If you ski, you’ve got a higher tolerance for cold than the average bear. But don’t let your pride stop you from gearing up properly for those bone-chilling days on the lift. A fully waterproof jacket with lightweight, heavy-duty insulation like the Strafe Lucky can make the difference between a great weekend and a grumbly one.
The Strafe Lucky ski jacket sports two-layer Recon membrane that is 20k/20k waterproof rated and stretchy enough to accommodate your full range of motion. It uses PrimaLoft’s most hardcore insulation material – Gold Insulation with Cross-Core, they call it, if you’re into industry lingo – in a 133g density across the body and a more mobile 80g weight at the extremities. Strafe is a relatively young brand that distinguishes itself with elite-level functionality and an clever eye for details. You don’t just get oodles of cleverly designed pockets, easy fit adjustments, and strategically placed fleece lining panels to make your skin happy. There is also Strafe’s signature touch: A seamless construction at the shoulder that improves both mobility and long-term waterproofing durability.
In an industry where a lot of classic “core” brands have gone stale and corporate, Strafe is one of the new community-based apparel companies on the block. Founded in 2009 by Aspen-based skiers John and Pete Gaston, Strafe’s overall approach to making ski and snowboard clothes is shaped by the actual, practical needs of real-world winter sports – not the complacent “they’re just buying our logo” mindset of the big boys.
John and Pete fell in love with Highland Bowl in Aspen, where all-day laps require a lift ride and a summit hike up to 12,000 feet to rip down steep, technical powder lines. Everything that Strafe makes is therefore built for maximum waterproofing, breathability, and range of motion, in a distinct style that will make you stand out on the hill.