When we set out on a journey, we don’t always know what we will encounter. We might know the destination, but the best part is discovering that to reach the goal we can always choose different paths.
Karpos and Pierra Menta embarked on this partnership two years ago, and after an incredible first year, the objectives to be achieved for the second grew.
This race is a source of new projects and new opportunities.
The essence of Karpos is to develop gear that allows you to go to the mountains, increasing your freedom and giving more space to self-expression. Starting from this foundation, every new project is the result of research and collaboration, including with our partners.
Hence the idea of making a ski mountaineering jacket that is extremely durable and is perfect for braving the wind, snow, and cold. Conditions that those who follow the Pierra usually face.
We designed it for those who wait for the athletes along the route to provide food and drink, technical assistance, or moral support, cheering on everyone regardless of nationality.
It’s a jacket designed for those who climb up with great effort and shouldn’t have to freeze when they stop to wait for their friends to pass by.
It’s for those of you who need to be dry when you get to the top and then be protected while waiting. Ready after the competitors pass to throw yourselves downhill at full speed to where you can see them flash by again after they crest the next summit.
So we created our best ski mountaineering jacket for enthusiasts who are self-sufficient, who may provide support for the participants in competition if needed but who may also just have fun spending a day in the snow-covered mountains.
We put all our energy into this project, and we brought in Polartec®, our partner in the creation of the best thermal and breathable fabrics, ideal for the high-intensity activity of ski mountaineering.
The result of our work is the Miage Jacket. The perfect jacket for any self-reliant ski mountaineer.
Made with Polartec® Alpha® Direct 90 g insulation on the front, back and front of the arms.
Evolution of the original Alpha® technology, Alpha® Direct can be in direct contact with the skin or other layers of fabric. This new design increases breathable performance and further reduces the overall weight of the garment.
The jacket is completed with Polartec ® Hardface, the best abrasion resistant fabric from Polartec®.
Hardface® technology with DWR offers even greater water repellency, without sacrificing breathability. Hardface® coating maintains high quality performance and extends garment life.
An exceptional result for the Miage Jacket created with Polartec for the Pierra Menta and for all ski mountaineering enthusiasts.
“Winning this prestigious award that celebrates the best outdoor garments made with Polartec fabrics is a gratifying acknowledgment of the work and energy we’ve put into this project to create the best ski mountaineering jacket ever made” says Gioia Cremonese, Karpos business unit director. “The creation of top-quality garments requires research, commitment, and teamwork. The collaboration we launched with Pierra Menta was a new challenge that needed a reliable partner such as Polartec in order to be successful. We brought our manufacturing expertise, Polartec the research, Pierra Menta the challenge. The result? A garment beyond compare! Thank you, Polartec. Thank you, Pierra Menta.”