Red Fox Alpha Jacket
Relatively new to the American market, the European apparel brand Red Fox is getting noticed in the climbing world. The company makes a few items that crossover well for skiers, and the men's Alpha Jacket was recently put to the test in the mountains around Livingston, Montana. The midlayer features Polartech Alpha insulation, which kept testers warm during backcountry dawn patrol ski missions, and a thin nylon ripstop shell with DWR that kept testers dry during short snow squalls. While the neoprene panels under the armpits ventilate well, they retained some stink after multiple uses and washings. Overall, however, one tester summed it up nicely: “I'm not sure what else to say because I kind of forget about [the jacket] when I'm skiing,” which is exactly what you’re supposed to do when wearing well-built outerwear in the field. [$152.50, us.redfoxoutdoor.com] - SKImag.com Editors.