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Alpine Wear Guide

When climbing during winter, you are exposed to strong cold winds and sub freezing temperatures. To survive in these harsh conditions, highly technical outdoor garments are a necessity.

By re-imagining what this parka could be we allowed ourselves to carefully select unique materials equipped to execute specific tasks yielding an exciting hybrid design. This formidable alpine outer shell that has never been lighter or more focused on moving comfortably in an alpine setting. The body of the Dyna Action features the superior breathability and compressibility of lightweight 2.5 layer Paclite® material, while the sleeves and shoulders benefit from the excellent stretch of 3 layer GORE-TEX® C-Knit technology. The delicate balance of performance values achieved in this parka make it ideal for winter pursuits that require dynamic movement like ice climbing or ski mountaineering. As a bonus the lightweight, versatile nature of this shell means it doesn't have to live in your closet during milder seasons. It's equally valuable during the variable conditions of Spring and Fall or the sudden rains of Summer.

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Pumori Parka is loaded with necessary features for winter mountaineering as well as features which women will appreciate, such as a detachable makeup guard, which can be easily washed.

This burly hard-shell is built to stand up to the toughest alpine conditions. A proven choice for professional mountain guides, the stream parka excels in the face of inclement mountain weather. By combining a durable outer fabric with a GORE-TEX® Pro laminate, this jacket boasts superior performance when serious protection is a must. Pockets are positioned so as not to interfere with a harness and can easily accommodate thick gloves or goggles. The thoughtful design of this parka is intended reduce the stresses of constant movement and keep you performing comfortably all day.

Though this item is great for entry level users, it continues to be a favorite of seasoned alpinists who covet its ability to stand up to extreme conditions. The Freney Parka flaunts a fabric with excellent abrasion resistance and tear strength married to a Gore-Tex membrane to help keep the elements at bay. Cut for layering and laden with handy features such as a helmet compatible hood, built-in powder skirt, and adjustable hem and cuffs this hard shell is ideal for the value conscious winter enthusiast. The Freney Parka is perfect for backcountry ski missions and suitable for the occasional winter climb, but not too much gear for other "milder" year-round cold weather activities.

The Cosmic Parka is now more stellar than ever, featuring Montbell's proprietary Stretch DRY-TEC™ material for unsurpassed mobility in the backcountry. The outer layer is knit for a soft, supple feel, while also providing mechanical stretch for unparalleled movement. Made using one piece of fabric, the body, shoulders, and sleeves down to the elbows are lined with a brushed polyester to provide that extra little bit of warmth when moving in the backcountry. The Cosmic Parka is ideal when used in a cold weather layering system and suited to surroundings that tend to be vertical nature.

This parka is ideal for snow sports and other active pursuits. The shell features a unique waterproof/breathable fabric with excellent breathability, keeping you comfortable and dry. Incorporates EXCELOFT®, which provides excellent heat retention despite its thin form, achieves simultaneous mobility and warmth. Features a range of essential features for snow sports such as pit zips.

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Women's model is loaded with necessary features for winter mountaineering as well as features which women will appreciate, such as a detachable makeup guard, which can be easily washed.

The Powder Step Parka is our stripped down ski jacket. Developed using our proprietary waterproof breathable material DRY-TEC™ and 50g of our proprietary synthetic insulation EXCELOFT®, this jacket is prime for skiing in conditions typical of the Pacific Northwest and Western skiing. While this may not be an appropriate option for conditions on the "Ice Coast," it may be possible to layer accordingly, but we are not making any promises. Features of the Powder Step include a helmet compatible hood, 2 zippered hand pockets, 1 zippered chest pocket for stashing away a snack or map of the mountain and a zippered pocket at the wrist for securing your RFID ski pass.

The calling card of this mid-weight softshell is its versatility. Stretchy, yet durable, the Snow Banshee allows excellent mobility and "all day" comfort. The integration of our CLIMABARRIER™ technology gives this all mountain hoodie stellar resistance to cold alpine winds, while gaping pit zips allow for ample venting if the sun happens to appear. Cut for layering and designed to function as a key part of any alpine climbing or backcountry ski kit.

These lightweight pants were developed to withstand activities such as traversing mountains over 3,000 meters high in winter, and for use by professionals such as mountain guides. It is made with GORE-TEX PRO, which has amazing breathability and durability. With a stable, nice fit that makes it easy to move in, this item is great for ice climbing or snowshoeing.

