Each season our ski and snowboard clothing buyers are challenged to the daunting task of editing thousands of styles down to what they feel is the crème de la crème of outerwear for our stores. It may appear to be a matter of simply choosing what is pleasing to the eye, but our obsession for good design makes or breaks the fate of many garments. Our buying team is not only interested in clothing design but is also educated in architecture, fine art and floral and interior design. A very detail oriented team!!
Often, our staff or customers remark, “I saw a particular jacket in another store. Why don’t you have it at Skiis and Biikes?”
For many reasons, garments are rejected from our assortments. Our first consideration is the first impression. If it is not pleasing to the eye, we immediately move on. The next consideration is performance. We buy under the assumption that the consumer will be skiing or snowboarding in cold, mountain conditions. Garments with inferior insulation hit the cutting room floor. They are often attractive and well priced but if we do not believe the garment will perform to our standards, it is rejected. Same goes for fit, waterproof ratings, breathability of fabric, overall comfort and construction, warranty considerations, ease of zippers and findings, and the list goes on.
We participate in winter sports and take pride in offering products we would only consider wearing for our own use. The last thing you want when you are on the mountain is to feel cold or uncomfortable. Our design obsession ensures we are working hard so you can maximize your on-hill enjoyment staying warm and comfortable.