Ski touring jackets are optimized for movement and breathability. Some also have specialized features such as big pockets to store your climbing skins next to your body to keep the glue warm. Baselayers should also breathe and dry quickly.
The Trofeo Mezzalama is an iconic bi-annual spring race that starts at the foot of the Matterhorn and weaves through the Italian Alps in a grueling one-day event. The race brings challenging conditions and traditional race apparel often doesn’t cut it. It’s fitting that Dynafit should make a jacket specifically around the rigors of this race. Where heavier clothing doesn’t breathe ..
If moving fast is on your agenda, then so should be buying the Karpos Alagna Lite jacket. The Alagna Lite is a masterfully body-mapped jacket for racing, training, and even touring. Despite the focus on movement and breathability, the jacket offers decent weather protection. The majority of the jacket is built from Karpos’ proprietary K-Shell fabric which has excellent moisture-tra..
The Millet Touring Intense is an ultralight technical jacket for high-performance touring and skimo racing. The sporty fit matches female ergonomics, allowing you to move freely while skinning and skiing. The stretch top has two large chest pockets for stashing skins while you’re skiing downhill, removing the need to take off your pack. In fact, when skinning in safe areas where yo..
As the upper half of a skimo racing suit, the Falls Jacket is designed to keep you organized and encourage movement. The two-piece suit is made with PowerKler, the same thermo-sensitive fabric found in the amazing Crazy idea one-pieces. It purportedly reflects your body heat back as infrared light that can energize your muscles. Whether that works or not, the Falls Jacket feels fas..
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If you like moving fast in the mountains then the Karpos’ Alagna (pronounced uh-LAHN-ya) jacket should be the staple of your ski-top quiver. The Alagna features advanced body-mapping construction where multiple Thermodrytex and Dualfit fabrics have been strategically implemented to give you the highest performance and quality. Thermodrytex Double is a durable weatherproof layer of ..
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One common challenge many skiers face is how to stay warm in the backcountry without constantly changing layers. In the alpine, the wind, sun, aspect, and moisture content in the snow all play into how warm (and therefore comfortable) you feel. This isn't all about creature comforts, either. If you're frozen like an icicle, you aren't going to be winning any races (sounds obvious, ..
Built to keep up with the modern skimo woman, The Millet Pierra Menta II jacket confronts past industry-shortcomings of fast and light touring jackets for women. Make no mistake, this is one of the only jackets of its category to feature proper external skin pockets for fast transitions on the up and down. Designed for big days, hard training sessions, and distance ski-touring, Mil..
The PM hoodie is possibly the most comfortable jacket on the market. Designed for ski touring, the model is versatile enough to use for running, snowshoeing, and other mountain adventures. The Pierra Menta provides just the right amount of warmth without causing unnecessary perspiration. The hoodie has a body-hugging fit tailored to a woman’s physique, with some nice integrated fea..
The Dynafit PDG is a casual racing, training, and touring jacket that is comfortable and functional. The top has a performance fit with 4-way stretch fabric that moves with you. It has an elastic hood so you can skip the hat, and thumbholes to lock the sleeves in place under your gloves. The PDG Jacket is lined with a thin layer of soft poly fleece that keeps you at the right tempe..
The Millet Pierra Menta Jacket is light, breathable, and most importantly comfortable. It’s designed for active ski touring and casual race training. The Vueltex Knit fabric has a soft, brushed lining that feels great on the skin but isn’t too tight for an under layer on colder days. Two large side-zip pockets can hold small-to-medium size skins or anything you’d like to have avail..
It’s about time some women’s race clothing made its way onto the continent. Now there is one less hurdle for skyrocketing participation numbers. Don’t think the Syborg Racing Jacket can only be used for racing however, as once you become addicted to skin suit functionality, it is hard to tour or train without it. Stuff your skins in the front pocket at the top, keep your hydration ..
Dynafit’s Speedfit Windstopper Jacket, this time in a cut and fit specifically for women. Stitched with an advanced body-mapping design that Dynafit calls Hybrid Construction, the Speedfit Windstopper Jacket combines the best of the best. The Jacket offers breathability, protection from the elements, and freedom of movement. Gore, the makers of world famous Gore-Tex, toned down the..
Like the pants, the Cervino jacket is smooth to the touch and is designed to flow with you. It has a women’s specific fit that is locked into place with thumbholes on the sleeves and an elastic waist. Crazy Idea used a proprietary Vuelta knit to achieve the stretchiness, and flat locked seams prevent any chafing. Inside is a light fleece lining that is just enough to keep you warm ..
$179.95 From $111.11
Everyone has a favorite pair of shoes, a favorite kind of cookie, a preferred place to sit on the couch, or maybe you just have a favorite cup that you keep by your sink. We all love to pick favorites, and the Dynafit Mercury Pro Women jacket is so good, it's already your new favorite ski jacket. Perfect for both blowing snow in January and sunny afternoons in April, the Mercury Pr..
Piz Duleda is a popular 9,500ft peak that Italians scamper up using various ascent/descent methods: via ferrata, skinning, climbing, running, you name it. If your morning routine involves skiing a mountain like the Piz Duleda, you will need nerves of steel, proper gear, and reasonable avalanche conditions. The namesake jacket from Ortovox is perfectly suited as a technical ski-tour..
Dynafit’s Mercury 2 Jacket is considered core to their line of apparel. That means they are especially proud of the design that features a comfortable brushed lining woven into a weather-protectant shell. As they should be, the Mercury is a nice, lightweight jacket that helps regulate your temperature while ski touring. The stretch-woven fabric moves with you and breathes, while be..
