Featuring New Products for Winter- Descente, Seirus Innovation, Scott, Obermeyer, Sunice, KILLY, Eider, RAMP, Coal
West 31St. NYC
words/images Judith Ecochard
Most of the exhibitors at the recent media preview, the Big Apple version---from the snowsports industries...hail from Boulder, Aspen, Park City and San Diego...all places with a lot cooler than the 100 degrees steam cooker weather goin' on-on the outside.
One label, DESCENTE we always though was a Euro-chic brand-but actually was founded in 1935 by Osaka, Japan living Takeo Ishimoto- who conjured up the revolutionary stretch ski pants concept as outerwear for the mountain.
|CANADA SKI CROSS-|
|motocross ribbed details|
High tec functionality with fashion style still dominates the company MO...and we were really impressed with the number of exclusive Descente embedded features/fabrics...(Heat Navi® retains heat using solar energy, D-Laser -laser welding technology) ---as well as the company's use of other top-of-the-line textiles and construction techniques (Thinsulate insulation, Polartec, Dermizax® -20,000mm waterproof/10,000mm breathability, 3d Sox™ Cooma Co.'s patent pending high performance sox, seam free WholeGarment® knitwear, Muscle Support, Buhs in jacket hood storage system, critical or fully sealed and waterproof seams, Heatflex's 100/40--- 100% polyester synthetic that traps air-reflects body heat ---or Down high loft insulation) etc---in all of their winter outwear lines...whether for competition, everyday wear, or performance wear for highly athletic endeavors.
|close up-of cuff|
|cozy warm interior neck collar-detachale too|
|Isabel-glam fashion meets function jacket-with built-in hood- Glamour Twill outer fabric, Dermizax performance, Down insulation, nice zipper details, pit zips, powder cuff, sleeve cuff, inner/outer pockets. Mid length fit-for on and off the slopes.|
Jean-Claude Killy is France's legendary skier---who defined the fluidity of Olympic downhill skiing for us--- when we were barely able to walk.
His luxury ski apparel company has been refreshed and boasts the style and technical features (four way stretch, waterproof, taped seams, inner pockets)---worthy of any spot on the podium.
|waterproof/breathable Dermizax, Primaloft insulation, taped seams,|
|Metallic zippers close shut-flap front with hidden magnets|
|removable snow skirt with non-slip band|
|Odyssée Jacket-gorgous, warmth without the bulk, high collar-chin guard, outer pockets with snazzy zipper details|
|belt is removable---and without the belt loops so it looks finished|
|love the gathered cuffs|
|Ourea in white|
Inner layers are constructed with human motions in mind...with different fabrics used depending-more insulation, more stretch, more moisture wicking---areas...
|jackets turned inside out...showing off different materials used ....|
|Ourea Jacket---core warmth via Down-stretchy sides...pretty color|
|LOVE-the Nunavut Down Skirt|
|technically tough----nice zip details...in snowboard friendly jacket mde with GoreTex®...with zip pits, adjustable wrists, high collar/storm flap, powder skirt---|
|Our top pick for spring ski season/hiking-weatherproof wool core in great plaid patterns-with stretchy side panels -moisture management par excellence. The red tags on the zippers are great color pops...attached hood with toggle closure.|
The lightbulb moment came when we read the bios of the two company founders---Joe Edwards and Mike Carey ---both guys independently inventing the Original Masque...a face mask out of neoprene...and Cat Tracks...the original thing-y patented slip-on- that we slipped on our ski boots for those walks across the parking lot...respectively.
BIG for the technically plugged in are the massive collection of Seirus "SoundTouch" gloves---including the 100% waterproof touchscreen glove for kids---and various materials and levels of warmth with touchscreen capabilities- for larger humans. And yes, the SoundTouch touchscreen pads are patent pending.
Solid and printed pattens---in addition to the usual black---make match match possibilities a reality...with prices starting at $10.99---and up---not a whole lot to keep one warm.
WHAT ELSE: Boot Dryers, Knee Braces, and a Super Padded Shorts-for shredders like us who are always wiping out. Ouch.
|KYRA Insulated Stretch Jacket-WXTech™ DWR finish--nice piping details on sleeves|
|stretch print lining...Primaloft insulation 120g core, 100g sleeve|
|kids ...equally as protective performance|
|KAYLEY PROTEK 3L Softshell Jacket, 5,000 mm/5,000mvt with DWR finish, printed fleece bonded backside, Sunice patented V collar, invisible hand pockets...w/wind water protection-perfect for Spring skiing and hiking...slick enough for the streets.|
|This beeswax coated canvas---is water resistant---modern 5 paneled cap works in wet climes|
We don't do board reviews till January---but RAMP SNOWSPORTS (aka Riders Artists Musicians Projects) are made in Park City, Utah...a rarity in this biz...actually, a rarity in most businesses.
Sold directly to consumers...shipped in padded usable bags...the boards boast cool graphics...and the skis as well as the boards are made using vertically laminated wood cores -hand made using the best available laminates, bases, sidewalls and top materials.... from scratch.
And new=bamboo wood skis...a sustainable source of material.
|Vintage inspired-Eskimo Kisses Sweater$9.50|
|Ske Jacket $300-great hardware belt, zippers, plenty of pockets on the vertical, but with outdoor needs in mind-the lycra cuffs, mix of materials that give the piece edge but function to keep the wearer warm and dry. NICE.|
OBERMEYER showed a selection of jackets mostly---and all were very stylish...and impressively tech savvy---made of the stretchy, waterproof/breathable materials mountain types need... with the design details that just makes a day out on the slopes...easier.
|adjustable hem cord|
|This will sell well-a paratrooper style-Mirabella Jacket $298-w/lycra cuffs, exposed zips, inner/outer pockets, removable faux fur trim on hood, fun snake print lining...in a weather tough apparel.|
|Leighton Jacket-$298...buckle pocket detail, insulated with quilting detail on sides for ease of movement|
|Genevieve Jacket $398-a techy piece-super warm -arm pocket for ski pass and other outer pockets with two fabric definitions, full motion articulated sleeves for movement|
|powder skirt...mesh stash pockets, waist drawcord-keeps the snow out|
|top of the line LoganCocona Jacket $498...waterproof/breathable, sealed seams, storm flap|
|core warmth, powder skirt, inner pockets...cutting edge materials---in a fun color...also available in several other shades, including black.|
SCOTT Sports has a lot of products for summer and snow---and at this event the Roz-G Signature Off-Grid Goggle ($130) was front and center.
Featuring SCOTT's patented pending FIT system...the Gizmodo key/cam device allows the user to adjust how the goggle fits around the nose and cheek area...a huge plus!!!!
ADDED PLUS: Proceeds of frame's sales are donated to Right To Play...a non-profit "whose mission is to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health, and peace."