I've always loved FlyLow. The product—tough, well-made, good-looking—is made by life-long skiers. The affable cofounders of the independent brand, Dan Abrams and Greg Steen, started FlyLow because they couldn't find a pair of pants that held up to the skiing they did—which is to say, hard. They produced their first apparel in 2005 and, 12 years later, their outerwear is ubiquitous in American mountain towns. Meanwhile, Dan and Greg still just love skiing—and they do it a lot and they are very good at it.
As much as I love what FlyLow does, I haven’t actually worn their product regularly. I never felt like their gear fit me. Everything I tried always felt boxy: short and wide on my small frame (I'm 5-foot-8, 140 pounds). I prefer a longer, slimmer cut, and so I wrote off FlyLow—great stuff, just not for me. This winter I went skiing with Dan and Greg, and on a chairlift at Solitude, I gave them my feedback. They are craftsman, and are genuinely interested in hearing what skiers think.
Recently, they countered my feedback with a box of FlyLow gear. Turns out, I was wrong. This is what they sent. Everything is a size medium, except the pant, which are smalls. I wore this kit recently on a late November day on the hill. It all fit and skied great.
The Crowe has a slim fit. It’s lightweight (387 grams) and breathable and, without a lot of bulk, it’s ideal for layering under a shell. It also feels soft and cozy to the touch. It’s made with Primaloft Eco—post-consumer recycled materials—with a DWR finish, so it works as an outer-layer around town, too. Like this puffy? You can get one here.
I typically wear a medium pant, but I wore a small Magnum pant and they fit great. I like a pant to run baggy but not excessively so. These hit that sweet spot and sat at the cuff of my boot in the right place. More importantly, they are a tough three-layer, 86 percent polyester/14 percent Spandex pant with 20k/20k breathability and waterproofing. They’re ideal for everyday resort use, but would be great for shorter tours as well. Get a pair here.
I wore the Crowe with the Quantum Pro, a three-layer nylon shell with 20k/20k breathability and waterproofing. The jacket has a wider cut than say, a Dakine shell, but the medium still fit me well. I like the black with gold details, the pockets, and the fabric feels bomber. It’s a great resort jacket that should hold up to seasons of abuse. Buy the jacket here.