Backcountry to Downtown: Cold Smoke Co.
In the performance-driven outdoors world, the mantra “form follows function” is standard fare – if you’re pushing for a winter summit in the Tetons you’re probably not as concerned with how you look as you are with staying dry and warm. Designs follow strict guidelines set by extreme needs for serious skiers, climbers, and adventurers. Back in civilization though, most of us wouldn’t dream of putting our old ski jacket to use around town, twelve inches of snow in Manhattan be damned.
However, there’s much to be said of the technical fabrics that are dominating the backcountry, and our friends over at Cold Smoke Co. are at the forefront of the growing movement in the fashion world to bring these outdoors focused technologies into everyday fashion. Born on a heli-skiing trip in the back reaches of British Columbia, Cold Smoke’s mission since their inception has been to marry urban styling and classic military inspired workwear with the durability and capability usually reserved for outerwear headed on Polar Expeditions. They’re not the first to incorporate touches like waterproof breathable membranes, removable powder skirts, and over-sized helmet compatible hoods to traditional urban pieces, but they’re definitely the best looking we’ve seen yet.
Their Extreme Conditions line stands up to the worst the recent polar vortex (or your morning commute) can throw your way. Our favorite piece? The Asymmetric Anorak ($489) has all the hallmarks of a serious mountaineering shell (eVent waterproof lining, fully seam sealed, and oversized for winter layering), but cleans up nicely with a pair of selvedge jeans and work boots for some city exploring.
For more casual use we recommend checking out the Daily Conditions collection. Equally at home grabbing an apres-ski beer in Aspen or making the morning coffee run across Williamsburg, the Ikkuma Flannel ($280) and Kaya Parka ($685) add character to your wardrobe without committing the faux-pas of going full blown lumberjack. Regardless of your style picks this spring, it’s comforting to know that if your trek home from the office or that lunch date suddenly involved crossing a frosty mountain range or backwoods trail, Cold Smoke Co. has got you covered.