DRÍFA considers safety and style in equal measure when designing its snow gear. The Australian outerwear brand has launched a series of snow jackets and pants featuring lightweight, removable padding made from a similar compound to that found in Rugby headgear and it’s inserted in critical areas to protect elbows, hips and tailbones. DRÍFA says its padded gear makes it easier for skiers and boarders to find their limits.
DRÍFA pronounced Dah-ree-fer, develops gear suitable for temperatures dropping to minus 30C, so the most extreme conditions still ideal for sport. The removable padding is included on select items. There’s no need to purchase any as additional accessories.
The snow gear includes two jacket styles: The 2 Layer Andean Jacket and 2 Layer Chough Jacket, both waterproof and breathable made to Japanese standards. Across the jackets are features like waterproof zippers sourced from YKK AquaGuard, underarms vents, pass holders and more pockets than you would ever need. The removable padding is found within the elbows because snow can be unforgiving. Each pad weighs just 20 grams.
For your lower half, DRÍFA has the Andean and Chough pants. Likewise, these pants are built tough with waterproofing, insulation and vents. There’s also a pants-to-jacket connection for minimising that cold air, snow and water from connecting with your midriff. Both snow pant styles have a removable pad at the rear for protecting your tailbone and another two at the hips.
The DRÍFA range also extends off of the slopes, to the lodge and beyond. The black Duck Down Jacket contains a feather mix body-mapped with Driheat technology to keep you warm in the coldest of conditions while compressing for slim storage. It’s also waterproof and breathable with a drawcord at the hem.
Finally, there’s a modest range of tees. These guys are made from polyester instead of cotton as it’s superior for wicking away sweat and moisture, which is useful in all cold weather situations.
With helmets becoming a staple of the slopes, it makes a lot of sense to protect other parts of your body. The best part of DRÍFA’s protective layering is that no one knows you’re wearing it.
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