Fall 2013 Tech Outerwear First Concept Prototypes Hit the Snow


With all of the resorts in North America quickly closing down, the Oakley Field Testing crew shot up to Whistler Blackcomb for some spring shred and ski to test the first concept prototypes for the Fall 2013 technical outerwear line. Testers put a lot of consideration into the new line dialing in all of the new innovative designs and features Oakley is bringing to the table in the upcoming seasons. Testing conditions ranged in terrain, weather, and snow conditions, making for a great trip.

With men and women, skiers and snowboarders, backcountry goers and park riders, professionals and amatuers, we were able to test the new line in every scenario. PRS Athlete Sean Pettit came out to test out his new kit while taking laps through the park. Including all styles of snow riding helped everyone collaboratively come up with great conclusions to improving the designs.

Day one of testing was kicked off with a boot pack up to the saddle of Blackcomb Glacier. Even though temperatures were high, everyone had a great opportunity to test articulation and functions of the 2013 technical gear. Venting systems were put to the test, especially in the insulated line. Having vents while hiking up and skiing down the corn snow was imperative for regulating body temperatures.

At the end of the week, the team spent a lot of time going over all of the feedback. We all put our heads together to make slight improvements to the new designs. By perfecting details in the fits and functions, once again Oakley has proven itself to be a top competitor in technical outerwear, making a complete line of outerwear that has a little something for everyone.