Why We Chose It: Innovative, carbon-conscious build, ethically manufactured.
In general, we tend to leave skiwear reviews to our friends over at sister title Mpora. But the Ortovox 3L Deep Shell jacket’s sustainability story was so impressive that we felt it merited a place in this year’s Green Gear Guide.
Now, if you’re not familiar with Ortovox, the German winter sports brand – which is owned by the same parent company as pack maker Deuter – is probably best known for its avalanche transceivers and rucksacks. But Ortovox also has a long-established clothing and apparel range, being particularly well known for its high-quality wool garments, especially in European markets.
The Deep Shell is a little different, being a fully waterproof and breathable ski shell incorporating Dermizax EV fabric, a membrane technology from Japanese textile manufacturer Toray. Having said that, it is lined with merino wool inserts in areas of the body that are particularly sensitive to the cold, providing more insulation than most waterproof jackets.
“It’s been produced in the most environmentally friendly way possible.”
Designed to be durable and tough, it offers sustainability through longevity, being built to stand up to hard use over multiple ski seasons. But the eco-conscious approach goes far beyond that, since this jacket is also PFC-free and certified climate-neutral. Which not only makes it great for deep powder days, but also better for the planet.
What Is The Deep Shell Jacket Best Suited To?
This jacket is designed to be lightweight and supple compared to most rival ski shells. It has a relaxed fit for improved freedom of movement, and those cosy merino wool inserts. All these qualities make it a great resort jacket, ideal for long powder days.