Doing battle with black diamonds this winter means swapping your corporate suit for some waterproof armor. The Aether Altitude ($675) has the technical features to protect you from the slings and arrows of an outrageous fall line, September through May.
The jacket’s three-layer Schoeller C_change fabric dynamically adjusts water vapor permeability as the temperature changes, keeping you warmer as things cool down, and cooler as they heat up. That means no more “swamp thing” inside your parka after an intensive run. Given the ergonomic fit, the jacket is packed with features: weatherproof zippers, an adjustable hood large enough to fit over a ski or climbing helmet, pit zip vents, and an interior pocket with a gasket for your earbud cord.
If off-piste is more your style, the removable snow skirt snaps into Aether’s Apex pants ($375), available separately. And if you truly live on the (cornice) edge, the garment has a Recco locator/reflector which responds to transmitters carried by avalanche rescue teams for finding your snow-buried self. All together, this is too much jacket for the bunny hill, so if stem Christies are more familiar then short-radius carved, maybe it’s time for a couple lessons before clicking buy.
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