Ski gear: All wrapped up for the deep midwinter
Saturday 16 November 2013
Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka
Only 1,000 of these are being made – it's a record-breaking 1,000-fill-power down jacket, featuring differential baffles and plasma-treated down that doesn't flop or freeze when it gets wet. The Encapsil's really aimed at extreme expedition types, but "hydrophobic" down technology is also turning up in loads of outdoor clobber this season.
Workwear is in, neon is out. So what better way to signal how "with it" you are on the slopes than this pair of construction worker lookalike gloves? These have a wicking lining, high loft insulation, and waterproof insert for those who want comfort with their cheap, utilitarian chic.
"Splitboards" are snowboards cut in two, to let you ski to places the lift doesn't reach. Once you're off-piste, combine the skis into one board. Jones's latest, the Ultracraft, uses carbon fibre to shave 30 per cent weight off last season's boards, while improving durability.
Back protection that uses newfangled memory foam with tough, articulated sections following the spine. The theory is that Flexcell is bendy enough to do backflips in, while being breathable and light enough to wear all day, and protective enough to keep you from serious back injury and blunt force trauma.
Eider's new Cross-Over range of skiwear is designed for people who want to pack light, technical clothing that can be kept on for après ski. The Manhattan jacket is understatedly stylish but still has all the features you need on the slopes including underarm vents, waterproof membrane and lightweight insulation. And a removable hood and snow skirt for maximum versatility.
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