Thursday, May 31, 2012

ASTIS MITTENS-Handmade in te USA



words/images Judith Ecochard

Probably---the ASTIS Mittens booth got the most action from fellow retailers at the most recent SIA tradeshow---with many attendees placing orders---for themselves.

Here's Why....

 We literally, stopped in our tracks- that how amazing these made in the USA, hand cut, hand sewn, and and individually beaded mittens are---each subtly different-with unique patterns

WOW---super warm too, imnsulated with POLARTEC® Thermal Pro® High loft insulation----the inspiration came from ski trips in Northern Canada---where the native CREE Indians wore hand crafted mittens and gloves that were impervious to the frigid cold temps in the Great White North.

BRAD and CHARLES---pals and biz partners...

 AVAILABLE E-COMMERCE-we think a bargain for the quality and artistry....long and short cuffs available. And durable...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DAKINE FALL 2012 Performance Packs/Gloves/Hats/Apparel Fall 2012


words/images Judith Ecochard

DAKINE showed a wide assortment of on and off the mountain "sports enthusiasts' " items---including a very impressive collection of outerwear garments loaded with functioning performance details at amazing price points.


The men's Touchtec-Raptor glove is for the smartphone plugged in types who can send away without removing one's glove....

--- with a Goretex® waterproof /breathable insert, Primaloft insulation, fleece lining, an adjustable cuff closure ia adjustable hook and loop, a palm made of touch screen compatible leather and a shell of four way stretch nylon.

$85-Raptor Glove-FB/Instagram friendly

deployable helmet carry

Women's Pro II 26 L $130-a top of the line snow backpack-
A nylon/ballistic nylon hauler-with a contoured harness designed specifically to fit a gal's frame, vertical snowboard carry, retractable cable ski carry, deployable helmut carry, fleece lined goggle pocket, top and back access entry, insulated hydro sleeve, snow tool/shovel pocket, quick draw ice axe sleeve, padded waist belt, and a rescue whistle in case of that stuff you got with you, fails.
retractable cable ski carry----plus the pack flips around for easy access while still attached to waist. 

Hats, hats, hats----including the gals' Heidi-an acrylic hand knit patterned stripe, lined with fleece that converts from a neck warmer to a beanie.
Lester ($20)-acrylic ribbed knit, double lined, slouchy fit-Chase-on right ($20) -acrylic knit, doubt lined-wear slouchy or cuffed

Our fav-the Tatiana $45-quilted nylon trapper, faux fur and satin lining, snap flap detailing

ALEX $30-acrylic thick and thin hand knit, fleece in-band, cute oversized pom pom in fun color combos

Multi-taskers-these separates can double as streetwear/ lifestyle wearers-but all are performance baselayers and jackets-made from techy fabrics...that put DAKINE on the retail map for outdoor wear.

Men's-Chuck Plaid $65-100% polyester double knit-2 layers fro warmth+dryness without the bulk, AEGIS Micorbe Shield® anti-bacterial, button front closure, logo patch at chest pocket

Women's Many Check $65- 100% polyester double knit-2 layers fro warmth+dryness without the bulk, AEGIS Micorbe Shield® anti-bacterial, button front closure-feminine cut, two button front pockets

Airlift Hoodie-is a 10,000mm waterproof/5,000 breathable softshell-full zip, three piece hood-w/ elasticized drawcord, zip pockets, left sleeve pocket, full zip-$130---in black and pictured in charcoal grey
Lightweigt, ultra-performance comfort by Dakine -in a waterproof breathable membrane laminated to the inside of this top of the line, Clutch shell jacket---ideal climate control, moisture management-with a third layer of lightweight Tricot bonded directly to the outside of the laminate-that protects, has great hand feel, and accelerates the drying/wicking process---PLUS-durable and highly water resistant...with a DWR treatment finish on the outside of the shell fabric.
Men's Clutch Jacket-$399-with matching Clutch Pant ($319)-is burly-made with 3L shell-shell =3L Toray® Nylon Micro Oxford, DWR finish facem Laminate 20k/20k Entrant Dermizax® EV-waterproof/breathable---with an attached drop hood, full inner collar, fold over chin protector, meshed zip pits for  venting, welded chest pocket, YKK® water-tough zips, zippered sleeve pass pocket, extended drop tail,-with an interior boasting fully taped seams, full inner flap, zip-off stretch powder skirt, stretch hand gaiters, goggle pocket, media pocket---pictured here in cobalt blue.

Men's Manchester Rugby-mid-wight 100% polyester double-knit-two layers of warmth and dryness without the bulk, AEGIS Microbe Shield® anti-bacterial, button placket-and log patch. $55-charcoal grey... also available in black.

articulated elbows

thumbholes-perfect fit

women's Aubrey Henley-100% polyester double knit, 2 layers of warmth and dryness without the bulk, AEGIS Microbe Shield® anti-bacterial-thumbholes at cuffs insure perfect fit $45

Hanley (women's) and Talon (men's) Crew---$45---100% polyester double knit, 2 layers of warmth and dryness without the bulk, AEGIS Microbe Shield® anti-bacterial

Women's jackets (and pants)---also get the high production values (2L Laminate)---with series of 20, 15 and 10K (refers to waterproof/breathable measurements)---out of recycled polyester (for the shell).
JADE JACKET-2L fully insulated with 100g Primaloft® One-warm, (when wet too), soft, and lightweight---with Teflon® DWR finish, 15k/10k Laminate, Tafetta lining in pretty pattern, $279

Hood-60g Primaloft® One insulation

YKK® regular and WR zippers-zip pits

fold-over chin protector/storm flap

fully taped seams, inner chin flap, zip-off stretch powder skirt, stretch hand gaiters, goggle pocket, media pocket

thumb holes-sretch hand gaiters perfect fit/adjustable cuffs

Love-high high this collar snaps up

Jade-in Blush pink

Women's Kensington Down Jacket-20K/20K Ezangi® Laminate, Nylon Down-Proof Tafetta lining, insulated with 90/10 Premium 550 Goose Down, with YKK® regular and WR zippers, Zip-off hood, zipped underarm vents with mesh, zippered sleeve pass pocket fold over chin protector, critically taped seams inside, full storm flap, zip-off stretch powder skirt stretch hand gaiters, goggle and media pockets $299

Pants-Jade-with zippered leg vents with mesh

inner fleece collar

Snow, street, photo backpacks, travel luggage, totes, shoulder bags, wallets, gear and boot bags...DAKINE has a huge assortment with functional details-in great patterns.

Elias Elhardt Team Heli Pro 20L $95-w/ vertical snowboard carry, diagonal ski carry, fleece lined goggle pocket, laptop sleeve-fits most 15 inch laptop, hydration compatible, padded waist belt, rescue whistle, organizer pocket
Split Roller 65L-retractable handle, replaceable urethane wheels, locking zipper cars, exterior organizer pockets-splt level design for easy access $195
Totes-Shoulder bags----

Camilla $58-w/padded laptop sleeve, vinyl handles, adjustable and removable cross body shoulder straps, teal hardware, zippered closure, exterior zippered pocket, interior organizer pockets, easy clean nylon lining

Valet-$65-laptop sleeve holds 13 inch

Valet back panel to slide over a travel bag handle----

Penny-$32-adjustable cross body-external zipped and interior organizer pockets, nylon lining fleece top padded iPad sleeve

women's Over Under 49L $165-expandable compartment, split level design allows for easy access, legal carry on size when not expanded, exterior pockets, retractable handle, replaceable urethane wheels