This Winter's Freshest Cuts

Nov 1, 2001
Outside Magazine

SKIWEAR MANUFACTURERS HAVE spent so much time making outerwear waterproof, they forgot one crucial tenet: Skiers need to move—a lot. Jackets and pants loaded down with laminates, membranes, and chemical coatings might as well be made of cardboard: It's hard to walk, let alone deal with skiing's high-velocity yoga. Featuring new "soft-shell" fabrics and pliable waterproofing treatments, the outfits below will keep you warm, dry, and mobile, whether you're holding your breath and launching into The Cirque at Whistler or, as the case may be, negotiating an après-ski beer tent clutching a pint of stout.

THE FROZEN CHOSEN Hike for your turns: Mountain Hardwear eXtend thermal underwear (top & bottom $105); Salomon's soft-shell VO 580 Sweatshirt ($180); Napapijri USA Cavern pants ($290); Salomon STL-21 gloves ($75); Smith Triad Regulator goggles ($90) and Series 5 composite ski poles ($72).
Ride the lifts: Nordica Cobra Jacket ($298) and Cobra Pant ($198); Nike ACG Crash Boarder Sweater ($75); Salomon SP-22 gloves ($50); UVEX Apache goggles ($80); Shred Alert Fleece Hippie Beanie ($26).

Deer Valley après-ski: BOSS Sport wool sweater ($245); Prada Sport wool cargo pants ($470) and ski hat ($134); Napapijri USA Adrastea jacket ($490); Kamik EZGoing waterproof leather boots ($100); Eddie Bauer Polartec scarf ($20).

WHERE TO FIND IT: BOSS Sport, 800-484-6267; Eddie Bauer, 800-625-7935; Kamik, 800-341-3950; Mountain Hardwear, 800-953-8398; Napapijri USA, 800-817-0618; Nike ACG, 800-344-6453; Nordica, 800-892-2668; Prada Sport, 888-977-1900; Salomon, 877-272-5666; Shred Alert, 800-780-7056; Smith, 208-726-4477; UVEX, 888-616-8839.

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