The suit worn during skiing competitions is an important gear. The suits have turned out to be a lifesaver for the skiers during crashes. The movement of the skier’s body is crucial, which is why the layers were brought into use. The skiers are instructed to wear the suits above the innerwear. The innerwear maintains the flexibility of the body, whereas the race suit saves the body from cold. The International Ski Federation has clearly shared the specifications of the ski suits in their equipment rule book.
The specification of a skiing suit prescribed by the federation is given below:
The first ski suit dates back to 1920. The popularity of the sport and consecutively the suits grew massively over the years. It was 1930 when women skiers wore ski suits which soon became a fashion statement. The suits were made of cotton flannel lining, and had heavy wool. In the same year, skirts were introduced as the part of ski-suit for women. With time, the suit underwent modifications like adding zippers to the leg section, and the material changed to gabardine. By 1970, the wool in the material of ski-suit was replaced by synthetic fabric. The modern ski suits are waterproof, breathable, flexible, and are available in various colours.