Stolen: One Jacket, Nice and Newish

To the thief with the impeccable taste...

Dear Thief,

I hope you’re well. Me? I’m super, thanks for asking!

I’m not surprised you took my jacket. Really. It’s a great jacket. What I am surprised about is the fact that you did what you did, where you did it. Vail’s lift ticket price alone makes it somewhat of a gated community. Since you threw down the C-note to ride the lift up to the Eagle’s Nest lodge, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you didn’t steal this to buy crack. Good for you! I support a crack-free America.

But did you have to take it when you did? I would’ve been happy to hand it to you in the parking lot at 4:30 and probably had time to wash it in the sink for you first. But taking it during the middle of a powder day when I was about to head to East Vail Chutes was inconsiderate. (Please think about this when you’re out stealing again.)

I decided to make the trip out of bounds anyway, but I had to wear a hoody that quickly became festooned with ice nuggets. It wasn’t that bad. Come to think of it, it’s amazing how quickly a frostbitten nipple heals itself.

In case you’re wondering what you got, it’s a three-layer waterproof-breathable full-stretch fabric with huge, water-resistant pit zips, a big hood that accommodates helmets, and a detachable powder skirt. You should be psyched!

Have a great season,


[Helly Hansen Verglas 3L XP, $400;]