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.
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.