Orage Ski Apparel Review

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Born from a deep-rooted passion for skiing and an unwavering love for the mountains, Orage seamlessly melds fashion and function, as proudly proclaimed on their company website. Back in 1989, fueled by a fervent dedication to the sport, Evelyn Trempe embarked on a journey to create cutting-edge waterproof ski jackets and pants in Montreal, Canada. The brand’s humble beginnings saw Trempe crafting gear in her parent’s garage, and alongside Eric D’Anjou, they ventured into selling their innovative products out of the back of Evelyn’s car. This grassroots approach left an indelible mark, introducing a refreshing aesthetic to the world of ski gear.

Today, Orage remains a trailblazer, committed to infusing passion and innovation into their designs. They continue to craft unique outerwear and layering options, ensuring that enthusiasts experience warmth, dryness, and comfort with a distinctive style that sets them apart.

Having had the privilege to put a complete Orage ski kit to the test over the past month amidst the stunning backdrop of the Colorado mountains, I explored the Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket, Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs, and the recently launched Women’s Summit Gilltek™ Jacket—an insulated mid-layer. To say that I was thoroughly impressed would be an understatement. Straight out of the box, the unmistakable sense of durability and high-quality craftsmanship emanated from this ski gear, igniting my excitement for trying it out on the slopes!

Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket

The Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket is a robust, waterproof shell designed to shield you from the elements in any weather condition. Crafted from Dermizax® three-ply stretch fabric, it’s fully seam-sealed to ensure top-notch performance. The stretch fabric and articulated elbows provide a full range of movement, complemented by an internal stretch powder skirt that keeps the snow at bay. The generously sized helmet-compatible hood boasts three-way adjustment for a customizable fit.

Helmet compatible hood for cold, snowy days.

Designed for practicality, the collar features a fog-free placket with venting holes, enhancing comfort when the two-way center-front zipper is closed. Stay in control of your climate with the two-way zipper pit vents for added ventilation. The jacket offers ample storage with two oversized chest pockets, one equipped with an internal media pocket featuring a phone leash. For added convenience, find a dedicated ski pass pocket on the left sleeve, along with an inner mesh glove or goggle pocket. All zippers, including high-quality YKK® waterproof and regular zippers, ensure durability and reliability.

Anti-fog placket with vents.

Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs

Similar to the Panorama Jacket, the Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs boast waterproof functionality, crafted from Dermizax® three-ply stretch fabric that’s fully seam-sealed. The inclusion of high-quality YKK® Waterproof zippers ensures durability throughout. Enjoy optimal climate control with 2-way zipper vents along each leg, doubling as a convenient drop seat with a back snap system.

The upper body of the bibs, along the waist, features stretch fabric for added comfort, while the stretchy and fully adjustable suspenders come equipped with two easy-to-use clips. For enhanced durability, especially beneficial for ski edges, the lower leg area is reinforced. The zip and snap opening provide easy access to your boots, and the stretch snow gaiters with elastic grip effortlessly fit over ski boots, keeping snow at bay.

Adjustable suspenders and strechy fabric around the midsection.

Zip and snap access to boot cuff with reinforced fabric.

Convenience meets functionality with a beacon pocket prominently placed front and center on the bib, along with cargo pockets on each leg for additional storage on the slopes.

Women’s Summit Gilltek Jacket

The newly introduced Women’s Summit Gilltek Jacket stands out as an ideal insulated mid-layer, striking the perfect balance between warmth and breathability through its innovative Gilltek technology. Mimicking the gills of a fish, Gilltek incorporates mesh vents between each Primaloft® insulated layer on the jacket’s back, ensuring efficient heat dissipation when needed.

Gilltek vents in the back of the jacket.

This lightly insulated jacket is not only effective but also lightweight, featuring a 100% recycled nylon outer layer and 100% recycled polyester insulation. Practicality meets convenience with two zippered hand pockets, a single zippered chest pocket, and a large hidden zippered stash pocket at the back—ideal for storing skins or gloves. For added versatility, the jacket can be easily stuffed for storage or transformed into a travel pillow.

Soft stretch elastic at the cuffs and hood opening enhances comfort, while the adjustable synching hem allows for a personalized fit. The jacket’s articulated elbows and relaxed fit body ensure ease of movement, making it a reliable companion for various outdoor activities.

The Look

To start, this ski kit not only delivers on functionality but also boasts a striking aesthetic. Orage, known for its fusion of style and practicality, certainly shines through in this ensemble. Personally, I love with the Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket in the color Iris. The light lavender hue, coupled with the darker purple zippers, creates a beautiful combination. Admittedly, the lighter color might pick up dirt a bit more easily, but the jacket’s washability proved to be a lifesaver. A minor après ski mishap involving French fries resulted in a grease stain, which came out effortlessly with a bit of soap and water.

Pairing seamlessly with the jacket is the Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs in Boreal, a rich dark olive green. This versatile color complements a variety of styles, making it a practical and stylish choice for any ski adventure.

Great looking ski kit!

The Fit

The fit of this ski fit is spot-on, offering a perfect blend of function and style. Standing at 5′ 6″ and weighing around 110 lbs. with broader shoulders and long arms, the Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket in size Small suits me well. It provides enough room to layer comfortably, easily accommodating either the Women’s Summit Gilltek Jacket or a thicker down puffy without hindering my range of motion. Sleeve length is a crucial factor for me, and the jacket excels in this department, featuring longer cuffs at the back of the hand and adjustable wrists with a hook and loop enclosure to snugly secure the jacket over my gloves.

