Orage Clothing - Montreal, CA
Don't call it a come back but a couple years ago the Quebec based Outerwear company went through metamorphosis of sorts and dropped the park skiers on their team in favor of backcountry juggernauts like Callum Pettit, Mason Mashun and Banks Gilberti. With a new vision came a new aesthetic. Orage set out to shed their skittle thug freeskier vibe by creating pieces more at home in the pillow infested backcountry of British Columbia than say hot lapping the park in the Breck. Armed with better fits and more thought-out colorways Orage has created what I think is by far the most intriguing outerwear and lifestyle offering for skiers on the market this winter.
Spire Shell Jacket - Field tested in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, the Spire offers an ergonomically engineered jacket that will keep you warm and dry on the days where you need to take a rainy lift ride at lower elevations to access the fresh new snow at the peak. Available in White, Yellow or Black.
Gibson Shell Bib Pant - The 3-ply shell fabric and articulated fit results in a backcountry-focused bib that will stand up to the deepest powder while keeping you bone dry. For serious skiers, the Gibson bib is a no-brainer. More importantly, the orange suspenders is a step in the right direction reminiscent to a time when brands like Phenix spiced things up with their eccentric braces on their Norge line full zips rocked by alpine racers in the 90s. Often an overlooked detail, suspenders are an easy opportunity for brands to express themselves as its the only part of the pant that sticks out when you are bellied up to the bar ordering apres boiler makers and trying to put out the vibe but i digress...
Strafe Outerwear - Aspen, CO
Aspen could be the perfect ski town. The combination of rugged backcountry terrain, nightlife, style, wealth and constant stream of "interesting" people all make for the ideal place to live...if you can afford it.
The boys at Strafe, in a relatively short period, have tapped in to the Aspen way of life and produced some of the sleekest outerwear on the planet. Tested year round in the playground of The Rockies; Strafe does a phenomenal job of combining mature colors with top of the line materials that stand up to the harshest of conditions. Furthermore, the Nomad Bib Pant might just be the best pant on the market right now. Lightweight, warm and sharp looking the Nomad pulls no punches...it just performs. Spring for the Sickbird one piece fart bag if you have the skills...err balls to back it up.
Black Crows - Chamonix
Last but certainly not least: The dudes at Black Crows are the undisputed kings of cool in the ski world. Beyond the fact they produce some of the most badass skis on the market this Chamonix (ever heard of it?) based company prides itself on creating a community of artists, musicians, skiers and fashion icons in what results in a uniquely French brand that is unparalleled in the outdoor scene. Take one look at their product line and it will blow your mind on the creativity, inspiration and attention to detail that goes into each and every piece.
Corpus 3L Gore-Tex Jacket - This clean yet distinctive jacket is inspired by the fishtail parka seen in many urban environments but is injected with a dose of durability and tech geared for high alpine, ski mountaineering and all-terrain skiing. Don’t let the muted color-ways fool you this jacket stands out amongst a crowded tramline
Corpus 3L Gore-Tex Bib -Tested in the ski mountaineering capital of the world you can be sure that these bibs will meet every technical requirement you could possibly throw at them in the backcountry. Despite being built like a pair of Carhartt overalls from the future the tasteful two tone accent on the cuff and edge guard make the Corpus Bibs look like a RUF Porsche Turbo from the mid 2000's. These won't be available for long so grab them while you still can.