For Fall 2011, Sierra Designs is launchcing a new line of technical gloves, jackets and a skirt designed to complement anything you would do in cold weather.
First the gloves. From skiing to climbing, Sierra Designs blended a variety of shell materials, leathers and insulations to keep your hands warm and comfortable:
Enforcer: For the extremist backcountry skier, boarder or mountaineer in search or cold air and deep snow, this glove is made with waterproof/breathable Tropozone inserts to keeps hands dry and comfortable. Thinsulate insulation adds extra warmth; fused seams in the fingers add durability and leather palms and fingers ensure dexterity. A little on the large side so that they can be used with liners. $109
Bootlegger: Best suited for long, cold days in the upper elevations, this glove combines Thinsulate insulation in the palm and back for warmth with a Polyester softshell outer for excellent breathability and dexterity. Deerskin leather palms and fingers give extra durability and the padded knuckles add protection. A good glove for the sidecountry enthusiast or one who prefers to stay inbounds. $99
Transporter: A glove for the in between season when it’s spring and you can still ski and ice climb. Made with a combination of softshell polyester and leather, this is a non-insulated but has plenty of padding and dexterity for wielding an ice ax or skiing rugged terrain. $79
Masher: A three-season performer made with water-resistant and breathable laminated fleece with leather reinforcement in the palm, thumb, and fingertips. A good glove for handling ropes and scrambling up rocks or for tamer activities such as hiking, biking or commuting. $59
Smuggler: Use this as a liner on cold days or to keep your mitts warm while hiking or running in cool weather. The Smuggler has seven silicone grip zones, to make this a nice technical glove to keep a secure grip on tools and poles. $35
In the outerwear department, look for:
Sonic Outlaw softshell jacket: A high-performance jacket with four-way stretch softshell material made with Cocona to create a water-resistant, breathable shell. The jacket also features a removable snow skirt and-fully adjustable helmet compatible hood. To make sure your range of motion isn’t compromised, Sierra Designs’ Condor Construction places an elongated panel under the arm for unrestricted movement. Expect plenty of pockets and a Recco avalanche rescue system. Available in men’s and women’s versions, $299
Savage jacket: A mix of 100 percent polyester fur and polyester fleece, the Savage is a technical softshell that cools through non-insulated areas during high exertion activities and retains heat during times of low exertion (like skiing and riding a chairlift). The Savage is water resistant and breathable with side seam vents that zip from the hem for use with a climbing harness. $189
Gnar skirt: I’ve been waiting for this for a few seasons now. The Gnar skirt is insulated with light and compressible 650-fill down and buttons to wear over tights or skinny jeans. A nice après ski skirt when all you want to do is rip off your ski pants and relax in the lodge after a day of skiing. I also see these as good for wearing around town, shopping or to and from the gym. Like the Gnar jacket, it is super compressible and will fit into any gym or yoga bag. Not many things make me squeal; this did. $99
Gnar vest: For both men and women, a sleek and warm 650-fill down vest to pair under the Sonic Outlaw or the Savage when the days are long and cold and the winds kick up. Also nice as a solo piece when it’s not so cold.
Long Flex jacket: The Flex jacket is arguably one of my favorite pieces from Sierra Designs. It is warm and moves with you and has an overall flattering look. New for Fall is a longer version with the same Flex technology you can’t help but love. $269