Looking to expand beyond its casual-clothing image, Eddie Bauer launched its First Ascent high-performance line this season. Judging by the Paradise Zip ($49), that’s great news. The reasonably priced Paradise is lightweight, with the right amount of spandex for full range of motion without being overly snug. And unlike some base layers, it’s soft and comfortable. The First Ascent line is designed as a system: Insulating layers and outerwear are cut so that the body and sleeve lengths of each successive layer are slightly longer than the previous one.
Ahh, catalog time. We don't know about you, but around this time of year we get a catalog fixation. All that new gear, all those pages of shiny photographs arriving in the mailbox—catalogs are one of the many crutches we rely upon to get us from this time of year (Indian summer, light fleece) to that time of year (powder Tuesdays, the full puffy).
We asked you to identify the above resort in SKI Magazine's January 2009 issue for a chance to win his-and-her CW-X base layer systems. Think you answered correctly? Still have no idea? Well, here's the answer:
Congratulations to the winner! We hope you enjoy your free base layers from CW-X.
The year was 1983, and a snow-style revolution was born when an independently-distributed brightly colored fleece headband became all the rage, pioneering a craze that launched a small Colorado-based company, Bula, out of obscurity to the peak of piste fashion.