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From DNA...

An early leader in the newschool ski movement, DNA has been an ardent supporter of the new ski culture for over a decade.  As an off-shoot of Descente, DNA has access to the resources of their parent company’s world-class research and development facilities.  The brand’s ardent commitment to quality and technical innovation has landed DNA jackets on the backs of some of North America’s best skiers and instructors. 

DNA’s commitment to skiing doesn’t end when the work day is done. In 2004, at the urging of then-mayor of Ogden, Matthew Godfrey,  DNA relocated to Utah.  DNA staffers were thrilled at the prospect of frequent turns in Utah’s legendary powder. The snow didn’t disappoint, and the company found more than just snow – they found community.  Mayor Godfrey, the Ogden Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Goal Foundation envisioned the area as a “Hub” for the winter sports industry.  As the months passed, more winter sports companies moved to Utah and DNA found itself surrounded by businesses as besotted by Utah, the mountains and the snow as they were. 

Today, the DNA staff’s love of the mountains and mountain sports provides the foundation for DNA’s philosophy: outerwear that has no boundaries.  That philosophy, coupled with parent company, Descente Ltd’s excellence in the fields of textiles, design and cutting-edge development results in a product built to conquer any terrain. 


 

When I was working with a ski manufacturer a few years back, I had an opportunity to visit Ogden as a guest of Mayor Godfrey, Descente/DNA was the first company to greet me and made sure I felt welcome. It was then I knew that DNA was indeed a different company built of skiers and not just bean counters. Over the past years, TC and I have had the chance to experience many of DNA's products and now we have the opportunity to share our experiences with some amazing additions and updates for the 2012 season. DNA has supplied us (on loan) with a sampling of some new product to test and review for you.

Posted below is our initial DNA reviews for this coming season and as soon as we get some time on snow we will be updating these initial reviews, in their environment, on the mountain. 

The initial reviews of the DNA line starts with these staples out of the mens series...

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Moe Jacket                                                         Giga Jacket     

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   Macro pants

 

on the ladies side...

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Manji Jacket                                        Link Mid-layer 

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           Nana Pant

 

EpicSki's DNA product pages can be accessed HERE, please feel free to add your own experiences/reviews on DNA's  product pages. You can visit DNA's site at www.ridedna.com, friend them on Facebook and DNA's partner product lineDESCENTE, who's products will be reviewed in an upcoming product article. 

 

Philpug & Trekchick

 

Edited by Philpug - 12/8/11 at 8:04pm
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Is DNA sizing generally the same as Descente sizing?

 

Does support of new ski culture include different tailoring /and/ different sizing?

 

Would this be a good brand to shop for big/tall peeps?

 

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TrekChick and I have been skiing in and testing some 2012 DNA products which you can read the reviews through the above links. 

 

Here is some pics from a few days at Northstar this early season:

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Phil: Moe Jacket, Macro pant

Trek: Manji jacket, Nana pant

 

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Phil: Giga jacket, Macro Pant

Trek: Manji jacket, Link mid layer

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DNA sizing is a looser more relaxed fit than Descente.  The jacket fit is a bit longer also.  Yes, a great fit for big and tall.

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What DNAski says is accurate according to the time I've spent in both Descente and DNA clothing in the past few weeks.

 

The DNA Manji jacket as well as the Link jacket, which are great for layering, are both comfortable fitting, with sleeves and torso which are longer for tall athletic girl(guy)

 

I particularly like how the fit is roomy, but with lines that are flattering.

 

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Why does all that gear look so much better on TC?

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

What DNAski says is accurate according to the time I've spent in both Descente and DNA clothing in the past few weeks.

 

The DNA Manji jacket as well as the Link jacket, which are great for layering, are both comfortable fitting, with sleeves and torso which are longer for tall athletic girl(guy)

 

I particularly like how the fit is roomy, but with lines that are flattering.

 


How bout the damn pants???

 

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Great reviews you guys!  I have always loved the way my Descente and DNA pieces have fit and felt.  I never feel restricted in movement in any way when wearing this manufacturers clothing and it lasts and lasts!  Very well thought out designs!

 

 

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I have always enjoyed one of my older DNA jackets, and now that I too have relocated to Utah (Park City) I look forward to meeting the local companies.  It's about time to update my outerwear as my older Tahoe based gear might not be what I'm looking for with the colder temps and all....  Super stoked to be here, and looking forward to a great winter--and winters to come!

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Hooray!  My wife bought a blue North Face jacket which I really like the color of (same color as G.B.'s pants).   I was on the web last night looking for a similar color of jacket and she walked by and gave me this look like don't even think about it.

 

But hey, maybe if you guys can match, well then I guess I should be OK. Actually 80% of my ski time I am not with my wife anyway.

 

 

 

 

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Phil: Giga jacket, Macro Pant

Trek: Manji jacket, Link mid layer



 

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Question for Trekchick: 

 

How do the women's pants fit as far as waistline (how high is the waist)?  My GF bought an Oakley New Karina jacket and was going to get the matching pants, but didn't like the low hip hugger waist.  She's tried a few other brands, but had the same issue. 

 

Thanks

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Question for Trekchick: 

 

How do the women's pants fit as far as waistline (how high is the waist)?  My GF bought an Oakley New Karina jacket and was going to get the matching pants, but didn't like the low hip hugger waist.  She's tried a few other brands, but had the same issue. 

 

Thanks



Sorry I missed this earlier.

The Nana pant that I'm wearing in the picture above has a higher waist than most pants, and though the waist is a bit bigger than I'd like, its got a nifty velcro adjustment, which made for a comfortable fit.  The best thing about this feature is that it makes these pants versatile to fit many body shapes.

Does that help?

 

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Mike


Edited by GoWestSkier - 1/30/12 at 10:42am
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Q: Trish - describe the fit of the COM pant if you've tried it?   And how insulated is it?

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The COM pant is a relaxed fit similar to the the Munchier fit.  Relaxed fit, but not too baggy.  This pant has 40Gram insulation.

 

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Hi, 

 

I have found several DNA sizing charts online, but they are not consistent at all. Could anybody werify that this one is correct ?

 

 

Men's Upper Body Measurement

(top)

 

Height

Chest

Waist

Sleeve Length

XS

171cm/67.32in

92cm/36.22in

78cm/30.71in

79cm/31.1in

S

174cm/68.5in

96cm/37.8in

82cm/32.28in

81cm/31.89in

M

177cm/69.69in

100cm/39.37in

86cm/33.86in

83cm/31.68in

L

180cm/70.87in

104cm/40.94in

90cm/35.43in

85cm/33.46in

XL

183cm/72.05in

108cm/42.52in

94cm/37.01in

87cm/34.25in

XXL

186cm/73.23in

112cm/44.09in

98cm/38.58in

89cm/35.04in

XXXL

189cm/74.41in

116cm/45.67in

102cm/40.16in

91cm/35.83in

4XL

192cm/75.59in

120cm/47.24in

106cm/41.73in

93cm/36.61in

 

 

According to this chart i am a clear XXL,  (have always used Large in any other US brand jackets....

 

I am specifically on the hunt for a DNA Moe jacket in Ivory or Lime Yellow. Having a tough job so far. Pretty much sold out anywhere. (cant order from abroad on www.ridedna.com)

 

Philpug: Do you carry this one at Starthaus ? Could`t find it at the website.

 

 

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