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New Winter 2021 Collection: What’s In Your Go Bag?

When we set out to create the new Flylow Winter 2021-22 collection, we thought: What will we use every single day this winter? What will we continue to use for the next decade? Then we made it.

When wildfires were threatening the West this summer in yet another record-breaking fire season, many of us were forced to think about what would happen if the fire hit close to home. When the Caldor Fire began raging near Lake Tahoe, Flylow co-founder Dan Abrams, who lives in Tahoe City, started preparing what he’d take if he had to evacuate. “My ski boots and my mountain bike,” he said, adding that those would be hard to replace. “Oh, and my passport. And a Lab Coat and a General’s Down Jacket, because you never know when you’ll need those.”

In the moment, it was clear what mattered most. The things we use are the things we most need. The rest of it? Who needs it?

Flylow Dan Talks Winter 2021

Think about some of the most useful items in your life. Not the precious stuff that has sentimental value and sits on a shelf but rarely gets used (like, say, photos or family heirlooms). We’re talking about the things you use and appreciate on a daily basis. The cast-iron pan you cook eggs on each morning. The flannel shirt you throw on when you wake up. The bike you ride every day you can. Your favorite coffee mug. The multitool that lives in your back pocket. The down jacket you wear even when it’s summer. The backpack that hauls all your stuff. The winter boots you’ve had for a decade. The leather gloves you wear while shoveling snow or walking the dog. That’s the stuff we may want to grab if we’re forced to flee. (Sorry, Grandma, but your antique teacups are getting left behind.)

When we set out to design a new piece for Flylow, we think along these terms: What are we going to use every single day? What is going to make our life easier and more comfortable, so we can get back to the business of enjoying this crazy, beautiful life? We don’t want to make gear that collects dust in the back of a closet. Usability, versatility, and long-lasting durability are key components in our design philosophy.

Gear designed for long days in the mountains.

The winter 2021-22 collection is no different. Not a single item in the line is something we wouldn’t use ourselves. The new pieces we’ve introduced—like the women’s Kimberly Bib and the men’s Dante Jacket—are meant to fill a gap, to provide a solution to a problem you may not even realize you have yet. Take the new Compound Bib. That’s for guys who want a bib some days and a regular ski pant on other days. Now you don’t need two pairs of pants (less stuff is always better, right?). You just need one that does everything well.

The new Carla Jacket for women is another problem solver: It’s a midlayer intentionally designed without a hood to make for easier layering. (Now you can avoid that bulky pile-up of hood atop hood. You’re welcome.)

Same with the fabrics. We look for fabric technology like eVent and the Perm, by Intuitive, that’ll serve double duty. What good is a jacket that keeps you dry in a storm if it doesn’t breathe on warmer days? You need waterproofing, of course, but you also need air permeability, because body temperature and climate fluctuate, and your one jacket should be able to handle everything. (Remember that old adage from a few paragraphs ago about having less stuff?)

OK, now that we’ve told you what’s in our go bag, what we’d take if we could only grab a few items, let’s hear what’s in yours. What do you need? What will you use? What are you missing that would help you solve a problem, or enjoy your day in the mountains more? Give a look, you may find what you’re looking for in our new line.

 Highlights From Our 2021 Men's Collection

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Compound Bib

This is the transformer of ski pants: Wear it as a bib when you want extra coverage or as regular pants when you don’t.

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The extra-tough Compound Bib comes with a removable, zip-off softshell bib top so you have a choice in what you wear. For stormy days, opt for the warmth and protection of a bib. For spring tours, zip it off like those nerdy but versatile shorts turned pants your dad wears hiking. Air permeable eVent with Direct Venting™ Expedition fabric releases heat before you start to sweat. For the Compound Bib, we drew on what we’ve learned designing bibs all these years to make the most versatile option in the line. If you’ve been a fan of our legacy Compound Pant, meet your new favorite.

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Material(s):
• eVent fabric with Direct Venting™ Expedition technology
• 30k waterproof with 0.06 cfm air permeability
• 100% nylon

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Features:
• Removable suspender bibs
• Velcro waist adjustments
• Belt loops
• 2 zip hand pockets, 1 rear zip pocket, 1 thigh pocket
• Beacon loop inside thigh pocket
• Powder gaiters
• Side seam and inseam vents
• 1,000 denier reinforced cuffs
• YKK waterproof zippers
• High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
• Average weight: 680 grams
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Randal Jacket

This hoodless, streamlined fleece makes layering and temperature control easy.

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Some days, you need an extra layer of warmth. And layering with a bulky, hooded midlayer just doesn’t feel right. The zip-up Randal Jacket can be worn on its own or layered easily under a shell. Tough overlays on the shoulders offer extra coverage from your backpack straps or when carrying your skis, hard-faced fleece gives you wind protection, and the grid backing offers warmth but also wicks moisture when you heat up. If you’re not a pullover or hoody guy, you now have another option.

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Material(s):
• Fleece: 94% polyester, 6% spandex
• Overlay: 97% nylon, 3% Spandex
• Grid fleece with nylon oxford overlay

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Features:
• High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
• Zip hand pockets
• Hem cinch
- YKK Zippers
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Ridge Glove JM

Part of a capsule collection of gloves inspired by Japanese moto culture, the Ridge Glove JM is the blank color of our favorite thing: fresh snow. It comes pre-treated and triple baked with a waterproof coating and lined with Spaceloft insulation for added warmth on cold days.

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Highlights From Our 2021 Women's Collection

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Lucy Jacket

A long, comfy fit, high-end features, and a laid-back style make the Lucy Jacket a fast favorite.

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Slide on the Lucy Jacket and you won’t want to take it off: It’s that comfortable. Ready for a day in the backcountry or spinning the lifts at the resort, this jacket has the stretchy, buttery feel of softshell and the stormproof properties of a tough hardshell, a fabric known as Tactic 3L. Better yet, it has technical features and high-performance qualities, but it doesn’t look overly techy—because you don’t always want your kit to scream “I just climbed a mountain!” (Even if you just did.)

Features

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Material(s):
• Tactic 3-layer softshell fabric
• 20k/20k waterproof breathable membrane
• 100% Polyester

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Features:
• DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
• Fully seam taped
• Helmet-compatible hood
• 3 exterior pockets, 1 inner pocket w/ media port
• Removable powder skirt
• Sleeve pass pocket
• 12-inch pit zips
• No bulk cuffs
• Adjustable waist
• YKK waterproof zippers
• Average weight: 552 grams
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Carla Jacket

This full-zip fleece midlayer comes intentionally without a hood.

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We know you love a good hoodie (who doesn’t?), but if you’ve ever tried to properly layer with hoods, you’ll see why it’s critical to have some hoodless options in your closet. Too many hoods don’t stack up. The Carla Jacket is a simplified, hoodless midlayer made from snuggly fleece with a durable stretch fabric over the shoulders. The full zip makes for easy on/off with a helmet on. We added a resilient fabric on the shoulders to withstand the rub from backpack straps.

Features

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Material(s):
• Fleece: 94% polyester, 6% Spandex with DWR
• Grid fleece with nylon oxford overlay

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Features:
• High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
• Zip hand pockets
• Hem cinch
• YKK zippers
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Oven Mitt JM

You want a mitten but you don’t want to look like everyone else. Enter the Oven Mitt JM. This is the Japanese-moto-inspired vanilla creamsicle version of a mitt that will make your hands, thankfully, not feel like a popsicle living in a freezer. Tough pigskin leather has been pre-treated with waterproofing Sno-Seal and they’re stuffed with a generous dose of warming Spaceloft insulation.

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