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Skirt photo via Houdini
I instantly fell for this fantastic tri-color skirt worn by Julia Mancuso after her runs in Schladming. The Swedish brand Houdini is responsible for this skirt named Sleepwalker. It is perfect to throw on over a speed suit — or more pedestrian garments such as base layer or ski pants.
By far, this is my favorite of the insulated skirts I have seen – the relaxed silhouette looks extra cozy and the styling is the hippest with a little more sass than all the others. Speaking of sass, Julia is never short on style and effortlessly owned this look.
Over the past several years, nearly everything I have found inspiring — and appealing to buy and wear myself – has been of Swedish design: Peak Performance, Hestra, Dr. Zipe and now Houdini. I like what I see and am excited to have a new apparel brand to follow. The Sleepwalker skirt is sold out this season – but will be on the top of my list next winter!
These mitts arrived for me today! I first saw Astis handmade mittens last winter in Deer Valley and was smitten. After seeing them in action on Kaylin Richardson this fall in Warren Miller’s Flow State movie, there was no putting off the inevitable.
Astis mittens are inspired by Native American handicraft, specifically the leather and beadwork of the Cree Indians. Astis is the Cree word for mitten! All mittens are hand-stitched and beaded in the USA using the finest natural and performance materials. Though it is going to take a lot to get me out of my Hestra Ski Cross gloves, I am excited to ski with the gorgeous beading and fringe!
Strafe outerwear as worn by Mac Bohannon of the US Ski Team.
This outerwear stopped me in my tracks – the clean design and construction of 3-layer hardshell technical fabric, bright red/ blue color combo with white contrast zips, new school fit, and a brand name I had never heard of – it was a powerful introduction to Strafe.
Strafe is a new outerwear company based in Aspen, Colorado – to be precise, Aspen Highlands – which let’s be honest, it doesn’t get much better for a home base. Twin brothers, John and Pete Gaston founded the company in 2009 to fill a need for technical outerwear specific in function, fit and styling for the backcountry freeskier. Perhaps no other piece embodies this objective better than Strafe’s signature Sickbird one-piece suit. With this authenticity and Highland Bowl as testing ground, I’m sold!
Back to Mac. He is a super-talented (and super-friendly) freestyle aerialist who lives in Lake Placid, New York and trains full-time at the Olympic Training Center. Aerial competition demands more sleek outerwear but Mac loves Strafe for freeskiing. Watch him in action at macbohonnon.com.