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.
Replacing the venerable PDG jacket is no mean feat, but Dynafit did just that with the Mezzalama Race Jacket. Despite changing grand-course race-names, the jacket is still the ultimate training, speed touring, racing, fitness-lapping, do-it-all jacket. It’s been updated with four-way stretch Carvico material that is easy to move in and will stave off fatigue after a fast race, long..
$229.95 From $183.96
Get ready for double takes! When seeing you in the Crazy Idea Hugo race top and pants, most people will think you are Crazy for racing in your street clothes. That is the effect of Crazy Idea’s legendary printed designs. But don’t be fooled by the appearance, the Power Kler high-performance stretch fabric is designed for top skimo racing and speed touring. It has specific pockets p..
$159.95 From $123.52
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..
The original Touring Intense jacket was one of our faves. Millet gave it the motto “eat up elevation gain.” As a speed-touring jacket or race top it did plenty of that and more. The Touring Intense II jacket is destined to carry on that level of performance, but with an improved feel. Updated materials make you want to sleep in the jacket after your tour or race. Its athletic cut h..
The DNA is a two-piece training and racing getup from Dynafit. Featuring the Nilit® Innergy fabric technology, the DNA jacket is a tight fitting top that helps you get to the top. Innergy is a nylon 66 fiber that reflects heat as infrared rays, which purportedly causes an increase in performance due to deep heating. Whether or not that cuts down your time, the jacket looks cool and..
$224.95 From $178.46
Two halves make a whole. The Repeat race jacket from Crazy Idea can be snapped together with the matching pant to make a full suit. The fabric is PowerKler, the same stuff found in the Crazy race suits that is smooth to the touch and might make you younger. But now you can enjoy your race-efficiency with or without pants. The Repeat top has two stomach stashes that you access by zi..
$189.95 From $137.43
We’re not sure whether Dynafit named this jacket after the ski or the race. It seems to be suited for either. Speaking of being suited, wearing the PDG Jacket will have you half way to being fully suited. With the stretch pockets in front for stashing your skins and a stretchy feel throughout, it’s not a stretch to say the jacket is suited for speed. Also, it has a hood, so that’s ..
Introducing the Karpos Alagna, the high-performance speed-touring ski jacket. Hot laps on a thousand foot face in the middle of winter, peak-bagging in the spring, or the occasional Tuesday night race, the Alagna does it all. This is the platform around which Karpos has built a whole line of present and future classics. Thermodrytex Double is the high-tech fabric that keeps the Ala..
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..
A new 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...
Similar to the pant, the TLT is Dynafit’s new namesake jacket. Featuring Silvershell material woven in way that doesn’t require a membrane, the jacket is more stretchy and breathable than similar kit. The weave still provides a good amount of wind-resistance and water-repellency with some bonus abrasion resistance. The TLT jacket features and active cut and has skin pockets up fron..
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..
Dynafit’s Speedfit Windstopper Jacket is the best of both worlds: protection and breathability. The main chest, shoulder, and bicep panel is made of Gore Windstopper which takes the bite off even the most ambitious gusts. The fabric is also extremely abrasion resistant, which makes it great for the main panel and shoulder section. It’s not optimal for the lower torso, elbow and hoo..
The Cervino kit from Crazy Idea is race-inspired top and bottom with a fleece lining that makes it a bit warmer than the Repeat. Sleek on the outside, soft on the in, the jacket is great for long training days, casual touring, and ski mountaineering. The shoulders and upper arms are Schoeller, which is a softshell material that offers a good level of weather protection. The main bo..
$219.95 From $142.21
If you spend serious time in the backcountry, you're bound to experience nearly every form of weather imaginable. Whipping winds, hot and muggy forests, and snow falling so thickly that you can't even see the next switchback in the skin track-- all in the same day. With weather this unpredictable, choosing what to wear can be nearly impossible, and if you waste too much time swappi..
