Flylow Gear: Top Quality, Affordable And Stylish Winter OuterwearFebruary 20th, 2013 By Adam Broderick
Flylow Gear makes top-quality ski and snowboard equipment for both in-bounds shredders and backcountry advocates. In fact, they fill the gap between the two so you can wear the same gear no matter where you adventure. They use their own waterproof membrane – in Layman’s terms, it’s the Flylow version of Gore-Tex. This keeps their prices down, as opposed to more expensive brands that have to charge extra for the Gore-Tex stamp. Flylow’s “beat-it-up” soft goods range from down puffy coats and mid-layers to hardshell pants, and even gloves, hats and beanies. For modern, affordable ski clothing with style that functions even better than it looks, Flylow Gear is the way to go.
As a backcountry snowboarder (splitboarder), Flylow Stash Pants are ideal for me: cross-flow venting, elastic waistline with Velcro so I can leave my belt at home, Cordura cuffs that withstand my splitboard edges and binding friction, as durable as I could hope for, cargo ‘stash’ pockets for gloves, beanie or a dog leash, and a comfortable fit yet not so baggy that they slow me down or make annoying “woosh-woosh” sounds as they rub together on the uphill. They’re also great in-bounds and waterproofed well so I don’t get soaked on wet days riding chairlifts in the Sierras.
The Quantum is Flylow’s most technical, durable jacket with a generous cut to fit a thick mid-layer or carry extra goodies internally. It’s fully waterproof and has pit-zips that are easy to reach under pack straps, so you don’t have to stop during the climb to ventilate. This Flylow hardshell jacket has a removable powder skirt, which are great at the resort, but many of us will agree making it removable comes in clutch on backcountry tours when comfort and weight are prime factors. On the inside you’ll find great stash pockets that fit climbing skins, goggles, gloves and more.
The Magnum BC is a stellar softshell ski pant with a water-resistant outer and a little bit of spandex that adds stretch. That stretch, plus an easy-access cargo pocket that fits a beanie or gloves, make trekking uphill much less strenuous. The elastic waistline with Velcro straps is also key in the backcountry, eliminating the need for a belt that can pinch at the waist or cause gaps for cold air to enter or warm air to escape. The Flylow Magnum pant is a hybrid between hard and soft shells, and comes with Cordura cuffs and knees to resist abrasion, plus vents on both sides of the legs so you can cross-vent when you’re working hard.
Protect your dome (and natty dreads) on cold powder days with this Flylow beanie. It’s got some extra room on top for big hair (and big egos). It’s super comfortable and obviously has style leaking out the pores. If you’re not into helmets, rock this puppy on the hill. Or just keep it in your back pocket when you’re roaming the streets or cruisin’ for a bruisin’.
Flylow did a wicked-good job on this puffy coat. It’s thick and warm so you can wear it when you’re just chilling around a winter campfire, but still compact enough that it fits under a hardshell on really, really cold days on the mountain. With stitching that penetrates all the way through they were able to use less material, so it’s lightweight and packs down small. The collar covers the chin and has a soft interior so you don’t chafe from friction, and you can cinch down the hood with draw-cords that are easy to grab with thick gloves on. Generals drop bombs, and the General’s Down Hoody is definitely bomber.
The owner of Flylow and his girl came into the shop recently to blow off their ABS Avalanche Airbag Packs. They also dropped off a sixer of some cold brews, which we’d like to thank them again for. ABS recommends that you pull your trigger once per year just to make sure everything deploys correctly, in case your bag was stored somewhere it could have been damaged, like in your attic where critters could get in and chew on cables or puncture the airbags.
Whether you’re lapping the terrain park on a spring day or traversing a seemingly endless range in mid-winter, Flylow Gear makes the soft goods to get you there comfortably, keeping you dry and warm all the way. And in the rare case that you need support from Ski Patrol or Search & Rescue, you’re going to look pretty darn good during upon evacuation.
Flylow Gear Stash Pant – Men’s
Flylow Gear Swindler Jacket – Men’s
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