Being somewhat of an outerwear fanatic, my friend Claudia and I had a recent discussion on the hype of GORE-TEX with such brands as Northface, Idiom, WTAPS, Visvim and Arc'teryx. I trust her judgement as one should with someone that serves the Swiss Alps ski patrol team for six months out of the year. She filled me in on their tech gear, uniforms and the greatness that is Norrøna. The Norwegian outfitter offers the most resilient materials but in an understated form. You can catch me riding dirty this winter at your local mountain, hollerrr.

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