by John Russel Jones

Italian brand Kappa announced a 10-year partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard back in May, but we’re just now seeing the results now that winter is only days away. The collection presents activewear versions of the racing clothes normally worn by the athletes on the team. Pieces include a ski jacket and pants, fleece sweater, ultra-light down jacket, heat-sealed windproof, waterproof down jacket, cotton T-shirt, tracksuit (hoodie + pants), visor hat and a wool hat in dark navy blue with U.S. Ski & Snowboard team logos. There will also be a few exclusive items in white and red, designed to represent the Stars and Stripes.

Six young athletes from U.S. Ski & Snowboard are featured in the advertising campaign shot in Salt Lake City in October, including alpine skier Bella Wright, freestyle moguls skier Kai Owens, freeskier Jay Riccomini, cross country skier Luke Jager and up-and-coming athletes Izzy Worthington and Bo Giddings.

It is the first time that a single outerwear and racing suit brand appears on the uniforms of all the winter sports teams of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: alpine ski, snowboard, freestyle, freeski and cross country.

The new Kappa 4Cento 400 Kombat SL 2022 US uniforms were already spotted on the first two podiums in the FIS Ski World Cup 2022-23 season with a double victory by Mikaela Shiffrin in Levi, Finland, on November 19th and 20th.