Lisa Starts Work on Her Winter Backcountry Ensemble

Post by blogger | August 17, 2007      

Getting ready for ski season means different things to different people. While Lou and Louie are tinkering with their ski tuning machine (so much for parking in the garage), I’m thinking about scoring new items for my ski outfit, and by “outfit” I mean clothing. This year I’m already as anxious for snow as a deb for her first dance — because Cloudveil set me up with test products that’ll be in shops this fall.

Cloudveil Run Don't Walk hoodie jacket.
Excellent layering: Cloudveil Run Don’t Walk hoodie (shown with hood stowed)

Last season, one of the best backcountry layers I used was a light weight performance hoodie I scored in the Aspen thrift shop. It made an excellent base layer almost every time I went out, and the thin lightweight hood came in handy numerous times since it easily fits under a helmet. (I’ve found that having a hood under, rather then over my helmet is more effective and comfortable.)

So, hoodies are on my radar. A number of companies are adding them to their lines and Cloudveil is making one I’ll be using. The Run Don’t Walk Hoodie is a medium weight, synthetic stretch top which will be perfect for a thicker winter baselayer. Thumb loops hold the sleeves down over the wrists which will be great for those powder days when snow seems to creep in everywhere. A nice long zipper gathers a cooling breeze when temperatures rise. The hood is loosely contoured so it will fit under my helmet nicely without cutting any movement. And since the hood is part of the garment, it provides the added benefit of covering the neck better than any neck gator. Oh, and how about beta for the style police? My Run Don’t Walk is a rich brown, which we all know is the new black.

Cloudveil Madison parka.
Madison backcountry skiing jacket.

To complement my stylin’ hoodie, I had to get a new jacket, right Lou? The Madison insulated jacket by Cloudveil comes in a beautiful green, has long sleeves which are a treat for my long arms and has many amenities such as ‘pod pocket with ear bud hole, removable powder skirt, and flattering fit despite the roomy outer pockets. Midpriced, stylish and technical, the Madison is a great pick. And green is fun — my new pink?

Shop here.


9 Responses to “Lisa Starts Work on Her Winter Backcountry Ensemble”

  1. Tara August 17th, 2007 11:16 am

    The search has been on for a hooded base layer with thumbholes, but alas I haven’t yet found one I liked. I’m a fan of Cloudveil, and I will definitely check out this one! Thanks for the suggestion Lisa.

  2. Lisa August 17th, 2007 11:36 am

    Cloudveil plans to introduce a light weight version of the hoodie this spring so be on the look-out for that as well. In the meantime, the midweight version will be great for winter. I also like its contoured fit. Hope it works for you.

  3. Jordan August 17th, 2007 2:58 pm

    So what about the man products?
    These look like good products, how about in an x-large?

  4. Mark August 17th, 2007 5:48 pm

    EMS has some great Polartec Powerstretch hoodies and Techwick models as well. Some seasons they have thumb holes, others they don’t. Changes almost seasonally.

  5. laseranimal August 18th, 2007 10:25 am

    I really love the EMS techwick thermos 1/4 zip tops 2 years ago had thumb holes, last years didn’t.

    They also make a great tech hoodie that I almost picked up last year, but they ran out of my sizes

  6. Lou August 20th, 2007 4:42 pm

    Jordan, get some Carhartts!

  7. Jordan August 21st, 2007 7:19 am

    Do they come with thumbholes?

  8. Mark August 22nd, 2007 7:47 pm

    Polartec Power Stretch hoody with thumb holes:

  9. Amy September 20th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Where else can I find tips from other female backcountry skiers? I am usually the only girl out with the boys. I would love more tips from other female backcountry skiers.

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