Skate Ski Layering System

It may be zero degrees outside, with a windchill factor for the ages, but once you get your V2 on, you'll want to be wearing fewer clothes than you think. What you wear should be breathable, and stretchy to allow the full-body cranking that skate skiing requires. Wind-blocking materials on your front side and light insulation in key areas will keep you comfortable on chilly downhills.

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Craft Flow PantsFrom Sweden's Craft, which outfits that nation's formidable Olympic team, the Flow Pants have a protective, windproof Hypervent STR front with a super-breathable Flex Fleece back. The pants are stretchy, with an articulated fit, full side zips, and buttoned and elastic ankle cuffs. Removable suspenders allow for extra hold- a welcome touch when pushing your aerobic threshold on the trails. $110; www.craft-usa.com

Ibex Pico Zip TThis midweight New Zealand Merino baselayer offers enough protection to be worn with just a vest on a warm winter day. Flatlock seams eliminate chaffing, a 9-inch zippered neck (7 inches on the women's version) with a high collar allows customizable ventilation, and the fit is slim. Machine washable. $95; www.ibexwear.com

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