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A unique blend of 88% nylon and 12% elastane gives the Mercury Softshell weather resistance and breathability without the use of an expensive membrane. Dynafit wove the light, highly-elastic fabric into an athletic cut softshell that is perfect for aerobic movement in cold weather. The designers even sprinkled in unique features such as pit zip vents strategically located behind th..
What did Goldilocks say? "Not too hot, not too cold, but juuusssttt right!" We say the same thing every time we don the Dynafit Mezzalama Alpha 2 Jacket. Ski mountaineering is undeniably an aerobic activity, and therefore doesn't usually demand all the layers of thick insulation a resort skier may opt for. However, winter in the Wasatch isn't exactly tropical, and most days still r..
The Women’s Mezzalama is lined with Polartec Alpha, making it the lightest and most breathable insulated Dynafit jacket. This is perfect for a backup later for races, tours, or ski mountaineering. If the weather stays nice and you don’t need the protection, having the lightest item in your pack is ideal. If the temps drop and you need the insulation, having the most breathability i..
A common observation we hear from women is that their clothing and gear is not given the same design consideration and respect as men's equipment. The Millet Women’s Extreme Rutor Alpha Compo Hoodie does not fall into the "shrink it and pink it" design process. In an effort to create an ideal balance between warmth and breathability in an all-around touring jacket for women, Millet..
With signature Italian style and technical performance, the Crazy Idea Summit jacket is a must for cold locations and midwinter touring. Insulated with a blend of Primaloft Silver and a water-repellent down, the jacket is warm, breathable, packable, and durable. That’s everything you want if you’re keeping count. This latest version of the Summit Jacket is manufactured with Crazy I..
If you work a 9-5 job and also ski a healthy amount, then dawn patrols, late nights, and sub-optimal weather are part of your life. Having a warm, compressible, puffy jacket that lets you stay true to your lifestyle is crucial for enjoying those environments. The issue with most down jackets is that they’re heavy, bulky, not breathable enough, and don’t pack down small enough. Thos..
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Karpos is as synonymous with high-performance fashion as Ferrari is with fast cars. The Brendol jacket is a synthetic down puffy that’s amazingly functional with a flattering cut. Perfect for après skiing as well as staying warm when digging a snow pit or starting out on a frigid, February dawn-patrol. The body is made up of seamless K-Shell fabric, a breathable shell that blocks w..
The Trilogy Synthesis is a bit of a revolution in down jacket technology. Using a Seamless weaving technology, Millet was able to baffle the feathers without using a sewing machine. That means there are no holes through the nylon like in every other down jacket. Which means the jacket is warmer and significantly more waterproof than the competition. It’s also a bit lighter since th..
There’s a good reason why it’s called the Inspire jacket. Crazy Idea has designed this jacket to be a no-frills, no-worry tool to inspire you to new and exciting places. With honeycomb fur on the bust and back it keeps that heat in without derailing the transpiration caused by high intensity activities. The side panels and underarms have an elastic plush combo to reduce resistance ..
The Marmarole Jacket is a mathematical anomaly. Karpos describes it as 55% down and 55% fleece for a total of 110%. Well, it’s true, you definitely get your money’s worth with this one; but that’s due more to the awesomeness than the questionable math. In the body, Pertex Quantum 30D fabric houses baffles of K-Synthetic Down Micro, a synthetic down that’s primed for any activity or..
If you are looking for a go-to layer for when the wind kicks up, the temps drop below forecast, and your dang partners are just moving too slow, the Womens Radical 2 Primaloft Hoodie from Dynafit deserves your attention. Its hybrid construction puts the right materials where you need them, with stretch woven inserts under the arms allowing freedom to wave goodbye to the boys as you..
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..
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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..
The Trilogy Wool TS is a long-sleeve “transfer layer” from Millet. That means it transfers moisture away from you at a rapid clip, exactly want you want in a first layer. The Trilogy has a female cut of Carline XCL 150, which is a Merino wool blend with hollow fibers used as lightweight insulation. That means you’ll be warm and dry when ski touring and mountaineering. The Millet Tr..
A high-performance base layer, the women's Neptune 2.0 features the BeCool® yarn that virtually eliminates excess heat and moisture. Of course it helps that the long sleeve shirt is body-mapped with ventilation zones on the back and under the arms. The seamless construction offers all day, chafe-free comfort, perfect for under a race suit or touring top. La Sportiva went out of the..
We originally thought La Sportiva’s Saturn hoody was improperly named as women’s attire, since Saturn is not a Roman goddess, but a Roman god. However, we quickly stood corrected after learning La Sportiva's naming intention with the hoody. Saturn is the god of liberation and wealth, and liberation from the elements results in a bounty of powder and corn skiing. Now the name makes ..
The Karpos Croda is a delightful layering piece from the fleece experts. Soft enough for a base-layer, warm enough for a mid-layer, and stylish enough for a spring outer-layer. The Croda can do it all and it’s optimized for temperature and climate control. The checkered thermo-fleece both allows for good thermal retention while also providing channels to move excess heat. The fiber..
The Ionic jacket from Crazy Idea is the perfect piece to take you from the skin track to drinks with the gals. Crazy has popularized this jacket with its cut for an athletic lifestyle while throwing in some Italian flare. The multifunctional jacket is made of Highperformance 3D (HP3D) fleece that has the warmth for those colder days touring, while having the breathability to preven..
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..