Revised for Fall/Winter of 2019, the Multi Trouser Pants are taking a slightly different approach moving forward. We envision the Multi Trousers being a pant capable of tackling a variety of alpine pursuits. The inner gaiters have been eliminated and we made other tweaks to the size of the pants to reduce weight by 200 grams. Although the edge gaurd hasn't been replaced, it has gotten smaller and we now see it protecting your pants from missteps with crampons. Still made using Montbell's original waterproof breathable fabric DRY-TEC™, we've incorporated a little bit of stretch and some slight articulation to make it somewhat more pleasant when slogging through knee deep snow.

These pants were designed with snow sports in mind, such as skiing and snowshoeing. With just the right amount of Thinsulate™ lining, these pants perfectly balance warmth without being too bulky. Made with Montbell's original waterproof breathable fabric, DRY-TEC™, these pants have just the right amount of stretch for mobility and the knees have also been articulated for better movement. With features like ventilation zippers, inner gaiters and wide edge guards, the DRY-TEC™ Insulated Pants are an excellent choice for your winter backcountry pursuits.

Versatility and comfort is the name of the game when it comes to tackling the challenges of the backcountry in an alpine setting. The Roche Pants are superb whether enjoying a peaceful snowshoe, gliding the AT skis thru a secret stash of powder, or quite possibly perfect for a lightning fast cool weather mountain ascent. The durable, yet air permeable soft shell fabric provides all day comfort and mobility without completely sacrificing resistance to wind and light precipitation. Cut to allow for seasonal layering these pants are a cool to cold weather workhorse.

Highly technical materials and construction to withstand harsh winter environments

Utilizes highly technical waterproof/breathable fabric. Comes in handly throughout the year with layering adjustment.

With Lining


The brushed lining on the inside of the parka increases comfort due to its heat retaining properties, but unlike insulation or other liners, doesn’t increase the jacket’s overall weight too dramatically.

With Insulation


Shell featuring insulation for excellent heat retention
Incorporates Montbell's synthetic insulation, EXCELOFT, which won't lose its insulating properties when wet, or Thinsulate™, a thin yet warm synthetic insulation.

Anti-Glisse Friction Weave

The Anti-Glisse Friction Weave is a specialized nylon fabric, a critical feature for our alpine garments. Twists in individual threads lead to a wavy micro-crimped fabric surface that helps slow a slide and limits snow adhesion to keep the user drier and warmer.

Waterproof / Breathable material

Encountering snow storms while climbing in winter can possibly bring about hypothermia for those unprepared for the conditions, so choosing the right garment is absolutely crucial for alpine pursuits. The waterproof/breathable fabrics, such as GORE-TEX®, STRETCH DRY-TEC®, DRY-TEC®, are highly technical materials which shed wind, rain, and snow, yet effectively release built up moisture within the garment.

Soft Shell material

CLIMABARRIER®


CLIMABARRIER is an ultra-light film with the ability to shield you from wind but still allow some measure of breathability. In this application we have bonded the membrane to a brushed fleece lining for extra warmth and comfort. Additionally, a light weight hard-faced fabric with Durable Water Repellant is used for the outer layer to enhance durability and disperse moisture.

CLIMA PRO


Offering the perfect balance between lightness and warmth, CLIMA PRO fleece provides two times the windstopping ability of regular fleece. A water-repellent treatment on the surface helps the fleece to shed rain and snow, so you stay drier on the outside. This treatment does not interfere with the fabric's ability to breath, however, so you stay drier on the inside too.

Insulating material

EXCELOFT®


Uses a three-dimensionally crimped construction to achieve our warmest polyester insulation. By crimping the large hollow polyester fibers and weaving super micro polyester fibers & micro polyester fibers, we create multiple air strata and maximize loft. EXCELOFT® is as warm as down and dries far faster, making it simple to maintain and ideally suited to wetter climates.

Thinsulate™


The original warmth without bulk insulation. Inch for inch no insulation keeps you warmer than Thinsulate™ insulation. When you compare equal thicknesses, Thinsulate™ insulation provides up to twice the warmth of other high-loft insulating materials and nearly one and a half times the warmth of down.