Expensive snowmobile clothes worth it?

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Nothing wrong with a onesie, all the cool riders wore them in the 70' & 80's. Like the mullet, it's just a style thing. Today it's all the rage, 10-15 years, the. everyone has been wearing them for quite awhile, someone will come out with a new "bib/jacket combo and that will be all the rage again.
 
Dec 11, 2019
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I think it pencils out to purchase quality gear, considering that it is not unusual for guys to get 5+ years out of Klim bibs. 5 years of warm, dry, comfortable is a pretty solid value. I have all kinds of ski equipment and most of it is not in the same category as far as durability goes, especially my back-country ski gear.

As for shitting in gear, let's be honest: how many guys here would have to go commando if we never wore a type of equipment again due to one little accident. I'm afraid I couldn't be that selective and still be clothed enough to leave the house. In my defense, I thought it was a fart. But I didn't blame my shorts for the unfortunate incident.
 
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Sucks for right now but if you keep your eyes peeled for deals you can generally pick up stuff in the off season for a good deal. Some black friday type stuff or end of season when clearing out last years designs. If you need a complete gear set up and on a budget look at picking up some gloves(use ski gloves as back up and for trail in and out) and a helmet and goggles now for this season. Rock your snowboard or ski boots(did this for a couple years and they work) and other ski gear till you can replace with sale stuff. Going mostly to my motorcycle days but dont buy a bargain helmet. Fit and quality are worth it if its on you all day. But can save good $ buying a quality last years model. If cant try on or buy from a place that has good return policy and dont be afraid to send a couple back till you get it right. Id probably lean to matching the same companys goggles and helmet if you cant try em on together. Ive also splurged for carbon fiber lids and have had regular ones(mostly motorcycle but did just pick up a carbon lid this year for the sled). They are noticeably lighter and if you have the coin go for it but they are not game changing liter. 509 stuff aint bad. Have some of their stuff and klim but most of my stuff if motorfist that I have picked up on screaming deals from their site.
This^

Buy summer gear in the winter and winter gear in the summer.

Got a 509 monosuit this last summer for $300. It's kinda fugly but a big step up from my ski clothes in terms of durability and I've been staying dry. Also this should be obvious, but definitely don't use ski boots for sledding, haha!
 

ratlover

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This^

Buy summer gear in the winter and winter gear in the summer.

Got a 509 monosuit this last summer for $300. It's kinda fugly but a big step up from my ski clothes in terms of durability and I've been staying dry. Also this should be obvious, but definitely don't use ski boots for sledding, haha!

Yes. Definitely fumbled my response. Snowboard boots ok if on a hard budget and thats what ya got. Ski boots not so much lol
 

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get a quality base layer,mid layer and a quality uninsulated windproof gor tex shell.i use under armor for mid and base layers with klim shells.its pricey stuff but lasts and works well.same with gloves,carry a heavy set for the cold days but the goal is to stay dry and wick moisture,and not be all weighted down with heavy gear that holds heat,sweat.boots,im motorfist fan.they feel like regular lace up work boots.along with moisture wicking socks.the MF boots are comfortable to drive in at the end of the day also.
 
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Well I guess it's time to pay the piper...tore my ski bib leg pretty bad today when I got stuck under the dang thing. So there you have it....but I ain't ready for a Nascar onsie so I'll try a pair of 509 bibs cause iam having sticker shock with klim lol.
 

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I have a Klim coat that I started wearing in 2010 or 2011 that's still serviceable today, just has a patch of Velcro coming off around one sleeve cuff. On the second set of Klim bibs to go with it. Wore the first set out on the inside of the legs where they rub the seat/tank/tunnel. From what I've seen "cheap" sled gear (coats and bibs) will get you 2-3 years of service, high end 5+. Depending on how many days you get on the snow a year and how hard on things you are of course. Someone that wants the latest color ways buying cheaper and more often makes sense I guess or if only using it a few times a year.

Picked up an Arctic Cat brand onesie last year on sale to try the concept. Compared to bibs and a coat the temperature regulation is more even since the air can move between top and bottom easier. Seems a bit cooler temperature wise to me. Have a couple friends that thought the same. All my gear is non-insulated by the way. Keep a dry mid layer in my tunnel bag in case I need it. I'll probably keep using the monosuit for warmer days and go back to bib and coat when it's colder.

Side note: I've totaled up how much money is tied up in both my sled and motocross gear bags... I would cry if someone stole either one.
 
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I used to rock Carhartt jacket, snow pants, and water proof Menards-special snow boots. :ROFLMAO: Bought snowmobile specific jacket/bibs many years ago and was worth every penny. 2 years ago got the onesie/monosuit and not having all that tension around your gut/waist was so freeing. Able to move much faster and not be "limited" in your movement range.

Fad or not, I love my onesie and choose it over jacket/bibs any day.
 
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2 years ago got the onesie/monosuit and not having all that tension around your gut/waist was so freeing. Able to move much faster and not be "limited" in your movement range.

Fad or not, I love my onesie and choose it over jacket/bibs any day.
Added mobility would be a HUGE incentive for me. I don't care how goofy they make a guy look, if I can get better mobility I am in. I will check them out. Thanks.
 
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A pair of high-end farm gloves has never served me well for more than a few rides. I'm usually enraged by something foolish.
Cabellas Guidewear bib overalls are a budget-friendly option. For six years, I wore a waterproof and windproof jacket. The second set of bibs I purchased were expensive and broke after a year of use.
 

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I’m confused why wearing bibs and a jacket creates tension around your waist as stated above?

My bibs are suspended on my shoulders and in no way bind to my waist.
 
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