Ever since Halfdays, a sustainably-made, women-owned and operated ski gear company, popped onto the scene, I’ve been a big, huge fan. Their designs are flattering (yet technical), and their colors are gorgeous. Case in point? My first purchase was their olive green set, and I (still!) receive complements each time I wear it. The Halfdays olive green is much more pretty than drab, and I never get sick of it.
This year, in response to popular demand, Halfdays not only came out with bib overalls (yayyyy!!) and an extra-warm puffer jacket, but they also expanded their range of colors to include everything from an icy pastel blue called “frost”….
…to the cheeriest, most playful orange called “spritz” (in honor of the drink, Aperol Spritz).
Of course, the orange “spritz” is Pax’s favorite. Because it’s easier to find me on the hill (and, of course, we match).
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hopping on a call with one of the Halfdays founders, Karelle. Of course, being the picky girl that I am (in all things), I had a helpful list of “suggestions” for next year.
Gang, I was blown away to find that no matter what I said…they were already ON IT. There wasn’t a single suggestion that they didn’t already have a plan to address. I certainly don’t want to spoil Halfdays’ thunder by spilling the beans here, but suffice it to say: I’m really impressed. Not only do they take customer feedback very seriously, but they are just as heavily invested in the technical aspects as they are in the style, color and fit.
High-fives, Halfdays. I can barely wait for next year’s release.
At one point, Karelle joked (confessed?) that the hardest part for next year has been narrowing down the color choices. Do they just add to their existing range of colors, or are we going to have to say goodbye to Spritz???
Halfdays Base Layers: Not Just For Skiing
But I’ve really been meaning to talk about Halfdays’ base layers. They’ve quickly become some of my absolute favorites. The base layer top is cut high in the armholes, making for a really good range of movement, the bottoms are nicely high-rise, and the set washes and dries really well. Furthermore, the fabric has some sort of flattering compression thing going on, yet is suuuuuper comfortable (thanks, I think, to the ribbing).
I find that even after skiing, I’m not in a race to change out of them, and anytime I need a little extra warmth, I’ve been slipping these base layers on under everything.
They’re pretty good just on their own.
I now own two sets of Halfdays base layers (both the ‘espresso’ pictured, and my olive green set), and all winter I’ve been layering them under sweaters. I’ve found that because these tops are ever-so-slightly slippery, cozy sweaters can be layered over them without messing up the drape of the sweater. Because the drape isn’t affected, the pairing never looks bulky.
But rest-assured: the feel of this base layer top is more ribbed fabric than slippery fabric. Truly, I don’t know how they do it.
Best of all, these tops are seriously cute on. Like…if I need to ditch the sweater, I’m totally happy to hang out in my base layer. Gang, I’ve worn this to the bar. Granted, it’s Vermont…but still.
Not bad, right?
Anyway, the hot second Halfdays drops their 2023 collection, I’ll let you guys know. Only…220+ days until ski season starts up again. #whoscounting