So, I am considering enrolling in this backcountry skiing course at NOLS: http://www.nols.edu/courses/locations/teton/skiing_23_and_older.shtml
The course takes place several times during the winter months (December - March) in the Teton mountains (Idaho/Wyoming). The course is going to involve pulling pulks, hillclimbing, skiing down the hills (once climbed), and outdoor skills clinics (i.e., sitting/standing around), and sleeping in yurts, igloos, quinzees, snow caves, etc.
Anyway, I need help in selecting gear. I did contact NOLS with some questions, and I am waiting for their response, but I figured hitting up the collective wisdom of the BPL community wouldn't be a bad idea.
NOLS does publish a suggested equipment list, but it shys away from making specific gear recommendations (unless that gear is Patagonia, lol), and it probably doesn't take lightweight into account as much as safety, which is understandable.
Anyway, a bit of background on myself. I am somewhat fit. Hit the gym 2-3 times/wk. When I am moving, my body throws off a lot of heat and moisture (sweat). When I am at rest, I tend to get cold to the bone (I am a cold sleeper). I have a relatively slender frame with longish arms, so Patagonia doesn't really fit me so well (or snug for that matter). Also, I have never been to this part of the US, so I am completely unfamiliar with what to expect in terms of temperature, weather, etc. (I have a difficult time distinguishing between different levels of cold. To me, it's all cold!)
At the moment, I am trying to put together a Torso layer system. This is the suggestion from the NOLS equipment list:
1. Synthetic T-shirt - Synthetic fabric only
2. Mid-weight Top - Light or mid-weight base layer made of polypropylene, Capilene or ZeO2
3. Expedition Wt Top - Expedition-weight top, Patagonia R2, lightweight fleece, or a wool sweater
4. Fleece vest - Fleece or Synthetic-filled vest
5. Fleece/Insulated Jacket - Thick fleece, Polartec, Primaloft, or a lightweight down jacket
6. Ski Jacket -
7. Wind Shirt -
8. Insulated Parka - A synthetic of down-filled winter parka with a hood. This must fit comfortably over all your upper body layers.
These are my proposed ideas to try and match the NOLS suggestions. This is where I need help in deciding, so input is welcome and encouraged. (Mind you, I'm not trying to look like a fashion plate with all of the Arcteryx stuff, but their gear does fit me better than any other brand that I am aware of).
1. Arcteryx EON SLW T-shirt (lt merino) (http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Base_Layer/Eon-SLW-T-Shirt) or Arcteryx Rho LTW Zip (mid merino) (http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Base_Layer/Rho-LTW-Zip)
2. Arcteryx Rho AR Top (Polartec Power Stretch)(http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Rho-AR-Top)
3. Arcteryx Atom Lt Jacket (60 gm/m² Coreloft insulation) (http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Jackets/Atom-LT-Jacket)
4. They rent these, so I will probably go with a rental, purchase later if need be
5. They rent these, so I will probably go with a rental, purchase later if need be
6. I already have a Theta AR ski jacket (Or is it Beta AR? Hmmm...)
7. They rent these, so I will probably go with a rental, purchase later if need be
8. They rent these, so I will probably go with a rental, purchase later if need be
Items 1-3 on the list are non-rentable, so I really need to square these away beforehand.
Anyway, I just thought I'd focus on the Torso layers for the moment. I'll come back with questions later regarding Lower Body layers, Gloves, Socks, etc.
Thanks in advance...