Columbia unveils U.S. aerials, moguls Olympic uniforms
Jan 8, 7:00pm EST
The U.S. aerials and moguls team unveiled their new Columbia-designed Olympic uniforms that will be worn at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The two separate uniforms, modeled by aerialist Dylan Ferguson and moguls skier Heather McPhie, were custom designed by Columbia’s design team, who received input directly from the athletes to gain insight into how the uniforms could enhance performance.
Heather McPhie and Dylan Ferguson model off the new moguls and aerials Olympic uniforms, designed by Columbia. Photo: Instagram / Emily Cook
“We were incredibly impressed with the level of interaction we had with Columbia,” said U.S. freestyle mogul skier Heather McPhie. “They met with us several times and genuinely wanted to learn about what we needed. To be included in the design process like that was fantastic—that is exactly what it takes to create world-class uniforms like these.”
At the heart of the uniforms is Columbia’s patented Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology, which delivers more warmth with less bulk, providing athletes critical mobility and unrestricted movement without compromising comfort.
Other innovative details include a unique snow camouflage pattern to help mask body movement—a key judging component—for moguls skiers. The uniforms also feature a patent-pending Columbia-designed ultra-lightweight and low-profile LightRail™ Zipper which is bonded directly onto laser-cut fabric, completely eliminating the need for zipper tape and resulting in the lightest-weight waterproof zipper in the world.
Columbia’s uniforms will also be worn by athletes from Canada (moguls, aerials, slopestyle and halfpipe) who they sponsored in the 2010 Vancouver Games, and Russia (moguls, aerials, slopestyle, halfpipe, ski cross).
U.S. aerials Olympic uniform
The U.S. aerials uniform features special zippers that are laser cut, flexible and extremely low-profile. They feature a custom docking station for a truly watertight seal.
U.S. aerials Olympic jacket
The U.S. aerials Olympic jacket features more zippers, a custom-designed reflective emblem and the Omni-Heat® Thermal Reflective. This helps regulate body temperature with little silver dots that reflect and retain the warmth your body generates. The breathable material also dissipates moisture and excess heat. This technology also means more warmth with less bulk; ideal for maintaining maximum athletic mobility.
U.S. moguls Olympic uniform
The U.S. moguls Olympic uniform was designed specifically for mogul skiers who face the unenviable task of having to appear completely calm and smooth as they’re pummeled by the mountain’s most challenging terrain. To help mask body movement, Columbia developed a custom snow camouflage that actually mimics the look of moguls themselves, using gray tones to break up white space.
U.S. moguls Olympic jacket
Just like the aerials jacket, the moguls Olympic jacket features the Omni-Heat® Thermal Reflective. There's also a nameplate that makes it easy for athletes to keep track of their jackets or write an inspirational message.
Inside both jackets is a reflective emblem that channels a classic American motocross vibe. The strong interior graphic injects the uniform with a little bit of badass freestyle energy.