Orage has once again hit a home run by collaborating with one of their marquee athletes, Xavier Bertoni, on his 2011-2012 pro model jacket. With a unique design, multiple in your face color ways and tip-top quality, here's a few reasons why you'll be seeing this jacket all over the place this winter...
I've been wearing Orage jackets for as long as I can remember, and there's a host of good reasons why. They keep you warm, dry and most of all comfortable. What else would you expect from one of the premier outerwear brands in the sport who test their product in the coldest confines of my home country of Canada.
I like this color scheme more than the other four options that are available, as it stands out (which I like), and looks like a Christmas tree (and who doesn't like Christmas trees?). If this one isn't your cup of tea though, check out the other color ways here: http://www.orage.com/ca/en/aum0035.html
Also, like with most Orage jackets, this coat comes with a ton of bells and whistles, like a Xavier Bertoni voodoo doll in the goggle pocket (which seems kind of silly and like it's there for no reason, but it actually does a great job of sucking up moisture from the inside of your goggle) and three condom pockets...because you never know when you're going to score in a gondola.
I love the fit of this coat. At 5'9, I always have a hard time figuring out if I should wear a Large or XL when it comes to outerwear, as sizing can vary drastically from company to company. In this jacket I rock the XL, and it comes about halfway between my waist and knees, so I don't look like a gangsta or a gaper. It's not too wide either, as some XL coats that aren't 'tall fitting' tend to be, which is an added bonus...because no one wants to look fat.
This jacket is tough as nails. I don't have a single ounce of wear and tear on it and spent the better part of last winter skiing in it all over the world in every condition imaginable, from -20 C mornings in Iceland to the unfortunate torrential downpours that plagued the glacier in Whistler in this summer. It really doesn't get much better than this.