Go Well... Go Shell
Lyndell from Powderhounds.com -We recently asked Lyndell to outlines why she loves her Pure shell jacket and pants.
On our recent research trip to Japan, I realised that I had a lot of decisions to make each day before going out out skiing. Depending on where we were going, the level of activity we might be doing, and the weather, I had to decide on important things. Which goggles to wear? Which jacket to wear? Which pants to wear? Do I need the backpack with full avi gear? Skins for hiking? Tough job making all these decisions I know!
At least when it came to deciding on which jacket to wear, life was a little easier because when I ski overseas I only pack shell jackets. Each day, I only had to decide on the sort of colour mood I was in! The Pure shell jackets were ideal because they’re lightweight and compact to pack in the luggage, so I could fit in more than one jacket. We were on the road for 8 weeks and I didn’t want to get bored wearing the same jacket everyday!
Being light was also important for days when I was skinning up a mountain, because the shell jacket generally went into my day backpack. Every gram counted when I was trudging up the hill! However there were also a couple of brutal weather days in Central Hokkaido where it was dumping with snow and I needed to leave the shell jacket on whilst skinning to stay dry. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do this with a padded thick ski jacket on.
As I usually carried a backpack with avalanche safety gear most days, I also preferred wearing a shell jacket so that I could layer up and down depending on the temps, how strenuous the skiing or skinning was, whether I’d be sitting on a miserably cold chair lift or have protection from the elements in a nice gondola (or snowcat). Most days I just wore a couple of merino layers under my Pure shell jacket, but on a couple of super cold days, I added a down puffer jacket under my shell. Luckily the jacket has plenty of stretch, so the puffer fit no problems (I even had plenty of room to eat a massive katsu curry lunch!).
In addition to many very snowy days, we also scored a few amazing bluebird days. One day we went out heli skiing with Hokkaido Backcountry Club and there wasn’t a breath of wind or a cloud in the sky. This was definitely a day where I only needed one merino layer under the shell jacket and had the pits unzipped.
Another of my decisions each day was “which pants to wear” because I took two pairs of Pure pants with me to Japan; Eiger shell pants and an insulated pair - the 'Remarkables'. I could very happily have only worn shell pants because they were so functional and super comfortable, but I love the colour (Tropic) of my insulated pants.
Typically on fine weather days or those where we were mainly just riding inside the resort, I wore my 'Remarkables' insulated pants, whilst on storm riding days when there was powder flying everywhere, I loved wearing the Eiger shell pants because the overall bib ensured that I didn’t get powder in the wrong places. The Japan powder is fantastic but not when it’s down your pants!
Warmth was never an issue with the shell pants because I usually wore some nice merino thermals underneath. Getting hot and turning into a sweaty mess was typically more my problem! On some days we’d do a bit of boot packing or put the skins on to chase some fresh powder. Being able to unzip the pant legs on the ascent was an absolute god send!
Japanese food, the people, the cultural experiences, and most importantly the phenomenal powder – when can I go back to Japan?!
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