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The Best Women's Winter Jackets Of 2014

Bonus: the front pockets are big enough to stash your skins. Columbia Chelsea Station Jacket Inga Hendrickson BEST FOR: Fashionable Wear The synthetically insulated Chelsea Station ($149) gets design points for its cute silhouette and thoughtfully chic ruffling along the baffles. It's also remarkably warm, thanks in part to Columbia's Omni-Heat lining, which kept us toasty during frosty morning bike commutes. Stio Hometown Down Jacket Inga Hendrickson BEST FOR: Mild Days and Layering The 14-ounce, 800-fill Hometown Down ($275) held in heat on the coldest days at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and the DWR-coated nylon shell kept out moisture even when the weather turned foul.

Outdoor Research Ski Jackets and Pants 2012-2013

Well if the Seattle Sombrero, the most popular Gore-Tex hat on the market didn't give it away, the answer is all these backcountry standards came out of the Outdoor Research company's research and development. For over 30 years, Outdoor Research (OR) has been on the cutting edge of creating practical, functional tools, clothing and gear for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. When Outdoor Research committed to a full line of ski jackets and pants it applied the same trusted tradition of excellence and dependability to ski clothes. Capping that trust is the OR Infinite Guarantee - if, at anytime, any OR product fails to meet your needs, you can exchange or return it.

Outdoor clothing makers seek growth as Europe stagnates

The two biggest global markets for outdoor goods are Europe, where the market is worth over $12 billion euros, according to figures from the European Outdoor Group, and the United States, worth $6.5 billion, according to the Leisure Trends Group. However, growth in the outdoor market is slowing in Europe's Nordic and Alpine regions, where walking up mountains or racing down them on skis has a long tradition. "We've got a saturated market in Europe. There's no playing catch-up anymore, brands are now fighting for market share," Klaus Jost, president of world's biggest sports retailer Intersport International Corp, told Reuters. Such concerns with be in the sector's minds as it gathers for an annual trade fair in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany, starting on Thursday.

Outdoor clothing makers strip environmental nasties from their kit

7/13/13 email Outdoor clothing manufacturers have agreed to stop using chemicals that keep people warm and dry but also pose a threat to the environment. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany Makers of outdoor clothing are bowing to pressure to get rid of many of the chemicals in their kit that help keep hikers and climbers warm and dry but are also harmful to the environment. Previously a niche part of the sporting goods market, the outdoor segment has expanded so rapidly over the past decade that it now accounts for about 20 percent of the global sportwear market. With increased sales comes increased scrutiny about the use of substances like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is used to make clothing stain and water-resistant a big selling point for makers of outdoor clothing.

Outdoor clothing makers korean style jacket drop harmful chemicals

With increased sales comes increased scrutiny about the use of substances like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is used to make clothing stain and water-resistant - a big selling point for makers of outdoor clothing. PFOA is a persistent pollutant, which means that it does not break down when it is released into the environment. "As we've become bigger, it's only right that our industry is questioned," Mark Held from the European Outdoor Group said on the sidelines of the Outdoor trade fair in Friedrichshafen. "A lot of these companies started out as just one person, they're very entrepreneurial, but now they realize they can't continue with the same practices." Clothing retailers like H&M and Marks & Spencer have already agreed to make their clothing PFC-free. But many outdoor industry brands have said there are currently no PFC-free technologies that would continue to provide the same lasting level of weather protection, meaning more environmentally-friendly products are less effective. Family-owned Schoeffel, exhibiting at the fair, said it was working towards becoming PFC-free.

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