If you ski or snowboard away from the piste, tour or hike for your lines, then you work much harder. Next to your skin, the baselayer is arguably the most important part of your ski clothing, particularly when working hard. FLŌA recognised this and are launching a new product with the goal to provide the best backcountry baselayers on the market.
Designed exclusively for backcountry skiers and snowboarders they use the sport science of flow to help improve how people ski and snowboard. They are launching their FLŌA backcountry baselayers through Kickstarter in time for the 2018-19 winter season.
Goal: Best backcountry baselayers
The FLŌA Backcountry Baselayer is designed to keep you warm and dry whilst ski touring, split boarding or hiking for your lines – whatever the weather. Whist doing the same during your descent, they also provide you with the power and support your muscles require. Ultimately the goal is to provide the best backcountry baselayers ever made.
The material is 40% Merino Wool for its warmth and natural breathability, combined with 40% Polyester for its advanced wicking capabilities. There is also 15% Polyamide to provide support and compression to improve performance and 5% Elastane to give the baselayers four way stretch, ensuring they will not restrict your movement.
Using ‘FLŌA-MAP’ technology and the latest seamless manufacturing techniques they have combined mapped compression with targeted ventilation for the ultimate fit. The compression helps to alleviate fatigue through increased blood circulation. Cooling channels create self-ventilating micro-climates in the areas you need it most, without altering your body’s core temperature.
Look and feel:
Although I have not tested what aims to be the best backcountry baselayers, I got to see and feel them at the Ski Show in London. The material is very soft and feels like it would be very comfortable. The half zip on the top makes is easier to put on and the four way stretch of the material was excellent. The ventilation areas looked impressive as did the extra support and compression.
- Blended Merino-Polyester Fabric: 190 gsm 40% Merino wool, 40% Polyester, 15 Polyamide, 5% Elastane
- Seamless knit construction – highly engineered capabilities and reducing bulk and irritation next to the skin
- Close hole mesh – micro-ventilation on the upper back, under the arms and between the legs without lowering core temperature
- Targeted sweat and cooling channels across the chest and lower back
- Compression on the arms and legs helps performance and recovery
- High-loft support on the shoulders for extra support wearing your rucksack
- 4 way stretch fabric – a body fitted garment for comfort and performance
- Funnel collar to keep your neck warm
- Raglan sleeve to avoid shirts lifting on the sides
- Angled thumb loops and extended arms beyond the wrist
- Heavy gauge knit on elbow areas for extra protection
- Knitted rib quality finish on the hem and cuffs
- Lower zip garage and reinforced stitching
- Curved side seams following the shape of the body
- Reflective FLŌA branding
The founder of FLŌA, Fergie Miller, is an experienced backcountry skier who competed nationally at junior level. He previously set up Base Camp Group which trained over 2000 ski and snowboard instructors across Europe, North America and the Southern Hemisphere.
Fergie said “The word FLŌA is derived from Old Norse for ‘flow’ or ‘river’ and it was our inspiration for our brand. Anyone who rides off-piste understands the importance of being ‘in the zone’ and how having the right mental approach up on the mountain can transform how you perform.
“The Backcountry Baselayer is a state of the art garment that uses the latest technologies and manufacturing techniques to create a baselayer that you know you can trust and that will help you take your riding to that next level”.
Also on the FLŌA team is Sean Pankhurst who designed World Cup football shirts for national teams whilst working at Nike for more than 8 years. Plus a product development team who incubated the Rapha cycling brand that recently sold to the Walmart family.
FLŌA designer Sean Pankhurst said, “FLŌA’s design philosophy is inspired by adventure, a connection to nature and an enduring quest to push the boundaries of sport science. Its form and function draws inspiration from premium quality and a luxury feel to create a design signature that is contemporary, considered and crafted.”
FLŌA Backcountry Baselayers, comes in silver in both men’s and women’s versions. The RRP is £110 for tops and £90 for bottoms. But you can get up to 40% off by pre-purchasing the FLŌA backcountry baselayers through Kickstarter before December 5, 2018. Importantly they’ll be delivered before Christmas.
Want the best backcountry baselayers? Then find out more at: www.floasports.com