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Alpine Apparel 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.

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.

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.

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.

This insulated hard shell employs Thinsulate® thru the core of the garment for additional warmth. Being lightly insulated gives the Droites Parka great versatility and makes it ideal for highly active winter pursuits. Additionally, the GORE-TEX® membrane shuts out the elements to keep you drier and more comfortable. Designed with core vents, articulation, fully adjustable, and cut for layering this mid-weight parka is the ideal focal point of your winter season kit.

The Ideal parka for your next winter adventure the Charmoz parka sports EXCELOFT® synthetic insulation throughout and a waterproof shell to keep you warm and dry. The anti grease nylon outer fabric fends off snow while the waterproof zippers keep you and your belongings protected. A waterproof sleeve pocket is conveniently positioned to keep you must have items close at hand.

The Cosmic Parka is now more stellar than ever, featuring Montbell's proprietary Stretch DRYTEC 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.

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.

Made using Montbell's original waterproof breathable fabric, these pants have excellent stretch and are slightly articulated. This combination of qualities makes the Multi Trousers extremely flexible, perfect for dynamic movements required by winter sports. Though the Multi Trousers have a number of technical features like inner spats and edge guards, the low profile look of the pants means you won't get strange looks when walking through town after a day in the backcountry.

Clean and to the point design make these water proof breathable pants the ticket when heading for the backcountry. We loaded these pants with features, but kept and eye on the grams to keep you Light & Fast for any of the 4 seasons.

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

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 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.


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


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.


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.