When you are out on the hill, in all sorts of weather, day in day out you want to be in good kit to keep you warm, dry and comfortable.
We also wanted to make sure the jackets were both blue, tying in with our instructors’ uniforms. It’s important to us that our trainees feel part of the team.
That is why we have partnered with Planks Clothing to give all of our Residential Gap students a training jacket that not only looks good but works well too. So here you go (drum roll please)…introducing your new training jacket!
For the guys: Yeti Hunter
This lightweight technical shell is incredibly waterproof and breathable. This means on those really snowy days you will stay dry. But when your trainers are pushing you to the max the breathability will prevent you building up too much of a sweat.
The other bonus of a shell is that you can choose your layering underneath. You can make sure you are the perfect temperature no matter what the weather. We recommend a down/ puffer jacket to wear underneath on colder days, and fewer layers when the spring weather arrives.
With triple-layered fabric, this is one of the warmer shells on the market. With taped seams, underarm vents, helmet compatible hood and removable powder skirt this jacket really does have everything you need. The large pockets include specific well placed storage for lift passes and goggles. We’ve been advised by last years students that you have plenty of room for a sandwich or pain au choc in the large chest pockets too!
Looks-wise we have opted for the classic navy version. This versatile colour will go with almost any ski pant and the white contract zips add a really contemporary finish.
For the Ladies: Good Times Jacket
The Good Times jacket features a light layer of insulation so is warmer than the men’s shell, but still highly breathable and waterproof.
With double-layered fabric and fully taped seams this jacket will keep you cosy even during the cold January snap. When the spring comes in March you can use the underarm vents to prevent yourself getting too warm on tough training days.
Also featuring a helmet-compatible hood, adjustable hem and cuffs and removable powder skirt, you can really make this jacket work for you. And fear not – no annoyingly small girly pockets feature on this number. Large chest pockets with aquaguard zips and an interior smartphone pocket will keep all your valuables safe, and the spacious front pockets also have plenty of space for your lunch and snacks if you don’t want to take a bag up the hill.
Again, we have gone for a classic navy finish. With a flattering shape this jacket is still a lose fit meaning your movements won’t be restricted while you train.
Even if you aren’t joining us this winter, you can benefit from one of the above jackets. Planks was born in Val D’Isere, and we love supporting a local brand. Check out their full website here. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!