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Mountain Hardwear Launches Viv Kit; Innovative Design Collaboration with Ski Mountaineer Vivian Bruchez

November 3, 2020

Richmond, Calif. (November 3, 2020) – Mountain Hardwear, a leader in performance equipment and apparel for climbers, mountaineers, and athletes, has launched the Viv™ Kit, a full-featured ski-mountaineer kit, designed in collaboration with steep skier, Chamonix Mountain Guide ski mountaineer and Mountain Hardwear athlete Vivian Bruchez.

“The spirit of this kit is a mix between ski and alpinism with inspiration from snowboarding. It’s designed to climb and ski with the vision of Chamonix Mont-Blanc style: radical, vertical and technical,” said Vivian Bruchez. “The kit is extremely high quality but also a very versatile product that you can bring from the resort to the big lines. I’m very proud to contribute to the creation of this kit with the help of a strong team of designers, who strive to deliver the best product to the passionate ski community.”

Built with pack integration and gear storage in mind, the Viv™ GORE-TEX Pro Jacket features two large, zippered chest vents that allow access to oversized internal drop pockets for gloves, skins, or radios, without having to remove a carrying system. With safety being paramount, all pockets are harness-compatible, and the hood allows room for a helmet. Integrated with patented RECCO® avalanche rescue reflector technology, a two-part rescue system featured in all Mountain Hardwear advanced- to elite-level winter skiwear, these lightweight transponders require no power or activation to function and go unnoticed when worn.

A minimal and lightweight construction is the foundation of the active-ergonomic fit of this kit. With enough room and length to accommodate layering options for colder environments, it’s tailored to support warmth and movement, while reducing bulk. Articulated in key areas, the kit allows uninhibited movement, whether skinning up a mountain, accessing deep terrain via sled, rappelling into a couloir, or getting dropped out of a helicopter.

The Viv™ Gore-Tex® Pro Jacket (MSRP $725) and the The Viv™ Gore-Tex® Pro Bib (MSRP $600) is available now in sizes S – XXL at www.mountainhardwear.com.

For media inquiries or additional information on the Viv Kit, please reach out to Ashlee Peterson at APeterson@mountainhardwear.com

About Mountain Hardwear

Mountain Hardwear, Inc., founded in 1993 and based in Richmond, CA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company that distributes its products through specialty outdoor retailers in the United States and 34 countries worldwide. We build essential equipment for climbers, mountaineers, and outdoor athletes and have supported expeditions on the world’s highest peaks. This level of technical precision continues to inspire everything we do. Our designers challenge every stitch and detail to continuously improve both function and comfort. www.mountainhardwear.com

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