Light and fast jackets consist of stretchy, breatheable material woven with useful features. One such feature is skin pockets, which let you stash your skins in a place you can access without taking off your pack. Ventilation is also key; look for back mesh, ventilation zips, and other efficient ideas.
Coming in a smashing Skimo Co blue, the Mezzalama 2 Race Jacket is a flexible, form-fitting, and warm jacket for racing, touring, training, and just generally getting after it in a variety of conditions. The Mezzalama 2 Race Jacket is made from a combination of stretch fleece and Carvico stretch fabric, allowing for fantastic mobility, breathability, and warmth in a lightweight jac..
Think movement. The Alagna Lite jacket and pant is a “near suit” for racing and high-output touring. The front panel of the jacket is made of Karpos K-Shell which is windproof yet still soft and stretchy. The cuffs and medial side of the sleeves are made of Dualfit, an even more breathable fabric so you vent where you need it. The back is an even lighter fabric called Dualfit Light..
If you've ever perused a Crazy Idea catalog, you may have noticed the amount of pride with which they describe their Cervino Jacket, and rightfully so! For more than 20 years it has been a staple piece of skimo apparel subject to annual iterations and improvements. Now revamped and renamed the Cervino Ultra, this version of an iconic jacket goes far above and beyond expectations fo..
Designed for ski mountaineering, the Pierra Menta II jacket is built for superb freedom of movement while maintaining a comfortable body-climate. A hybrid construction featuring Millet XCS 100 softshell, Airtastic super breathable stretch material, and Polartec Alpha insulation, this jacket puts the right material exactly where you need it. It will climb, scramble, skin, and bootpa..
If there’s any company that can claim skimo as its genetic material, it’s Dynafit. This jacket is aptly named for an audience whose speediness is only matched by their love of microscopic bindings and gel snacks. Waterwicking polyamide (aka nylon) and ventilated spandex come together in blessed union on this jacket, making it intrinsically comfy and breathable. However, it’s a wint..
The Dynafit TLT Dynastretch Jacket is a perfect option for those who appreciate the light and fast ethos but aren’t quite willing to commit to the looks of traditional race-style tops. Much like other race tops though, this jacket is lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and provides minimal insulation. A hybrid construction effectively balances weather protection with high output ven..
The Col Becchei is an accessible peak in the Italian Alps that tops out just over 9,000ft, offering budding Italian skiers their first exposure to no-fall zones and technical spring skiing. Appropriately named after this peak, Ortovox’s ski-touring jacket is perfectly suited for those technical missions where features like breathability, freedom of movement, and durability are the ..
I once heard someone call a vest a, "sleeveless jacket." Hitting the middle ground is Dynafit's Speed Insulation Hybrid jacket. It’s got torso insulation for those cold days where a softshell just won’t cut it, combined with stretchy sleeves, sides and hood. Unlike down, the 100% recycled synthetic insulation will retain its warmth even when wet. Front pockets, meanwhile, are great..
The word, "Hybrid," seems to have become a staple of our language from cars to fabrics to designer dogs. Now it's time to describe a jacket as a hybrid, a mix of softshell comfort and efficiency with the warmth and weather resistance of bulkier hard-shell jackets. When Karpos created the Piz Palu jacket they must have been thinking about including backcountry skiers who are ready t..
Do you find yourself constantly layering up and down trying to hit the sweet spot between comfortably warm and sweating bullets? Is planing your layers harder than planning your route? With the Dynafit Radical Infinium Hybrid Jacket you can get back to focusing on the actual skiing. By featuring GORE-TEX and WINDSTOPPER technology in the areas that get the most exposure to the elem..
The Atomic Backland Infinium Jacket is an outer layer built and bred to withstand harsh conditions. Made with GoreTex Infinium and treated with 3L DWR, this jacket will keep the elements out better than Deer Valley keeps out snowboarders and other riffraff. The jacket packs up neatly to fit in your pack, though you can also tour in it thanks to the strategic placement of passive ve..
The operative word when talking about the updated Mercury Pro jacket from Dynafit is adjustability. The previous Mercury Softshell and Mercury 2 jackets were fantastic offerings in their own right, but the engineers at Dynafit are insatiable and never stop working to create the best product possible, even with gear as loved as the Mercury jackets. Updates to this model include upda..
The TLT 3L is a hard shell that is so light, packable, and breathable that you might actually want to use it when moving efficiently. 3L stands for 3-layer, which is a specific subtype of proprietary Dynashell™ fabric. The three layers can be thought of as waterproof, windproof, and breathable. Dynafit accomplishes this with a top secret weave of nylon and spandex. The 3L jacket ha..
