BIGHT GEAR'S 100K PROM­ISE

LEG­ENDARY ALPINE GUIDE PETER WHIT­TAKER’S NEW BRAND IS SET­TING AN UN­PRECE­DENTED STAN­DARD FOR QUAL­ITY. EV­ERY PRO­TO­TYPE MUST SUR­VIVE 100,000 FEET OF VER­TI­CAL TEST­ING BY GUIDES LIKE JESS MATTHEWS.

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JESS MATTHEWS, 35, has bagged 32 Rainier sum­mits since 2014. She’s poured blood and sweat into her job. Lit­er­ally. Repet­i­tive mo­tions—like pulling a 60-pound sled up to 13,000 feet on Denali—can cre­ate raw sores where you have poorly placed seams. “At high al­ti­tude, you don’t heal,” she says. “I had to live with that in­jury for weeks.” That’s why she’s thrilled to be a de­signer un­der Whit­taker’s new brand, Bight Gear, a line of cloth­ing for moun­taineers, by moun­taineers.

Whit­taker and his crew of 60 RMI guides spend a com­bined 10,000 days a year at or above tree­line and di­rectly con­trib­ute their end-user ex­pe­ri­ence. “We’re the testers and the de­sign­ers,” she says. “We’re not just pro­vid­ing a page of notes af­ter one trip. Peter translates our feed­back into the fi­nal de­signs, so it’s built right.”

AD­VER­TISE­MENT | 2018 Creaks from 12 years of com­pet­i­tive vol­ley­ball. Drop- tail hem pro­vides no- gap cov­er­age. Zero bulky snaps or raised seams re­duces chaf­ing at al­ti­tude. Say good­bye to open sores. That’s a bight. It’s a bend in the rope. Like a fire­fighter, she sleeps in her pants so she can roll out of bed for sum­mit pushes. Ex­tra- long cuffs ( with thumb­holes) block UV rays. Post- ex­pe­di­tion rit­ual: co­pi­ous amounts of beer ( any kind) and pizza ( with ex­tra meat). Urged Whit­taker to add a yoga pant- in­spired waist­band to Mo­raine Pant. Male guides openly jeal­ous. Leg pressed 300 lbs. 125 times at Penn State.

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