Gear For The Tiny House Life
You’ve seen Molly Baker and Zack Giffin slaying pow in the Tiny House films. Wonder what OR gear they’re wearing? Here are their lists of favorites.
Floodlight Jacket A fully waterproof puffy? How could you go wrong? Beyond the technical aspects of this piece, it’s one of my favorite looking OR jackets: longer, fitted, and lots of great detailing. The Floodlight will be a consistent piece for me this season.
Valhalla Jacket and Pants It’s a dreamy combo, perfect for long tours and bopping around the Tiny House. I know almost anywhere we travel I’ll use my Valhalla setup because it’s great for backcountry skiing. The lightness keeps me feeling quick on the skin track, and because I’ve been properly ventilated on the way up, I don’t freeze once we get to the top.
Acetylene Jacket A soft and stretchy mid-layer with front core insulation for hiking and skiing on cold days, the Acetylene is my go-to mid-layer. I double this piece as an around town/Tiny House jacket too.
Stormbound Mitts I am a mitt person. I love them. OR’s Stormbound Mitts are soft, cozy, and highly waterproof, so I can use them on storm days or those bitterly cold clear days. With a soft, malleable palm, it’s easy to grip onto ski poles or the Tiny House hatchet for cutting firewood.
Radiant Hybrid Tights In the Tiny House we try to only bring a few pairs of long underwear because we don’t have room for everyone to bring a fresh pair for every ski day. The Radiant Hybrids are my favorite. I know I can bring them and be warm enough on extra cold days because of the extra step OR took with the thin fleece on the inside.
Vanguard Pants The OR three-layer GOR-TEX soft shell fabric seems to be the perfect combination of qualities for a bib pant. Stretchable, waterproof, breathable and durable, the Vangaurd is warm enough to stay comfortable with only a thin base layer pant in almost every temperature condition. With good cross-flow venting and a relaxed fit, they’re also ideal for touring on 90 percent of my backcountry ski days.
Maximus Jacket The Maximus is the lightest, most functional backcountry jacket I’ve ever worn. A true backcountry jacket, the Maximus is built from the highest rated technical materials possible, while trimming back on all the unneeded extras that increase the weight and cost. This is The Jacket for the skier who wants everything you need and nothing you don’t. The Maximus epitomizes the slogan “beauty in function,” and at $495 retail, it’s the most affordable way to get into a top-level three-layer GOR-TEX pro shell jacket that I’ve seen!
Halogen Hoody Let me break down why the Halogen keeps winning awards: It’s a mid-layer that preforms at all moments during my day. Stretchable Schoeller armpit panels allow for unrestricted climbing motions. PrimaLoft synthetic insulation keeps me warm even after a long, sweaty climb and the super light Pertex water resistant outer layer means I can delayer during a snowstorm without concern about soaking my base.
Incandescent Hoody This is a super-light water-resistant 800-fill down puffy coat. In case of an emergency, I like to keep this jacket in my pack at almost all times. One of the first things I learned about emergency situations is how cold a victim will get during the rescue. At 18 ounces, there is no reason not to keep one of these jackets in your pack at all times. Plus, it works really well as an extra layer on cold, windy ridges. I view this jacket in the same category as a helmet, beacon or first aid kit—it’s a lifesaver.