… ‘Every day I’m Schoffel-ing!’ …

It’s here, the finest and most exciting ski wear that money can buy. Schoffel is in the shop … and online.

Schoffel ski wear is amazing: from the men’s Whistler II jacket, to the women’s Carmen down coat, you’ll find the quality unbelievable, the detailing superb and the feel pure luxury.

Slip on a Schoffel jacket and instantly you’ll be ready for the toughest of winter challenges – confidence inspiring stuff indeed!

Men’s Whistler II Jacket

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Was there ever a jacket that made you feel you could ski a line as tight as Franz Klammer, or ride the mogul’s like Alberto Tomba? Well, we reckon Schoffel’s Whistler Jacket is as close as it can get.

The skiing maybe fantasy but the Whistler Jacket is pure reality.

A classy combination of Schoffel’s own Venturi waterproof and breathable stretch fabrics and Primaloft synthetic insulation, the men’s Whistler provides all the qualities that a premium ski jacket should have.

Men’s Jake Jacket

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The materials may be synthetic but the Men’s Jake Jacket from Schoffel will have you skiing like a natural in no time.

Superb all-round waterproof and breathable ski jacket that’s performance driven to provide you with the ultimate levels of protection, comfort and style … notwithstanding your ability to ski of course!

A built-in snow skirt and high collar keeps the powder snow from infiltrating while the strategically placed stretch panels provide maximum freedom of movement so you can play till your heart’s content – what more could you need?

Women’s Cushy Vest

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We love the fact that the Women’s Cushy Vest is reversible with two colour ways that complement any winter wardrobe. Detailing is excellent as you would expect and the whole thing packs away into its own chest pocket for ease of stashing and travelling.

Superb levels of synthetic Ventloft insulation and comfort this winter with the uber stylish Women’s Cushy Vest.

Women’s Carmen Coat

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This is one gorgeous goose down coat!

From St Moritz to St Albans, leave nothing to chance this winter by keeping warm in style and comfort with Schoffel’s luxurious Carmen Coat.

The face fabric is both wind and water repellent on the Carmen Coat, and the easy to zip-off hood complements the high fastening collar for added protection from icy draughts.

We feel this coat offers near-perfect warmth and comfort – we love it. The Carmen Coat provides natural warmth and comfort befitting of all discerning women looking to keep the winter blues at bay.

Women’s Altania Micro Fleece

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The simplest designs are often the most effective: the women’s Altania fleece is pure luxury not only as an insulating layer, but as a lightweight styling top for general use too; in this department we feel the Altania has no equal.

Style and function never looked so good; the Altania women’s micro fleece top from Schoffel is simply in a class of its own.

Q: What do Mercedes, BMW and Schoffel have in common?

A: They each have an owners club. Check out Schoffel’s website at Schoffel www.schoefell.com (spelt differently on purpose)

Haglofs Winter 2013 Part 1

Christmas has come early!

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We always get excited around this time of year when the new winter clothing ranges start to arrive at Rough Gear Towers.

Haglofs autumn and winter offerings are always eagerly anticipated and they haven’t let us down with this season’s great looking range of Pro Shell, Soft Shell or insulation layers … here’s a peek at a few favourites:

Roc Hard Jacket: the Bruce Willis of Haglofs shell jackets. The Roc Hard has been developed using the very latest 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell technology for the ultimate in waterproof protection and breathability. Slightly longer in the cut, Haglofs have developed the Roc Hard Jacket without shoulder, side or inner sleeve seams to avoid chaffing and to enhance durability…

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… and with more pockets to pick from than Fagin’s gang of street urchins, the Roc Hard Jacket has a sizable load carrying capability that’s all backed up with water resistant zips throughout.

Bungy II Hood: If the Roc Hard Jacket is Bruce Willis then the Bungy II Hood is definitely the Bruce Lee of the range: super-stretchy, clean lines and slim fitting, the Bungy II Hood is lithe in its cut and is super-smooth to look at and wear.

