Orsden is a New OnLine Manufacturer of Quality Ski Wear.
For much of my life the word “disruptive” was associated with toddlers and teenagers. More recently, it has been associated with the introduction of radically new and better ways of doing things. It’s the impact of the cell phone on the traditional telephone; digital photography vs. film; Wikipedia vs. shelf-bound volumes of Britannica.
Now it’s happening in how we purchase skiwear. I recently stumbled upon Orsden, a manufacturer of ski parkas that sells its product exclusively online. This is one very nice ski jacket. It lists for $330. SeniorsSkiers.com readers get a $50 discount on their first purchase by entering SNRSKI50 during check out. In other words, you can purchase this terrific ski jacket for $280!
I’ve checked a few local high-end shops where comparable product would be about twice the price.
Orsden’s parkas are new this season. The one I’ve been wearing looks great and has some very nice features. Like all of their parkas, it uses a comfortable 4-way stretch fabric that moves as you move.
The detachable hood is sized to cover a helmet.All zippers are sealed. All pockets are well positioned and easily opened and closed. The left arm pocket for electronic lift tickets is near the bicep, where most card readers are located.
Other features include a detachable powder skirt, an attached goggle wipe in the chest pocket, and ample pit zips.
The fabric is water repellant and the fill is warm.
Orsden’s website has specific measuring instructions to help get the best fit. If it’s not right, the company will replace it with a better size.
Colors are terrific (I got Redwood).
Mine came with a handwritten thank you note from the head of the company.
I’ve worn it around town where it’s as appropriate as on the slopes.
I understand that the company has plans to introduce other skiwear next season.
Bottom line is this: Orsden is offering beautifully crafted, high quality ski parkas for men and women at a fraction of what they would cost in a retail outlet. The logic is the same as that of some other online purchases, eliminate the middleman and deliver higher quality at lower cost.