Welcome to a special Buyer’s Guide installment of Gear Spotlight from FREESKIER. Here, we provide a close-up look at the equipment and accessories that everyone should know about. Can’t get enough gear? Click here to see our entire 2019 Buyer’s Guide.
This brand new hardshell kit from Mammut is constructed to shield you from Mother Nature’s biggest hits, while remaining lightweight, breathable and eye-catching. The Alvier kit is built with recycled three-layer Gore-Tex Pro, giving it the rugged durability to last you many years, as well as waterproofing, windproofing and breathability to keep you comfortable during days spent in extreme environments. That recycled aspect also gives you peace of mind that you’re being environmentally responsible. “It’s very breathable, versatile in terms of water-resistance, durability and breathability,” noted tester Scotty VerMerris. “This kit stood up to tons of moisture that just beaded up and off.” In addition, the use of elastane provides stretch, and a snap button in the pant cuff for crampon accommodation ensures ease of movement whether you’re skinning, booting up a couloir or descending it.
The biggest highlight of the Alvier Armor kit is Mammut’s use of the Phase Map. The Swiss brand utilizes different materials and weaves them in a seamless construction that provides reinforcement in areas prone to wear and tear, such as the shoulders, chest, waist and cuffs, and breathability in zones that need it. The lack of seams ensures a comfortable fit, in which movement isn’t impeded, as well as a stylish look. “I really enjoyed this suit,” said tester Crystal-Rose Lee. “Great for touring, with articulated knees and elbows, reinforced boot cuffs and incredible stretch.” Mammut also employs shiny metallic zippers to give the kit a chic, feminine look.
Photography by Matt Power & Bruno Long