What's New in Junior and Kid's Outerwear
2004/05 Trends & Manufacturer Info
Whether skiing down the slopes or riding the hill, what kids demand is performance.
They are being heard loud and clear, and now the performance features of junior
lines are getting the same kind of attention lavished on adult collections. Traditional alpine ski clothing manufacturers like Obermeyer, Spyder, Descente and Columbia have taken technology from adult lines and brought it down even to the toddler level.
In addition to alpine styling, more and more kids will gravitate to snowboarding's youth look. A bit less baggy for this year, look for some new trends and function in snowboard wear.
Puffy jackets will still make a stand. And you'll see more soft shell options - a perfect choice for warmer and drier climates. Technology goes up a notch... look out here come the little rippers!
Fera breaks out a functional line that is attractive to fashion conscious tweens as well as active preschoolers. From puffy jackets to traditional reds and greys - Fera has a line worth investigating. For more on Fera see our
04 Fera preview.
Bonfire: As the original snowboard apparel company, Bonfire continues to innovate with a skater- and motocross-influenced collection that speaks to the tattoo and piercing element of the snowboarding culture. The line emphasizes hardcore visual cues from the fabric to the features. Embroideries on the upper seat, for instance, emulate where some girls get tattoos. Canvas-style fabric is combined with biker-style iron crosses and tattoo artwork.
Burton: The 550 goose-down filled Youth Puffy down jacket is Burton’s adult Ronin 6/4 Down Jacket, re-engineered for little rippers handling harsh winter conditions. It comes with a CD pocket with a clear controller window and big cargo pockets.
Orage: The technical Laikus line, geared specifically at the junior freeski market, includes some softshell technology; camo pants in gray and pink for girls, graphite and grey for boys; and all-weather Denim pants for boys and girls. A down jacket called the Lil’l Puffy, for on- or off-hill use, features faux fur on the hoods for girls.
Phenix: The Norwegian World Cup kids’ line, inspired by the Norwegian National Team, features a beefy nylon stretch ripstop jacket with a 10,000mm waterproof membrane. The Pyrus collection targets kid freeriders, with the Garuda jacket modeled after the Belan adult jacket.
Salomon: The Freestyle collection epitomizes newschool with baggy corduroy or denim snow jeans and big down hooded puffies. The Pocket Rocket jacket and the 1080 jackets match Salomon’s
eponymous freestyle skis. The Big Mountain series comes with Gore-Tex protective features—for harsh winter environments. The All-Mountain category has comfortable streetstyle models that don’t scream wintersports jacket.
Scott: Scott launches a freestyle line of apparel heavily influenced by the skateboard/punk rock culture. The garments are technical—with waterproof zippers, ergonomic cuts, etc. but boast looser fits and an earthtone palette—dark subtle browns and olives.
Sessions: Sessions introduces the Softshell Hoody, a 5000-8000mm waterproof/breathable knit-face, all-stretch fabric. It has the look and feel of a zip-up hooded sweatshirt, but the performance of outerwear. A surround-sound collar stores headphones in the hood pocket and an ultra-mini drawcord keeps the snow out. The Terrain series of softshell and hybrid softshells are called three-in-one jackets worn three ways—shell only, with zip-in/zip-out track jacket, or vest. Iridescence livens up the Ridge series of 10,000mm waterproof/breathable fabrics.
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