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Polartec PowerStretch Pro fleece fabric provides extremely high weight to warmth ratio and the Bungy II Hood has a next to the skin comfort level that’ll have your running your hands all over yourself in no time.

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Flatlock seams feature throughout the Bungy II Hood to minimise bulk and enhance durability, plus there are no seams whatsoever in the shoulders again to reduce chaffing but promote comfort and durability.

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Just slip the hood on for the complete Ninja effect!

Women’s Gecko Q Hood: with a 4-way stretchy construction and a flatteringly feminine cut the Gecko Q Hood is an extremely versatile Softshell jacket that’s lined with a cosy fleece on the inside and a smooth weather resistant, durable fabric on the outside for long lasting protection and comfort.

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The Women’s Gecko Q Hood also works well as a mid-layer for when the weather really clams up, but thanks’ to its four way stretch woven fabric you won’t encounter any restriction to your freedom of movement.

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A couple of hand warmer pockets adorn the outside of the Gecko Q Hood while on the inside there sits a zippered chest pocket for small valuables and the like. We really like the soft and smooth thumb loops and cuffs; snug and luxurious without feeling restrictive at all – a lovely bit of kit all round.

Women’s Ulta Q Jacket: form and function in perfect harmony; and we reckon Soft Shell jackets don’t come much more feminine in design or high in specification than the women’s Ulta Q Jacket from Haglofs.

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Fully featured with too many neat design elements to mention here the women’s Ulta Q Jacket is as technical as it is stylish. This combination makes the Ulta Q suitable as a durable mountain mid-layer or outer, or something to quickly slip into after your spinning class at the gym.

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The Ulta Q is highly wind and water resistant thanks to the inclusion of a Windstopper membrane and is further supplemented by its unique thermal qualities and high levels of breathability; add all these attributes together and it’s easy to see why the women’s Ulta Q Jacket is a desirable addition to any discerning winter wardrobe.

Norrona’s answer to the British Wet Weather

Norrona Fjora Dri 1 Cycling Gear

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You’ve got absolutely no excuses to go out cycling in the rain now!

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Check out Norrona’s superb lightweight Fjora Dri 1 waterproof cycle top and over-trousers for Scandinavia’s answer to the British wet-weather programme. Both the Fjora Dri 1 top and Pants boast a range of features and a dry-ride comfort that promises to vastly reduce the usual: ‘it’s raining so I can’t be bothered,’ syndrome.

I’ve used the Fjora Dry 1 jacket and trousers for both on and off road riding that’s included carrying a daypack for hours on end in the murky reaches of Exmoor in some pretty appalling weather.

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But even on my daily commute along the converted trailway the surface can get pretty mucky when it’s wet, so the Dry 1 top and bottoms have certainly had their fair share of mud and rain on and off over the last six months, but it’s now mid-September and autumn has hit hard: the temperature has fallen dramatically and the precipitation is, well … precipitating down!

Norrona’s Dri 1 waterproof and breathable fabric really is as good as they promise, the fabric has a warmer, less clammy feel to the touch feel on the inside than some other manufactures fabrics of choice; this is especially nice if you’re wearing short sleeves and the skin comes into contact with the cold inner fabric.

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The outer surface fabric is softer than other similarly styled cycle apparel, less crinkly if you like; quieter too. This makes for a comfortable ride as the Dri 1 Jacket and trousers mould to your body and legs. The trousers are snug fitting and you will struggle to get anything else other than cycle shorts on underneath, but that’s the point, the Fjora Dry 1 system is best used in anger out on the trail when pushing hard across the moors and mountains in crappy weather; Norrona’s Fjora Dri 1 cycling apparel is technical, high performance cycle clothing at its best.

 

On its way! – Schoffel Ski Wear is heading toRough Gear

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Schoffel Ski Wear

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In a major coup of unprecedented proportions we are pleased to announce that Rough Gear has joined the ever-so select list of retailers for World renowned ski brand: Schoffel.

