New York, NY – January 12, 2022 – Spyder, one of the world’s most recognizable active lifestyle brands, today unveiled the U.S. Ski team uniforms for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic games. Spyder, which is owned by Authentic Brands Group (ABG), has been an official apparel partner of the U.S. Ski Team since 1989 and will be represented by more than 60 Olympic athletes. The uniforms are designed by world-renowned artist and designer, Eric Haze. Haze is a New York City native, who has lent his unique artistic style to everything from album art for legendary American musical acts including the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J to internationally recognizable brands.
“It’s such an incredible honor to put my fingerprints on the U.S. Ski Team uniforms, especially on such a huge world stage as the Beijing Olympics. I can’t wait to see the teams actually competing in them," notes Eric Haze.
Inspired by the American flag, the collection features outerwear, base layers and accessories that are sustainable, technically advanced and stylish. Eric’s iconic lettering, signature STAR icon, and hand-painted pattern work can be found on all the collection pieces.
“February of 2022 will be our 9th winter Olympics outfitting the U.S. Ski Team and with each Olympics our goal is to provide products that give our athletes a competitive advantage while incorporating comfort and protection from the cold. This year is no exception and working with Eric Haze has allowed us to bring a fresh design perspective while infusing the technology and performance the athletes and the team expect from Spyder. This collection will give our athletes the edge they need to perform at their best and bring home the Gold,” said Brady Collings, Global GM of Spyder.
The 2022 Spyder US Olympic Team Collection is outfitted with Spyder’s latest technology and highest performing materials to date. Every detail of all 29 styles of the collection including the apparel and goggles were developed with direct athlete feedback and uses discipline specific functionality.
“Spyder and Eric Haze have created an amazing collection by blending fashion and function that represents the U.S. in all aspects – allowing our athletes to look and feel their best,” added Wesley Chu, SVP of APAC, Spyder and Volcom at ABG. “We look forward to watching them compete next month.”
All outerwear styles are composed of Gore-Tex fabrics, Primaloft ECO insulation and YKK zippers. The Freestyle and Freeski team outerwear uses 100% recycled polyester fabric with Gore-Tex Laminate and PFCecFree DWR and PrimaLoft SilverECO insulation, and the Alpine outerwear uses a brand new engineered woven face fabric with Gore-Tex Laminate and PFCecFree DWR. A new baselayer technology will be introduced as well, in a cut-resistant, proprietary Kevlar/graphene stretch knit pant.
For the first time in Spyder’s history, the brand designed, developed, and produced an Aerials one-piece kit and a Skier-Cross Race Suit, both of which use individual athlete measurements to optimize performance and fit. The fit in the pants and training shorts in all 3 disciplines were designed to optimize comfort, warmth, and performance specific to each sport. The center-back full-length zipper on the Alpine athletes’ outerwear jacket increases the functional fit while the athletes are wearing their back protectors and race suits during pre-race warmups. To complete the uniform, Spyder and Eric Haze partnered with Dragon to design the NFX Spyder Goggles. The goggles feature a frameless lens providing added peripheral vision giving athletes the ability to locate the best lines on the mountain. In addition to the googles, a new optical style that comes in a classic, modified rectangle shape and three metal colorations will also be making its debut. To view the uniforms, please click here.