Backer's Talk - Ingo, Sani, Gernot, Christian, Matt & Chris

We believe it's key to listen to your community. The backers from our Kickstarter project are our community from day 1 and form time to time we'd like to share a little background story with all of you. Today we've spoken with a group of almost 40-year olds from Austria. Ingo, Sani, Gernot, Christian, Matt and Chris decided for the 5-pack deal. So they'll all wear the same jacket on their next trip to Jackson Hole (Wyoming) next year.

The picture was taken on their trip in 2014 to Wolkenstein / South Tyrol in the Dolomites. They hired a guide and skied down Val Lasties and Val Mezdi. The picture was taken by the guide Simon Kehrer

The picture was taken on their trip in 2014 to Wolkenstein / South Tyrol in the Dolomites. They hired a guide and skied down Val Lasties and Val Mezdi. The picture was taken by the guide Simon Kehrer

Names: Ingo, Sani, Gernot, Christian, Matt, Chris
Age: Almost 40 :)
From: We are all from Vorarlberg / Austria close to the Swiss border; four of us are still living there; one moved to London and one is currently residing in Los Angeles

What are your favourite snow sports?
We were fortunate enough to have grown up in the Austrian Alps where skiing is the number one sport in Winter. We all learned to ski at early ages and it’s the most natural thing one can do here in the mountains. Austrians tend to take themselves very seriously when it comes to ski racing but that was never our thing. Also, despite growing up during the big snowboarding hype we never really got into shredding with our legs locked side by side. What we love is drawing lines in the fresh pow on a pair of skis. We did that long before the term “freeriding” has found its way into the dictionaries and hopefully we will be able to enjoy the feeling for many years to come.

Where do you guys go ride the last few years?
Despite growing up in the middle of the Alps surrounded by great ski resorts like the Arlberg (Lech, St. Anton) we have always been curious about exploring other regions both within Austria and abroad. A couple of years ago we decided to do one special ski trip per year to a new destination. In the beginning we had endless discussions about where to go and what to do. The solution was to introduce a “rotation system” where each year one of us chooses the destination and takes responsibility for the whole organisation of the trip. This turned out to be a great idea and we've had some brilliant adventures in the past few years. We’ve been to Mürren in Switzerland, Wolkenstein in Italy and checked out other Austrian resorts such as Bad Gastein, Matrei or Zillertal and last year we visited Courmayeur / Mont Blanc, France. 

Why did you back this Kickstarer project?
We’re all going to be 40 soon and therefore we decided to make next years trip very special. It has been our dream to ski overseas once in our life and it’s our plan to go to Jackson Hole (Wyoming) next year. When my friend Sani came across the Open Wear Kickstarter project he asked us if we would join in. I loved the idea and my initial thought was that wearing the same jackets and expressing our team spirit could make our next trip even more special. All the others where also very excited about the idea. From our own experience we know how hard it is to find a good jacket at an affordable price. The Open Wear project sounds really promising; we have the chance to support a team that is very passionate about creating a great product - one that is extremely practical, stylish but at the same time eco-friendly and affordable. We’re really looking forward to wearing these jackets and test them in fresh Champagne Powder :)