Every season we have the "difficult" job of testing new materials, designs and products!
Last January we took our garments and some new materials we were working on to the slopes of Japan, with their harsh temperatures to see if our thermal range could withstand the test - and they certainly didn't disappoint. Peter & Jennifer Hyatt from www.hyattgallery.com.au produced some footage from the trip.
"If travel broadens the mind, some places like Niseko on Japan’s North island Hokkaido, narrow the focus. It’s hard to actually be off the beaten track here given the tendency for landscapes to be shaped by people, as much as nature. But the landscape remains a genius, even if a bonsaied one compared to Australia.
Which brings me to our recent excellent adventure at Niseko on Japan’s North island Hokkaido. Reputedly one of the world’s best ski resorts for powder hounds. I can vouch for this as I regularly performed face plants instead of pole plants. Powder skiing is a technique all of its own. One moment I felt like I was roller-blading and suddenly my skis sank into fluffy quicksand. Losing sight of my skis robbed my already bankrupt confidence and so I made another fresh impression on the slopes.
Fortunately our good friends from SIX30 were on hand - ambassadors of goodwill and merriment – to witness our blunders off-piste. Yes we were slightly piste-off. It changed our impression of deep, un-groomed powder. It’s hard. And unforgiving. Especially for skiiers who think anything after Australian conditions must be easy. It isn’t. It’s like sinking in inexperience, or learning a foreign language – easier than usual to appear the idiot. Something like trying to explain an elegant turn of phrase like “the suppository of all wisdom” in Japanese. Especially when it doesn’t even translate well back home. Unless you’re a Rhodes Scholar of course.
Fortunately our friends from SIX30 fitted us out with some of their uber comfortable compression clothing. While it didn’t improve our skiing style we can say without hesitation we remained warm and supremely comfortable. I began to wonder if this might not be the secret to happiness - gliding down the slopes secure in the knowledge that our muscle, bone and few extremities of flab were flexibly contained in compression garments of near-miraculous support.
Praise for any product doesn’t come much higher."