It doesn’t matter if you’re heading to Whistler for early spring powder turns or Fort Lander for the summer climbing festival; mountain style is a little different than your garden variety runway fare. Put the moonboots and sweat pants down. You’re not fooling anyone. We’ve put together a few indispensable mountain style standards, chock full of storied, quality brands, to help you blend in with the locals — unless you’re heading to any ski resort in Montana. In that case, it’s time to stock up on Wrangler and Carhartt.
Salewa Alp Trainer Boots
Salewa is a relative newcomer to the alpine trekking and mountaineering world, but their heritage stretches back to the early twentieth century with the Oberrauch family climbing business in Austria. This new line of climbing and trekking boots continues their storied tradition of excellence. Featuring vibram soles, a full kevlar rand, a cable fit system and a lightweight gore-tex pro shell, Alp Trainers are leading the wave of new ultralight hiking boots for the uncompromising adventurer. Their sticky rubber soles will keep you surefooted whether you’re on an approach hike in Red Rock or navigating the bar scene in Boulder.
Kühl The Law Pants
Born in the rugged Wasatch mountains, Kühl got its start developing alternative mountain wear. When every other manufacturer was focusing on spandex and technical designs, Kühl returned to the functional, no-frills roots of mountaineering. Featuring a proprietary cotton blend canvas, articulated knees and a reinforced seat, these pants most comfortable around town but have the functionality to take on an impromptu trek to your favorite fly-fishing stream.
Pladra Leon Shirt
Every Pladra shirt’s custom print plaid and line is selected with mountain life in mind. The Leon is no exception. Its simple, wide gingham print and suede elbow pads update the classic fishing shirt for the 21st century. With prints of Grizzlies fishing a whitewater river on the collar, yoke and cuffs, you can take a little bit of the backcountry with you, even if you spend more time exploring the boardroom than the Wind River Range.
Dale of Norway Totten Sweater
Dale’s Norwegian wool sweaters have been a staple of Scandinavian mountain and coastal towns since since 1879. We know what you’re thinking, and no, this is not your father’s ugly Christmas sweater. Utilizing a robust R&D program, Dale has pushed their merino knitting into the same realm as many technical waterproof fabrics used today. The Totten features a weatherproof membrane and flannel lining, ensuring that you stay warm and dry even when you strike out with the cute Norwegian girl from the lodge and have a long hike back to your hotel room.
Fjällräven Yupik Parka
We’re not through with the Scandinavians yet. Well known for their rucksacks and cold weather parkas, Fjällräven’s pioneering G-1000 fabric and use of down insulation brought them to the forefront of a European resurgence and finally to the U.S. in the ’70s. The Yupik Parka is equally at home on the glaciers of Greenland or the morning commute on the FDR. Rugged beard and arctic survival tips not included.