Friday, February 19, 2010

Not-So-Olympic Gear

Have you been watching the Olympics?  Did you see Shaun White and his gold-winning halfpipe run?  Is he not the craziest, most awesome dude you've ever seen?  I think snowboarding is the coolest winter sport there is. 

Me?  I've tried boarding, but I'm way better off with skis.  In fact, my K2's are awaiting me at home for a little ski action tonight.  Trollhaugen, here I come.

Part of what makes snowboarding what it is, is the gear.  It's not like any other winter sport.  The gear is fully functional yet super trendy.  The 'it' color or print can always be found in the latest and greatest pant/jacket combo.  The laid-back style of the clothing typically reflects the laid-back attitude of the boarder, and of the sport. 

I respect the spirit of snowboarding entirely.  And I'm a little jealous that I don't look half as cool on skis as they do on boards, even decked out in the same, fab gear.  I get that it's relaxed and casual and comfortable...they are the surfers and skateboarders of the snow...I get it.  I really do.

So it's with deep regret that I say this...

I really dislike the US Snowboarding Team Uniform.  I don't mind the plaid jacket so much, but the pants...the pants are terrible.  Compared to competitors, the US team looks like complete slobs.  Supposedly, it's all in the spirit of America.  We are jeans kind of people, so what better way to represent than with snowboard pants in a distressed denim print, right?  Sorry, I think we could do better. 

If I saw these pants on the hill at my local ski venue, I'd probably think they were pretty neat.  I don't know that I would wear them, but whatev, they're cool.  But for our Olympians?  I understand that it's not about what they wear, but about how they perform.  But the uniform of a team makes a statement.  And a uniform that poses the question, "Are they homeless?" is probably not making the best statement.

Perhaps our 2014 threads will be more American, less just-rolled-out-of-bed. 

There's been quite a bit of talk about it.  Some people love it, some people hate it.  I want to know what YOU think.


It's Jami yall said...

I'm sorry but I like the uniforms. I believe they completely encompass the attitude of snowboarders and make a perfect fit. When I think of snowboarders, much like skateboarders, this is exactly what I imagine. I do agree with you that at the Olympic level we should be looking a bit more professional and uniform...but...I still like it :0)

Kendra said...

I had the exact same thoughts as you. I would have prefered to see them in something a bit more professional looking. I think it gives the mpression that ALL of america is casual, laid-back and sloppy, when really that only speaks to a small subset of our great society.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I think they say skateboarder/snowboarder perfectly. The truth is most athletic uniforms aren't "professional" they are simply "standardized" right?

cheri said...

hmmm.... funny. i don't like their jackets! haha.