Who? Schoffel, the high tech, high quality ski wear manufacturer who have been doing it longer than anyone else and who supply the clothing to Austria’s National Ski Team; you know … Schoffel?

Ok, so you still haven’t got it? Schoffel are probably the finest manufacturers of ski wear anywhere in the world, and they’re just as fussy as to who stocks it.

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Rough Gear has finally dipped its toes into the world of top-end ski clobber (notwithstanding that we already do ski mountaineering and powder ski wear from Norrona and Haglofs of course) but Schoffel is different – it looks more like traditional ski wear in the sense that it appeals to the piste hungry cruiser who knows exactly what he or she wants. which is? … The most gorgeous ski wear available to those who won’t look out of place with the other beautiful people on the sun-kissed slopes of St Anton, Mirabel, St Moritz or Courchevel – are you getting the picture, now?

We’re stocking a select range of both men’s and women’s ski wear which we think will appeal to our customers, and from this season we can springboard into next year’s collection with an even larger selection; here’s a taster of what’s on offer for this coming ski season:

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And if you’re wondering what the Schoffel catch phrase ‘ Ich bin raus’ translates into, well … ‘I am out’ as in the sense ‘I am outside, what are you doing’ … make of that what you will but it’s still the best skiing gear ‘out’ there.

Stay tuned for further updates as they come in on the fabulous new ski range from Schoffel … ‘are you out there?’

Norrona Winter 2013 Collection Part 2

Lofoten: dramatic archipelago off Norway’s North-western shoulder, home to the midnight sun, maelstrom tides, where the word maelstrom originates, and an amazing range of clothing that’s as beautiful and unique as the islands themselves.

Lofoten Gore-Tex Primaloft Jacket

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If layering up to keep warm isn’t your bag then take a good look at Norrona’s warmest waterproof Freeride jacket: the Lofoten Gore-Tex Primaloft Jacket. It’s crafted together using a blend of Gore-Tex Waterproof and breathable membrane and Primaloft synthetic insulation.

The Primaloft insulation keeps the bulk down and the warmth in while the Gore-Tex keeps the water out; and at and at a tad over 1000g the Lofoten Gore-Tex Primaloft Jacket is certainly no heavyweight.

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With more features than Ridley Scott’s film career the Lofoten Gore-Tex Primaloft Jacket is a powder skier’s dream: removable powder skirt with silicon grip, articulated elbows, laminated hand gaiters, taped seams, YKK water resistant seals, helmet compatible hood, soft chin protection, and the list goes on …

Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Jacket

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On the other hand, if the flexibility of layering up is your bag then maybe this beauty is for you? Made using the latest ripstop Gore-Tex Pro Shell stretch fabric, the Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro is a shell jacket that’s got versatility and classic styling bred into the very fibres of its construction.

Designed primarily for freestyle skiing and deep alpine powder days the Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Jacket offers the highest levels of protection and comfort in the deepest snow or even the wettest of weathers; this works particularly well if you’ve ever enjoyed late season skiing in Whistler where it can be dumping it down with fresh snow up top but pouring with rain in the valley floor.

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Freedom of movement plays an important part when deep powder skiing and the ripstop Gore-Tex Stretch fabric is a new and important innovation to freestyle skiing. Other neat details include: laminated hand gaiters, radio/key card pocket, removable powder skirt with silicone grip, soft chin protection, underarm ventilation and YKK water resistant zippers to name but a few.

/29 Wool Jacket

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29th April 1929, Jorgen Jorgensen stitches together his first outdoor equipment and the Norrona clothing company is born. 80 or so years later and Norrona’s latest lifestyle clothing range gets a new name – /29. Tenuous it may be but there’s no doubting the heritage that’s gone into the makeup of these lovely garments.

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Another neat exercise in morphing nature with manmade fibres, the /29 Wool Jacket has wool on the outside for warmth and polyester on the inside for comfort – man and nature in perfect harmony. Interestingly, the wool is reprocessed from old garments which is great for the ecology, there’s also a little nylon thrown in for good measure to aid the polyester keep its shape.

