Salomon Conspiracy (2010)
The Salomon Conspiracy is a technical one piece perfect for the backcountry or deep days at the resort. Three-layer climaPRO storm fabric, 100 percent taped seams, and a Recco reflector makes the Conspiracy a serious alternative to traditional outerwear with no technical sacrifice. Plus, the Conspiracy packs more some conceived extra features. Let’s talk pockets: There are 11 in total with enough secret stashes to drive the boys in blue crazy in a search for contraband. Rigorous testing proved those 11 pockets are capable of holding 17 ice cold PBRs. Obviously, there is more than ample space for anything you would ever want to carry including specific iPod, phone,and goggle pouches to keep your valuables from shifting around. The Conspiracy also features what I have lovingly dubbed “BROfit technology” making even a medium way too large for most average sized skiers—this thing is HUGE. Even the butt flap is oversized, and while I couldn’t bring myself to properly test this feature, I quickly realized that it’s perfect for a PG-13 tribute to Shane McConkey’slegendary “Vail Incident”. Lycra double cuffs with thumbholes, plenty of vents, and a removable inner bib round out this feature-packed onepiece. The Conspiracy’s Shrek green color definitely drew some “you better go twice as big as me if you are going to wear that” looks in the notoriously rootsy Jackson Hole tram line, however bartenders seem to quickly remember your drink order when you are wearing something this ostentatious. While maybe not as versatile as a classic jacket and pants combination due to the inability to shed layers, the Salomon Conspiracy has some definite advantages to those looking to keep heat in and snow out. Oh, and did I mention it holds 17 beers?