Klaus Obermeyer was a ski instructor and realized his students weren't staying warm or dry, and, therefore, weren't enjoying learning to ski as much as he knew was possible. He wanted to help them enjoy the sport. Always environmentally conscious, Klaus, respected the alpine environment and its majestic beauty. He began the design and manufacturing processes that continues today, using innovative and environmentally responsible authentic ski wear from the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
Today, Obermeyer continues the process started over fifty years ago, and utilizes the most up to date, technical fabrics and coatings in the manufacturing of its waterproof and breathable ski outerwear. Obermeyer continually strives to improve design and construction techniques and to develop environmentally sensitive materials for their cold weather products. Each of their garments represent the best in value with unsurpassed performance characteristics.
Since the beginning, Obermeyer has emphasized 'fit' to perfect the ultimate synergy between function and design. The design and fit process begins and ends in Aspen, Colorado. For Obermeyer, this is the ultimate inspiration and testing ground. Each garment is comprised of up to 345 individual component parts that are pieced together by the design team and master fit technicians to create a garment where functional performance is paramount.
Every sample is arduously measured and fitted on models and Alvanon forms. The master fit technicians revise and refine the patterns with the designers who alter design lines and select fabrics, always with an acute awareness of the critical motions of a skier. Decisions are made throughout the process that are intentional, with purpose, and driven by fit. Once perfected, the pattern is finalized in CAD format and approved. Obermeyer ski pants customers appreciate the value of these high quality ski pants and ski jackets from the moment they first try them on in a dressing room, to the performance on a powdery day on the slopes!
Waterproofing & Breathability - What does this mean?
When we cover up with fabrics designed to keep out water/moisture, things can get a little dicey. The skin on our body is our largest organ and keeping out water is really simple, nearly any plastic trash bag can do that. But simply covering the body with plastic won't allow the skin to function normally, and it won't be able to 'breathe,' a function that is necessary for comfort throughout the day.
When we do little more than walk, our bodies emit moisture. Each person is different as far as the amount of moisture emitted goes. Depending upon your metabolism and the level of your effort/exertion, each person also has their own idea of what is cold and what is comfortable for them. Obermeyer continuously researches and develops, in many cases with other industry experts, more and more performance/technical ski apparel fabrics that not only keep our water but also breathe.
Obermeyer measures the performance of their fabrics with SGS Testing Labs, an independent third-party testing facility that verifies fabric performance results.
So, what does "10,000" or "10K" mean and how does this apply to any particular garment? Well, these numbers are a standardized testing method that indexes performance and for the most part are useful across the industry. Typically, the first number is measured in millimeters (mm) and is a measurement of water-proofness, meaning that a 10K mm, or 10,000mm fabric, would equate to your putting a 1" x 1" square pipe/tube on top of a fabric, and that you would be able to fill it with water to a height of 10,000 mm (about 32 feet high) before water would penetrate the fabric. When the lab technician sees two drops of water penetrate, this is the point of measurement. The higher the number of mm, the more waterproof it is.
Typically, again, the second number you see is a list of specifications is the breathability of the fabric. This index tells us how many grams (g) of water vapor pass through a square meter of fabric in a 2 hour period. The rating is generally written as 10K g/m2/24hrs, or some variation of that. This rating mimics a wearer's body and is taken from the inside of the fabric to the outside. For instance a 10K fabric would allow 10,000 grams of water vapor to pass through from the inside to the outside in a 24 hour period of time, and becomes the breathability rating. Like the waterproofness rating, the higher the number of grams of water vapor that can pass from the inside to the outside, the more breathable and desirable the fabric is, and the more comfortable it will be. A fabric that doesn't breathe well will hold in perspiration water vapor and you'll feel that moisture build up, perhaps to a point of being 'wet,' where it can also, then, become colder for you and quite uncomfortable!
One of the most critical decisions you need to make when buying Obermeyer ski pants is the combination of waterproofness and breathability ratings, since together, these factors will tell you how dry you will likely stay after wearing them. Since the human body gets cold more quickly when it is wet, you need to stay dry to stay comfortable.
Obermeyer Ski Pants and Snowboard Clothing for the Whole Family
Obermeyer Kids is known the world over for their innovative designs and high performance youth clothing for skiers and snowboarders. Many of the clothes can be used for sledding or simple winter weather wear. Obermeyer has always been mindful of styling, detailing, function and fit when it comes to children's and junior's outdoor outerwear, including base layers, ski jackets, pants, bibs and one-piece snow suits. They are all created with every detail in mind.
Kid's Obermeyer Winter Sports Clothing
Obermeyer has always had an intense focus on ski clothes for children and toddlers, and invented the "Grow Cuffs" system, which allows kids to enjoy their winter or ski jacket, ski pants, or one-piece snow suit for an extended amount of time because the cuffs grow to a longer length as the child grows. Obermeyer styling keeps teens and juniors happy, looking good, cool and feeling warm while out in the snow or out on the slopes.
Benefits of Kid's Obermeyer Ski Pants and Accessories
Obermeyer kids, juniors and teen ski clothing is designed with the most innovative, advanced, functional and stylish features available include:
Extended Wear "Grow Cuffs" System. We innovatively and purposefully design our products to be worn multiple seasons, but with growing children that is not always feasible. To extend the longevity of our garments and support family skiing we developed the innovative I-Grow system. This proprietary system features a simple and unique way to lengthen the sleeves and cuffs up to two inches. Snip the I-Grow colored threads and you'll be ready for yet another season of fun.
Removable, insulated hoods give teens optional looks and function, depending on the weather and/or current styling trends.
Virtually waterproof and well-insulated ski pants have always incorporated lots of pockets for gloves, electronics, snacks, a wallet and more.
Obermeyer always comes out with cute designs for the wee ones, with functional features including mittens that have a fleece thumb for dabbing the runniest of noses and all are machine washable.
Toboggans, stocking cap,s and knit hats in a variety of styles and colors with a fit for every child including beanies, headers, brimmers, and orbit fleeces.