Burton has been around since 1977 and throughout the years has released thousands of snowboards and jackets. Thankfully for us, someone over there had the presence of mind early on to begin archiving everything in their catalog at the company’s headquarters in Burlington, Vermont.
Last week I stopped by the Agenda Trade Show in New York City to see what was going on and as I passed by the Burton booth, I noticed a retro capsule collection that caught my eye. Upon further inspection I spotted the Freelight Shell Jacket that was originally released in 1991 and made famous by pro rider and snowboarding rock star, Jeff Brushie. The great thing about Burton’s new archival pieces is that they look identical to the originals from the vault, but have been refined with today’s best fabrics and construction methods. This jacket looks like 1991, thanks to the use of the original vintage PJ print and label, but it’s performance is certainly 2014. It features DRYRIDE Durashell 2.5L fabric with fully taped seams that allow for maximum protection from the elements while keeping you dry. We’ve seen many companies dig into their vaults for re-releases of iconic apparel pieces, but we haven’t seen many of them executed using today’s most current performance technology.
I’ve included images of the new jackets as well as the original 1991 catalog scans for you to compare. I also threw in a couple more Jeff Brushie and Craig Kelly images from that same year to give a little more sense of what snowboarding style and fashion looked like during that era. Look out for the Freelight Jacket and more archival Burton releases starting in Fall 2014.