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Practical styling features include the high neck that’s the perfect foil for keeping the wind out, and the two hand warmer pockets keep small valuables safe and your digits functioning when the temperature drops – the /29 Wool Jacket is at the cutting edge of practical and stylish winter clothing from Norrona.

Norrona Winter 2013 Collection Part 1

Norrona’s Winter Selection 2013/14 Part 1

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If you’ve been living on Mars for the last ten years then we might (only just) forgive you for not knowing too much about Norrona or how fabulous their clothing and kit actually is, so, just in case you have come from the red planet, here’s a quick peek into just some of the gorgeous kit that’s landed for winter 2013/14.

TROLLVEGGEN Gore-Tex Pro Jacket

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Norrona’s Trollveggen Gore-Tex Pro Jacket gets its name from Norway’s ‘Trollveggen’ or ‘Troll Wall’ which at a stupendously sheer 5,950 feet from the valley floor to the top makes Trollveggen Europe’s highest vertical and overhanging rock face (the peak over hangs the base by 150 feet); it’s no wonder that Trollveggen, situated in the Reinheimen National Park on Norway’s West coast, is regarded as the cradle of climbing in Scandinavia.

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The Trollveggen is a fully-featured mountain Jacket that Norrona dutifully describe as ‘our most durable, weather protective and waterproof jacket’ – classic Scandinavian understatement if ever there was! The Trollveggen is a true work of art that’s as tough as it is lovely to look at and wear. Detailing and finish is faultless and the Trollveggen is one of the true mountain jackets that include fully waterproof YKK Aquaseal watertight zippers.

With such a famed and treacherous mountain wall as its name sake the Trollveggen Jacket has a great deal to live up to – and it does, and at Rough Gear we firmly believe that Norrona’s Trollveggen Gore-Tex Pro Jacket is probably the finest waterproof and breathable shell on the market today.

Slip the Trollveggen Gore-Tex Pro Jacket on, and you’re halfway up the mountain already!

 

NARVIK Gore-Tex 2L Jacket

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With its softer, quieter and highly supple face fabrics, the Narvik Gore-Tex 2L Jacket is a different kettle of fish (herrings, I suppose) to the Trollveggen and is named after Norway’s third largest city rather than some grumpy mythical creature.

Designed for freestyle and backcountry skiing, the Narvik Gore-Tex 2L Jacket is longer and baggier in its cut and fit, it’s still packed with neat features designed to keep the powder out and the heat in to make the most of your time in the snow.

The Narvik Gore-Tex 2L is a purist’s dream and has all the hallmarks of a garment that’s been through the rough and tumble of deep powder skiing to bring you the best protection you could ever wish for in the snow: freedom of movement, venting for when the action gets too warm, a snug fitting removable snow skirt with silicone grip, helmet compatible storm hood with wired brim and a radio/key card pocket are to name but a few of the features adorning the Narvik Gore-Tex 2L Jacket.

 

Norrona Women’s RØLDAL Warm3 Jacket

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Pronounced a little like the famous author: Roald Dahl, the women’s Roldal Warm3 is a technical fleece jacket that’s fits the bill for just about any winter pursuit: from topping out on a Scottish Munro to checking out at Top Shop.

Super-cosy to wear, the Roldal Warm3 is constructed from gorgeous Polartec Thermal Pro Fleece that traps warm air to retain body heat without too much weight or bulk.

Incredibly quick drying and highly breathable, the Polartec Thermal Pro is regarded as the market leading warm fleece fabric in use today; and once you’ve worn it outside you’ll understand why. The Warm3 is also the ideal mid-layer insulation garment when the weather turns really cold but the excellent moisture management qualities of the Polartec Thermal Pro fabric ensures that you’ll stay comfortable all day long.

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The design bod’s at Norrona have made the Women’s Warm3 jacket as stylish as a technical fleece can get without any frills, just practical, cosy performance and a warm comfortable fit that’s a real pleasure to wear.