The Women’s Summit Gilltek Jacket in Small also offers a good fit in the shoulders and sleeves, with a more relaxed body. While I would prefer a slightly tighter fit in the body of the jacket, the adjustable hem synch comes in handy for tailoring the waist. After considering an XS for a snugger under layer, I opted for the Small to ensure ample room for my shoulders and sleeves.

Opting for the Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs in XS, I found the fit to be just right. Initially, I thought the legs might be a tad short, but they align perfectly with my ski boots, eliminating any concerns. The elastic stretch material at the waist is a standout feature, allowing me to comfortably wear the Women’s Summit Gilltek Jacket underneath the bibs without any tightness around the belly—an added bonus for both comfort and ease of movement.

Fit of the bibs and insulated midlayer.

The Performance

The climate control performance of this ski kit has been nothing short of outstanding. While facing diverse conditions on the slopes, I maintained a consistently comfortable temperature wearing the Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket, Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs, Women’s Summit Gilltek Jacket mid-layer, and midweight merino base layers. In colder temperatures, the Primaloft® insulation in the Women’s Summit Gilltek Jacket provided reliable warmth, while the Dermizax® three-ply fabric in the Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket and Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs effectively shielded me from the wind and snow.

Staying warm and dry on a cold powder day.

Even in wetter conditions, the Dermizax® outer layers demonstrated impressive water repellency, ensuring I stayed dry throughout. On warmer days or during more strenuous activities like hiking or vigorous skiing, the Gilltek venting and zipper vents on my outerwear prevented overheating, striking a perfect balance. This versatile combination proved ideal for a range of skiing conditions, solidifying this kit as my top choice for all types of weather.

Working hard cross country skiing and towing a passenger, but staying the right temperature.

Additional Features

I’ve found the storage features of this gear to be particularly noteworthy. The Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket’s two chest pockets offer ample room for ski essentials—wallet, keys, phone, snacks, and water pouches. The addition of a phone leash in the media pocket has been a game-changer. Previously, using my phone on the chairlift felt too risky, but with the phone leash, I can comfortably retrieve my phone to send texts for meet-ups with friends or snap photos.

Phone leash in media pocket.

The cargo pockets on the Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs have proven to be incredibly convenient for stashing small items. Additionally, the drop seat back snap system in these bibs is a standout feature. The two leg zippers, also serving as vents, facilitate easy use of the drop seat for bathroom breaks, whether in the lodge or the backcountry. This thoughtful design means you can skip the hassle of removing your jacket or other layers, and the bib suspenders stay in place when nature calls.

Drop seat with zippers and snaps.

Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket Specifications (from Orage website):

Fabrics: Dermizax® three-ply, 20k/20K, 100% polyester, 100% nylon backing, C6 DWR 80/20, 194 g/m², Oeko-Tex®

Features:

  • Three-ply shell
  • Stretch fabric
  • Fully seam-sealed
  • Helmet hood with three-way adjustment
  • Fog-free placket
  • Two-way center-front zipper
  • Two-way zipper vents
  • Two-chest pocket
  • Media pocket with phone leash
  • Sleeve pass pocket
  • YKK® waterproof & regular zippers
  • Articulated elbows
  • Mesh goggle pocket
  • Stretch powder skirt
  • MSRP: $604.99 USD (though now ON SALE!)

Women’s MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs Specifications (from the Orage website).

Fabrics: Dermizax® 3L: 100% polyester, 100% nylon backing, DWR 80/20, Oeko-Tex®

Features:

  • Fully seam sealed
  • YKK® Waterproof zippers
  • Beacon pocket
  • 2-way zipper vents and openings
  • Upper body stretch fabric for comfort
  • Cargo leg pocket
  • Stretch snow gaiters with elastic grip
  • Lower leg reinforcement
  • Lower leg zip opening
  • Back snap System
  • Booth connector
  • MSRP: $549.99 USD (though now ON SALE!)

Women’s Summit Gilltek Jacket Specifications (from the Orage website)

Main Fabric: Mini ipstop, 100% recycled nylon, Eco C0 DWR 80/20, 32 g/m², Oeko-Tex®

Insulation: Primaloft® I-1013 Gold Active, 100% recycled polyester, 60g; Gillteks: Primaloft® Thermoplume, 100% recycled polyester

Features:

  • Lightly insulated
  • Hidden packable zipped bag doubles as travel pillow
  • Gilltek™ at back
  • Zipped chest pocket
  • Zipped hand pockets
  • Soft-stretch elastic at cuffs and hood opening
  • Articulated elbows
  • Adjustable hem
  • MSRP: $224.99 USD (though now ON SALE!)

Final Thoughts on the Orage Ski Apparel

If you’re on the lookout for a new ski kit, I highly recommend exploring Orage’s women’s lineup for this season including the Women’s MTN-X Panorama 3L Jacket, MTN-X Cliff 3L Bibs, and Summit Gilltek Jacket. The impeccable fusion of function and style is unmistakable in their durable, high-quality gear designed to enhance your performance on the slopes while looking great. Orage’s commitment to innovation shines through, particularly with their groundbreaking Gilltek technology, setting their offerings apart in the market. In a sport like skiing, where versatility in handling various weather conditions is crucial, Orage proves to be a reliable choice. To learn more or visit www.orage.com or www.backcountry.com.

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