Making it happen in the EURO LOW SNOW Year

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Somehow, I am loving one of the driest winters I have ever had. Constant 20 below temperatures here in the Alps have only frost nipped my toes once. Three to four weeks of high pressure have fine-tuned my windboard skiing technique. And you know what, it’s been fun as hell when you have the right gear.

The Oakley Primed bibs and ski jacket have been excellent. They have to be Oakley’s best product so far for the type of skiing done here in the French Alps. Lean and functional, they are light and still weatherproof. The jacket hood is among the best I have used – the same with the cuffs. The bib pants have a slimmer fit around the ankles – so I don’t have to worry too much about my crampons catching the pant.

Yesterday, I went on a little ski on the sunny side of the valley to the Pouce in the Aiguille Rouge. The small booter up was actually in the sun and warm – finally. The ventilation zips on the bibs were perfect and easily accessible. I found a few patches of good snow on the north side, and skied down the riverbed to have a beer at the train station.

The only comment I have for improvement is a two-way zipper in the front to make access easier (especially in a harness). A pocket somewhere on the bib would be nice for easy access with a harness as well. Finally, I am usually between a small and medium, and glad I downsized to keep a slimmer profile for use in the backcountry.

All in all, this has to be Oakley’s best technical piece. Good work guys. Hope to ski with you soon.
Mark.