The ultimate way to stay warm while encouraging airflow is the best way to think about a vest. Dynafit has checked all the boxes with their TLT Light Insulation vest that is the answer to your, "how am I supposed to layer today?" question. The elastic and breathable back panel takes into account that you will be traveling with a pack. With all the fashionable look of a baffled down..
A vest is ideal when just a bit of extra core-warmth is needed or when you’ve been hitting the weights too hard and your biceps no longer fit in sleeves. The Extreme Rutor Alpha Vest is one of the best we have seen for ski touring. The 80g of Polartec Alpha fill on the front of the body provides just enough warmth to stave off a chill without overheating you and causing a loss of e..
To help with the constant battle of thermoregulation in the backcountry, Karpos made the Alagna Plus Evo Vest. Smartly using Polartec Alpha insulation, which was designed for U.S. Special Forces, the Alagna Plus Evo Vest is designed to be worn and forgotten about, providing juuuust the right amount of insulation when you need it. It’s able to achieve this by allowing for greater ai..
When humanity first shed its furry overcoat as a species, they surely had little idea that their descendants would spend their free time striding up mountain ranges with wooden planks strapped to their feet. Though ski touring is hardly a replacement for persistent hunting, you can be grateful to your Hominid ancestors for allowing you the chance to enjoy Dynafit’s Mezzalama Polart..
Full disclosure: here at Skimo Co, we chose the previous version of the Mezzalama jacket as our (now world-famous) shop jackets, so of course we are somewhat partial to it. Each and every member of our team has one, and we ski, run, eat, sleep, love, shower, and work in them on a nearly daily basis. Perfectly insulated (in our humble opinions) for skinning in cold, windy, or really..
Are you seeing things or is this a mirage? Well, actually, it's Miage! Karpos has done the impossible again, making a high functioning, technical, dynamic jacket to help keep you mobile and warm on even some of our coldest mornings! Like most Karpos products, the Karpos Miage Jacket sports windproof materials in the front of the jacket. To fend off precip, it has been treated with ..
Plus Evo stands for fantastic insulating properties PLUS ever EVOlving technical materials. That may not be totally true, but the point is that the Alagna Plus Evo is a technological dynamo that is ready to rumble in cold, nasty conditions. If you prefer to night ski or day tour, dawn patrol, or chase the evening light, the Alagna Plus Evo jacket will reliably keep you warm. To ens..
The Extreme Rutor Alpha Compo Hoodie is the kind of jacket that you find yourself never wanting to be without. Worn over a baselayer or light softshell, this Millet hoodie will take the teeth out of a biting cold wind while leaving your freedom-to-move intact. Eighty grams of Polartec Alpha in the chest and shoulders provide just the right amount of warmth without overheating while..
Standard heavy winter clothing has virtually no place in the backcountry. Full down jackets and thick three-layer Gore-Tex pants are fantastic when riding a chairlift in harsh conditions, but when you're moving through the mountains under your own power, light insulation and functional breathability is a necessity. Thin and breathable CLO material covers your back, sides, and the b..
Dynafit is never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down - but they will make you a smashing Low Tech Down Hooded Jacket. The LT anniversary edition of their Radical Down Hoodie is getting a re-release, showing off all the glorious bells and whistles that make this down jacket a perennial favorite. The water repellent Dyna-shell material makes this jacket water resistant, compa..
Down jackets are precious in the backcountry, despite too hot to wear while skinning. If you have an emergency, are belaying your partner, or simply waiting for the sun to come around, slip on the Dynafit Radical Down Jacket. It boasts one of the best warmth-to-weight ratios on the market and is a versatile piece of gear that every skier should own. The horizontal baffles form a co..
Are you the kind of person that doesn't like to stop and take the time to put on an extra layer, even if a freezing wind is howling on the ridgeline? Enter the DNA Race Wind Breaker from Dynafit! With this nifty jacket, you won't have to go digging around your pack for that special layer, let alone take off your pack to put it on. With a clever stow solution around your waist and a..
Backless is no longer just for elegant evening gowns at the ball! With the backless Flash Competition Anorak from CAMP, you can put on and take off a layer without removing your pack. Stowed in a mesh pocket that buckles around your waist, the anorak unfolds as you pull it over your head. Velcro it into place below your backpack and enjoy the bonus wind and water protection. When t..
The ~90 gram Tempest Light jacket is Crazy Idea’s answer to skimo race requirements. As a bonus, the half-zip design also happens to function well in many other pursuits. Shield yourself from the tempest when the wind picks up, or stow the jacket in its own neck pocket when things calm down. An athletic fit (for a wind jacket) and a helmet compatible hood make this a great option f..
