As of this season there is a new version of the SUMMIT softshell jacket, and once again it is a representative of the pure functionality of DIRECTALPINE clothing. This maximum functionality predestines it for use during activities with higher burden and higher physical demand. It is based on the concept of protection of the core (core of the body) of the user in the impact zone (front), and also attainment of maximum possible permeability of the jacket in other parts. In this way it ensures the physiological comfort of the user excellently. The front part of the jacket and the shoulders are made of barrier, i.e., wind-resistant, protective softshell with function of lower coolmax layer ensuring that sweat is drawn away from the body. The rest of the jacket is a combination of several functional knitted fabrics, one of which ensures the necessary drawing away of dampness from the body (coolmax), and the other, additional, knitted fabric ensures thermal insulation in the necessary places (thermolite). It is also highly elastic and ensures perfect flexibility of the jacket and comfort. Just as with the trousers CASCADE PLUS, I worked closely with a team of professional skiers of the Italian family manufacturer of Alpine skis, the firm SKITRAB, when developing SUMMIT. Their testing and ideas gave me several interesting additional inspirations for the development of this jacket.
SUMMIT has a highly ingenious design. Both the close-fitting anatomical cut and the functional combination of materials clearly defines its use - demanding, often physically exhausting, activities, where you really take it to the max! The two-layer close-fitting collar has a coolmax strip on the inside which draws sweat away from the neck. Moreover, between the two individual layers of the collar there is an integrated hood made of elasticated material which is very pleasant and fits perfectly - it makes it possible to put this hood on under a helmet and so protect your head better against cold. On the shoulder there are elastic protective panels with Kevlar as shoulder protection when carrying a rucksack or skis. There is a practical pocket on the chest. The lower side pockets are sufficiently high and do not prevent access to the pockets even when using a rucksack or climbing/rock harness. The central zip is covered from the bottom by a flap which prevents the wind blowing on the body. SUMMIT gloves are anatomically shaped. The edge is terminated with a long elastic cuff which can be rolled up over the wrist and back of the hand - for basic protection of the hand against cold - and it is possible to fix it to the hand using the thumb hole. The side parts are not split at the armpits, which means that when raising your arm, the jacket is not pulled out from the waist or from the back. The lower edge can be adjusted, even one handed, using an elasticated drawstring, and so it can be adjusted easily even in thick winter gloves. The reflective elements on the jacket are designed in such a way that from any angle one of the reflective prints or strips is visible and thus increases your safety or possibility of identification at night in the mountains.
The SUMMIT jacket is a clear choice for people who like to "take it to the max" and give it 100%. If you often carry a rucksack, with SUMMIT you can forget about a cold, damp back under the rucksack when you stop for a while for a breather. The jacket breathes well even under the jacket. The front load-bearing softshell is sufficient protection even during a strong wind and protects your body core and keeps it warm, and the other parts of the jacket manage the ventilation. When the weather gets worse, you would get cold quickly as a result of an uncovered head because the head is a great source of bodily cooling – but that's no problem...you pull the close-fitting integrated head out of the collar and it provides you with good protection immediately. The wind isn't blowing on your neck or head, and you feel better straight away. Pull the cuffs over your wrists and you have makeshift gloves for basic hand protection. So you can keep giving it the max and significantly delay the time when you really need to pull out your backup protective jacket. The very close-fitting SUMMIT cut is a great benefit for the use of light backup jackets, where it can serve as a comfortable second layer and is no obstacle under the top jacket. SUMMIT is a jacket for those who put there heart and soul into things and give it 100%.