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Snow Sports Apparel: Balancing Comfort, Protection and Style

Snow Sports Apparel: Balancing Comfort, Protection and Style

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.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
  • SNOW SPORTS PARTICIPATION
    • Participation by geographical location
      • Table Ski industry statistics by country, 2014/15
    • Participation in the USA
      • Table USA: snow sports participation, 2009/10-2014/15 ('000)
    • Ski and snowboard destinations
    • The Alps
    • USA
      • Table USA: ski areas by state and region, 2014/15
      • Table USA: estimated skier and snowboarder visits, 2010/11-2014/15
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • China
  • TRENDS IN THE MARKET FOR SNOW SPORTS APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT
    • The US market for snow sports apparel and equipment
      • Table USA: winter sportswear and equipment sales, 2011/12-2014/15 (mn)
    • The European snow sports market
      • Table Europe: share of the value of the outdoor market at sell-ina, by country, 2014 (%)
    • 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
    • Table Key suppliers of snow sports apparel and accessories, 2016
  • 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: eco2sy
    • 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

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