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Outdoor Research Ski Jackets And Pants

Backcountry standards like the insulated X-Gaiter and the non-freezing Water Bottle Parka came out of the OR research and development, as did the Seattle Sombrero, the most popular Gore-Tex hat on the market. I always ski with a helmet, but if I'm hiking to get there I'm wearing my Seattle Sombrero. 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.

The Only Jacket You'll Ever Need

in case youre headed that way (in which case, take us with). To date, Klymit has made a vest and a couple of sleeping pads, both of which use air chambers that, once inflated, conform to your body, capture its heat, and recirculate it. Now, through Kickstarter , theyre working on the Ulaar jacket. Designed to be the only jacket you needa garment that can meet all situationsthis windproof product is warm and thin. Non-toxic, non-flammable Argon insulates up to three times better than the dead air which other insulation trapsand it's virtually weightless. Based on the volume of gas in the vest, you can change your insulation level from windbreaker warm to a full-on ski parka feel with no swapping of layers or adding of weight. And the polyester shell jacket has a bamboo, charcoal-infused liner to control stink and look good.

How to Fix a Hole in a Down Jacket

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 belanja jaket 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.

Outdoor clothing makers strip environmental nasties from their kit

And, because lightweight fabrics used in down jackets require extremely small stitch count and ultrafine needle and thread, its possible to do more damage than good, says Zwiers. If youre not precisely on target, you can perforate the fabric and it will tear along perforations after its sewn, or down will migrate out through the needle holes. If youve torn your Feathered Friends jacket, and home repair isnt working, you can send it back to the company for a fix. Theyll cut out the torn section, re-stuff it with down and return it back to you as good as new for about $60/hour. Most repairs take one-half to one hour. If your jacket isnt Feathered Friends brand, and youre concerned about your own repair job holding up, get in touch with Rainey Pass Repair or All About Down , two Seattle-based gear repair shops that are Feathered Friends approved. Want to get Outside more?

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