You may have spotted our icons with some of the products we have on the website. These icons are there to help you get as much information on the product at a glance and dont have to read through long descriptions to find out if a jacket has a google pocket. So what do these icons mean?
This is a special waterproof tape which is added to the underside of all the seams on the jacket. The waterproof tape then helps prevent water or snow getting into the the jacket via the stitching. With all of the seams protected by this tape you can ensure it will keep you nice and dry.
Critically Taped Seams
This is a special waterproof tape which is added to the underside of the seam on the jacket in all the critical areas such as the top of the arms and back. The waterproof tape then helps prevent water or snow getting into the the jacket via the stitching, keeping you nice and dry.
Wrist gaiters are added to some ski jackets to prevent snow from entering via the cuffs. They are normally made from lycra and are sewn into the lining on the cuff to stop the snow getting in. They slip over the hand and are held in place with a thumb loop. As they are thin and light weight they easily fit underneath your glove.
Ventilation zips or pit zips are added to some jackets to help cool you down if you get a little too warm while carving up the slopes. Usually found underneath the arm, these zips allow air to circulate around the jacket which brings cool air in and lets warm air out. They can be done up if you decide you want to keep all your heat in as well which gives you great versatility.
A 3 dimensional hood is a great feature to have on windy days up on the hill. With its 3 points of adjustment you can custom fit the hood to prevent cool air and snow from getting in. Lowering the volume of the hood via the adjuster at the back also keeps it secure when the wind picks ups or if your a bit of a speed demon coming down the slopes.
Removable hoods give you great versatility and are fantastic for all weather conditions making them an ideal feature to have on your jacket. Normally attached to the jacket via a concealed zip, they are easily removed for when the weather is warmer but also quickly reattached for those colder, windier days.
Lift Pass Pocket
Having to take off your glove, unzip you pocket, fish out your lift pass and then put everything back the way you like it, all to get though the gates at the lifts is a pain. Thats why having dedicated lift pass pockets on jackets makes life so much easier. Located on the cuff, arm or on the waist, getting through the gates is a breeze.y.
3 In 1 System
3 in 1 Systems consist of an outer shell to protect you from rain and snow, a removable inner layer for added warmth and insulation and a removable hood. This gives great versatility and provides you with a jacket suited to all conditions. The outer shell can be worn alone during warmer weather and the inner layer can even be used for just wearing around town.
If you are the type that likes a sound track to their session on the slopes then a media pocket is a must. Usually located in easy to reach or protected areas on the jacket, the media pocket houses your mp3 or music player right where you need it. Sometimes coupled with headphone ports and clips making life tangle free.
Getting snow up the back of your jacket is the last thing you want on a cold day. Snow Skirts use an elasticated waist band and separate section of water resistant material (or skirt) sewn into the inside of the jacket to stop snow from getting in. You may also find some that attach to ski pants or trousers increasing the protection against the snow.
RECCO® is an avalanche rescue system utilized by more than 600 rescue organizations worldwide to assist in the efficient location of you if you get caught in an avalanche. RECCO technology enables rapid directional pinpointing of your precise location using harmonic radar. As you can imagine, a great safety feature if your in to big mountain or off piste skiing.
Goggle pockets keep your goggles safe and out of the way when there not in use. They normally have large openings and are either elasticated or zipped making it easy to get them in and out. Some jackets can also include goggle wipes to help clear off snow or rain.
Snow down your sleeve isn't the nicest feeling in the world. One of the best ways to avoid it is with adjustable cuffs. A good adjustable cuff normally uses an elasticated section making it easy to pull over the top of your glove and then a velcro patch so you can get a good tight fit, which stops any snow from getting in.
Jacket 2 Pant Connection
This is a great added barrier between you and the snow. Zips or poppered tabs are used to connect the jacket (usually from the Snow Skirt) to a corresponding pant, providing you with 360° protection from the snow. Only some jackets and pants have this feature and some companies have their own system, so keep an eye out for compatible items.
A good adjustable waist will keep most of the snow out of your jacket and is also a good way to keep the heat in, which is always a good thing. Some jackets have single hand waist adjustment in the pockets or around the waist, making them really easy to use, even when you have your gloves on.
Waist Adjust Pants
Adjustable waists give great versatility allowing you tighten or loosen the pant/trouser using tabs around the waist. The benefit of this is if you need to add extra layers for cold weather you can adjust the waist to accommodate them, or maybe you just prefer a looser baggier fit.
Fully Taped Seams
This is a special waterproof tape which is added to the underside of all the seams on the pant. The waterproof tape then helps prevent water or snow getting into the the pant via the stitching. With all of the seams protected by this tape you can ensure it will keep you nice and dry.
Critically Taped Seams
This is a special waterproof tape which is added to the underside of the seam on the pant in all the critical areas such as the outer leg and seat. The waterproof tape then helps prevent water or snow getting into the the jacket via the stitching, keeping you nice and dry.
Ankle gaiters stop snow from getting into your pant or trouser by using an elasticated inner. This is sewn into the lining of the pant/trouser and is easily stretched over your boot. Once over the boot you also some times find a lace clip to hold it in place.
Ventilation zips are added to some pant/trousers to help cool you down if you get a little too warm while carving up the slopes. Usually found on the inside leg, these zips allow air to circulate around the pant which brings cool air in and lets warm air out. They can be done up if you decide you want to keep all your heat in as well which gives you great versatility.
Getting your pant/trouser over the top of your boots can be a bit of a pain from time to time. With adjustable ankle systems it makes it really simple. Either done with poppers or velcro, the ankle is widened so it is easily pulled over the top of the boot saving you time and effort.
If your a keen skier or even new to skiing then you may find that the inside of your ankles come in contact with each other quite a lot. To protect your newly bought pant/trousers from getting damaged a more durable section of fabric is used in these areas, making them last a lot longer.
Detachable braces give great versatility to your pant/trouser. Easily and quickly removed or added you can give your pant extra support while out on the slope and have a more comfortable fit while in the town getting the best of both worlds.