Archive for July, 2009
High performance for the couch potato.
Hands down the ultimate thermal layering jacket. The [ak] Hybrid is a combination of synthetic fleece and synthetic quilted insulation. It’s patterned to keep your core warmer, while keeping more air-permeability in high perspiration zones. I pretty much live in this garment most of the winter. You should too.
B.C. is currently in the middle of the hottest consecutive week on record since 1880(!) It’s been over 40 degrees (c) every day. Over 300 forest fires are already burning in B.C., and I’m sure there is more to come. Check out this photo, looking north up the Pemberton valley.
The BK Insulator is a must-have. In winter I run a BK more than any other garment. It’s the go-to 6 days a week. On the -really- cold days, I even run it as my thermal layer under a Hover jacket, and it works great. It’s super buttery soft, compressible and lightweight, with premium goose-down insulation. Two hand pockets, chest pocket, lower hem cinch, and pit zips.
Remember when snowboard videos used to suck?
The new AK Hover Jacket has gone to the next level. It’s a 3L Proshell Gore-tex laminate with a high performance 70 denier Nylon face, combined with the ultralight ‘kaya’ woven backer on the inside. This jacket is ideal for backcountry use with the highest possible breathability, and two big reach across cargo pockets (fully accessible while wearing a backpack) that have external bellows, so the volume of the loaded pockets stays on the outside. You can literally put a DVcam in the pocket, and forget it’s there! This is a minimalist / purpose built high performance snowboarding shell, if you’re looking for the bells and whistles feature package, look elsewhere…
This is the best snowboarding shell on-snow for 2010.