Sweet have some of the best freeride and backcountry focused apparel out there. For winter 2015 / 2016, the Norwegian brand are looking better than ever with their clothing range sitting alongside a brilliant line of helmets. Here’s a quick review of the highlights from the clothing line for winter 2015 / 2016. Part 2 previews the helmet range and can be found here.
Now in it’s 2nd year, the Monkey Wrench Jacket is sure to become a classic in the Sweet line. It fuses technical construction and high-end Gore-Tex materials with a utilitarian aesthetic. Perfect for days deep in the backcountry or hiking lines off the lift, the Monkeywrench has an abundance of features including multiple external pockets for easy storage, a big adjustable hood, long length for great protection and a loose and, articulated fit for easy layering and freedom of movement.
Stylish, technical bibs for deep days in the mountains. The Monkeywrench Pants compliment the Monkeywrench Jacket and make a bombproof combination for the big mountain rider. Using the same 3 layer Gore-Tex fabric as the jacket, these pants are a good choice for anyone looking for lightweight, durable protection. A roomy fit, big thigh pockets and removable suspenders are among the host of features along with the long dual venting zips that keep things cool on sweaty hikes.
The Supernaut is Sweet’s original big mountain shell. Clean lines, a closer fit and some of the best materials and construction methods available have given the Supernaut a great reputation for offering lightweight, durable performance. Featured enough to wear on the lifts but light and packable enough to use for touring, the Supernaut is the definitive all round shell in the Sweet range.
Matching the modern, performance driven make up of the jacket, the Supernaut Pant is built for freeride and touring use using top end materials for the best lightweight and durable performance. The high-waisted cut keeps snow out on deep days and long vents cool on warm ascents. Big pockets provide storage and the 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric is the offers long-term waterproof breathable protection.
“As a rule, we don’t shave off weight by compromising the performance. It is done through innovation and engineering, put to life with the best materials and most advanced manufacturing methods. HEAD OF DESIGN, STÅLE MØLLER
Women’s Voodoo Jacket
Essentially a Women’s specific version of the Supernaut Jacket, the Voodoo is a technical shell built for all round hardcore use, whether than be a day shredding pow off the lifts or a multi day tour in the backcountry. Gore-Tex Pro fabric is super durable, waterproof and very breathable, the big hood swallows a helmet and protects against storms and a female specific cut allows room for layers yet isn’t overly baggy.
Women’s Voodoo Pant
The Voodoo Pant is a women’s specific Gore-Tex Pant that offers enough flexibility and breathability for touring combined with windproof and waterproof protection for riding powder. Long vents cool whilst in the skin track, durable hems protect against sharp edges and multiple pocket options provide storage.
A lightweight shell made from Gore-Tex Active fabric. Designed for intense activities, the Jailbreak should excel when used for touring or spring riding. Despite its lightweight design, it still has features such as a big protective hood, multiple pockets and waterproof zips.
A lightweight mid or outer layer made with Primaloft insulation which has the advantage of still being warm when damp. Much more versatile than a fleece, the Jailbreak is windproof, warm, light, durable and breathable. It’s a perfect garment to layer under the Monkeywrench or Supernaut Jacket.
Alpine 17.5 / 200 Crew And Pant
Sweet have a new line of baselayers for winter 2015 / 2016. The fabric is superfine 17.5 merino wool in a 200g/m2 weight. 17.5 microns is exceptionally fine so should provide itch free temperature regulation. 200g/m2 is a great all round weight for a base layer – warm but not too heavy. Add in that classic Sweet style and you have what should be a pretty formidable baselayer. The Crew has a trad round neck and really nice looking cuffs. The bottoms are 3/4 cut for comfort with ski/snowboard boots. Both look to have a decent, articulated cut whilst still retaining some style so often lacking in ‘performance’ baselayers.