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Even Your Chap Stick Will Stay Warm

Even Your Chap Stick Will Stay Warm

[ November 18, 2009 - 1:34pm ]
"So where you headed?" "Aspen." Hmm, California! Beautiful!"
Klaus Obermeyer turns 90 in December. To celebrate, we check out some of Obermeyer’s new outerwear.

Klaus Obermeyer turns 90 in December. To celebrate, we check out some of Obermeyer’s new outerwear. —Jake Davis

Thaw Jacket [$275]

The Thaw Jacket gives you durable outer construction, comfortable insulation, a helmet compatible hood and no less than 10 pockets for your cell phone, iPod, lift pass, and Chap Stick. It’s all there. This well thought out and stylish jacket is geared toward the resort rider looking for an everyday piece. Made from a nylon polyester twill fabric, it features a rubberized powder skirt, detachable hood, and comfy fleece lining around the cuffs and chin. Pros: There are lots of features and they’re all easy to access. Cons: While its plenty waterproof, its not very breathable. Find something else for bootpacks or warmer weather.

Melt Jacket [$265]

This one’s made from 100 percent nylon with HydroBlock (which, near as we can find, was originally designed as sealant for concrete walls) and is more breathable than the Thaw Jacket. The chest pockets are angled slightly, giving it a more ergonomic design, and the insulation is a little thicker than in the Thaw Jack. It shares many of the Thaw’s features, like mesh lined pit zips and a goggle wipe. If you don’t want insulation, it’s also available as just a shell for $255. Pros: Warm, weatherproof, and functional, it’s about all you need for mid-winter resort riding. Cons: The black lightning bolt-looking designs on the sleeves needs to go.

Defrost Pant [$180]

Made of the same material as the Thaw Jacket, these comfortable and baggy fitting pants have a pleasantly uncluttered array of pockets and just enough insulation for everyday use. The loose fit lands in that middle ground between “Dude, get a belt,” and “Dad, you’re so lame.” Other features include reinforced knees and butt, water-resistant cuffs that go over your boots, and durable scuff guards around the ankles so your ski edges don’t cut up the pants. Pros: Looks good so people know you’re not a dork, but not so over the top that they think you haven’t hit puberty. Cons: The inner thigh vents could be longer.

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Click here to check out our interview with Klaus Obermeyer.


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