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Snow sports apparel: balancing comfort, protection and style

  • April 2016
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  • Textiles Intelligence
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  • 60 pages

Snow sports apparel is critical to ensuring that the wearer remains warm and dry in the cold and wet conditions often encountered on mountainous terrain. Significant developments have been made in recent years to ensure that waterproof, windproof and breathable snow sports apparel products are widely available. As such, the properties of breathability, water repellency and wind repellency are now considered to be basic requirements of snow sports apparel. However, consumers are also demanding snow sports apparel which is stylish, is suitable for day-to-day wear, incorporates more advanced performance properties such as light weight and stretch and is environmentally sustainable. Such demands have presented new challenges to manufacturers of snow sports apparel and their suppliers. As a result, significant developments have been made in new fibre technologies, new fabric technologies and new insulation materials. This report provides a wealth of information on various types of snow sports apparel including accessories, base layer garments, middle layer garments and outerwear garments and their style and performance characteristics. Also, the report discusses the latest trends and product developments in snow sports apparel. Furthermore, the report provides data relating to the development of snow sports, participation in snow sports, and the snow sports market.

Table Of Contents

Snow sports apparel: balancing comfort, protection and style
List of contents
SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION
SNOW SPORTS PARTICIPATION
Participation by geographical location
Participation in the USA
Ski and snowboard destinations
The Alps
USA
Japan
South Korea
China
TRENDS IN THE MARKET FOR SNOW SPORTS APPAREL AND
EQUIPMENT
The US market for snow sports apparel and equipment
The European snow sports market
Long-term prospects for the snow sports market
DEVELOPMENT OF SKIING
DEVELOPMENT OF SNOWBOARDING
DEVELOPMENT OF FASHION IN SNOW SPORTS APPAREL
Current trends
Safety
ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS AND PROPERTIES OF APPAREL
FOR SNOW SPORTS
Layering
Base layer
Middle layer
Outer layer
Key properties of snow sports apparel
Waterproofness
Windproofness
Breathability
TYPES OF APPAREL FOR SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
Jackets
Pants
Base layers
Middle layers
One-piece ski suits
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OF APPAREL FOR SKIING AND
SNOWBOARDING
ACCESSORIES WORN BY SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS
KEY SUPPLIERS TO THE SNOW SPORTS APPAREL MARKET
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS AND INNOVATIONS IN SNOW SPORTS
APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES
Insulation materials
3M: Thinsulate Featherless Insulation
Columbia Sportswear: TurboDown and TurboDown Wave
Down Decor: DownTek ZeroPFC
Hobbs Bonded Fibers: RamTect
Polartec: Polartec Alpha
PrimaLoft: PrimaLoft insulation materials
Singtex: eco2 sy
Thermore: Evodown and Thermore Thermal Booster
ThermalTech: ThermalTech fabric
Toray: 3DeFX+
Jackets
Black Yak: Hybrid Insulation Jacket
Mover: Shell Zip-in Jacket
NuDown: Mount Tallac jacket
Oros: Lukla and Orion jackets
Peak Performance: Dyedron and Milan jackets
Pyua: Breakout Y jacket
Pants
Black Diamond: Mission pants
Mammut: Alyeska GTX Pro Realization Pants
Middle layers
Norrøna: Lyngen Alpha 100 3/4 pants
Pyua: Ascend fleece jacket
Base layers
Dynafit: Performance Dryarn base layer garments
Odlo: Blackcomb Evolution Warm base layer garments
Patagonia: Merino Air Baselayer garments
X-Bionic: Fastflow underwear
Gloves
Arc'teryx: Lithic Glove
W L Gore: glove incorporating + Gore warm technology
Kjus: Men BT Glove
OUTLOOK


List of tables
Table 1: Ski industry statistics by country, 2014/15
Table 2: USA: snow sports participation, 2009/10-2014/15
Table 3: USA: ski areas by state and region, 2014/15
Table 4: USA: estimated skier and snowboarder visits, 2010/11-2014/15
Table 5: USA: winter sportswear and equipment sales, 2011/12-2014/15
Table 6: Europe: share of the value of the outdoor market at sell-in a , by country, 2014
Table 7: Key suppliers of snow sports apparel and accessories, 2016


List of figures
Figure 1: Skiwear ensemble
Figure 2: TurboDown
Figure 3: TurboDown Wave
Figure 4: Black Yak Hybrid Insulation Jacket
Figure 5: Mover Men's Shell Zip-in Jacket
Figure 6: NuDown Women's Mount Tallac jacket
Figure 7: Oros Women's Lukla jacket
Figure 8: Peak Performance Men's Dyedron jacket
Figure 9: Peak Performance Milan jacket
Figure 10: Pyua Breakout Y jacket
Figure 11: Pyua Breakout Y jacket sleeve
Figure 12: Black Diamond Mission pants
Figure 13: Mammut Alyeska GTX Pro Realization Pants
Figure 14: Norrøna women's Lyngen Alpha 100 3/4 pants
Figure 15: Pyua Ascend jacket
Figure 16: Pyua Ascend jacket mitten
Figure 17: Dynafit Performance Dryarn women's T-shirt
Figure 18: Odlo Blackcomb Evolution Warm Long Baselayer Shirt for women
Figure 19: Patagonia Merino Air Baselayer Hoody
Figure 20: X-Bionic Fastflow Shirt and Fastflow Pants for women
Figure 21: Arc'teryx Lithic Glove
Figure 22: Glove incorporating + Gore warm technology
Figure 23: Kjus Men BT Glove

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