Although it first rose to fame as an innovator in ski racing gear, Spyder has since become the world leader in ski apparel for skiers of all ages and abilities. The company's race DNA, though, is still apparent in the sleek, stylish look and performance-oriented designs of all its products.
Spyder was founded by Canadian skier David Jacobs, who first gained his start in the ski world as a member of the Canadian national ski team, both as a skier and as a coach; later, he would return to the race world as the parent of two boys active on the circuit. It was then that he created a padded racing sweater that was warm, mobile, and protective, drawing on design experience earned while while working for Lange ski boots. What began in 1978 as a mail order business out of his kitchen grew quickly, especially after the successful introduction of equally well-designed ski racing pants. He name his new company Spyder, based on the nickname these pants had acquired among racers.
In the 1980s, Spyder came out with the now-standard one-piece 'speed suit' design used by racers up to this day. Always on the hunt for the cutting edge, Spyder came under scrutiny for one particular suit design in 1994 because it was alleged by the FIS that a particular model gave racers wearing it an unfair advantage. The company became the official outfitter to the US Alpine Ski Team in 1989, a relationship that continues to this day; in 2002 it signed on with the Canadian team as well.
At the same time, Spyder began building a broad line of products for recreational skiers, offering jackets and pants that combined extreme functionality and weather-proof protection with fashion-forward style. Its skiwear for boys and girls is well-known for durability (jackets and pants are never outworn, only outgrown), warmth, and appeal to kids' fun loving style. Spyder's outerwear styles run the gamut, from more traditional racing-styled apparel to the relaxed look that appeals to freeskiers and boarders. As benefits its history as an innovator, Spyder also offers cutting-edge products, like those in its White Spyder collection. The lightweight, high-performance gear in this line was designed in collaboration with world-acclaimed big mountain skier Chris Davenport, who demands the most from his outerwear.
In addition to warm, waterproof outerwear and gloves for the slopes, Spyder offers complementary baselayers and midlayers for warmth on the coldest days of winter. As with all its products, Spyder underlayers are designed not only to be highly functional, but to turn heads in the bar or restaurant après ski. But whatever the product, you can count on Spyder for the finest quality of construction and materials, all of which work together for optimal performance and comfort both on and off the mountain.