snowstorm G2 Hardfaced Mitts:
The second generation ("G2")of our Prairie Snowstorm Mitts builds on the great successes that we had with the original version release and with some well defined re-engineering now sets a new standard in the global market place for cold weather mittens. The "New" G2 Prairie Snowstorm Mitts are built with technically advanced abrasion resistant thermal windblocking, DWR water repellent, breathable outer shells - a modified 5 layer top & bottom total layering system that also provides a further enhancement for conductive heat loss, about another 8% to 10% additional benefit - an approximate 10% enhancement to the bend flexibility and an increase of approximately 14% to the total length of the mitt allowing it to ride higher up your jacket sleeve. Of course you also gain some extra length in the fingertips and length of the thumb, which further accomodates more uses with different finger & thumb lengths. The overall thermal R-value for insulation rating on the G2 mitts is an approximate R-6.55 which is down ever so slightly from the original Prairie Mitts we introduced a couple of years ago. However, we feel the further enhancement made through a technical material change to one of the internal layers, for even better conductive heat loss protection still provides an exceptional overall warmth package for the end user and we've yet to find a competitive mitt at any price point that comes even close to our standards... Click here for more information.....
Extreme Element Wind Therm Base Layers: Womens & Mens Colors & Sizes
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Technical Advantage Gear designed, tested and built the Extreme Element Wind Therm Base Layer System with a design that features a main technical fabric base material that provides "heavyweight" thermal insulating warmth, superior excellence in moisture wicking and transfer and the technical fabric also does an excellent job in regulating the heat that is generated from the high & low temperature extremes that occur out in the elements, therefore leaving you comfortable and dry during the length of time that you have them on. Some of our testers had them on for (9) nine days straight and others for as much as (13) days straight and the concensus was always the same, comfortable and dry during above zero F temperatures and warm and dry during sub-zero temperatures.
As we like to break down the barriers set by the '"status quo" brands in the market and set the new standard for serious cold weather gear, we have yet again done this with our new Base Layer System. We previously mentioned the excellence of our main base technical fabric, but we've now pushed the limited in innovative design with the addition of the sewn on "inserts" that have been added in strategic locations. The black colored inserts provide Thermal Windblocking Protection, have great Breathability, Abrasion Resistance and are also DWR Water repellent. The stategic locations for additional thermal warmth and windblocking protection are the Chest Core and Bi-cep/Tri-cep areas on the Tops and the Groin, Thighs, Buttock & Hamstrings on the Bottoms. Imagine less stiffness in the thighs and hamstrings and always a warm and dry butt on your next expedition? We also cut the lengths of the tops longer so that they will "never" pull out and expose your lower back to the chilling winds and the sleeves are longer as well. The inseams run longer them the "status quo" designs on the bottoms and we also double stitich the armpit and crotch areas so that you'll never have to worry about blowing out one of those critical seams.
We have blended sizes available for women in the color combination of Aloe Green with the Black inserts as pictured above and in a Moss brownish green color for men, with two sizes available currently for women & men. The womens Base Layer is designed and cut especially for womens bodies and the men's design and cut is specifically for men. Click here for more information>>>>>>
We can't offer you a solution at this time for keeping your toes warmer - longer yet, even though we have been testing some liner socks that we building and testing for the last three years. So in the mean time we will give you a free suggestion for extending you pre-frozen toes timeframe outside in the cold and that is to make sure you give your toes a heavy dose of a good "foot powder" before you put your socks on. The foot powder will help to absorb the moisture around your toes and will keep you on the hills or trails for a longer period of time before you have to come in and warm up. It does work!