Why we chose the Ortovox 3L Deep Shell Jacket and Pants: The pants are an ISPO 2021 Gold Winner, the products are made by backcountry specialists, and there’s some genuinely environmentally-friendly credentials on show. A combo ideal for ski touring.
Price (Jacket): £590 / €650 / $680
Price (Pants): £525 / €580 / $600
As a brand name, Ortovox might bring to mind those big fighting robots that turn into cars and then back into big fighting robots again. However, they’re actually something (arguably) far cooler than that. Founded in 1980, by Gerald Kampel and Jürgen Wegner, Ortovox developed the first double frequency transceiver. Known as the Ortovox F2, it made searching for avalanche victims far more efficient and went onto become the number one option on the market; saving a number of lives as a result.
“They’re a brand with over 30 years experience of the backcountry, a brand who lives and breathes getting out beyond the resort boundaries”
Over subsequent years, Ortovox developed a reputation for producing the best, most advanced, avalanche transceivers around. They’re a brand with over 30 years experience of the backcountry, a brand who lives and breathes getting out beyond the resort boundaries. With that in mind, is there any brand better suited to developing top-level freeride clothing? Here’s Ortovox’s 3L Deep Shell Jacket and Pants offering.
Ortovox 3L Deep Shell Jacket
The Ortovox 3L Deep Shell jacket is PFC-free, climate neutral, and eco-friendly. It’s made for skiing in the less frequented parts of the mountains. With its high price point, technical design, and relatively low weight it’s clearly aimed at the core ski touring types over your classic ‘one run and done’ Sallys.
“It’s clearly aimed at the core ski touring types over your classic ‘one run and done’ Sallys”
The Dermizax EV membrane here means the jacket delivers on the functionality front. It’s windproof, waterproof, and breathable. What’s more, in the places where the body is most sensitive to the cold the jacket has been lined with everyone’s favourite kind of wool (merino). Reduced heat loss and max comfort; not to be sniffed at when you’re out in the middle of nowhere, unclipping your skins for another go on the pristine white stuff.