Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2011-12 Women's Ski Wear Review - Trend Setting Fashion, Quality, Sports Functionality At It's Best


Okay. Having skied most of North America's greatest resorts in the West here in the U.S. and in Canada over the past 30 years, I admit it. I'm a mom that's addicted to snow skiing and if all goes well, I'll be able to ski every season as long as I live. Good thing my four teens (triplets + 1 more all born within a year) and hubbie are just as enthusiastic about this winter outdoor sport and living an active and healthy lifestyle as I am. I mean, our kids all learned how to navigate the ski runs when they were toddlers and are now advanced skiers and we're hopelessly hung up as a family on downhill skiing to the point where each of us dreams about our annual family ski week trip all year long. So, when I had the opportunity to check out some of Columbia Sportswear 's newest technologically advanced, on trend women's ski wear styles for this year I was understandably stoked.
Me at home wearing Columbia's New Triple Trail Shell
Can't wait to wear on my next family ski trip to give it a complete test drive
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Columbia -- a brand that's been making sports wear for the great outdoors since 1938 -- ceases to amaze in that they continue rolling out some of the warmest, most stylish and practical ski apparel and accessories year after year. For sure, the Columbia Women's Triple Trail Shell that's new this year incorporates all the major 2011-2012 ski season fashion trends and is deservedly in the spotlight for this review because it lives up to the company's legacy of designing and manufacturing first class quality ski clothes for every member of the family
Sparkling silver hi tech jacket lining
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

Upon arrival, it became apparent that this is one ski jacket that has to be seen, touched, and tried on to truly appreciate all its assets.  Not only does this light-weight shell fit perfectly, it integrates top-of-the-line fabric on the outer coat for lasting durability with Columbia's patented Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective fiber technology on the inside lining for maximum warmth without bulk. 

Columbia's patented Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective hi tech fiber tag
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

What's more: I couldn't have been happier to have received the sassy Leapfrog style featuring my favorite colors olive green and teal blue with a splash of bright red and royal blue to create a very edgy and chic look that even my 14 year-old daughters approve of. Busy moms have to hop through all kinds of hoops to keep up with our growing families so this was a good one to ask me to try. A side note: I'm a triplet mom so I'm totally in my element with this Triple Trail style, too. But if your style happens to be more sedate, you'll be happy to know the coat reviewed comes in two other color choices: Black or Imperial (a grey/blue combo).
The front zipper pocket seems to disappear into this jacket
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

The high performance Triple Trail Shell is really versatile too, so I can see wearing this both on and off the slopes this winter. Immaculately constructed with lots of pockets inside and out, I especially like the ample adjustable hood which slides over my helmet so I can ski stylishly and safely. I also adore the Invizzip™ pocket zippers which make for a particularly sleek profile, the stretch fabric at the shoulders designed to minimize chaffing from the Ugg backpack I always carry while skiing, and strategic venting to conserve body heat -- all without restricting full range of motion while skiing fast and challenging runs with my kids. 

Thankfully it's lightweight and packable, too. This makes this ski coat ideal to bring along on our next 6-member family ski trip where car cargo space is at a premium. 

Interior pockets so deep to carry your kids' stuff
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

With a suggested retail price of $300 this is not an inexpensive jacket, but it is definitely worth the cost. If you consider it an investment anchor piece for your ski wardrobe chances are you'll enjoy this during this winter as well as for many seasons to come.

Jacket Features
  • Fabric: Shell: 100% nylon 3L Heat; 89% nylon/11% 3L Heat Cyberstretch
  • Omni-Heat thermal reflective
  • Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable fully seam sealed
  • Vented with stretch panels that zip open and closed
  • Attached, adjustable storm hood
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Waterproof zipper
  • Zip-closed side & breast pockets with Invizzip™
  • 10" deep interior pockets inside
  • Generous back length of 27.5”
  • Imported
  • Available in women's sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Price $300
Watch for another MBE review coming up soon about the luxe line of super warm, technologically advanced women's Columbia Baselayer tops and bottoms made with Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective material.
About Columbia Sportswear
Founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear Company is a leading innovator in the global outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment markets. The ski line includes a variety of items for women as well as men and kids. Columbia products are available online and in-store and in the U.S. and more than 100 countries around the world. Notably, the company has an international reputation for innovation, quality and performance making outdoor activities more enjoyable.

We'll be spending a week in Mammoth, California later in the season. How about your family? Where will you be skiing or snow boarding this winter? Please feel free to share all your own stories  and ideas for winter fun and what you like to do most with your kids outside this time of year.

FTC Disclosure: Columbia provided the ski wear mentioned in this post to facilitate the review, however this did not influence my opinions in this blogpost in any way. No other compensation was received in connection with this story. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one. 

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