Putting an eco-friendly spin on our gear giveaways, we’ve got three products on the docket today that are united by their makers’ shared commitment to advancing the conversation regarding sustainable business practice.
We’re gonna start by highlighting the Verbier, Switzerland-based brand, FW, pronounced “forward,” which makes its grand debut for the 2019-20 winter season. FW’s products are set to be reviewed in FREESKIER’s 2020 Buyer’s Guide, hitting newsstands soon; the garments will be available for purchase at fwapparel.com and via select retailers. We’ve partnered with FW to bring you a sneak-peek at its flagship jacket for the 19-20 season—the Manifest 3L—and today’s lucky winner will take this piece home as part of the Green Gear Giveaway (valued at $599.95).
FW brings to market in its inaugural year a sweeping collection of performance baselayers, midlayers and highly technical, waterproof-breathable outerwear. Drawing inspiration from the Swiss Alps’ natural forms, which exude both simplicity and intricate detail, FW’s garments combine ultra-technical fabrics with an understated, minimalist aesthetic. The apparel is fit for use in harsh, wet, freezing-cold conditions and it also styles seamlessly into your streetwear look.
FW has thoughtfully utilized recycled materials throughout its collection, from yarn to insulation. The company’s leisurewear is made from 100-percent organic cotton. FW is also developing a repair program that will allow you to extend the life of the products you purchase, cutting down on throw-away consumerism. Additionally, FW has joined 1% for the Planet; in partnership with the non-profit, FW is committed to donating 1% of all sales to support organizations that are focused on bringing about a positive impact on the environment. The company even employs a Quality and Sustainability Manager to oversee its efforts on the eco-front.
Regarding the the Manifest 3L Jacket, this beaut’ is the pinnacle of FW’s engineering and design, delivering the synergy of impeccable style and the highest quality materials. Ultra-breathable and extremely waterproof, the Manifest 3L is built to withstand formidable weather. Three-layer membrane technology keeps you cool, calm, collected through sub-zero touring expeditions or warm, springtime afternoons at your local hill. Key features include the TORAY® DERMIZAX membrane, which is delightfully breathable and extremely waterproof; backpack- and harness-friendly construction with large under-arm vents; and a storm hood with a bonded visor.
Next on the list we’ve got a pair of Faction Skis’ brand-new Agent 2.0 backcountry touring skis. This premium product is valued at $849.
The Agent range boasts the best strength-to-weight ratio Faction has achieved in 13 years of crafting high-quality skis. Across the series, a super-light yet energetic Karuba wood core paired with carbon stringers provides smooth flex, high-performance drive and stability. Stronger edges, thick bases and tougher topsheets prolong the life of the skis and allow you to charge with confidence. All Agent models feature tip and tail rocker and elliptical sidecut, promoting ease of use—think effortless yet dependable response to your every command. Ideal for those mid-season backcountry treasures and springtime couloir missions, the skis are made in Austria with the highest manufacturing and quality standards the industry has to offer. These skis were rigorously tested in the Swiss Alps—Faction’s home.
Faction too is a member of 1% for the Planet and 1% of all sales of the Agent series will directly benefit Protect Our Winters throughout the upcoming season. The Agent series is available in four models: 1.0, 1.0 X, 2.0 and 2.0 X. The “X” branded models are built to celebrate and inspire women; the skis feature the exact same construction as the 1.0 and 2.0 and are differentiated only by length of ski and topsheet design.
Rounding out the Green Gear Giveaway today is the 25 oz. Insulated TKPro, the 100% plastic-free thermal bottle from Klean Kanteen ($44.95). This bad boy offers feature-rich versatility in a streamlined form. The TKPro’s integrated double-wall stainless steel cup comes in handy for camping missions or your morning cup of Joe, as does the 360-degree pour-through functionality. Klean Kanteen’s TK Closure™ internal thread design keeps your hot beverages toasty for up to 28 hours and the iced bevvies chilled for a whipping 90 hours. More to love: the electropolished 18/8 food-grade stainless steel interior doesn’t retain or impart flavors.
This FREESKIER-approved bottle makes the list today as Klean Kanteen is yet another 1% for the Planet member, and also a certified B Corporation—a grouping of more than 2,000 global companies that meet high standards of social and environmental transparency, accountability and performance.
So, here’s to scoring some gear that you can feel extra good about rocking this upcoming season, and hats off to the companies out there that are integrating sustainability and quality from their core. Best of luck to you in this week’s gear giveaway.