Moving Beyond The Ubiquitous Pit Zip

Summit L3 Ventrix

One of the emerging trends from Outdoor Retailer this winter was how to offer better venting options in outdoor apparel beyond the traditional pit zip. Many brands turned to more breathable insulation/fabric options such as Polartec Alpha (still my favorite) or Columbia’s OutDry Extreme, while others focused on unique design details that vent out excess heat as you move. Here are a few of the more unique options for Fall 2017.

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Ditch Some Layers With Arc’teryx Alpha IS Jacket

Arcteryx Alpha

If you get cold easily like me, you probably end up wearing 7-8 layers when recreating outdoors in winter. For me, that usually means at least 7 different zipped neck collars, not to mention a neck gaiter, to get in my way — something that can be quite annoying when ice climbing, let me tell you. With their new Alpha IS Jacket, Arc’teryx hopes you can now ditch a layer or two by combining your insulation layer(s) with your outer shell into a single garment.

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Julbo Reaches Back Into The Vault

Julbo Vermont

From its headquarters high in the Jura Mountains of France, where the company was founded in 1888, three generations have directed Julbo’s evolution from manufacturer of corrective lenses to global producer of protective eyewear for all active outdoor pursuits. With the brand’s rich history in alpine-mountaineering, high-altitude and glacier exploration optics, it reaches back into the vault to re-release some of the most famous styles for 2017.

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