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 new ..
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 ..
$319.95 From $239.96
The Mercury 2 ski touring jacket retains the same functionality as the original, just with a better “hand”. To translate the apparel industry-speak, that means it just feels nicer. A light brushed lining is woven into the shell making it feel soft and inviting inside. Dynafit also changed the shell material-mix, adding a bit more flexibility and breathability. It remains wind-resis..
The Nitro is a lightweight ski mountaineering jacket made with breathable Crazy Endurance fabric. That means it’s also abrasion resistant and repels dirt and water. Just what you want in a jacket for ill-defined mountain adventures. The Nitro has an ergonomic cut and the fabric is stretch woven so it won’t inhibit your progress. The jacket has modern Italian styling and matching fu..
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 ..
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..
$299.95 From $239.96
When the king of high-tech outdoor apparel designs a jacket specifically for ski mountaineering, you can rest assured that it’s going to work. The Arc’Teryx Procline Comp Jacket is mostly comprised of Gore Windstopper fabric, a breathable yet wind-stopping shield that isolates you from the elements without bogging you down. This allows for complex moves in technical terrain no matt..
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..
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..
$249.95 From $187.46
Named after one of the “big three” skimo races, the Mezzalama Jacket from Dynafit was designed for it. In other words, long, cold races and/or training sessions. Of course, any kind of skiing can be considered training, so feel free to just keep it your pack. It’s “filled” with 100g of Polartec Alpha insulation, which is the most breathable type. “Filled” is in quotes because the j..
Winning awards as one of the most advanced cold-weather speed-touring jackets on the market, the Karpos’ Alagna Plus jacket is here for your warming pleasure. Body-mapped as a tattoo artist, the Alagna Plus incorporates 60g of Polartec Alpha insulation in strategic areas. That’s just enough insulation to take the bite off those cold dawn patrols and mid-winter mornings without gett..
$259.95 From $181.18
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..
The Crazy Idea Half Blade jacket is a packable and zoned insulating layer designed for fast movement in biting cold, warming up for a race, or widening your margin of error on a long traverse. The lightweight construction won’t make an impact on your potential top-end speed by weighing you down or causing you to overheat. It is meant to be an accessory piece for travel through chal..
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..
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..
Even if you aren’t carrying much, you’re still likely wearing a backpack when you’re out backcountry skiing. Included in said pack should be an insulation layer that keeps you moving when the mercury plummets below your expectations. It can also stave off hypothermia if for some reason you are forced to a halt. The Dynafit Radical 2 Primaloft jacket is an excellent choice for that ..
A super warm puffy that is good for belaying or eating a hoagie.
90/10 700 Fill power european white goose down
2 Front hand pockets with invisible zip
Microfleece chin guard
Spirex construction with synthetic underarm insulation panel
20D ripstop (nylon)
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..
$149.95 From $98.46
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..
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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La Sportiva calls it seamless construction with BeCool® yarn. We call it comfortable. The Troposphere base layer is built without any seams, using a 4-way stretch fabric that is body mapped with tactical ventilation zones. The Polygiene® fabric made with the new yarn is moisture wicking with an anti-bacterial / anti-odor treatment. The lightweight long-sleeve shirt is great for wea..
$108.95 From $69.95
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..
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..
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..
Quite possibly the most body-mapped garment we’ve ever seen. The Carline base layers are seamless with a complex weave of patterns that allow you to move and breathe. The top is designed for “sportspeople”, which is probably you. It acts as a second skin. The thermal insulation has great moisture wicking properties so you don’t get water logged when moving fast. The Carline Seamles..
Gone are the days when going “base-layer-less” during a race or warm spring tour is the only way to keep your core temperature in check. Most of the time, baselayers are thought of as a way to stay warm, but unbeknownst to many, they can also play a big role in keeping you cool. The fish-net design seen on the Sonic Pull (shirt) is incredibly popular among the cycling community, es..