First Looks: Saga Outerwear 2018

Every year around the end of January fans and industry insiders flock to convention halls and a handful of websites to get a first look at what’s to come next season. This year we decided to opt out of that tradition with the goal of showing our core fans first. If you follow us on Snapchat (sagaouterwear) or Instagram (@sagaouterwear) you might have caught a quick glimpse of some of our new products coming for the 17/18 season.

In addition to bringing back some of the classics such as the Monarch 3L, Anomie and Fatigue 2L, we are also adding a few new items to the men’s line and working with our new designer, Roxanne Weippert, to fine tune the fit and function of all our products.

 

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Monarch 3L, Fatigue 2L, Anomie 2L

In addition to all the great men’s products coming this fall we are most excited to announce the release of our first ever women’s specific outerwear and apparel line. This new line has been on our minds for several years and in the works for almost two years now.

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Rogue Bib-Pant, Quilted Bomber Jacket

We asked our lead designer, Roxanne, to share some of her thoughts on the creation of this new line.

“I started working with the Saga team in early spring of this year and was psyched to be asked to help develop an entirely new collection for women! Tons of ladies have already been repping the Saga men’s product for years, so we knew the market was there. Our main goal going into this has been centered on getting the right fit for our customer while subtlety separating the collection from men’s. We know that our female customer isn’t looking for an overly feminine cut, but she does want to be comfortable and look good. She’s edgy, hip and a bit of a tomboy, a lot like our female athlete, Maja Keefer. That’s where the Saga ethic of working intimately with the athlete team has been key. We had a roundtable discussion with several of our female athletes and ambassadors to talk about what they love about Saga menswear, what they see for womenswear and what they think is missing from the current freeride market. Including them in every step of the development process, from style ideation, fit development & color palette inspiration has been really important to this launch. We want to make sure that we stay true to our brand identity, and have found that our athletes help us stay grounded in what’s current but also what’s important to the customer.

For this initial launch (we’re calling it a “capsule collection”) we focused on offering the same styles that have been key to our men’s success and also what we felt was missing from the women’s market. We’ll have insulated flannels, a fatigue style parka & pant (with a women’s tailored fit) and a bib-pant along with several other styles to round out the collection. The bib-pant will follow our men’s styling and have a zip-off waistband for versatility. The cut in the jackets will be a bit slimmer, but still follows the classic Saga aesthetic with long, shaped hems and dropped backs. They’ll have all the same great features we offer for men as well – internal drop pockets for goggles, zip-out snow skirts, pit-zip ventilation and audio pockets. I have been so stoked to see the samples coming in and fitting on our athletes as they been looking great! I think all the ladies out there are going to be surprised by what we have to offer this fall!”

So without further ado,

Add us on Instagram (@sagaouterwear) and Snapchat (sagaouterwear) for more in depth looks.

Wasatch Gap Revival

Throughout recent freeski history the Wasatch range has been prominently featured in all forms of media publications. The mountains surrounding Salt Lake City, Utah provide dozens of natural jump spots as well as some of the most famous gaps in the world. SAGA-OUTERWEAR-FEB-BUNDLES-1                                                                                                                             Tim surveying the in run after a long time shoveling.

After several years of below average snowfall mother nature has once again blessed us with a great winter, allowing Tim Durtschi and many others to tackle many of the massive gaps that lay dormant for the last couple of years.

SAGA-OUTERWEAR-FEB-BUNDLES-2Flying over the Flagstaff Gully which is a popular touring area in Grizzly Gulch.

We met up with Tim Durtschi and the crew from 4frnt skis to session the Upper Flagstaff Gap. Read below to hear what Tim has to say about the history of this gap as well as what it is like to build and session one of these beastly jumps.

     It has been a Jump that has been on my list for a long time after seeing it hit filmed with the Kris Ostness crew in the early 2000’s. Not many people are willing to shovel for hours and hours and hours to make this gap possible but thankfully I had the help of @thaynerich who actually came up with the idea to revive the gap. We networked and slowly but surely we recruited a team including @timmcchesney and @ian.t.hamilton up to upper Flagstaff to build one of the most classic gap jumps in Utah. Some amazing tricks have been done on this jump and during our session more were added to the list. I was lucky enough to work with Kris Ostness and Steve Rozendaal in Utah over the years and they have shared their knowledge of the gaps along with good friend and photographer Brent Benson. There are still more on the list and excited to have these good times in the gulch.  This has been such a good season to get these done and checked off the list, it takes a lot of hard work and I cannot thank the filmers and athletes enough for putting in the hard work to make these jumps possible!

17359446_10155897709713452_5827179822812750221_o3 days of shoveling and sculpting with a crew of 5 to build this jump.

17239773_10155897709708452_8444895643595232203_oWe hit Pyramid the week before as a warm up.

17359264_10155897709588452_8649122700097812376_ojust a 180 over Pyramid.

Durtschi Pyramid GapPyramid in the heart of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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Heart Of Skiing – Ep 2

Trying to fill out his Super Unknown edit, Zane is convinced to go to Snowbird to meet one of his idols but soon realizes there is a serious problem.
We also meet the second character chronicled in the Heart Of Skiing, Abraham Cain. Abraham is an aspiring contest athlete.

 

 

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