The Return Of The Onesie

Airblaster Ninja Suit

Once an iconic symbol of the neon-obsessed 80s, the onesie is making a bit of a comeback. From baselayers to full outerwear ensembles, outdoor brands are gradually bringing the style back. And for good reason.

The benefits of onesies are pretty self evident–they keep you warm and dry and are extremely comfortable to wear. No more bunching of fabric or the chance of exposed skin. When powder skiing or even participating in snow sports in general, cold, wet snow has no way of finding its way down your pants.

While the premise remains the same, gone are the days of having to fully undress to take a “comfort break”. Thankfully, most onesies have been artfully designed with full drop seats and fly openings for men.

Some of our favorites on display at Outdoor Retailer and ISPO came from Peak Performance (made from Gore-Tex C-Knit), Lolë (super stylish), and Icebreaker. Part of the new BodyfitZone baselayer line, Icebreaker’s Zone One Sheep Suit ($200) features heat dumping zones made from eyelet mesh to offer better breathability and minimize sweat buildup.

This winter, I have been rocking the camo Ninja Suit. At first I was worried about the whole bathroom break with a harness on issue but Airblaster took the zippered drop seat one step further by integrating an almost full length waist zipper (350 degrees) instead. A small section holds the top and bottom pieces together but gives you more than enough leverage to do what you need to do. And the zipper is so much easier to operate at waist level than something at your seat or even snaps.

The Ninja Suit comes in two versions–merino wool ($189.99) and a 4-way stretch wicking Air Tech fabric ($129.99). I found for the mild winter we had this year, that the midweight poly/Lycra version offered more than enough warmth. You can choose an Airblaster onesie with or without a hood, and the variety of wild colors and prints make them endlessly fun to wear.

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