The Range of
Full-grained leather with Teflon waterproof treatment, Hipora waterproof membrane, Plrimaloft insulation and palm reinforcements. Men's and Women's versions available, the latter offered in white or black.
Advanced, high-performance specification as for the LX Gloves.
Men's LX Ski Helmet
Both shock and thermal protection are assured in this highly-specified helmet.
External covering in black leather.
Men's LX Ski Hat
100% cotton with polyester fleece interior
Women's LX Ski Hat
100% polyester with micro-fleece strip.
Each season sees skiwear manufacturers unleashing a new explosion of colourful ways of getting noticed on the slopes. Lacroix, on the other hand, has its own, more purist approach. We call it style.
Anyone who has encountered Lacroix skis glinting impassively in an opulent boutique or out powering their fortunate owners around the mountain, will already be aware that here is one company which takes an uncompromising and highly individual approach to styling its aspirational creations.
And if, like us, you've actually skied them, you'll also know that their ‘show’ is underpinned by prodigious amounts of real ‘go’. Style with substance might be something of an overworked phrase, but here we feel it's more than justified.
At first glance it might appear that the less-is-more design philosophy of the ski range has also been applied to the 2012 Lacroix skiwear collection. However, look again, beyond the startling black-meets-white colour palette, and an altogether different picture emerges.
A look unmistakably Lacroix...
First there's the look: tailored and contoured in a way rarely seen in mountain sport wear. Then there's the even more radical decision to adopt a potentially limiting monochrome theme. In reality, however, it turns out to be nothing of the sort, thanks to a range of quite dramatic variations, allowing the opportunity to reflect individual taste. In fact, it would be perfectly possible to select a choice of outfits to suit the occasion, the setting or simply your mood.
Either way, the effect when contrasted with the more strident of the season's colours from other manufacturers, is destined to be unmistakable (and unmistakably Lacroix).
Finally, the impeccable design credentials are complimented by the very highest standards of manufacture and materials.
Beauty with intelligence
If the quality of tailoring is old-world, the materials to which it has applied here are anything but. The Hard Shell Jacket range, for example, incorporates specially developed three-layer multi-stretch external fabrics for style, protection and breathability, while linings employ IRL® bio ceramic membranes to reflect infrared light. The uncompromising specification also includes quilted soft leather reinforcement panels and watertight zips, plus (for the women's range) a removable fur collar.
Legwear-wise, forget mere salopettes; in Lacroix terminology we now speak of Smart Pants. And with some justification, thanks to a specification which is just as comprehensive as that of the jackets.
Alternatively, both men's and women's jackets are available as Soft Shell variants (illustrated right), offering lighter, more body-hugging construction, suited to more variable conditions. Their high levels of thermal protection are combined with enhanced comfort and freedom of movement.
Technical longsleeve base-layers are cotton-free for breathability and ultra-quick drying, while extreme stretch characteristics make for high comfort levels.
Our experiences last season have given us a healthy respect for the Lacroix range of premium skis, which a colleague had previously described as “The Rolls-Royce of skis...”. We wouldn't disagree. A similarly uncompromising approach to every aspect of design and construction is evident in the Lacroix 2012 range of skiwear, which we have no hesitation in commending as much more than a fashion-based choice. Behind the good looks are unsurpassed levels of performance and comfort.
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