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Alpine Apparel Guide

When climbing during winter, you are exposed to strong cold winds and sub freezing temperatures. To survive in these harsh conditions, highly technical outdoor garments are a necessity.

This insulated hard shell employs Thinsulate™® thru the core of the garment for additional warmth. Being lightly insulated gives the Droites Parka great versatility and makes it ideal for highly active winter pursuits. Additionally, the GORE-TEX® membrane shuts out the elements to keep you drier and more comfortable. Designed with core vents, articulation, fully adjustable, and cut for layering this mid-weight parka is the ideal focal point of your winter season kit.

This high performance parka is perfect for winter activities such as alpine climbing and backcountry skiing. Made using Goretex Fabrics and a material with excellent stretch, this combination of technical materials won’t hold you back when doing dynamic backcountry turns or when stretched out on a frozen waterfall. The brushed lining on the inside of the parka increases comfort due to its heat retaining properties, but unlike insulation or other liners, doesn’t increase the jacket’s overall weight too dramatically. During design we carefully selected features to maximize the functionality, like incorporating a material in the hood, cuffs and hem to prevent snow from sticking when you find yourself neck deep in powder. If you need to get outdoors this winter, the Alpine Thermashell Parka will help get you there.

This parka is ideal for snow sports and other active pursuits. The shell features a unique waterproof and breathable fabric with excellent breathability, keeping you comfortable and dry. Inserting a vest-shaped layer of Thinsulate™, which provides excellent heat retention despite its thin form, achieves simultaneous mobility and warmth. Features a range of essential features for snow sports, such as a pocket on the left sleeve in which you can store lift tickets.

This 3-in-1 style jacket has a waterproof outer shell and an synthetic insulation liner. The outer shell is made using Montbell's original waterproof breathable material, Super Hydro Breeze®. The liner is filled with Exceloft®, a synthetic insulation which won't lose its insulating properties when wet. Either jacket can be used by itself and when used together can be used for alpine climbing and other winter activities.

The calling card of this mid-weight softshell is its versatility. Stretchy, yet durable, the Snow Banshee allows excellent mobility and "all day" comfort. The integration of our CLIMABARRIER™ technology gives this all mountain hoodie stellar resistance to cold alpine winds, while gaping pit zips allow for ample venting if the sun happens to appear. Cut for layering and designed to function as a key part of any alpine climbing or backcountry ski kit.

These pants were designed with snow sports in mind, such as skiing and snowshoeing. With just the right amount of Thinsulate™ lining, these pants perfectly balance warmth without being too bulky. Made with Montbell's original waterproof breathable fabric, DRY-TEC™, these pants have just the right amount of stretch for mobility and the knees have also been articulated for better movement. With features like amply sized ventilation zippers, inner spats and wide edge guards, the DRY-TEC™ Insulated Pants are an excellent choice for your winter backcountry pursuits.

These pants will prove their worth in a variety of environments, from the coldest days in the backcountry to spring skiing. Made using Goretex Fabrics and a material with excellent stretch, this combination of technical materials won't hold you back when doing dynamic backcountry turns or when stretched out on a frozen waterfall. The brushed lining on the inside of the pants increases comfort due to its heat retaining properties, but unlike insulation or other liners, doesn't increase the pants' overall weight too dramatically.

If you are only truly satisfied when you find yourself barreling down the mountain in waist deep powder, then the Powder Track Bib is an absolute must. Durability for those downhill tree runs and superior breathability will keep you feeling dry on the uphill, this bib is chest high and made with GORE-TEX® Pro. Features edge guards, full length side zips for easy putting on and taking off, and an amply sized chest pocket for your phone or camera.

These lightweight pants are made with GORE-TEX® Pro, which has amazing breathability and durability. These can be used year-round as waterproof overpants. There is extra room in the thighs and bottom so that they do not bunch up with the inner layer pants. With full side zippers, it is possible to put these on while already wearing crampons or skis.

Clean and to the point design make these water proof breathable pants the ticket when heading for the backcountry. We loaded these pants with features, but kept and eye on the grams to keep you Light & Fast for any of the 4 seasons.

Versatility and comfort is the name of the game when it comes to tackling the challenges of the backcountry in an alpine setting. The Roche Pants are superb whether enjoying a peaceful snowshoe, gliding the AT skis thru a secret stash of powder, or quite possibly perfect for a lightning fast cool weather mountain ascent. The durable, yet air permeable soft shell fabric provides all day comfort and mobility without completely sacrificing resistance to wind and light precipitation. Cut to allow for seasonal layering these pants are a cool to cold weather workhorse.

Highly technical materials and construction to withstand harsh winter environments

Anti-Glisse Friction Weave

The Anti-Glisse Friction Weave is a specialized nylon fabric, a critical feature for our alpine garments. Twists in individual threads lead to a wavy micro-crimped fabric surface that helps slow a slide and limits snow adhesion to keep the user drier and warmer.

Waterproof / Breathable material

Encountering snow storms while climbing in winter can possibly bring about hypothermia for those unprepared for the conditions, so choosing the right garment is absolutely crucial for alpine pursuits. The waterproof/breathable fabrics, such as GORE-TEX®, STRETCH DRY-TEC®, DRY-TEC®, are highly technical materials which shed wind, rain, and snow, yet effectively release built up moisture within the garment.

Soft Shell material

CLIMABARRIER®


CLIMABARRIER is an ultra-light film with the ability to shield you from wind but still allow some measure of breathability. In this application we have bonded the membrane to a brushed fleece lining for extra warmth and comfort. Additionally, a light weight hard-faced fabric with Durable Water Repellant is used for the outer layer to enhance durability and disperse moisture.

CLIMA PRO


Offering the perfect balance between lightness and warmth, CLIMA PRO fleece provides two times the windstopping ability of regular fleece. A water-repellent treatment on the surface helps the fleece to shed rain and snow, so you stay drier on the outside. This treatment does not interfere with the fabric's ability to breath, however, so you stay drier on the inside too.

Insulating material

EXCELOFT®


Uses a three-dimensionally crimped construction to achieve our warmest polyester insulation. By crimping the large hollow polyester fibers and weaving super micro polyester fibers & micro polyester fibers, we create multiple air strata and maximize loft. EXCELOFT® is as warm as down and dries far faster, making it simple to maintain and ideally suited to wetter climates.

Thinsulate™


The original warmth without bulk insulation. Inch for inch no insulation keeps you warmer than Thinsulate™ insulation. When you compare equal thicknesses, Thinsulate™ insulation provides up to twice the warmth of other high-loft insulating materials and nearly one and a half times the warmth of down.