Westcomb unveils 2013 FX freeride line, meshing performance & fun

At Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Westcomb (www.westcomb.com) will debut their 2012-13 FX freeride collection, an eye-catching group of snowsport silhouettes featuring leading edge materials and forward-thinking designs.

VANCOUVER, BC - At Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Westcomb (www.westcomb.com) will debut their 2012-13 FX freeride collection, an eye-catching group of snowsport silhouettes featuring leading edge materials and forward-thinking designs.

A true expression of Westcomb's design team creativity, the FX collection blends unexpected twists and clever features that are unique to the Freeride line.

“The FX Freeride line is really an ‘expression' collection for us,” said Gabriel Cote. “It began as a creative, no-holds barred design exercise and has grown to become something that's incredibly fun to work with, every step of the way.”

Delivering its remarkable performance and exterior look, Westcomb's FX collection is made with 820 NT eVent®, a super durable water- and wind-proof nylon twill fabric that delivers industry leading breathability. The remarkable performance of the eVent® fabric is matched by its visually striking appearance: a textured and distressed denim-like surface.

The FX collection's forward-thinking internal construction serves as a perfect complement to the stylish exterior, with an appropriately roomy freeride fit that's equally at home arcing turns through a hardwood glade, or working your way through Whistler village.

”A freeride collection is a natural addition to the Westcomb family. The needs of skiers and riders are a bit different from the year-round outdoor users, but they still crave the things that Westcomb does best – exceptional performance, perfect ingredients, and just the right amount of features,” said Gabe Cote, Westcomb sales director and brand evangelist.

Westcomb's FX collection begins with the Vapor FX jacket, a progressive alpine shell that's ideal for both frontcountry and sidecountry adventuring. The edgy, serious design is made to seal out the weather, while providing exceptional range of motion and comfort. The Vapor Jacket for men is available in Mesa, Absinthe and Pavement; for women, it is available in Bark, Amalfi and Pavement (MSRP $550).

Elevating the freeride game is the Flow FX hoody, a deluxe insulated shell. With 820 NT eVent as the shell, the Flow's insulation is Polartec® Thermal Pro® Hi-Loft -- the most technologically advanced of the Polartec® insulation family -- achieving the utmost versatility and performance under extreme conditions. The Flow Hoody for men is available in Mesa, Absinthe and Pavement; for women, it's available in Amalfi, Sorbet and Pavement (MSRP $650).

Both jackets include an integrated Recco® avalanche transponder; YKK Aquaguard® zippers for water-resistance and style; helmet compatible hoods; and a removable and adjustable waist gaiter and underarm venting zippers.

The perfect match for both jackets, Westcomb's Vapor FX Cargo Pant is an easy-wearing big mountain free-ride shell with a serious technical edge. Created on the same waterproof- breathable eVent® foundation used throughout the FX line, the Vapor FX Cargo Pant includes the essential feature of reinforced instep patches, protecting against ski edge slicing with HDM SuperFabric – a flexible armor built from tiny ceramic octagons, laminated to the pant leg. The pants also include essential key items like a one-handed adjustable waist system; belt loops; a high-waist back to shut out the powder; venting zippers and adjustable cuffs. For men, the Vapor FX Cargo Pants are available in Bark, Amalfi and Pavement; for women, they're available in Bark, Sorbet and Pavement (MSRP $430).

ABOUT WESTCOMB: Westcomb (www.westcomb.com) creates innovative, stylish, performance-driven outerwear for men and women that is 100% made in North America and 100% committed to performance. Made to be worn in the most demanding conditions, Westcomb gear achieves a standard of excellence that is attainable only through the constant access and oversight provided by their industry leading commitment to local manufacturing. Conveying a true passion for the outdoor experience, Westcomb's 2012-13 collection features strategically minimalist designs, blending essential features for active athletes with an international, athletic fit. Westcomb builds their unique performance apparel with a remarkable roster of industry leading supplier brands including Polartec NeoShell, eVent, Schoeller, Primaloft, Pertex, YKK, Mapp, Riri, and the world's finest Hutterite goose down. For more information on Westcomb, please visit www.westcomb.com.

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