Alta

An Exploration of Ventilation Systems in Ski Jacket Design

Senior Capstone

Outdoor Apparel Design

2019

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More accessible ventilation zips on the upper arms allow for a smooth and efficient interaction. The placement on the high pressure zone of the skier affords more airflow through the jacket than pit zips.

Efficient
Ventilation

The open mesh vent on the back of the jacket is on a low pressure zone. The interaction between the two pressure zones increases air flow while the skier is moving on the mountain. 

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The bottom flaps of the jacket can be snapped to the sides as another option for temperature regulation. 

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Hood accommodates helmet

Waterproof zippers on pockets and arm vents

Plenty of storage for skiing essentials in large pockets

Research and Design Process

Ventilation in ski jackets has been dominated by pit zips in the snow jacket industry.

Pit Zips

I asked people about important qualities of their outdoor apparel...

70%

Wear 2-3 layers underneath main jacket

75%

Bring a backpack for water, layers, and avalanche equipment

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SAFETY (COLOR)

VENTILATION

WATER RESISTANT

STORAGE

Rethinking Areas of Ski Jackets

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Regulating body temperature without removing layers

Ventilation through alternative solution to pit zips, which can be cumbersome to use

Adequate storage options
in jacket

How might a ski jacket regulate temperature for active skiers
through an improved and innovative ventilation system while also providing adequate storage options?
 

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There are high and low pressure zones on moving objects that create a flow of air when openings are placed on both zones. 

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Color and Material 

Using the Mountains as a Canvas

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I was inspired by The North Face film Queen Maud Land  and the striking primary colors of the gear and apparel. The snow and the stark landscape of Antarctica is the perfect white canvas for these strong colors.

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BURNT ORANGE

ROYAL BLUE

SUNRAY

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Alta

A ski jacket utilizing pressure zones on skiers to create an efficient and innovative ventilation system. 

Alta in Use!

I spent this past winter using and testing the features and functionality of Alta for future iterations of the jacket.

This project was the beginning of a passion for designing and making outdoor apparel. Stayed tuned for upcoming projects :)