Made with PrimaLoft One insulation (4 oz. in the body, 3 oz. in the sleeves and hood), 1.9oz rip stop with DWR as the shell and a light taffeta liner with DWR. The jacket features a simple and elegant design with hand warmer pockets, stretch pockets for gloves on the inside and a chest pocket (which will be a bit smaller than the one pictured in this sample). It currently weighs in at around 22 oz. but we suspect that the weight in the production model will be a bit less. All the materials are sourced domestically except for the Riri Aquazip main zipper which comes out of Italy. We're very excited about this piece.
Our as-of-yet unnamed softshell jacket will be available in early Fall. Like all of our gear it's simple, constructed from the best materials and made for climbing.
I've never been a big fan of gaiters. I've always thought they were annoying and somewhat goofy looking. I never really liked the way pants bunch up over the top of them when on the move, and on multi-day routes the velcro inevitably gets loaded with chunks of snow and is generally really annoying. Then they look silly, or at least the bright red ones I used to rock do, observe:
I also never liked tucking the gaiters under my pant legs, because if I was going to wear the damn things they might as well protect my expensive pants from my sloppy crampon work.
I haven't worn gaiters in a really long time and now I exclusively use the bungee cord method pictured below. All of our pants come equipped with grommets that allow the user to run the bungee cord under the boot heel and be gaiter free. There may be some scenarios where gaiters are still useful, but I think you'll probably find them few and far between once you deploy this method.
Sue wore her salopette. She's petite, 5'6" (1.67m) with a 30" inseam and the XS fits her perfectly. The through-the-crotch zipper provides a convenient way to use the facilities regardless of what equipment you're packing and the softshell fabric we use is just that, a shell, so there's no insulation to help you overheat once the work begins. Like all of our gear, it's simple, elegant and functional whether you're enjoying summer turns or ripping it up on your next hard winter project.
1. Fleece comes from a mill in Massachusetts
2. Zippers come from a factory in Los Angeles
3. Pocket fabric is the only thing imported
All of our care and logo labels are made in the USA, and as with all of our apparel, they are cut and sewn right here in Oregon. Brendan is a Colorado native currently residing in Boulder.