Polartec Gift Guide

Alpinist Edition

The holiday season is the perfect time to upgrade one’s kit. Whether you know a ski bum, a hardcore trekker, or someone who prefers the ascent, help the alpinist in your life reach their peak with a Polartec gift to remember!

1 Strafe Alpha Hooded Insulator

Strafe - Alpha Hooded Insulator in Men’s and Women’s

The pinnacle of "put it on keep it on", Strafe’s Alpha Hooded Insulator is built for temperature regulation during varying intensities of activity and weather in the mountains. It’s designed with lightweight, stretchy, and quick-drying Polartec® Alpha® active insulation, a fabric technology built for trekking, touring, and other alpine activities. If the jacket can win Backcountry Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for 2022, it can win your buddy’s choice for 2022 as well.

2 Bonfire Apex 3 L Stretch Jacket

Bonfire - Apex Polartec NeoShell 3L Stretch Jacket

Bonfire has long shaped snowboarding culture in the Pacific Northwest with gear that blends elements of streetwear and outdoor styles. The Apex 3L Stretch Jacket is a premium outer layer designed with light and stretchy Polartec® NeoShell®, the world’s most breathable waterproof fabric. Anyone looking to up their slope game will love this jacket. Why? Because its three-layered construction is built to keep you comfortable and dry inside and out. This is one of the best snow jackets you can give.

3 Stio Basis Power Wool Base Layers

Stio - Basis Power Wool Base Layers

Just like a mountain, a good foundation can make all the difference. Stio has an awesome collection of base layers for men and women made with Polartec® Power Wool™, a fabric technology built for cold pursuits whether it’s on foot or ski. The Basis collection places ultra-fine, natural merino wool next-to-skin to wick moisture, and a synthetic exterior for added strength and durability. This collection features a crew sweater, tights, boxer, gaiter, and other accessories designed to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable.

4 Black Crows Ora Body Map Jacket and Pants

Black Crows - Ora Body Map Jacket and Pant

For your one ski friend who’s trying to make it big, the French Freeski brand, Black Crows, combines design and performance to meet the demanding needs of pro athletes. The Ora Body Map Jacket/Pant combo features a durable ripstop fabric exterior and Polartec® Alpha® Direct next-to-skin for advanced thermoregulation, meaning you won’t overheat in the middle of a session. It also has pockets for days. This is the perfect gift set for anyone looking for a full upgrade to their kit from top-to-bottom.

6 Karpos Marmarole Tech Jacket

Karpos - Marmarole Tech Jacket

When picking out a premium mountaineering piece, why not listen to the brand based at the foot of the dolomites? The Marmarole Tech Jacket is a vintage reinterpretation of a legendary Karpos jacket made with real duck down and Polartec® Thermal Pro® sleeves. The advanced fleece fabric provides an incredibly high warmth-to-weight ratio and a high pile style reminiscent of classic shearling. A great combination of warmth and style.

5 FW Apparel Source Power Air Crew

FW - Source Power Air crew - MDL

FW (Future Wild) strives for sustainability and progress design in their products, so it’s no surprise they chose Polartec® Power Air™ for their cold-weather crew neck. Power Air is an evolution of warm and wicking fleece that sheds 5x less microfibers than other mid-layers. With a sleek cut and set-in sleeves, this crewneck moves as you do thanks to 4-way stretch. It’s a fantastic mid-layer for cross-training and layering through the deep winter.

7 Dynafit Free Alpha Direct Jacket

Dynafit - Free Alpha Direct Jacket

For your indecisive friend, Dynafit blurs the lines between insulating jacket, fleece, and softshell with the Free Alpha Direct Jacket, giving you the best of everything. Polartec® Alpha Direct® fabric’s advanced breathability and warmth make an ascent to a perfect line all the easier. The jacket is lightweight and provides constant warmth as you make the trek up the mountain. It’s knit with 100% recycled PET bottles and treated with PFC-free DWR for extra durability and water repellency.

8 Reusch Garhwal Hybrid Touch Tec Gloves

Reusch - Garhwal Hybrid Touch-TEC

The kindest way to say “get a grip” to your buddy is by gifting them this pair of Reusch gloves. The Garwahl Hybrid Touch-TEC featured Polartec® Alpha®, a comfortably warm and breathable fabric on the backhand, and Polartec® Power Dry® on the palm side for perfect moisture management. It combines two incredible fabric technologies to keep your hands warm and dry on the mountain, outside, or on a shivering cold day. Not to mention touch screen compatibility for optimal selfie time.

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