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 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..
It's a fine line between being too cold and getting so hot you sweat (and then get real cold). Neither are ideal for winter ski touring. This is where La Sportiva's Dash Long Sleeve Base Layer comes to the rescue! Made with an eco-friendly mindset, the Dash Long Sleeve Base Layer is constructed from recycled poly-spandex materials to quickly wick away moisture when you start to swe..
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..
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..
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..
The Women's Dynafit Speed Polartec Hooded Jacket is not your average fleece. By using Polartec’s Power Grid fabric, Dynafit designed a jacked with a warmth-to-weight ratio so impressive that you won't believe how warm it is just by looking at it. It is breathable but should you accidentally underestimate its insulating powers and start to sweat, that's no problem thanks to its effe..
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 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..
Speed is key in the mountains - moving fast, crushing vertical, staying in constant motion to maximize your time in the backcountry. Get a jacket that can keep up when you throw down with the Dynafit Speed Hybrid women's jacket. The hybrid construction is the right mix of wind resistance and breathability for excellent temperature control. Need to warm up? Pull up the fitted hood t..
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..
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 ..
If your base layer is too cold alone, but that jacket you have is going to have you overheating like a Pinto driving over Loveland Pass, Dyanfit's TLT Light Insulation Vest is your solution. It's a problem as old as touring; nailing your wardrobe for the uphill or downhill is an art that takes experience and the right gear to make happen. Keep your core warm on the up and have that..
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 ..
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. This multifunctional jacket is made of Highperformance 3D (HP3D) fleece that has the warmth for those colder days touring, while having the breathability to preve..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
While the TLT and DST acronyms make the name of the Dynafit TLT DST Jacket a bit ambiguous, the decision to use it as a daily driver for the fast and light ski touring crowd is clear as day. For the record, TLT means Tour Lite Tech and DST signifies the use of Dynastretch - a tightly woven stretchy fabric with a DWR finish. This fabric provides both wind and water resistance while ..
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 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..
Cold and blustery usually means winter conditions are in play, so how can we complain? To stay happy and cozy out there be sure to bring along Dynafit's women's TLT Light Insulation jacket. Light and packable you can throw one in your bag and forget about it until it's time to warm up. Being minimalist doesn't mean that the details were overlooked. Two hip pockets can hold your glo..
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..
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..
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..
Dynafit has mastered the delicate balance between waterproofing and breathability with their Radical Infinium Hybrid Jacket. This jacket combines the weatherproofing components and durability of GORE-TEX and WINDSTOPPER technology with the breathability of Dynastretch in a truly magical combination. Whether you're touring in a full blown blizzard, or on a balmy spring day that requ..
Forget cowbell, we want more merino! The Ortovox Col Becchei women's jacket is a juggernaut, a superstar, a windblocking, water repelling, merino wool constructed beautifully crafted piece that would be a welcomed addition to any wardrobe. Built to hold up to the elements, two pit zips can help you let off some steam if a snowstorm turns into a sunny day. Let it snow, let it blow, ..
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..