Eddie Bauer, Colmar, Bogner, Black Diamond, Big Agnes, Super.Natural, STIO
New fabrics and treatments of cold weather staples like merino, down and insulating synthetics-render what we kept warm in while pursuing outdoor adventures-pretty much outdated.
NOW: Impressive-the variety of jackets and mid/base layers one can choose from-with functional features, lighter weights, slimmer silhouettes that won't look out of place, anywhere, and in snazzy color choices too---
Holiday suggestions…that make practical gifts.
Tough enough for back country jaunts-and as an everyday jacket ...
|Eddie Bauer -has guys/gals/kids toasty warm outerwear choices- that are at value prices---with weather worthy Dura Dura Down Jacket|
-ripstop DWR StormRepel® finish, nylon shell Cordura™ durable w/ 700 Fill Stormdown® powered by Downtek® premium down insulation warmth w/o weight-details like hand warmer pockets, no draft interior storm flap, drawcord hems keep cold out...
|waterproof nylon overlay-75D Cordura® reinforced critical elbows/shoulders' area (on sale $174)|
|COLMAR-a fashionably functional Italian label-women's lightweight down jacket with moisture wicking -breathable 37.5 (new Cocona)-packs down, layers up, an flattering curves-with no cold spots.|
Our fav-this biker style jacket -with beautiful couture worthy embroidery…glamourous jacket----that has performance features.
|zip in-extra layer…in outer DWR softshell|
|BLACK DIAMOND-the Hot Forge Hoodies( deliver mid-January) for men (blue), women (yellow)-ultralight packable warmth-drawcord hem…core-kept warm with Primaloft® Gold down blend-stitched correctly eliminating cold spots-with Primaloft® Gold synthetic insulation under arms/back-vent heat where needed-with Pertex Quantum water tough-featherweight and durable shell made for movers. Gusseted cuffs, zippered hand pockets $249|
|Black Diamond-Vapor Point Shell-highly packable burly Gore-Tex® Active fabric waterproof and highly breathable-zipped up with YKK® Vision®Aquaguard, Velcro cuff tabs, adjustable helmet compatible hood, outer pockets including chest w/ cord port. AND Cohaesive™management cord system-hardwear bonded to fabric for ease of use-even with gloves on. Yeah to that!|
BIG AGNES-is another outdoors brand known for something else---(sleeping bags)---with a new jacket collection for 2014/15…a natural brand extension.
|another great color-synthetic -hooded and non-hooded versions-60gPinneco Core® in 100% recycled poly shell that's windproof+water resistant-nice quilted stitching-constructed to flatter and reduce bulk-women's Big Agnes Yarmony hooded jacket $190-nifty-interior pocket serve as a stuff sack,|
|last year's freezing temps had plenty of people wearing base layers as everyday wear. 4 way stretch-Super.Natural base layers are of different blends depending on purpose-|
|performance tee works with pair of jeans just fine|
|pictured SS 2015 selections-|
|cozy-with ease of sweatshirt yet could hike in this and be a-ok|
Winter selections are available now---we personally can vouch for women's base layer- long sleeve -that performed as billed…kept us warm from start of our run on cold windy day-to the end when we def. warmed up enough to work up a sweat-yet felt dry enough to NOT get freezing again on the looong 3 blocks' walk home. And ---really remained odor free. Impressive. Should be delivering in the USA soon…and a welcome addition to anyone who spends time outdoors and wants to look presentable, no matter what…or for adventure travelers who pack little but need to look presentable when crossing country borders.
FYI: Lots of color options too-keyed in with Pantone fashion colors that are current. Available online-Amazon.com and Nordstrom's…and at dealers coast to coast
|ICEBREAKER is a New Zealand brand-that has very stylish and functioning separates made from its homeland sourced merino wool -and new MerinoLOFT®=a water repellent coating, woven merino next to skin, and wool insulation to maximize warmth and minimize weight. Great fitting-the MerinoLOFT Helix Zip Hood ($284.99) has recycled polyester exterior that's durable+weather tough, while insulating wool lining -resists odor, breathable and warm-with hand warming pockets, internal storm flap and drawcord hem that keeps cold out, . Nice travel piece.|
We fell in love with this STIO women's Skycrest Insulated Pullover made warm with 60g of Thermore® EcoDown® insulation that retains heat while DWR worthy Illume Cire™ is weather tough…and has a nice shine to it like those pricey Moncler pieces.
The Kangeroo front pocket (zippered) and quilting details make this stylish- fashionable item that is different than any pullover we've seen. Bonus points here- from a Jackson Hole, Wyoming based label run by outdoors people who clearly know what they're doing.
|hem zips tighter for slim fit…or lets out when layered over …nice detail vs drawcord|