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An Exploration of Ventilation Systems in Ski Jacket Design

UW Design Senior Capstone 

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More accessible ventilation zips on the upper arms combined with the vent on the back of the jacket allows for efficient ventilation and a less cumbersome interaction than classic pit zips.

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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...


Wear 2-3 layers underneath main jacket


Bring a backpack for water, layers, and avalanche equipment

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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 

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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 :)

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