First flight of my new FLYLOW JACKET/PANTS!

Finally!  Opening day at my local hill, Crystal Mountain!  Just as excited for the season to begin, I was equally excited to try out some new gear!

Of that gear I was especially excited to use my new gear from FLYLOW Clothing! This growing clothing company out of Colorado and is trending to be one of the hottest outerwear company’s for the 2012-2013 season! I have never had so many people in the lift line ask me about my clothing! “Where did you get that”, one skier exclaimed!

The Higgin’s jacket {see pic below}:

This jacket is truly a jacket made for our Northwest winter conditions!  Many of the fella’s at FLYLOW have spent time here in the Northwest, so they are affluent with our “champagne powder” here, and that consideration is evident in their attention to keeping the elements out-and you dry in their apparel! 

About the jacket.  The color:  GREEN! I love the color, and the fit, but above that {because it’s not just about looking good….right?}, the taped seams, and waterproof zippers kept me dry and the secret 3 layer Intuitive Fabric {top secret} kept the wind out and warmth in.  Green is the color for 2012/2013 season!  Bright, solids are trending, while “busy-patterned-brights” are heading out.

Zipps:  The zippers were easy to open and close with a gloved hand, and I especially liked the pit zips, that opened directly with no messy mesh lining that seems to always get caught in the zippers and tearing.

I wore the jacket {the day before} in a Seattle downpour, and literally the water beaded up on the fabric not breaking the surface tension of the droplets!  Seriously!

The hood in action.

Higgins jacket by FLYLOW

Droplets vs The Higgins. Higgins won.

  • – Three-layer Intuitive Fabric™
  • – Soft-hardshell fabric: 100% Poly-ester, (waterproof / breathable)
  • – Fully seam-taped
  • – Brushed Nylon lining
  • – Powder-Guard snaps
  • – 15” pit zips
  • – One-handed adjustable hood (made to fit over helmet)
  • – No-Bulk™ storm cuffs
  • – YKK waterproof coil zippers
  • – Level 5 Dupont DWR™ (Durable, Water, Repellent)


Hoody:  Midway through the day, the wind kicked up, which reminded me I had a hood to try out!  FLYLOW markets this jacket with a “helmet compatible hood”, which I was in need of as I reached the top of Green Valley chair at Crystal Mountain.  That day gusts were reaching 40+ mph!  Brrrr! However, after donning the hood, it was clear this was a helmet compatible hood:  fitting easily around my Giro helmet.  And with one quick tug on the drawstring behind the hood, it synched it up comfortably.  I was particularly happy that the hood did not “balloon” out with the wind as I was making my way down the pillow lines I found off in the trees!    Learn more about this jacket by FLYLOW, click the photo above! 

The pant:

No one likes sitting on a wet chairlift seat, and here in the Northwest, with the heavier snow we receive, that is a far-to-often occurrence.  The Chemical pant {FLYLOWGEAR.COM} was created to combat this wet Northwest phenomenon, and it is legit.  I purposely did not do the pre-swipe chairlift sweep prior to siting, testing the water durability of the backside, and test results were conclusive=no leakage!  Sold!  
Besides the water resistant fabric {again, top secret material}, the Chemical pant was very comfortable, and could easily be worn by skiers and snowboarders alike.  After a top to bottom run, and getting back in the gondola, I found myself using the side-zips.  Not only are there side-zips on the outside leg, but also on the inside leg!  In the same fashion as the Higgins jacket, no mesh to get caught in the zips.  Love it.  It is no wonder this pant got “best in test” by Sking Magazine.
Durablity is taken into consider
ation with Cordura™ reinforcements on the knees and cuffs, which seem to wear out far to often.  For more on the Chemical pant by FLYLOW, click the photo below! 

-Brian Hopperski {}


  • Three-layer Intuitive Fabric™
  • – Dobby Nylon: 100% nylon, (water-proof / breathable).
  • – Cordura™ reinforcements on the knees and cuffs
  • – Inner and outer thigh vents with Ykk waterproof zips for climate control and cross-flow ventilation
  • – Three panel articulated knee-box construction
  • – Fully seam-taped, Adjustable waist uses an integrated elastic tab system for the ideal fit
  • – Four hand pockets (2 front and 2 back) for stashing all your goodies
  • – Level 5 Dupont DWR™ (Durable, Water, Repellent).
  • – Powder cuffs
  • – Off the charts waterproof/breatheability
  • – Seamless cuff reinforcements

Where to pick these up?  Locate a store {click here}!