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Winter clothing product features and links to clothing manufacturers.
Outerwear, ski jackets, snowboarder apparel, fleece, winter garments

Manufacturers Links:

Quiksilver ski and boarder clothing
Quiksilver


Ski Jacket Features and Designs:

Insulation: There is no denying that warmth and comfort will affect your mountain experience. For warmth one will have to start with well insulated clothing. Two major insulations stand out, natural (down feathers, cotton and wool) and synthetic insulation. Down feathers are typically restricted for use in jackets. Common synthetic insulation includes fleece, Gore-Tex and Climashield which can be found in many ski garments.

Hood: The choices here are limited to insulated and non-insulated. Typically we get our insulation from our hat, headband or helmet. On deep powder days or rainy days a hood will keep you dry.

Pockets: Jacket designs these days include many pockets. Back country skiers will appreciate a large chest pocket for a radio and shoulder attach point for a microphone.. Many jackets will come with specialized pockets for lip balm, trail maps, goggles, mountain pass (clear pocket), cameras, cell phones, wallets, etc.

Sleeves: Two features are often associated with sleeves, removable or arm pit vents. Either way, the idea here is comfort during spring skiing.

Powder resistance: Some jackets have features to keep powder snow out of your jacket. Chords and straps which can be tightened around the bottom of the jackets as well as the sleeves, may do wonders to keep out the snow.

Waterproofing: Most winter sports jackets are water proofed. It is the older jacket which loses its waterproofing which causes trouble. Products like 3M Scotchgard can return ski apparel to its original waterproof condition.

Fabric is measured for "waterproofing" by the amount of water pressure required to cause it to leak (measured in mm). Typical values are around 5,000 mm while fabrics of high quality are around 20,000mm.
For comparison, 704mm = 1 psi.

Fabric "breathability" is measured by the amount of water vapor which will pass through a fabric in a 24 hour period (measured in grams of water vapor which can pass through a square meter of fabric per day often simplified as just "grams"). For example, Gore-Tex Performance 3-layer ranges from 10,000g to 15,000g while Gore-Tex Pro Shell 2 and 3-layer measure at 25,000g plus.


Dare 2b:

Dare 2b

Dare 2b
Fall line-up 2014 - Winter 2015
Colorful line of ski jackets


Burton:

Burton
Burton with the Green Mountain Process (GMP) teamed together with Mountain Dew for a line of clothing manufactured from recycled plastic Mountain Dew beverage bottles. See Burton GMP
Introduced fall 2013 - winter 2014

Bergans:

Bergans of Norway

Karbon:

Karbon Ski Wear
Introduced for 2010 - 2011

Loki Gear: Jacket with built-in glove:

Loki Gear
Introduced Fall line-up 2010 - Winter 2011


Loki Ski Jacket with built in hood and gloves.

Also see the Loki ski vest which folds up into a small pack.


Obermyer:

Obermeyer Ski Wear
Shown for Fall 2013 - Winter 2014

Obermeyer Ski Wear

Obermeyer Ski Wear
Introduced Fall line-up 2010 - Winter 2011


Spyder:

Spyder Ski Wear
Men's ski jackets: Introduced Fall 2010 - Winter 2011

Spyder Womans Ski Wear
Woman's ski jackets: Shown for the Fall 2014 - Winter 2015

Fleece:

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Softshell Manufacturers:

Race Suits:

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Ski Gloves:

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Ski Gloves

Disciple Ski Gloves
Disciple

Lever Ski Gloves
Level Custom Fit gloves

Lever Ski Gloves
Level Pump

Lever Ski Gloves
Level Kids gloves

Dakine Ski Gloves
Dakine gloves: features

Seirus Heatwave Ski Gloves, hats and socks
Seirus Heatwave line of Ski Gloves, hats and socks - lined in a breathable wicking foil. Gloves are touch screen capable. Foil liners are also available.


Also see Heated Gloves

Hats and Head Wear:

Spirit Hoods
Spirit Hoods: Pro Blue line donates 10% of net profit to a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of that animal.

Nobis hats

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Hats for Helmets:

Crazee Heads helmet hats
Crazee Heads

Chaos helmet hats
Chaos

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Also see Heated Hats and Headwear

Baselayer, Underwear, Thermal Wear and Socks:

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Polar Max undergarments
PolarMax ladies base layer in print.

Note that the Polarmax line of baselayer clothing is manufactured in the USA from thread to fabric to clothing. The fabric is chosen for base layer performance which includes microbial protection for anti-odor, moisture management (wicking), thermal properties and texture for comfort. The materials include "technical mesh", thin fleace, synthetic and natural wool or cotton fibers.

Opedix undergarments
Opedix support under garments and thermal wear. The Opedix line offers added structural support to knee joints and upper torso. The Opedix support system provides a subtle support action to improve joint positioning and athletic posture to improve mechanics. The Opedix tights produce a 3-point bending moment to enhance knee alignment and loading on the joint. They claim to unload the knee by up to 16% as well as to reduce muscle oscillation increasing endurance.


EC3D Sports: compression garments

EC3D Sports: Seamless orthopedic compression garments designed for athletes to improve athletic performance. EC3D garments are anatomically designed to create graduated compression – highest further from the heart and lowest closer to the heart – to provide optimal performance.


Also see Heated Baselayer and other heated skiwear.

Winter Boots and Footwear:

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