In the K2 thread there was a heck of a thread drift that was a really interesting topic of discussion, relating to ski clothing, where its made, how much it costs and the value of the clothing to the person wearing it.
Points were made about fit, function, water proof, warmth......etc
Now that the K2 thread is getting back to K2, lets talk about the clothing topic here (perhaps I should have pulled some of those posts over here but I hate doing that without a general consensus to do it.
One quote that piqued my interest was @alexzn's comment about kids clothing.
Exactly. The tech is important, and so is important matching that tech to the conditions where you ski. As long as you are making an informed choice, its all good (most people sadly have no clue about how this tech works). Cut and fit are also very important, especially for women (having to live through jacket/pants searches for my wife and now daughters gives me ample understanding of the magnitude of the problem).
The kids stuff- don't even get me started on that. The industry pretends that kids who ski 50 days a year in any weather just don't exist. But we have drifted from K2 topic enough...
I had a customer in our ski shop ask for something in Gore-tex for his kids.
- First, we don't carry kids clothing in our store because we have a sister store next to us that is kid specific
- Second, we only cary one brand that is Gore-Tex - Arcteryx
- Third, I did some research with our Patagonia store, North Face, and with Arcteryx and see NO options for kids Gore-Tex
- There could be brands who carry such items for kids but I haven't done enough research to find it.
Why don't these options exist for kids?
Parents won't pay the price for their kids clothing because they grow out of it faster than they wear it out?