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Seamless knits debut in ski outerwear

Extremely elastic outer fabric is supported by a waterproof and highly breathable elastic membrane.

6th January 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Munich, Germany


The X-Alp ski touring outfit designed by Odlo extends the Swiss brand’s expertise in seamless knitted base layers to ski outerwear for the first time and received a 2022 ISPO Award at the sports gear exhibition in Munich in December

The PFC-free, waterproof and windproof jacket consists of a knitted outer fabric that is extremely elastic in all directions thanks to its construction and is supported by a waterproof and highly breathable elastic membrane. The particularly quiet and soft hardshell material weighs only 120gsm and can be packed smaller than conventional hardshells.

Zoned functions knitted into the face fabric provide further weight reduction, enhanced breathability and – combined with the underlaid waterproof membrane – a unique visual effect.

The X-Alp ski touring outfit. © Odlo

“Our new Performance Knit collection has been purposefully designed to bring the next generation of ski touring apparel to the growing number of everyday athletes taking to backcountry sport,” said Odlo product director Timo Pape. “Odlo has long been trusted as an expert in seamless base layer knitting and we’re proud to extend this craftsmanship through to ski outerwear. With the X-Alp Performance Knit 3L jacket and pants we’ve employed innovative warp knitting and waterproof membrane technologies to deliver new levels of comfort and freedom of movement, while still delivering 3L protection from the elements. This enhanced performance experience, combined with a distinctive design, really sets these pieces apart from what’s come before.”

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