You may not need to wait for New Years for your next resolution. The Resolution top by Crazy Idea is potentially the sexiest jacket of the year. Its unique design makes it an ideal jacket for both sport and leisure. Made of a high performance 3D fabric it will keep you warm when things get cold, but breathes enough to let that excess heat and moisture off when things get hot. Two l..
Not all synthetic insulating layers are created equal, and the Dynafit Speed Polartec® Hooded Jacket is no exception. Thanks to the Polartec® Power Grid™ fabric, you can stay warm and dry even if you start to sweat. This feat is achieved by using a bi-component knit construction that has different yarn types on each side of the fabric. On the side facing your skin, the fabric is sp..
You would think a shirt with holes in it is colder than a shirt without holes, but you would be wrong! Brynje's Super Thermo mesh base layer will keep you warm and dry while being extremely lightweight (holes weigh nothing!). The secret is in the polypropylene yarn which absorbs very little moisture and the mesh design which traps air (the best insulation) yet allows perspiration t..
We're a fan of going fast here at Skimo Co, so naturally, we don't want our layers to be too thick and warm. They need to be lightweight, breathable, and durable. Lucky for us and lucky for you, that's exactly what La Sportiva's Tour Long Sleeve Men's base layer is designed to be. Made with recycled polyester, this base layer is form-fitting yet doesn't restrict any movement thanks..
Due to its high cost, it is wise to use Polartec® NeoShell® fabric in only strategic places. That is exactly what Millet did with the LTK Hybrid Neo jacket. The most breathable shell material on the market is used on the hood and shoulders to offer protection from the elements. The core of the jacket uses Millet’s impressive XCS 100 material that is tough, flexible and also fairly ..
A minimalist jacket in the Pierra Ment’ line from Millet. The Speed version is a soft Vueltex® Knit like the others, but in a trimmer X-Fit cut and a lighter overall package. The thumbhole cuffs and non-slip gripper elastic in the hem hold the jacket in place while you’re on the move. A comfortable adjustable collar and full-zip closure make the Speed Jacket a pleasure to wear. The..
Why Crazy Idea named this baselayer the Fahrenheit and not the Celsius is beyond us, but it definitely gets the job done. The super-top is designed with an ergonomic fit using a combination of merino wool and polyamide microfiber to create a comfortable next-to-skin layer. The Fahrenheit jacket is an awesome baselayer with Italian style measured in English units.
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The Karpos Lastei Vest capitalizes on the secrets of physiology and Italian design. If your core stays warm, your extremities are magically less likely to get cold as well. If you use the right materials, you won’t get bogged down with sweat or bulk. If you go sleeveless, pack-space requirements are kept to a minimum. Karpos took advantage of all these ideas with the Lastei Vest. K..
Karpos knows fleece. The Italian specialists crafted the Croda to be that perfect piece that you put on and don’t think about. The Thermo Fleece’s checkered design retains just enough warmth while emphasizing sweat-wicking and heat-venting. It’s the perfect base layer to extend the temperature-range of your expensive jacket, or it can be worn by itself on those beautiful bluebird d..
Straight from the skin tracks of Italy, the Crazy Idea Acceleration jacket not only looks good, but is way more functional than your average fleece. Sure, it's comfy and cozy like only a fleece can be on those cold days when your toes are going numb. But due to a stiffer face material that's coated with a durable water-repellent, it also holds up quite well as an outer layer when t..
The Karpos Marmolada jacket is a wonderful pick for anyone looking for a highly durable, highly water resistant touring jacket. If you're ready to ditch your hardshell, but not quite ready for a lightweight touring jacket, the Marmolada splits the difference and is a great introduction to the world of soft shells that do not compromise on performance. The Marmolada jacket is smartl..
There is no speed without acceleration, which is why Crazy Idea has rebranded their ever-popular Cervino products as the Acceleration collection. As the next iteration of the Cervino Ultra, the Crazy Idea Acceleration Pull is the pièce de résistance of Crazy's line of ski touring mid-layers, and for very good reason. Designed as a do-it-all middle layer or a do-it-fast outer layer,..
Acceleration is the derivative of speed, but there is nothing derivative about the Acceleration Jacket from Crazy Idea. Reach for this piece on cold days when your speed touring outfit isn't quite warm enough. You'll find yourself swaddled in warm, breathable, quick-drying comfort. Windproof and water-resistant Toray makes up the outer fabric, and insulation is provided by the 4-wa..