Technical Yet Affordable Backcountry Ski Gear

Strafe Outerwear Backcountry Ski Gear

New Colorado company Strafe Outerwear is fast making friends within the local backcountry ski community. Boasting a baggy, more youthful style, Strafe is targeting those younger men who don't want to dress like their dads or may not have a ton of cash to drop on a new ski jacket or ski pants every season.

Launched two years ago, Strafe Outerwear is headquartered at the base of Aspen Highlands, providing the perfect testing ground for the company's line of technical snowsports apparel. After a futile search for light, breathable, yet affordable backcountry ski gear, 24 year-old twins John and Peter Gaston decided to create their own collection.

The Strafe ski gear line uses a DWR treated, three-layer Gelanots Softshell fabric with waterproof membrane in each of the pieces. The Nomad Jacket ($350), Nomad Pants ($300), and Sickbird Suit ($600) provide the ultimate in storm protection for any mountain environment. 

Features include helmet compatible hoods with 3-point adjustment, media pockets with wire routing, and mesh skin pockets. Pit and thigh zips provide advanced venting options for when you are hiking or skinning up the mountain. Wrist and boot gaiters, along with a removable powder skirt, help keep the snow out as you shred downhill. 

Strafe currently operates a showroom at the base of Highlands and also sells directly online. The Gaston twins are hoping to get the word out about Strafe beyond the local Aspen community so more young skiers can benefit from their technical yet affordable backcountry ski gear. 


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