If you aren’t actively trying to shut out as much of skiing’s “culture” as you can, it will likely come as no surprise to you that Level 1 (and, I’ll assume, plenty of others, right?) are still making things called “tall-tees.” Which, if I can refresh your memory, were originally an homage to the fashions worn by rappers and the young urbanites from whence they came. But even your aunt who loves Kenny Loggins knows that rappers now wear normal sized clothing like the rest of us. And no one other than these silly bastards we call “pro” skiers and the summer-camping suburbanites from whence they came have worn tall-tees in about 5 to 7 years.
It’s odd and at this point, somewhat inexplicable. Why is our “culture” hanging on to this particular artifact? It’s truly NEVER going to be the sort of thing that other groups come back around to and say “Wow, we’ve got to give it to skiing, they had it right with those extremely long shirts. Those things are timeless.” No one will EVER say that. I promise.
But mostly this is just boring, isn’t it? And you say, “Who really cares what anyone wears.” And you’re right, but GODDAMN those things have gone well past “silly fashion” and entered the realm of some inexplicable skiing-specific neurosis. That camo mumu pictured above comes in an XXXXXL! That’s not even a real size! People who wear that in real life have to be cut out of their homes on Maury.
These shirts were a misguided and outdated fashion statement by the time this blog started. What the hell are they now?